Taught course

Professional Practice (Corporate Commercial)

University of York · York Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in Law, with honours (2.1 or higher, or its equivalent). Applicants with equivalent legal professional, management or commercial experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM in Professional Practice (Corporate Commercial) is a unique programme designed for students with an interest in pursuing a career in corporate commercial legal practice.

Students will work collaboratively as a student "law firm", and individually, on over 20 varied real-life corporate commercial transactions and matters, developed in consultation with legal practitioners. Students will learn to analyse client interests, legal, practical, commercial and professional issues, and identify relevant regulations. You will also develop and apply a broad range of practical legal skills: including research; document and case analysis; problem-solving; interviewing; negotiation; and advocacy; to progress transactions and resolve client issues. You will also advise clients in a variety of different written and oral formats, and amend and draft authentic legal documents. Legal practice will be further mirrored by each student law firm having a "senior partner" supervising tutor. This senior partner will provide regular individual feedback to each student on their client work, and act as a mentor to both the firm, and individual students.

For students wishing to pursue a career as a solicitor, taking the programme can put you in the same position as if you had completed the Legal Practice Course. There will be a number of designated legal practice assessments offered on the programme. If you opt to take these and successfully complete them at the appropriate standard, you can apply to the SRA to be recognised as having satisfied its LPC Outcomes by equivalent means. For further detail on this, and the process involved, see the "Assessment" tab.

The LLM in Professional Practice (Corporate Commercial) aims to provide an integrated, holistic understanding of corporate commercial legal practice. At the end of the course, students should be able to, in the context of this practice area:

  • Plan efficient and effective research strategies, and apply legal principles and regulations to legal and practice issues that affect clients
  • Work independently and collaboratively to solve client problems
  • Understand the operation and regulation of legal services providers and legal professionals
  • Apply legal, academic and interpersonal skills to engage with clients, peers, and other professionals
  • Communicate confidently and effectively both verbally and in writing in a range of formats and to a variety of recipients and audiences
  • Understand the commercial interests of both clients and law firms
  • Work effectively and efficiently, both independently and as part of a team
  • Reflect on learning to identify both progress and areas for further development as a means of furthering personal professional ambitions

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
01904 325818