Postgraduate (7 months full-time, part-time)
Course duration: 7 months full-time or 1 year part-time.
Semester 1: Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00 and Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Semester 2: Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00 and Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Conduct an independent research project in your chosen area of professional legal practice*, and top up your current qualification to an LLM in just six months to a year. We’ll give you training in research skills that will prove invaluable in your future career, and a dedicated supervisor for advice and support.
If you’ve completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, or you’re a practising solicitor or barrister who has taken the former Law Society Final Examinations or BVC, this course will top up your qualification to an LLM Legal Practice.
If you’re an overseas lawyer then, subject to taking the Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Scheme (QLTS/QLTT) and/or gaining university accreditation of prior learning and experience, you could also be eligible to apply.
Our course lets you explore your chosen area of legal professional practice in depth. You could focus on part of your current professional practice, an area that you wish to work in, or one that’s of academic interest to you.* Whichever you choose, you'll develop your research skills in research workshops over two days. You’ll then apply these skills when researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation.
The research skills you develop on this course are in great demand by employers in the legal profession.
There are two study days on campus, but at other times you'll work independently with support from a dedicated supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to develop your research proposal or hypothesis, discuss your methodology (including ethics clearance) and act as a mentor throughout your time with us.
Our staff have been recognised for the quality of their work. In 2014, the Government acknowledged our ‘world-leading’ research in its Research Excellence Framework.
CourseLeader: Louisa Warburton
*Choice of topics subject to approval and availability of supervision.
It was hard work but very interesting throughout. I am delighted that I made the decision to take this course
This course will give you an in-depth understanding of your chosen area of legal practice to use in your future career, and teach you vital research skills that are in great demand in the legal profession and beyond.
You’ll demonstrate your understanding of your chosen research area through a 15,000-word dissertation, which you’ll normally submit in early may if you study full-time, or end of September if you study part-time.
You want the benefit of a thriving and highly regarded school where you can develop your skills and confidence for a potentially complex and competitive career. Graduating with this kind of specialist knowledge makes you valuable to employers, confident that you’ve learnt the tools to do the job. You know what it takes to be a professional in your field and we design our courses to get you on the right track, and to get you practicing in a safe environment as soon as possible. With professional accreditation to back up the theory of your degree, you’ll stand out from the crowd of other applicants and be ready for your first graduate job.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
If you're an international student and want to study this course full-time, you’ll need a Student Visitor Visa, which allows you to enter the UK and study for up to six months. Once you’ve met all the conditions of your offer we’ll give you the documentation to apply for a visa. This course does not meet the UKBA definition of full-time under the Tier 4 Student Visa route, so we cannot sponsor students under Tier 4.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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