Postgraduate Factfile: LLM Legal Practice LLM

This LLM is an ideal route of study for LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified lawyers and to other members of the legal profession, including paralegals and legal executives.
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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Full Time & Part Time
Start date: September

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Teaching delivered in £38million Redmonds Building
  • Approved by Bar Council/Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • Open to all LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified students and to members of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions, regardless of the date of qualification

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Course overview

This programme offers an exciting opportunity to research an area of law of your own choosing and to make a significant and measurable contribution to the body of legal knowledge in your chosen subject.

You will learn how to research effectively at postgraduate level, how to write, structure and present your work to best effect, and how to manage your time and resources so that you are able to complete a Masters level project.

On successful completion of the programme you will have a certified degree of expertise in your chosen subject that may well open new doors for you in your future career.

The programme is open to all LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified students and to members of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions, regardless of the date of qualification.

In addition, the LLM in Legal Practice is a stand-alone qualification that will enhance your career prospects through the acquisition of vocationally relevant knowledge and skills, thereby leading to a more rounded appreciation and understanding of your chosen areas of expertise.

Initially, your learning developed through participation in seminar-based or workshop sessions, under the guidance of an experienced tutor. This is a relaxed and informal style of education, particularly suited to Masters level study.

You will learn from each other through discussion and exposition in small groups. Latterly, you will largely study on your own with full support and guidance from your dissertation supervisor and, where necessary, other members of the School’s academic staff.

Our Law School staff are a blend of research active lecturers; qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services; and internationally established leading experts in their field.

Current research interests include:

  • criminal law
  • legal history
  • corporate governance
  • banking and finance
  • global finance law
  • obligations
  • media law
  • comparative private/public law
  • EU law
  • international law
  • commercial law
  • sports law
  • German public law
  • Italian public law
  • medical ethics
  • bioethics
  • legal theory
  • human rights
  • terrorism
  • police powers
  • transnational crime
  • family law
  • law and religion


Erasmus is a European Union-funded programme that could enable you to either study or work in Europe. If selected, you will receive a grant which can be used to meet some of the costs of funding your placement. To find out more about Erasmus, and explore the opportunities available within your Faculty/School, please visit

How will I be assessed?

Your dissertation proposals and dissertations are assessed by academic staff in the School of Law against sets of assessment criteria which have been specifically devised for the purposes of assessment on this programme. Detailed feedback will be provided on both drafts (formative assessment) and final pieces of work (summative assessment).

Why study this course at LJMU?

In the 2014 REF, research submitted by LJMU’s School of Law was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. 

This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

The programme provides both legal practitioners and intending legal practitioners with new and exciting opportunities to expand their levels of expertise and develop their career prospects through an in-depth study of an area of law/legal practice of their own choosing within a project of their own design.

The experience is seen as a satisfying and rewarding one – and one that may open new doors for all those who successfully complete the course.

Introduction to the School

The School of Law at LJMU offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture. Housed within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, one of the largest and most diverse faculties within the LJMU structure, the School has built a reputation over 50 years for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. 

The School of Law's staff group ensures the Faculty plays host to the most advanced knowledge and expertise that the University has to offer in the realms of business, commerce, law, criminal justice. 
The School offers a range of post graduate programmes:

  • Legal Practice Course
  • LLM International Business, Corporate and Finance Law 
  • LLM Legal Practice 
  • LLM European Law
  • LLM Global Crime, Justice and Security
  • MA in Criminal Justice
  • MPhil/PhD

The vast majority of teaching input on these programmes is delivered by full and part-time members of the School of Law team.  This staff group are a blend of research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field.  

Through these programmes of study and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School of Law offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study. 

Within a culture of teaching and learning that keep work related skills development in clear focus. The School, staff and programmes delivered seek to help maximise the ability, strengths, and ambitions of all its students.

Staff research interests

Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in two different fields: Law – UK and International, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Justice.
Research in Law

Research in Law includes the following areas:

  • corporate governance
  • banking and finance
  • global finance law
  • financial services & financial crime
  • obligations; media law
  • comparative private/public law
  • EU law
  • international law
  • commercial law
  • ADR
  • sports law
  • German public law
  • Italian public law
  • medical ethics
  • bioethics
  • legal theory
  • human rights
  • criminal law
  • terrorism
  • police powers
  • trans-national crime
  • family la
  • law and religion
  • legal history

Research in Criminal Justice
Research in Criminal Justice includes the following areas:

  • organisation and governance of the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service
  • community penalties
  • surveillance and social control 
  • multi-agency approach to crime prevention 
  • international politics of crime control
  • application of criminological theories to practice 
  • justice in England and Wales 
  • youth Justice bail service 
  • crimes of the powerful (including corporate crime and state crime) 
  • sentencing policy and practice 
  • criminal justice policy and relationship between policy and research
  • relationships between the police and the public 
  • sex offenders 
  • drug users 
  • effectiveness in probation intervention 
  • mentally disordered offenders

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU awards a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements


  • 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)


  • 58-64

English language requirements


6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are either:

  • a Diploma in Legal Practice from a recognised LPC provider, or
  • a Diploma in Legal Practice at the Bar from a recognised BPTC provider.

If you possess either of these qualifications then, ordinarily, you will be credited with 105 M level credits towards the completion of the LLM in Legal Practice. These requirements may be waived where it can be shown that you have previous work experience that has made you suitable for this Masters programme.

The further 75 credits required to complete the programme will be gained from the above-mentioned legal research methodology module which culminates in the dissertation proposal (15 credits) and the dissertation itself (60 credits).

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to secure an accredited prior learning exemption from the research methodology module.

If you are an international student who has successfully completed an LPC /BVC/ BPTC programme in England and Wales you are welcome to join the programme. Those whose first language is not English are required to have attained a recognised English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. 

Application and Selection

Will I be interviewed?

No, an interview is not required.

Fees information

Tuition fees for home and EU students for the academic year 2015-2016 are £2,000, which can be paid in full or by instalments throughout the academic year.

Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £2,420. Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.

International students fees are payable in full on registration or you can choose to pay 50% with the balance paid in full four months later.

Further information for international students about finance, fees and scholarships can be found here.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible:, 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.

Sources of funding

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).  Please go to for more details.

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught Masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to:  

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre ( For further details, go to:   

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website ( can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to for more details.

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time-in-lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies on:

tel: 0151 231 5175
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090

Please apply via the online application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.

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