LLM Master of Laws (DL) Leeds Beckett University
Designed to be as flexible as possible to meet your needs, this course and all assessments are delivered entirely online with no live classes for you to attend.
If you have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Vocational Course, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), you can study this top-up course from anywhere in the world to obtain a master by writing a dissertation on a specific area of law.
Training in research methods is provided and you will be in regular contact with your dissertation supervisor. If you aspire to a career teaching law or want to work in a specialised area of law or business, this course will help you gain the relevant expertise.
We offer dissertation supervision in a broad range of legal subjects, including business law, international law, criminal justice, employment law, equalities and discrimination law, EU law, human rights, intellectual property, professional practice and professional ethics. If you are interested in another area, we will be happy to discuss this with you further.
Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training have been subject to a detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review has examined the routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) no longer requires the study of a 'Qualifying Law Degree' (QLD), however, the study of what is referred to as the 'legal foundations of knowledge is still required before the vocational stage of bar training. All our undergraduate law degrees meet this requirement. The changes to the routes to qualification as a solicitor are due to be finalised in the summer of 2020, with the introduction of those changes provisionally from September 2021 onwards.
Why study Law at Leeds Beckett University
- Leeds Law School regularly welcomes guest speakers in prominent legal positions and you will be able to access their lectures digitally if you are unable to attend on-campus
- Law Trove is an online service offered by Oxford University Press. This means all of our students will be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online and for free
- Take inspiration from our high-profile ‘Law in Practice’ guest lectures – with previous speakers including Labour Party Leader, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP and human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE PC
- Our course is delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience
Teaching And Learning
Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.
This course will improve your employability prospects in a competitive legal world. It will give you the expertise to move into specialised areas such as employment law or international law. Many law firms and barristers’ chambers recognise the LLM as advanced training and will favour candidates with this qualification. If you aspire to work in legal education, an LLM is often required to be considered for a lecturer position.
- Trainee solicitor
- Claims handler
- Law lecturer
Scholarships And Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that the opportunity to experience an education here at Leeds Beckett University is open to all. If you're thinking of joining us to study for your undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary.
Bursaries are usually awarded depending on household income, whilst scholarships are available for a number of areas and are based on sporting or academic excellence.
Beckett Careers Team
Our Beckett Careers Team will support you with all aspects of your career planning, throughout university and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a part-time job or want to gain experience alongside your studies, need help preparing an application, or exploring graduate job options, we can provide expert support every step of the way!
Throughout your university journey and up to five years after you graduate you'll have access to a broad range of support and tools to help you with:
- Getting ready to apply for jobs
- Working on your CV
- Preparing for an interview
- Applying for graduate vacancies or placements
- Connecting with employers and organisations
"Having spent most of my career teaching law students I felt quite confident starting the LLM programme at Leeds Beckett. The experience has been exhilarating and far better than my expectations. The ability to pace myself and schedule my assignments to minimise any impact on my law teaching profession has been the most rewarding aspect of my LLM. I am so glad I chose here to study!"
Muttalib Mohammad Qureshi
LLM Master of Laws (Distance Learning)
Fees & Funding
UK/EU and International
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2021/22 is £3300. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
There are three routes for entry to this course, applicants are required to meet one of the following entry criteria:
- A postgraduate diploma in a legal subject (GDL, LPC, BVC or BPTC)
- Have achieved a qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales
- Have achieved a qualification as a qualified lawyer in a jurisdiction recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/qlts/recognised-jurisdictions.page)
All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; you can download our reference template for completion. All applications should be accompanied by a completed dissertation proposal form that can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable.
All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.
English Language Requirements
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