Taught course

Legal Practice Top-up

Anglia Ruskin University · ARU Law School

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Entry requirements

•Entry is admission with 120 credits at Level 7. The credits may be obtained by:a) a pass in the Legal Practice Course from a UK University or other authorised provider; b) a pass in the Law Society Final Examination and completion of a minimum of one year of a training contract;c) a pass in the Bar Professional Training Course or Bar Vocational Course from a UK University or other authorised provider. Applicants must also provide a satisfactory research proposal with their application. •A First Degree, with Honours, in a related subject and at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 over a four-day seminar series. You'll learn to interrogate hard-copy and electronic sources; create and conduct surveys, questionnaires and interviews; and write-up and present your research findings. 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.

We have three study days on campus in Chelmsford, 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.

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.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    For students who have completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course and practising solicitors who undertook the former Law Society Final Examinations. Overseas qualified lawyers may be eligible, subject to having taken the Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Test (QLTT) and/or gaining University accreditation of prior learning and experience.

Course contact details

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0845 271 3333; International: +44 1245 493131