The Professional Legal Practice LLM is designed for non-law graduates who are seeking to transition to a career in law. You'll learn both the law and its practical application to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations. The course will provide you with a solid foundation to qualify either as a solicitor or a barrister, whichever profession you decide upon.
The knowledge gained on this course will allow you to progress to further study for the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE) or for a Bar Standards Board-authorised barristers’ training course. The course also provides the opportunity to gain an academic qualification at the Master’s level with the option of either taking our Legal Practice Project module, which combines professional legal skills with academic research, or a dissertation module on a chosen topic within the broad field covered by the course.
You'll practise the relevant skills in your tutorials, looking at writing, drafting, interviewing and advising, research, case and matter analysis and advocacy. You'll be assessed by a variety of authentic assessments which include advocacy, a case study report, analysis of a legal case and a legal practice blog. These will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate that you have acquired a range of essential professional legal skills in addition to substantive law.
Top reasons to study with us
Small, interactive group sessions allow you to benefit from individual guidance and help. These sessions mimic a live legal workplace, thereby providing you with an opportunity to put your theory into practice
The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning
Highly experienced and approachable lecturers, many of whom are qualified solicitors or barristers
The course is taught at Westminster Law School in the heart of London's West End, with many law firms nearby
Why study this course?
Greater student focusLectures are taught in small, interactive group sessions, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
Taught by expertsYou'll be taught by academics and practitioners, experts in the field, and with a passion for supporting students from diverse backgrounds.
Industry insightAttend workshops addressed by industry leaders, which in the past have included Accutrainee Limited, Bristows LLP, Devonshires Solicitors LLP, and Government Legal Profession, to name a few.