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M130 Law in Practice

The LLB Law in Practice programme lasts four years: the first two are spent at Queen Mary University of London; the third is spent on an internship with a legal practitioner and the final year at Queen Mary.

This Qualifying Law Degree covers all the core modules needed to satisfy professional requirements for the foundations of legal knowledge and skills in England and Wales and some other jurisdictions. The third year of the programme is spent pursuing a legal internship with a legal employer, which will be Reed Smith LLP in the first instance but may be expanded to other employers in subsequent years.

Pictured: Nigel Spencer, Reed Smith global director of learning and development; Christina Perry, Queen Mary law lecturer and senior tutor; Lucy Crittenden, Reed Smith graduate recruitment manager; and Peter Hardy, Reed Smith partner and former training principal.
Pictured: Nigel Spencer, Reed Smith global director of learning and development; Christina Perry, Queen Mary law lecturer and senior tutor; Lucy Crittenden, Reed Smith graduate recruitment manager; and Peter Hardy, Reed Smith partner and former training principal.

You should apply directly through UCAS onto the LLB M100 programme and you will have the opportunity to apply to this programme in the summer after your first year.

Who can apply?

The Law in Practice degree is being made available to Queen Mary LLB students from January 2015, with the first formal placement planned to take place in 2016-17. Initially, five successful students will be guaranteed a place with a view to increasing the number to ten in 2017-18.

Programme structure

In years one and two and the final year you follow the same structure as your qualifying law degree programme if it is M100. If you are selected for M130 from the ML12 programme, you will follow the same structure as ML12 in the first year and a modified version of the M100 programme in year two and the final year.

The third year is the placement year. You will be required to keep a weekly reflective journal, which will be maintained as a portfolio throughout the year and presented at the end of the internship. You will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and the placement year is a 120-credit module. This module does not count towards the degree classification.

If you are selected for M130 from either M101 or M120, you will follow the same structure as M100 in the second and final years of the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the career benefits of the placement year?

A: The Law in Practice programme gives you the chance to learn first-hand what it is like to work in a law firm and to better understand this type of business and career path before you complete your degree. The placement year will provide you with exceptional career benefits.

Q: What sort of work will I do while on placement with Reed Smith?

A: Reed Smith anticipate that students will do a range of work which is currently carried out by paralegals and those who come on their undergraduate vacation schemes. Reed Smith receives excellent feedback on the quality of experience on their vacation schemes, which recently won Best Level of Support and Best for Job Satisfaction in this year’s AllAboutLaw Top Law Firms Awards 2014.

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