Taught course

LLM in Legal Practice

Cardiff University · Cardiff Law School

Entry requirements

Academic Criteria:An Honours degree (normally Class 2:2 or above), and Successful completion of the LPC, BPTC (or its predecessor the BVC) at a recognised institution within 3 years prior to entry. Applicants whose LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications were completed outside the three year period set out above may also be admitted to the programme provided the applicant is able to provide evidence of recent experience in the practice of law which demonstrates their suitability for the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

The LLM in Legal Practice is open only to students who have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or its predecessor course, the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), whether at Cardiff or another recognised institution. The LLM in Legal Practice is designed for students who wish to further develop their legal knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of their LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications. For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to extend their knowledge, reflect upon professional practice and fulfil professional development requirements.

Students will have the opportunity of building upon the legal research skills and knowledge acquired on the LPC, BPTC or BVC by undertaking in-depth independent research culminating in preparation of a dissertation. With the support and guidance of a dissertation supervisor, students will be encouraged to develop an independent, critical and thorough treatment of their chosen topic. Assessment will take the form of an independently researched dissertation of no more than 15,000 words in length.

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Information for international students

English Language Criteria: Students whose first language is not English or Welsh will also need to obtain an IELTS score of at least 6.5 for direct entry to the programme with a minimum of 6.5 in the skill of writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all of the sub-skills.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Ms Julie Steed
+44(0)29 208 79021