Legal Practice (Top-Up) LLM

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)



Course duration: 7 months full-time or 1 year part-time.

Teaching times


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.

Full description

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.

Modules & assessment

  • Major Research Project in Legal Practice
    This module will support you in the preparation and submission of the Master's stage project for the LLM Legal Practice. You will be assessed through a maximum 15,000-word final thesis.


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.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Important fee notes

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.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

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

International students

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

Funding for UK & EU students

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.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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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.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

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.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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