Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: Full-time £5,700, Part-time £2,850
Home cost per credit: n/a
International full time annual tuition fee: £11,630

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Course type



School of Law

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Transform and advance your career with this professionally accredited (Solicitors Regulation Authority/Bar Standards Board) masters degree conversion course in law (previously offered as a GDL) delivered by expert academics and practitioners from LJMU's School of Law.

  • A flexible qualifying law masters degree offered with different study patterns: full time completed in 1 year on Mondays and Wednesdays, or part time completed over 2 years by day release (year 1 on Wednesdays, year 2 on Mondays)
  • Full time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board. Part time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form.
  • Completion of this degree will enable you to progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • Open to non-law graduates who wish to convert a degree into a qualifying legal qualification
  • Excellent preparation for a professional legal career as well as opportunities in public services and management and for those students wishing to proceed further in academia by enrolling onto a PhD

​The School of Law staff are incredibly supportive and helped make the transition into Law easy.

​Sinead McGrath

​The GDL gave me a broad insight into the core subjects of law. It gave me the skills required to perform legal research and has been an essential foundation to my future legal career. LJMU's School of Law provides an environment which encourages learning, providing world class facilities.

​Richard Sanderson, Graduate

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 recognised 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.

Research excellence

Research conducted by LJMU's School of Law was ranked 4th out of all post-92 universities in the UK in the REF 2014 with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure we offer you a contemporary curriculum designed and delivered by experts in their field.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This masters degree conversion course, recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, will enable you to begin your professional training in law, even if you hold a non-law degree.

​The vocational preparation the degree provides is ideal for those candidates with no legal experience and those with theoretical or arts based undergraduate degrees looking to make the switch to, and gain the benefits of, this potentially high-earning and rewarding career pathway.

The School of Law's friendly and supportive environment is the perfect place to develop your skills and knowledge. 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 collegiately with fellow students and teaching staff.

​The programme's teaching team operates an 'open door' policy and you will be supported by pastoral and careers tutors and assigned a personal tutor to support you along the way. We actively encourage and welcome feedback on all aspects of the course so that we can continue to develop and improve the degree.

Staff in the School of Law include research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services and internationally established experts in a wide range of fields.

Our staff maintain strong links with the legal profession via consultancies and placements, while many staff maintain an international scholarly profile with the presentation of academic papers, attendance at conferences, contribution to and the writing of legal text books, journal articles and reviews for academic publications. Some also deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for legal practitioners and work with students and legal professionals through the work of the University's award-nominated Legal Advice Centre.

Programme outline and structure

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.

Upon completion you will have developed 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.

It will also allow you to undertake a dissertation module in any area of law allowing you to pursue an academic career if you so wish.

​The course is presented via a mix of small and large group sessions and workshops. 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. Seminars, role-plays and presentations may also be used where appropriate, while directed study and reading will also play a role in the learning experience.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

  • English Legal System and Legal Research

An introductory module which will introduce you to the institutions and broad principles underpinning English Law. You will be able to gain an ability to undertake research of legal topics and problems using primary and secondary research sources

You will study the history of the English and Welsh Legal System, categories and sources of law, the constitutional background and the structure of the Criminal and Civil Courts including judicial precedent and statutory interpretation. You will also learn how to locate sources of law using primary and secondary materials and apply these primary sources of law

  • Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law and Human rights)

You will gain an appreciation of both the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom and the theoretical framework underpinning them. This module also facilitates a contextual and critical appreciation of the relationship between law and politics relating to the administration and governance of the British State

You will achieve this by studying British 'democracy', the nature of the Constitution, the Sovereignty of Parliament, the separation of powers and the rule of law. You will also study Human Rights, a responsible and accountable government, administrative justice and Judicial Review

  • Law of the European Union

You will learn how to convey and understand the powers and rights enjoyed and generated by the European Union, and to explore the relationship between the EU, its member states, citizens and the national courts

It will demonstrate how EU law can be applied to the free movement of goods, services and persons and allow you to analyse the tools the EU has developed to ensure uniformity and application of EU Law

  • Criminal Law

What are the fundamental principles of criminal liability and the recognisable defences? This module will introduce you to a range of substantive offences including homicide, non-fatal assault, sex and property offences

Your knowledge will be developed and harnessed 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. You will be encouraged to demonstrate an ability to use relevant legal material and present an argument which is both coherent and comprehensible

  • Contract Law

You will be introduced to the basis for knowledge, critical understanding and analysis of the principles of contract law. You will study contract formation including offer, acceptance and consideration and vitiating factors. You will also learn how to discharge a contract and the simple remedies available if a contract has been breached

  • The Law of Tort

Understand the fundamental principles of the English Law of Tort to provide you with a thorough knowledge of the non-legal and legal factors which shape the English Law of Tort. This will be achieved by studying the tort of negligence and general principles such as duty, breach and damage.

