LLM LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar

Learn from top experts in legal practice and academia. We’ll help you understand the theory and gain practical experience for your career as a barrister.

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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.

Please note: This course has been approved by Manchester Metropolitan University to start in September 2020. Pending full authorisation by the Bar Standards Board.

Features and Benefits

  • Study in an award-winning Faculty – The Law School is based in Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK and at the heart of the Northern Circuit of the Bar.
  • Funding available - If you’re a UK or EU resident, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
  • Specialist Bar facilities - Use your personal chambers room, our study zones, legal libraries, and mock courtroom where you can practise advocacy skills.
  • Legal experts – you’ll be taught by our team of academic specialists and practising professionals. They’re leaders in areas such as equality law, medical ethics and human rights.
  • Practitioner Mentor Scheme - Your chambers group will be allocated a Practitioner Mentor to guide you along the path to practice.
  • Pro Bono work - Volunteer with our partner organisations. Get help finding mini pupillages. Build your network at events featuring external speakers and members of the Northern Circuit.
“I think that one of the strengths of Manchester Met is the professional expertise of the tutors. Many have recent experience at the Bar and many are still practising.” Claire Athis, BPTC graduate

“The best aspect of the course is the environment that we work in. The atmosphere between the students and the staff is one of a real, kind, professional, happy workplace.”

Helen Longworth, BPTC graduate

Career Prospects

As this course combines both professional and academic study, it can help put your CV to the top of the pile. While your course work will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful legal career, we’ll be here to help prepare you for pupillage – with a practical focus and a range of professional connections. From the start, we’ll help you develop your network with local practitioners through a programme of guest lectures and employer events.

The LLM element of the course is a vital addition if you want to pursue a future in a specialist area of law, while the BTC is built around everything you need to become a barrister. However, with the skills you’ll learn throughout your time with us, you can pave the way for a much wider range of careers across the legal or related sectors.

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Entry requirements

To be considered for a place, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria:

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.


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Course details

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
  • Drafting
  • 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:


Placement options

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.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 to £13,500 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).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 to £17,000 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).

Additional Information

In addition to tuition fees, a registration fee of £870 is payable in year 1.

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).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Prior to enrolment you are required to be a member of an Inn of Court - £100 joining fee. Whilst studying the BPTC you are required to complete 12 qualifying sessions at your Inn in order to be called to the Bar. You need to book these sessions through your Inn. There are fees for these sessions depending on the nature of the event - you can check these by contacting your Inn. Most qualifying sessions will take place in London so you will need to pay for travel to London - we provide a one off £60 towards the total cost of your travel. There will usually be around 2 to 3 qualifying sessions in Manchester each 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 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

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How to apply

Applications for the Bar Training Course will open on Tuesday 14th April.

If you would like to receive more details about the course and the application process, please register your interest using the form below.

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