Combine your solicitor training with an LLM. Gain specialised legal knowledge and stand out in a competitive jobs market.
Our LLM in Legal Practice with LPC brings together the essential skills and knowledge to train as a solicitor, and masters-level legal research skills that can help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.
Ready for Work
The LPC element is designed to prepare you for life as a solicitor. It's practical, interactive and delivered by experienced legal professionals who understand what it takes to succeed in the workplace. As you study, you'll learn to think and behave like a solicitor.
The LPC elements of the course meet the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).
Meanwhile, the LLM advanced study element offers the chance for you to specialise in an area of the law that interests you, developing valuable legal research skills along the way.
Our staff have varied specialisms and you could learn from some of the leading researchers in fields such as human rights, discrimination law and equality law.
- 1 year: full-time
- 2 years: part-time
Features and Benefits
- Funding available – If you're a UK or EU resident, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
- Research skills – Develop valuable legal research skills and take the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge of a legal specialism of your choice.
- Legal services hub – Manchester is the second largest legal sector in the UK. Study in this thriving legal environment.
- Specialist facilities – Access our dedicated study areas and legal libraries. We also have a mock courtroom in our modern, well-equipped Law School.
- Globally recognised – The LLM is recognised around the world, while the LPC will allow you to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales and other common law jurisdiction countries.
- Build experience – Volunteer through our extensive network of partners to build up your experience while you’re training.
This combined course opens doors to a variety of careers across the legal sphere. With an LPC under your belt, you’ll be ready to start your journey towards becoming a qualified solicitor. In addition, your internationally recognised LLM qualification can lead to exciting opportunities the world over. The research skills you’ll build can boost your appeal across a range of organisations.
Our Careers and Employability Service is here throughout your time with us, ready to offer advice and guidance to support your professional ambitions. You can also improve your CV by volunteering for pro bono work through our network of legal partners.
92% of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.
DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
You will have a qualifying law degree or GDL, or exemption granted by the Solicitors Regulations Authority (SRA).
If you intend to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you need to look at the SRA website www.sra.org.uk/home for the requirements to enter the profession. If you intend to practise in another jurisdiction you will need to find out the requirements to do so.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Full-time applications are via the Central Applications Board from the 1st October in the academic year prior to enrolment.
Meet the Experts
The LPC element of the course is designed to prepare you fully for life as a solicitor. It’s practical, interactive and delivered by experienced legal professionals who understand what it takes to succeed in the workplace. There’s an emphasis on real-life legal scenarios, so you’ll be able to try your hand at everything from interviewing clients and writing letters of advice, to preparing legal documents and appearing in court. This means you’ll learn to think and behave like a professional as you develop the knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to thrive in today’s legal environment.
With our innovative study combination, you'll also complete advanced masters-level study to gain an LLM. The LLM will allow you to specialise in an area of the law of particular interest to you, expanding your knowledge in line with your professional or academic goals. You’ll also develop advanced critical and analytical skills as you carry out an extensive research project. You’ll be supported through the process by specialist researchers at the forefront of their field, people who are shaping the legal environment in areas like human rights, discrimination, medical ethics and free movement.
The facilities at Manchester Law School are modern and well-equipped. You’ll be able to make the most of exclusive study areas and comprehensive legal libraries – there’s even a mock courtroom on site where you can hone your oral presentation and advocacy skills.
It all adds up to a qualification that can make a real difference to your career. The LPC will set you on the professional path to becoming a solicitor, while the LLM elements of the study show that you have the intellectual drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen area of law – setting you apart from the crowd.
For the LPC element, you’ll study a comprehensive selection of core units, designed around the key areas set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. From there, we have a range of professionally relevant option units you can study. You’ll pick three – letting you shape your studies around your career ambitions and legal interests.
For the LLM element, you’ll work on a dissertation or Research Project – developing the research methods and working on an assessed research proposal, then doing the project itself.
The course consists of 180 credits. If you study part-time these will be split over two years as follows:
- 60 compulsory credits in Year 1
- 90 compulsory credits in Year 2
- 30 option credits that are taken across Years 1 and 2
- Business Law and Practice
- Civil and Criminal Litigation
- Interviewing and Advising
- Practical Legal Research
- Professional Conduct and Regulation
- Property Law and Practice
- Solicitors' Accounts
- Wills and Administration of Estates
- Research proposal
- Dissertation/Research Project
Choose three from a listing including:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Property
- Corporate Practice
- Employment Law and Practice
- Family Law and Practice
- Immigration Law
- Personal Injury Litigation
Please Note: Each option unit will only be available if enough students choose to study it.
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Full-time: 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study
- Part-time: 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study
- Full-time: 13% coursework; 0% practical; 87% examination
- Part-time: 13% coursework; 0% practical; 87% examination
As part of Manchester Law School, our LPC students have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work through the Pro Bono Network. Working with one of our partners to provide free expertise to people in need means having the chance to build real skills and relevant experience.
Through the Pro Bono Network, you will get the chance to explore different areas of law in practice. You'll build your professional network and ultimately, you could make a difference to someone's life even before you qualify. it helps you stand out from the crowd and increases your skills, confidence and employability.
We work with a variety of organisations on our pro bono projects, both local and international. If you join our network, you could be working in court with the Personal Support Unit, on a free advice line at Slater & Gordon, with a team of commercial pro bono lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard at our Business Law Cafe or even representing clients at appeal hearings through the Legal Advocacy Support Project.
UK and EU Students
- UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £10,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
- UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £12,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2000 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
In addition to tuition fees, an exam fee of £15 is payable.
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400.
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