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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a subject other than law.

The selection process includes an exercise in reasoning and analysis (no previous knowledge of law required).

There is no transfer directly into Year 2 and no credit for earlier law studies.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme places the study of law in a historical, social and comparative context. You will develop advanced skills in legal writing, oral presentation and critical reasoning. The programme emphasises the importance of an academic and intellectually challenging approach to the study of law, and of its institutions and processes.

The LLM Qualifying Law Degree puts the study of law within the wider socio-economic and political framework, giving you a social-political grounding in the law.


  • Career development and skills enhancement are a key part of studying this course. You will have access to a huge range of careers support including Birkbeck's Careers Service. Birkbeck Talent is our professional recruitment service linking students and recent graduates with top UK employers. The Birkbeck Futures team assist in reviewing job/Bar applications, CVs and mock interviews.
  • You will have numerous opportunities to meet and network with real-world legal professionals through our Legal Practice Conversations, Legal Professionals Insight Evening, Careers Fair, commercial/risk awareness seminars and workshops are run by organisations including Aspiring Solicitors, Government Legal Department, and Sheridans. Open days are held exclusively for Birkbeck students at firms including Hogan Lovells and Field Court Chambers, while places are reserved for Birkbeck students at open days at firms including BCLP.
  • The Mentoring Pathways programme assigns final-year students professional mentors from such organisations as Clifford Chance, Ashurst LLP and Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
  • You will be have the opportunity to put your teaching into practice with the University of London Refugee Law Clinic, where students participate in a pro bono legal advice clinic for refugee clients. Furthermore you can join our Law Society, highly successful Mooting team, or the Birkbeck Law Review, one of the few fully student-run law journals in the country.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44 (0)20 3907 0700