Our LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar brings together the essential practical skills and knowledge from our Bar Training Course (BTC) and masters-level legal research skills that can help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.
Everything about the BTC element of the course is built to prepare you for life as a barrister. You'll work within a mini chambers group of 6-12 students, designed to mirror the real-life practices you'll face in a career at the bar.
Meanwhile, the LLM advanced study element offers the chance for you to deepen your knowledge in a specialist area of the law.
Boost your knowledge with academic skills
Whilst the course comes with a comprehensive range of units, you'll also find the flexibility to adapt your studies to your interests and ambitions.
Throughout it all, you'll enjoy the best possible guidance - with classes, guest lectures and mentoring from a practising barrister, together with the support of our leading academics throughout your research project.
Whatever your career ambitions, this course provides the opportunity to stand out. With practical skills, professional contacts and deep-rooted specialist knowledge, you'll have everything you need for a successful career.
To be considered for a place, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria:
- You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme.
- You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test.
BTC and LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar students are selected primarily on academic ability and must have been awarded at least a 2:2 at first degree level, or international equivalent, although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills will also be considered.
All offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Inns of Court.
International students please refer to mmu.ac.uk/international. This course requires IELTS of 7.5 in all elements of the test. Please note this is a requirement that differs from the University standard.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Our LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar combines professional training for a career at the bar with advanced masters-level study.
Everything about the BTC element of the course is built to prepare you for life as a barrister – with a programme that meets (or exceeds) the benchmark set by the Bar Standards Board. What sets the course apart is its practical approach and professional focus. So, for most of your studies, you’ll work within a mini chambers group of 6-12 students, designed to mirror the real-life practices you’ll face in your career – from the way you work with your colleagues, to the way you perform in our mock court room. Meanwhile, the LLM part of your course is based around advanced independent study.
Our Pro Bono Network offers the chance to learn real-world skills while making a real-life difference. And, with our Additional Professional Programme, we have a wide variety of guest lectures, competitions and other career-boosting activities designed to close the gap between your studies and your career.
Throughout it all, you’ll enjoy the best possible guidance. To help you achieve a professional qualification, you’ll have professional support – with classes and lectures from judges, clerks of chambers and other members of the Northern Circuit, together with the advice and insight from a Practitioner Mentor. The same standards apply for the LLM aspect of your course, with leading academics offering their expertise at every step of your research project.
Whatever your ambitions for your career, the legal arena is a competitive jobs market. This course provides the opportunity to stand out. With practical skills, professional contacts and deep-rooted specialist knowledge, you’ll have everything you need to make the best possible step for your future in law.
Additional Professional Programme (APP)
In May 2019, the law school hosted an APP event for BTC students. Speakers included a circuit judge, QC and recorder who gave up their time to share their knowledge and advice with our students. Hear what our students had to say:
“An exceptional lecture with eminent speakers imparting invaluable knowledge to aspiring barristers.”
Tolu Obadan, Bar Student
“I found the event refreshingly entertaining and highly educational. I found their talks to be inspiring yet pragmatic, entertaining yet serious and professional, and I have no hesitation in saying that I found the event very beneficial.”
Kennedy W Hodge, Bar Student
The APP is set to continue throughout the following academic year, with sessions opening up to all interested law students.
You will study 8 core units that meet the Vocational Component of Bar Training from Criminal Litigation to Conference Skills and Drafting. You will then move on to the Professional Practice Unit where you will develop the resilience and confidence in order to be able to thrive at the Bar.
The core units you will study are:
- Civil Litigation
- Criminal Litigation Evidence and Sentencing
- Advocacy Civil
- Advocacy Criminal
- Conference Skills
- Opinion Writing and Legal Research
- Professional Ethics
- Professional Practice Unit
- Advanced Independent Study Unit
We have a long and proud history of providing Bar training at Manchester Metropolitan. Course content for our Bar Training Course is currently undergoing review. Please check back regularly for updates.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates 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 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
- Full-time 60% coursework; 0% practical; 40% examination
As part of Manchester Law School, our BTC 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.
Find out more about our Pro Bono Network
Our dedicated careers advisor is also on hand to help you find mini pupillages and help contact legal firms, so you can develop your own opportunities for gaining experience and building your network.
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.
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. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.
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