You will study psychiatric damage, economic loss, breach, causation, remoteness of damage and defences. While other aspects of Tort will also be studied, such as occupier's liability, employer's liability, vicarious liability, trespass to land and nuisance, trespass to the person, defamation, privacy and remedies

  • Land Law

Throughout this module you will develop a critical understanding of the foundations of modern English Land Law. You will understand statute law, common law and equitable principles, and reported case law. You will be encouraged to develop insightful analyses of, and the ability to critically comment upon, a significant number of key components of modern English Land Law including both unregistered and registered land.

You will achieve this by studying formalities of land law, proprietary estoppel, adverse possession, trusts of land and co-ownership. As the module progresses you will study different interests that affect land, such as leases and licenses, mortgages, easements and freehold covenants

  • Equity and Trusts

This module will enable you to demonstrate critical understanding of both Equity and Trusts and allow you to apply critical analysis, and to develop the core principles of Equity and Trusts to a range of problem and essay-style questions. The fundamental principles of equity will be considered such as the creation of express trusts including the three certainties and constitution.

Different types of trusts will be considered such as resulting and constructive trusts, secret trusts, trusts and investment and charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts. You will also consider trustee and fiduciary duties and what happens if there is a breach of this duty

  • Legal Research Methodologies and Dissertation

In order to be awarded the LLM in Qualifying Law, you will undertake an independent piece of research based on an area of law you have not studied before which may be academic in nature or related to professional practice


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment on the degree is integrated with the learning and teaching strategy which is aligned with professional accreditation requirements.

​The foundational subjects are formally assessed by means of coursework and examination; however, you will have ongoing informal assessment throughout the programme in preparation for assessments.

​Assessment for the supporting and additional legal subjects will be conducted using mainly coursework and presentations.

Staff research interests

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) 97% of the School of Law's research was rated as internationally excellent (3*) or internationally recognised (2*). We were also rated as the leading Law School within the University Alliance, a group of 24 leading universities. We are continuing to invest in our key research areas and also in our research staff, knowing this will help us attain even higher ratings.

​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 includes the following areas:

  • corporate governance
  • banking and finance
  • global finance law
  • financial services and 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 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)

​You should have or expect to obtain a degree from a recognised University or equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level or above.

Exceptionally, the requirements of a second class honours degree may be waived where past experience has made you suitable for the programme.

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. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or 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

Application and selection

​There are two application routes depending on the mode of study you decide on.

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.

Will I be interviewed?

​Applicants are not formally interviewed.


6.5 (Min. 6.0 in each component)


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

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

Financial support

A variety of financial support and guidance is available to LJMU students.

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 email to LJMU's Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go 

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% 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.

The Rice-Jones Scholarships

The Rice-Jones Scholarship ("the Scholarship") is open to any individual studying in the North-West of England who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or Masters in Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions.

To apply for the Scholarship, please email and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.

To be considered applications must be received before Sunday 1 May 2017. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to attend interview week commencing 26 June 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: LJMU does not administer the applications for these scholarships, therefore completed applications must be returned to: Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR or email an electronic copy 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. 

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.

Graduate employment

It is anticipated that the successful completion of the programme will allow you to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you wish to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for those wishing to become a barrister.

​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, such as public services, management and beyond, as well as access to academic study such as MPhil or PhD.

In keeping with LJMU's commitment to employability, you will be able to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as Mooting and Negotiation competitions, which are enjoyable ways of enhancing your future employability. LJMU students have done very well over the years in national Mooting competitions, Client Interviewing, Mediation and National Negotiation competitions, most recently reaching the final of the 2012 Client Interviewing and Mediation Competition which was held in Chicago and winning the 2014 Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition.

​Students are also encouraged to participate in the Legal Advice Centre, a free service aimed at providing local residents with pro bono legal advice in a number of areas of the law.

To ensure you maximise the opportunities presented by being a student at LJMU, the School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor who will help you secure employment and training contracts.

International Study

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 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:

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.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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