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
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.
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 Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2016) 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.
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.
English Legal System and Legal Research
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 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.
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
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
This module aims to provide a basis for knowledge, critical understanding and analysis of the principles of Contract Law.
Law of Tort
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
The vocational preparation the degree provides is ideal for those with no legal experience and those with theoretical or arts-based undergraduate degrees
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
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.
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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You will need:
- a minimum second class honours degree
- equivalent previous experience
- IELTS 6.5 (minimum. 6.0 in each component)
- Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 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 Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time
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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.
There are two application routes depending on the mode of study you choose:
- full-time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board
- part-time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form
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.
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.