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Transactional  & Business Skills

Transactional & Business Skills

In addition to our two SQE preparation modules, in the LLM in Legal Practice, we offer a range of training modules across core practice areas and legal business. Our learning structure for these modules replicates work-based transactional tasks, helping individuals work independently when performing the responsibilities commonly assigned to newly qualified solicitors.

 



From August 2024, the College is looking at changing the number of credits and length of courses for Transactional & Business Skills modules.

LLM Modules available:

  • Acquisitions and Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • O Shaped Skills
  • Personal Injury

 

Transactional Skills modules:

  • Available in the full-time and part-time LLM in Legal Practice

 

Legal Business Skills Module:

  • 3-week full-time course
  • 6-week part-time course


This module is not available as part of the LLM in Legal Practice

 

O Shaped Skills modules:

  • 6-week full-time course
  • 12-week part-time course
  • 6-month part-time course
  • 12-month part-time course

 



These modules will offer you:

Full access to the College’s Canvas Learning Portal and virtual community

 

Multimedia presentations, workbook scenarios and skills activities focused on real-life client facing scenarios, to access when you like

 

Regular one-to-one supervision with an expert practitioner

 

Opportunity to study for an LLM in Legal Practice alongside SQE Prep

 

Full access to all online legal resources including Practical Law

 

Personal development against a clear competency framework

 

Assessments through portfolio submissions, reflective statement (1500 words) and an oral assessment.

 

A unique course developed in collaboration with The O Shaped Lawyer, the O Shaped Skills course

 

 

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Course details

Admissions Criteria

  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification or experience
  • If English isn’t your first language, English language qualifications equivalent to IELTS at level 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each component (writing, listening, speaking, reading). You can be exempt from this requirement if you have a qualification which is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree which was taught in English. Please refer to our Admissions Guidance for full entry criteria details.

 

Course options

LLM in Legal Practice includes a choice of three transactional and business skills modules.

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Legal Business Skills Module (10 credits)

  • 3-week full-time course
  • 6-week part-time course
  • This module is not available as part of the LLM in Legal Practice


    O Shaped Skills Module (20 credits)

  • 6-week full-time course
  • 12-week part-time course
  • 6-month part-time course
  • 12-month part-time course
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    Course Fees

    LLM in Legal Practice:

    £6,900: For course offers made by 30th April 2024 

    £7,245: For course offers made from 1st May 2024

    Legal Business Skills: £500

    O Shaped Skills: £1,150

    A deposit is required to secure your place, please see the fee schedule for details.

    If you are a GDL student at the College, you are eligible for a 10% discount on course fees, please see the fee schedule for details.

     

    Timing

    The LLM in Legal Practice runs four times a year.
    Legal Business Skills and O Shaped Skills Modules run multiple times a year.

    Click here to see schedule for course timings and courses for 2023-2024

     

    How to Apply

    Applications are open for Business Skills modules and the LLM programmes starting in 2024.


    APPLY HERE

     

    If you have any questions about your circumstances or the programme, please contact us.

     

     

     

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    MODULE DETAILS

    Acquisitions and Finance

    This Module will enable you to develop specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice in the area of Acquisitions and Finance. You will cover share and asset sales of corporate entities including the contractual and legal issues surrounding liability and risk, and how they can be managed. You will also explore loan finance and the granting of security to a lender.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Professional, effective, and practical presentation of work
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • Client handling and commercial approaches to acquisitions and finance
    • Drafting, advising on and evaluating facility, loan and security documentation

     

    Commercial Law

    This Module will enable you to develop specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice in the area of Commercial Law. You will look at the process of advising on, and the subsequent drafting involved in the creation and operation of commercial contracts and negotiating and amending commercial contracts. It will also cover identifying, critically analysing and evaluating the key legal issues which impact upon commercial contracts, including the practical and commercial considerations involved in meeting client objectives and needs.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Professional, effective, and practical presentation of work
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • Client handling and evaluative techniques in the area of commercial law
    • Drafting, advising on and evaluating commercial transactions documentation

     

    Commercial Property

    This Module will enable you to develop specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice in the area of commercial leasehold property. You will develop transactional, technical and practical proficiency in commercial leasehold property transactions through innovative learning methods.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Professional, effective, and practical presentation of work
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • Client handling and evaluative techniques in the area of commercial property practice
    • Drafting, advising on and evaluating commercial property transactions documentation

