Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a undergraduate law degree at 2:2 or above, preferably including a pass level or above in each of the following subjects (or equivalent):

  • English Legal System
  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Public Law
  • Land Law
  • Trusts
  • Criminal Law

Or an undergraduate degree in any subject at 2:2 or above, plus a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is the successor to DMU’s long-running Legal Practice Course. It aims to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE), which you will have to pass to become a solicitor practising in England and Wales.

The LLM SQE provides you with the materials which will enable you to prepare for SQE 1 and develops your wider employability skills which are assessed as part of SQE 2. The programme will enable you to apply theoretical legal knowledge previously gained during a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law. During the course, you will have an opportunity to learn key legal professional skills including practical legal research, drafting, advocacy, legal writing and interviewing.

The SQE assessments are taken externally at a central provider appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Key features

  • You will be taught by legal experts who have a wealth of experience. These will include barristers, solicitors, professors and practitioners from the international legal arena.
  • Gain practical experience by getting involved with our pro bono activities.
  • You can expand your knowledge of the law in dedicated learning spaces, including access to a crown court – a site of trials since the Middle Ages, a training courtroom and a simulated Judge's Chambers suite. In addition, the university's Hugh Aston Building has a dedicated law library exclusively for law students, allowing you to practice scenario-based learning.
  • You will develop and apply values, skills, knowledge and behaviours that will enable them to contribute to the development of a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
  • Enjoy access to BARBRI SQE Prep software, adaptive and intuitive software which will provide you with bespoke, exam-focused workbooks and study materials to assist with SQE 1.
  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Find out more about funding here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70