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The College of Law is to offer a course which combines Master of Laws and Legal Practice Course (LPC) qualifications.
From 2013, the college will teach a more internationally-minded course and award its students the globally recognised Master of Laws in addition to an LPC.
Students will pay the same price and study for the same length of time as the current LPC, but will focus on either national or international legal practice and be awarded an LL.M in International Legal Practice LPC or an LL.M in Legal Practice LPC.
The new LL.M LPC will offer eight international options for students to choose from. These will focus on the legal principles, structure and mechanics which support cross-border transactions and will use cross-border case studies to aid students in developing their knowledge of different legal systems.
Only those who choose to take three international options will be awarded the LL.M in International Legal Practice LPC.
Sarah Hutchinson, board member for business development at The College of Law, said: “We are not insisting that all students have an international focus. Students continue to have the ability to select their own electives. But a very high proportion of training contracts are in commercial practice, that’s a reality.
“Whether you’re working in a regional practice or in the City in a Magic Circle firm, your clients will be multinational. International work is no longer the preserve of the top ten law firms. It’s high time that legal education reflected that trend.”