Manchester Metropolitan University


LLM in Legal Practice (Full Award)

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

Funding available

This combined LPC and LLM course is eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme from the UK government, and may be offered to residents of the UK and EU. Check your eligibility:

Specialist LPC facilities

Recognising the challenging nature of solicitor training, the Law School offers a number of specialist facilities for the use of students on the LPC programme. Students benefit from specialist postgraduate study areas, LPC study suite and legal libraries. There is also a mock courtroom in the Law School. 

Practitioner Mentor Scheme

Specifically for LPC students at Manchester Law School, this scheme helps you to establish a direct link with someone in practice who you can approach for advice and questions.

Pro Bono

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with many organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links at our many events including external speakers and local and national firms.

Award-winning Faculty environment

At Manchester Law School you will have access to an outstanding Faculty building, housing spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi.  You will benefit from highly modern facilities on our thriving campus too, at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Placement options

Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance with cultivating links to the legal profession and other legally related employers. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to connect with practising staff.

About the course

This combined course is designed to reflect the reality of life in practice, with the opportunity to develop specialist skills and knowledge in an area of the law that interests you and could benefit your career. 

In the LPC element of the course, you will learn from interactive workshops that are built around transactional case studies. Your teaching team include qualified solicitors and many have continued links with practice, which informs the content and delivery of workshops. 

The full-time course comprises of 180 credits in 1 year. 

The part-time course comprises the following credits over 2 years:

  • 60 compulsory credits in year 1
  • 90 compulsory credits in year 2 
  • 30 elective credits that are taken across years 1 and 2


Stage 1: Core Units

All compulsory core units will enable successful students to meet the learning outcomes specified from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • Advocacy
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Writing

Stage 2: Elective Units

There are a number of units available to choose from so you can tailor your learning to reflect your career ambitions and legal interests. You will need to study three elective units. The content of each elective unit is  designed to ensure practical relevance.

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property 
  • Corporate Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Wills, Probate and Estate Planning.

PLEASE NOTE: The delivery of each elective is subject to the requirement that there must be sufficient students choosing to study it

LLM element:

  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation/Research Project 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

LPC element: Each vocational elective is assessed by way of supervised examination of three hours. 

LLM element: Research Methods teaching, assessed research proposal and assessed dissertation/research project

Typical entry requirements

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 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.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications are via the Central Applications Board from the 1st October in the academic year prior to enrolment.

Part-time applications download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

This course allows you gain the professional qualification required to practice as a solicitor, whilst allowing you to study at Master’s level and gain specialist legal knowledge through supervised research study.

Confirmation of Regulator

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.