Entry requirements

Applicants to the programme must have a prior legal vocational qualification, such as the LPC/BPTC or their equivalent.

The legal vocational qualification should normally have been obtained within 5 years of commencement of the LL.M (Legal Practice), but currency can be maintained either through continued work in legal practice as a solicitor or barrister or through teaching on a legal professional training course.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently in a self-directed way. As a significant part of the programme involves the application of academic research skills, students will be required to think critically, deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and evaluate research including current problems and/or new insights.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM in Legal Practice enables professional qualified graduates from England and Wales, and other jurisdictions with a common law heritage, to convert their PG Dip in Legal Practice, LPC (Legal Practice Course), BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) or other professional law qualification into a masters degree.

The programme structure recognises professional achievement and experience, and is designed to be taken alongside a legal career. It is designed for solicitors, barristers, those about to enter the legal profession, and practising lawyers.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you will normally only be admitted to the LLM in Legal Practice if you have reached an overall score of 7.0 (Level 7) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Qualification and course duration


part time
13 months
distance learning
13 months
13 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 484901