MLaw (incorporating LLB(Hons)) Law and Practice

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

4 years full-time

About the course

Why Law?

The integrated Master’s in Law and Practice (MLaw) is a unique programme that aims to give you access to both a wide range of legal theory by incorporating a full LLB law degree, as well as taking an extended approach to professional practice with additional specialist practice-based training and clinical legal experience.*

As you would expect, the course is rigorous and engaging, for outcomes that are highly rewarding. Graduating with a Qualifying Law Degree, as well as with a Masters qualification, you’ll learn the skills designed to allow you to work towards taking the new Solicitor’s Qualifying Exams (SQE1 and SQE 2) and be able to pace these over years three and four.

In your final year, you’ll gain access to a range of specialist modules such as Commercial Property, Employment or Family Law and Practice and Immigration and Asylum Practice to help prepare you for professional practice in these fields. Alongside this, if your application to the Legal Advice Clinic is successful, you’ll get the opportunity* to spend a full academic year working with solicitors with real life clients building up your formal Qualifying Legal Work Experience, that is needed to become a solicitor.

Taking a Huddersfield Law School degree means whichever path you choose, MLaw, LLB in Law or LLB in Law and Practice, all degree programmes support you in exploring your options and the career path you wish to take. You can also change your route right up to the end of your second year and choose the path that is best for you, for your final year.

As well as gaining an understanding of the law itself, studying a law degree will teach you a wide range of essential skills such as how to construct an argument, how to communicate with clients, the importance of attention to detail, and the ability to work in a team as well as on your own initiative. We’ll help you to build your employability skills while you study, making you stand out to potential employers.

*Where available

How will you learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • You’ll gain a firm understanding of legal principles and core legal concepts.
  • You’ll be able to start focusing on the topics that interest you in your second and third years, when you can choose from a range of specialised modules.
  • Our Partners in Law scheme is a part of the excellent range of networking opportunities that gives you opportunities to engage with both local and national law firms. We can provide you with networking, mentoring and training opportunities through our links with regional and internationally renowned legal firms.
  • You may decide to take up the opportunity to be part of our *Legal Advice Clinic, where you will work closely with practising solicitors and help them with real cases.

**Available from Year 2 and subject to successfully completing a competency assessment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE If you are thinking of becoming a solicitor please be aware that from September 2021 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing a set of national assessments called the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. If you have already started your law degree, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before by taking the MLP or an external LPC. Or, you may choose to take the new SQE. The SRA is providing information and guidance about how to qualify on the new system so keep checking the website. Please find more details on the SRA's website here.

The Legal Advice Clinic was set up by students in 2013 in response to the legal aid cuts which left the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society without access to legal representation. The university invested in a clinic which is innovatively placed off campus in a shop in the town centre. Over the last academic year, students working with academics and local solicitors, have helped hundreds of people who otherwise may not have access to legal help and assistance. Volunteering in the legal advice clinic represents transformational learning at its best and compliments your theoretical studies. By working with real clients in real-life situations, you'll also see a side of law that cannot be taught in a lecture theatre or tutorial and the real impact that the law can have on individuals. For three years in a row, our students were shortlisted for the prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General Awards, also winning 'Best Contribution by a Team of UK Students'.

Gemma Manning

Gemma Manning, Law Clinic Manager and Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Contract Law

This module explores all the foundational and fundamental aspects of the creation of a legal agreement that is, contract. It explores how a contract comes to light, how it can evolve based on the inclusion of certain terms and how the courts keep upholding underlying principles which underpin contract while balancing ideas of justice and public interest and policy. You will learn some of the key doctrines in Contract law, key debates and discussions on the underlying idea of contract law, the evolution of its principles and doctrines, the role of contract and the limits to what it can achieve.

Criminal Law

This module will enable you to acquire a thorough understanding of the principles of criminal liability, and how these principles are applied to specific offences. A range of offences will be considered, including homicide, offences against the person (such as assault and battery) and property offences (theft, burglary, robbery and fraud). You'll also acquire knowledge of the basis of a defendant’s liability and the skills to apply your knowledge in problem situations.

English Legal System and Method

The English legal system is complex, rooted in history and constantly evolving. This module introduces you to the key elements of the English legal system and also looks at the procedure to enact legislation, an analysis of the anatomy of an Act of Parliament, delegated and secondary legislation and principles of statutory interpretation. A brief history of the evolution of common law is also considered, together with an analysis of the current English court system and the continuing importance of the doctrine of precedent. In this module you'll also learn the methods and techniques necessary for using legal resources, such as cases and legislation to construct legal arguments.

Public Law

Are the powers of the government unlimited? Can the UK Parliament really ban smoking on the streets of Paris? Is the rule of law a fiction? This module provides you with an introduction to key concepts, theories and research of the legal rules which govern how the state works. Emphasis is placed on the law relating to the United Kingdom constitution, the legal framework in which the Government and Parliament operate, and the relationship of Her Majesty’s subjects to Governmental and regulatory actions and decisions. As there is no single document which you can look up and read which says ‘The UK Constitution’ on the front, this module asks you to consider the question of whether the UK has a legal or political constitution and what that means for society.

21st Century Legal and Employability Skills

This module aims to develop your professionalism and ability to work effectively in groups and individually to develop the following skills; legal research and referencing skills, advocacy, interviewing, presentation, effective and persuasive writing and legal drafting. It also aims to develop your understanding of your personal development of transferrable and employability skills required for successful post study employment. Overall, the module will focus on equipping you with the necessary legal and employability skills, and professionalism, which today’s graduates require to effectively develop a career following graduation.

Law in Society

This module explores the original theories of law, as well as legal theories which disprove the myth of law as inherently neutral. By exploring areas such critical race, feminism and/or postmodernism, this module is inspired by Woodie Guthrie: this module kills fascists. The module explores depictions of law and legal injustices in popular culture and looks at the nature of human rights, the Human Rights Act 1998, and the place of the individual in society.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2021 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2022, please view the 2022-23 course information.

Our Campus


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Huddersfield Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

 

Added Value

Your Career


Previous graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as barristers and solicitors, as well as careers in personnel, industrial relations, finance, banking, insurance, and general business management. **

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 92% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

**Source: LinkedIn

92% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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