Overview DMU’s LLM SQE is designed to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE), the new route to qualifying as a solicitor in England in Wales. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills tested in the challenging SQE 1 and SQE 2 assessments, covering key elements such as practical legal research, drafting, advocacy, legal writing and interviewing. You will also have the opportunity to bolster your learning with wider employability skills, helping to prepare you for success not only in the SQE exams, but also for life as a solicitor. Throughout the course, you will learn how to apply relevant core legal principles and rules at the level of a competent, newly-qualified solicitor across many areas, including business law, property law and criminal litigation. Your learning will culminate in a final dissertation, which presents the opportunity to personalise your learning by pursuing a relevant area of law of particular interest. Key features
- DMU is one of the only universities that provides free access to BARBRI SQE Prep software, which has been proven to increase your chances of passing SQE 1. - Access exam-focused workbooks and study materials and test your knowledge with mock exams.
- Receive dedicated support every step of the way with an SQE careers tutor - a qualified solicitor who can offer tailored careers advice, CV and cover letter support.
- Receive teaching from legal experts with a wealth of real-world experience. This includes barristers, solicitors, professors and practitioners from the international legal arena.
- Benefit from the support of our Advisory Board, comprised of 20 leaders from local and global organisations. Law students can look forward to industry visits, guest lectures, mentorship and internship opportunities.
- Expand your knowledge in dedicated learning spaces, including our crown court – a site of trials since the Middle Ages - a training courtroom, a simulated Judge's Chambers suite and a dedicated law library exclusively for law students.
- Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
Block 1: Business Law and Financial Management in Practice Block 2: Property Law and the Administration of Estates in Practice Block 3: Dispute Resolution in Practice Block 4: Criminal Litigation in Practice Block 5: Dissertation in Legal Practice
Teaching and assessment You will be taught through a combination of lectures and guest lectures, seminars and tutorials, PC Labs and Trading Room Labs and asynchronous support. Assessment is through assignments, essays, exams, and projects. Some assessment opportunities will have additional support via groupwork, such as simulations and case studies; and students have access to a personal tutor for mentoring and signposting for additional needs.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
Applicants will normally hold a undergraduate law degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent). If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£11200||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£11200||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£11200||Year 1|