Taught course

LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar (BPTC/LLM)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester Law School

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria:

  • You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme.
  • You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test.

BPTC and LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar students are selected primarily on academic ability and must have been awarded at least a 2:2 at first degree level, or international equivalent, although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills will also be considered.

All offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Inns of Court.

International students please refer to website. This course requires IELTS of 7.5 in all elements of the test. Please note this is a requirement that differs from the University standard.

Months of entry


Course content

This course combines the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and further LLM elements of study. If you have ambitions of becoming a barrister, and are interested in developing advanced Masters-level legal research skills, this course gives you the opportunity to achieve both.

The BPTC element of this combined course is designed to prepare you for life as a barrister. The BPTC at Manchester Law School is focused on building highly practical skills and features an innovative ‘mini-chambers’ approach, designed to mirror the real-life practices of a barrister. You will be expected to ‘perform’ regularly in front of your fellow students to encourage the development of strong working relationships, similar to those of a professional chambers.

The LLM element of this course includes research methods study and an assessed research proposal leading to a supervised, assessed dissertation or research project of 15,000 words. You will be supervised by an experienced member of the teaching team.

LL.M in Legal Practice at the Bar allows you to develop good practical skills and to have gained advanced research skills and an ability to engage in critical thinking and knowledge application in specialist legal areas.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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