LLM in Legal Practice


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Part time: 13 months


Distance learning


School of Law


Our LLM in Legal Practice provides practising, qualified graduates with an additional qualification. With our legal practice postgraduate degree, you can pursue a speciality with support and advice from expert tutors; reflecting on your experience in your career so far.

The programme recognises your professional achievements and helps you to take them further. Graduates from England and Wales, or countries with a common law heritage, can convert their professional law qualification into a masters degree. Examples of these qualifications include PG Dip in Legal Practice, LPC (Legal Practice Course), BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course).

The course is taught online, so you can balance your learning with your personal and professional commitments. The course is ideal for:

  • solicitors
  • barristers
  • practising lawyers
  • those about to enter the legal profession.

Specific entry requirements

Applicants to the programme must have a prior legal vocational qualification, such as the LPC/BPTC or their equivalent.

The legal vocational qualification should normally have been obtained within 5 years of commencement of the LLM (Legal Practice), but currency can be maintained either through continued work in legal practice as a solicitor or barrister or through teaching on a legal professional training course.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently in a self-directed way. As a significant part of the programme involves the application of academic research skills, students will be required to think critically, deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and evaluate research including current problems and/or new insights.