Taught course

Qualifying Law

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

You should have or expect to obtain a degree from a recognised University or equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level or above. Exceptionally, the requirements of a second class honours degree may be waived where past experience has made you suitable for the programme.

International students and other non-standard applications will require a certificate of academic standing from either the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) or the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Months of entry


Course content

Transform and advance your career with this masters degree conversion course in law (previously offered as a GDL), validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and delivered by experts in LJMU's School of Law.
  • A flexible qualifying law masters degree offered with different study patterns: full time completed in 1 year on Mondays and Wednesdays, or part time completed over 2 years by day release (year 1 on Wednesdays, year 2 on Mondays).
  • Full time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board. Part time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form.
  • Completion of this degree will enable you to progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
  • Open to non-law graduates who wish to convert a degree into a qualifying legal qualification.
  • Excellent preparation for a professional legal career as well as opportunities in public services and management and for those students wishing to proceed further in academia by enrolling onto a PhD.
This masters degree conversion course will enable you to begin your professional training in law, even if you hold a non-law degree.
The vocational preparation the degree provides is ideal for those candidates with no legal experience and those with theoretical or arts based undergraduate degrees looking to make the switch to, and gain the benefits of, this potentially high-earning and rewarding career pathway.
The School of Law's friendly and supportive environment is the perfect place to develop your skills and knowledge. At a very early stage you will be actively encouraged to form study groups and support networks to help with your learning. Teamwork is an important part of the degree's ethos and you will be encouraged to work collegiately with fellow students and teaching staff.
The programme's teaching team operates an 'open door' policy and you will be supported by pastoral and careers tutors and assigned a personal tutor to support you along the way. We actively encourage and welcome feedback on all aspects of the course so that we can continue to develop and improve the degree.
Staff in the School of Law include research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services and internationally established experts in a wide range of fields.
Our staff maintain strong links with the legal profession via consultancies and placements, while many staff maintain an international scholarly profile with the presentation of academic papers, attendance at conferences, contribution to and the writing of legal text books, journal articles and reviews for academic publications. Some also deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for legal practitioners and work with students and legal professionals through the work of the University's award-nominated Legal Advice Centre.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting International students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Team
0151 231 5090