LLM Qualifying Law - this course is closed to applicants for 2021 entry

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22 22/23

Home (full-time, per year): £7,250 £7,950

Home (part-time, per year): £3,625 £3,975

International (full-time, per year): £15,600 £16,100

International (part-time, per year): £7,800 £8,050

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About this course

Transform and advance your career with LJMU's professionally accredited Qualifying Law LLM conversion course (previously GDL) delivered by academics and practitioners.

  • Choose from flexible modes of study
  • Study on a course accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority/Bar Standards Board
  • Progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • Apply even if you are a non-law graduate wanting to convert a degree into a qualifying legal qualification
  • Prepare for a professional legal career as well as opportunities in public services and management
  • Generous funding scholarships available for home and overseas students

This exciting degree is designed to enable non-law graduates to gain an exempting legal qualification at Masters level.

The degree will provide you with opportunities to broaden your legal interests, while equipping you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a rewarding future in the legal profession.


On completion of the course you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to study on a Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and ultimately qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

The programme also allows you to undertake a dissertation module in any area of law, enabling you to pursue an academic career.

The route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales will change in autumn 2021 when the new Solicitors Qualification Examination is introduced. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed that students with a degree that is not a qualifying law degree will be able to follow the current route and take the LPC, but only if they have started, or accepted an offer to start, the conversion course (at LJMU this is the LLM Qualifying Law) by 31 August 2021. In the future, students who have taken the LLM QL will need to show the date when they accepted an offer and when the course started before they can join the LPC.

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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

Additional costs

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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • 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.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Rice-Jones Scholarship

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 2021/22 applications, each award will total between £250 and £1500 towards study expenses. Awards granted will depend on the applications received.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2021. Download your application form and view the terms and conditions.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.

While the focus of the programme is on preparation for a professional legal career, the study of law provides access to an extremely broad range of careers in public services, management and beyond, as well as access to academic study at MPhil/PhD-level.


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Course modules

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.

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Core modules

English Legal System and Legal Research
10 credits

This module is intended to provide an introduction to the remainder of the programme and equip you with thr essential knowledge and skills needed to study the other modules effectively. You will be introduced to the institutions and broad principles underpinning the English Legal System, and gain an ability to undertake research of legal topics and problems using primary and secondary sources.

Public Law
15 credits

Public Law is primarily concerned with the relationship between the citizen and the State. It concerns the constitutional structures of the United Kingdom, including the nature of Parliament and its legislative supremacy. It explores broad public law doctrines such as the separation of powers and the rule of law and teaches them in a UK context. You will gain an appreciation of both the Constitutional Arrangements of the United Kingdom and the theoretical framework underpinning them.

EU Law
10 credits

This module aims to:

  • convey and understand the powers and rights enjoyed and generated by the EU
  • explore the relationship between the EU, its member states, citizens and national courts
  • demonstrate how EU law can be applied to the Free movement of Goods and Persons
  • analyse the tools the EU has developed to ensure uniformity of application of EU Law

Criminal Law
15 credits

This module introduces you to the essential principles of substantive offences and applicable defences. It aims to:

  • introduce the underlining principles of criminal liability and any recognisable defences
  • introduce a range of substantive offences including Homicide, Non-Fatal assault offences, Sex offences and Property offences
  • develop and harness your knowledge so that you are able to demonstrate which offence(s) is/are applicable by recognising the relevant statutory and common law principles that must be established to prove that offence
  • encourage you to demonstrate an ability to use relevant legal material and present an argument which is both coherent and comprehensible

Contract Law
15 credits

This module aims to provide a basis for knowledge, critical understanding and analysis of the principles of Contract Law.

Law of Tort
15 credits

Tort Law is part of English private civil law. This module aims to introduce you to essential policy considerations and the purpose of Tort Law. It focuses on the major areas of Tort Law, with emphasis on negligence.

