About your course
A Masters degree that will enable you to make a significant and measurable contribution to the body of legal knowledge in your chosen subject.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Teaching delivered in 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
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.
Introduction to the School
The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.
The School has a long-standing reputation for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. The School's academic team are a mixture of research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field.
Through its portfolio of postgraduate courses and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study, where work related skills development is seen as a priority.
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 forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Programme outline and structure
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.
Whether you are currently working as a legal practitioner or would like to do so in the future, completing this masters degree will increase your level of expertise and enhance your career prospects. You will be required to complete an in-depth study in an area of law/legal practice pertinent to yourself and within a project of your own design.
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.
Modules, core and optional
The modules listed here are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Legal research skills for practitioners
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).
Staff research interests
Staff carry out research in two different fields: Law (UK and international, dispute resolution) and Criminal Justice.
Research in Law includes the following areas:
- corporate governance
- banking and finance
- global finance law
- financial services and financial crime
- media law
- comparative private/public law
- EU law
- international law
- commercial law
- sports law
- German public law
- Italian public law
- medical ethics
- legal theory
- human rights
- criminal law
- police powers
- trans-national crime
- family law
- law and religion
- legal history
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
Entry requirements (Home)
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.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
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 email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Scholarships for taught masters students
LJMU will be awarding over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each to students starting a taught Masters degree in September 2015 and January 2016. The funding is part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme and is a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. You will have to pass certain eligibility criteria in order to be considered for one of these generous scholarships. For example, you must:
- be a UK or EU resident
- have been paying the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012
- want to start a full-time Masters degree (MA, MSc, MREs) in September 2015 or January 2016
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*).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched 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: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
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.
Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.