Taught course (will run subject to approval)

LLM in Professional Legal Practice (SQE Pathway)

University of Surrey · School of Law

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in law. Alternatively, a recognised equivalent international qualification with commendation/distinction in Graduate Diploma in Law.

Applicants with a 2:2 UK honours degree in law (or recognised equivalent international qualification) can be considered following a successful interview with the programme director.

More information is available at www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/professional-legal-practice-sqe-pathway-llm#entry

Months of entry


Course content

Why choose this course
  • This course will equip you with the legal knowledge required to prepare for the challenging Solicitors Qualifying Exam 1 (SQE 1). SQE is the assessment for all aspiring solicitors in England and Wales. You’ll improve your chances of success in the SQE and strengthen your CV with a masters in law.
  • You will develop the practical skills in legal research, advocacy, drafting, legal writing and interviewing required for SQE2.
  • You will be taught by a team of staff who are practising lawyers, highly experienced research academics and committed to your personal and professional development.
  • You will be supported to transfer your academic learning to the professional environment through our extensive network of local and national legal contacts built through our long-established placement programme. Guildford is a well-established legal centre and offers convenient access to London’s legal sector.
  • You can enjoy the full university experience whilst studying with us: access to our campus facilities, a specialist library, a thriving student community, and the Surrey Sports Park.
What you will study

Our one-year LLM in Professional Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) programme will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to pass SQE1, together with the practical skills which are desired by law firms. During the year, you will be supported by legal experts with a wealth of experience in practice, who will ensure that you are fully prepared to complete the SQE1 exams.

The professional focus of this programme will provide a strong foundation upon which to prepare you for future practice as a newly qualified solicitor including:

  • Client interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Advocacy
  • Professional conduct
  • Research and drafting.

SQE1 materials include exam-focused workbooks, with tests at the end of every module and two mock exams. Practical live skills assessments will take place throughout the year which will enhance your understanding of the SQE subjects in a professional environment and prepare you for life as a solicitor.

This is a demanding but exciting programme with a leading university. Our close relationship with the legal sector will provide students with the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and guidance throughout the year and potential work experience upon completion of the programme.

Information for international students

We are proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK. We are here to help you throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey.

For more information please go to - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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