Land Law
15 credits

This  module aims to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the foundations of Modern English Land Law, in terms of Statute Law, Common Law and Equitable Principles, and reported Case Law
  • encourage an insightful analysis of and ability to critically comment on a significant number of key components of Modern English Land Law

Equity and Trusts
15 credits

This module explores the development and role of Equity and Equity's 'greatest creation' the Trust. It enables you to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding of both Equity and Trusts
  • apply, critically analyse and develop the core principles of Equity and Trusts to a range of both problem and essay style questions

Legal Research Methodologies
10 credits

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
  • enable you to present legal issues, disputes and attendant intellectual argument in a structured and comprehensible manner sufficient to embark on preparation for your dissertation

60 credits

This module aims to:

  • provide research methods and theory underpinnings
  • teach you to develop higher level skills of extended legal research, analysis, the selection of legal sources and the management of their study
  • give you the opportunity to plan and carry out an in-depth study of your chosen legal topic
  • enable you to take responsibility for your own learning


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time study is completed over one year on Mondays and Wednesdays

Part-time study is completed over two years by day release (year 1 on Wednesdays, year 2 on Mondays)

Teaching methods

You will learn via a mix of small and large group sessions and workshops, seminars and role-plays. Large sessions will enable tutors to introduce legal topics, with opportunities for much more in-depth discussion and analysis in the small sessions and workshops. The format of these sessions will vary according to prescribed learning outcomes, with some being led by tutors and others being led by the students. Directed study and reading will also play a role in the learning experience.

At a very early stage you will be actively encouraged to form study groups and support networks to help with your learning. Teamwork is an important part of the degree's ethos and you will be encouraged to work with fellow students and teaching staff.

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Applied learning

The vocational preparation the degree provides is ideal for those with no legal experience and those with theoretical or arts-based undergraduate degrees

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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.

Foundation subjects on this course are formally assessed by coursework and examination. Assessment for the supporting and additional legal subjects will be conducted using mainly coursework and presentations.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Anita Ellis

Anita Ellis

Programme Leader

Anita moved into legal education in July 1998 being appointed senior law lecturer at LJMU. Anita works on the LPC (LLM LPC), LLM Qualifying Law and LLB Law. She is joint module leader on LLB Land Law and also teaches on Equity and Succession. She teaches on Property Law and Practice, Commercial Property, Private Client, Accounts, Tax, Wills and Administration of Estates and Legal Research on the LPC. She is the subject leader for Tax and Business Accounts. She also teaches on the foundation subjects on the GDL and is part of the Land Law teaching team.

After obtaining a dual degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from Sheffield University, I decided to convert my degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1995. I worked after qualification in a Commercial Property department and expanded my areas of law to include probate and residential conveyancing.

School facilities

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 is shared by two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - and Liverpool Business School, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, 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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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum second class honours degree


  • equivalent previous experience
Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum. 6.0 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 61 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
  • International students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time

If you have any specific queries, please contact busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

The route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales will change in autumn 2021 when the new Solicitors Qualification Examination is introduced. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed that students with a degree that is not a qualifying law degree will be able to follow the current route and take the LPC, but only if they have started, or accepted an offer to start, the conversion course (at LJMU this is the LLM Qualifying Law) by 31 August 2021. In the future, students who have taken the LLM QL will need to show the date when they accepted an offer and when the course started before they can join the LPC.

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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.

There are two application routes depending on the mode of study you choose:

  • full-time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board. The deadline for full-time applications is Saturday 21 August 2021. 
  • part-time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form. The deadline for part-time applications is Saturday 21 August 2021
  • both full and part-time programmes start on Wednesday 1 September 2021 and end Monday 9 May 2022.

    Application guidance

We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. Your personal statement should be concise and to the point.

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We want to see a systematic approach behind your submission with evidence that you have 'organisational ability'. Explain why you want to do the course at LJMU, show you've done some research into it and be aware of the career pathways. Work experience or contact with the legal system would be advantageous along with individual achievements.

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.

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