About this course
LJMU's Legal Practice LLM is a hybrid taught and research Masters degree enabling you to make a significant contribution to legal knowledge in your chosen subject.
- Study in the School of Law's multi-million Redmonds Building
- Develop your academic skills including researching, writing and presenting
- Access this course if you are LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified student or a member of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions, regardless of the date of qualification
- Generous funding scholarships available for home and overseas student
The LLM 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. The course aims to enable you to research effectively at postgraduate level. It also enables you to write, structure and present your work to best effect. You will learn to manage your time and resources so that you are able to complete a Masters-level project to your best potential.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
The Rice-Jones Charitable Trust was set up by an individual who wanted to benefit postgraduate law students studying in the North-West of England. The lady’s late husband and her father were both lawyers. This has inspired her to help students who show academic promise and a commitment to the legal profession, yet who may not have the financial support to undertake their studies. The The Rice-Jones Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission: charity 117189. View the full details.
The Rice-Jones Scholarship will be offered to applicants who have accepted a place to study on a postgraduate law course including, but not limited to, the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Professional Training Course or the Masters in Law.
For all 2019/20 applications, each award will total between £250 and £1500 towards study expenses. Awards granted will depend on the applications received.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
This course provides a route into Masters study for LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified lawyers and for other members of the legal profession, including paralegals and legal executives. It also opens up a number of exciting pathways to roles such as solicitor and business owner.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
Legal Research Skills for Practitioners
This module aims to provide you with the research tools and skills necessary to undertake and engage successfully in independent legal research study at Masters level
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to present legal issues, disputes and intellectual argument in a structured and comprehensible manner sufficient to embark on preparation for a dissertation.
This module provides generic and specific research skills, to enable you to search, select, analyse and manage legal sources. It:
- enables you to plan an in-depth study of legal sources
- helps you to demonstrate your ability to conceptualise and produce creative work
An insight into teaching on your course
The programme is studied on a part-time basis over one academic year. Once the four week teaching block has been completed, you will need to be a self-sufficient learner who can manage your own time and plan your reading and assignment preparation effectively. You will have a dissertation supervisor from the School of Law who will arrange supervisory and contact sessions to ensure your research objectives are met.
Our academic team have designed your assessed work around the needs of the legal profession to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development.
The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
On this course the Legal Research Skills for Practitioners module is marked on a pass/fail grading and you will only proceed to the Dissertation stage once you have passed the proposal.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Laura spent eight years working as a lawyer in a large UK commercial law firm, specialising in corporate law. She moved into academia five years ago, teaching international trade and finance law, intellectual property law and obligations. Her research focuses on sports law, particularly gender equality and the corporatisation of sport.
I love teaching. The main reason I left practice was because I wanted to teach. To me, students are the most important aspect of the work I do.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - as well as the Liverpool Business School. This makes for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres, seminar rooms, a mock court room, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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You will need:
- a diploma in Legal Practice from a recognised LPC provider
- a diploma in Legal Practice at the Bar from a recognised BPTC provider
- previous work experience that has made you suitable for this programme
- IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)
- Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
- RPL is accepted on this programme
- 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
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.