     

    Dispute Resolution

    This Module will enable you to develop specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice in the area of dispute resolution. You will develop an understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of claims evaluations, the law and role of evidence, the legal and commercial risks for a client in bringing or defending claims, and the processes involved in evaluating and managing a claim.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Legal research and analysis
    • Professional, effective, and practical presentation of work
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Interviewing and taking instructions
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • Client handling and evaluative techniques in the area of dispute resolution
    • Advising and managing client expectations and costs
    • Drafting witness statements

     

    Employment Law

    This module will enable you to develop specialised knowledge and skills doe professional practice in the area of employment law. You will gain experience in completing employment tribunal litigation and non-contentious work commonly designated to newly qualified solicitors.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Application of employment tribunal procedural knowledge in the context of employment law practice
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • Evaluating issues that present themselves in employment law and propose solutions that meet the needs and interests of the client
    • Communicating legal information clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
    • Evaluating practical problems and apply autonomy in planning and implementing tasks in employment tribunal litigation

     

    Family Law

    This Module will enable you to develop specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice in the area of family law. You will learn how to advise on family proceedings and draft documentation, prepare for hearings and identify, critically analyse and evaluate the key legal, practical and emotional issues which can impact a family.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Professional, effective, and practical presentation of work
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • The ability to select and apply appropriate skills and techniques required of the family law practitioner
    • The ability to evaluate issues that present themselves in a relationship breakdown and propose solutions that meet the needs and interests of the client
    • Communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

     

    Legal Business Skills

    You will learn the key principles behind legal business skills through media, self-testing and scenario based learning. You will learn to analyse, evaluate and communicate the practical and commercial considerations involved in meeting client objectives.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Written Communication
    • Developing a commercial mindset
    • Client care
    • Teamwork & facilitating relationships
    • Resilience and adaptability
    • Legal research and understanding financial information
    • Technology and digital skills
    • Creating your personal brand and networking

     

    Please note this is a 10 FHEQ credit Module, incorporating 100 hours of learning

    This module is not available as part of the LLM in Legal Practice

    Intellectual Property

    On this module, you will learn about intellectual property rights including copyright, registered and unregistered design rights, trademarks, passing off, patents. You will identify and analyse the elements required to provide protection and available remedies within scenario based contexts.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Professional, effective, and practical presentation of work
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstration of relevant practical technical knowledge and understanding
    • Client handling and evaluative techniques in the area of intellectual property
    • Drafting, advising on and evaluating intellectual property documentation

     

    O Shaped Skills

    This Module has been uniquely designed in collaboration with The O Shaped Lawyer. It will enable you to develop an understanding of all the O Shaped competencies and their practical application within the sector, alongside learning and practising core business skills.

    You will be assessed through the submission of a 1,500 word analysis of a legal services business challenge, scenario analyses and a portfolio of three submission outputs. These will demonstrate your ability to critically evaluate the challenge and application of O Shaped and legal skills.

    By the end of the module, you will have studied the following:

    • O Shaped and commercial mindset
    • How to build relationships, through the use of emotional intelligence, trust and influence and communication
    • Importance of personal brand and networking
    • Developing leadership skills
    • How to be adaptable, through the skills of courage, resilience, feedback and continuous learning
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate conclusions clearly to a variety of audiences
    • What it means to create value for your clients and good client service, through identifying opportunities, solving problem, synthesizing and simplifying complexities
    • Law firm economics, legal technology and innovation in legal practice
    • The application of core O Shaped skills in the context of a working legal services business
    • How to develop and refine your O Shaped skill-set to deliver the workload commonly delegated to an aspiring or newly qualified solicitor

     

    Personal Injury

    This module will enable you to critically evaluate, take client instructions and prepare a personal injury claim or defence while taking account of practical considerations. You will develop your ability to assess evidence including expert witness evidence, issue proceedings and conclude a claim. Fatal accidents and rule breakers will also be covered.

    By the end of the module, you will have developed the following practical skills:

    • Identify and apply appropriate skills and techniques required of the personal injury practitioner
    • Gather and evaluate evidence
    • Draft and advise on key documents and pleadings
    • Draw sound conclusions based upon the analysis of evidence, data and information
    • Communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

     

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