LLM LLM in Legal Practice with LPC

Combine your solicitor training with an LLM. Gain specialised legal knowledge and stand out in a competitive jobs market.

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Our LLM in Legal Practice with LPC brings together the essential skills and knowledge to train as a solicitor, and masters-level legal research skills that can help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.

Ready for work

The LPC element is designed to prepare you for life as a solicitor. It's practical, interactive and delivered by experienced legal professionals who understand what it takes to succeed in the workplace. As you study, you'll learn to think and behave like a solicitor.

The LPC elements of the course meet the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).

Specialist knowledge 

Meanwhile, the LLM advanced study element offers the chance for you to specialise in an area of the law that interests you, developing valuable legal research skills along the way.

Our staff have varied specialisms and you could learn from some of the leading researchers in fields such as human rights, discrimination law and equality law.

Features and Benefits

  • Funding available – if you're a UK or EU resident, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
  • Research skills – develop valuable legal research skills and take the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge of a legal specialism of your choice.
  • Legal services hub – Manchester is the second largest legal sector in the UK. Study in this thriving legal environment.
  • Specialist facilities – access our dedicated study areas and legal libraries. We also have a mock courtroom in our modern, well-equipped Law School.
  • Globally recognised – the LLM is recognised around the world, while the LPC will allow you to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales and other common law jurisdiction countries.
  • Build experience – volunteer through our extensive network of partners to build up your experience while you’re training.
"The best reasons to study at Manchester Law School are the facilities, the amazing personal tutors, and the connections they have with law firms." Anjali Patel, LLB and LPC graduate

“The staff were in a great position to offer me sound career advice and tips about the best route into the legal profession and the route that was most suited to me personally.”

James Makin, GDL and LPC graduate

Career Prospects

This combined course opens doors to a variety of careers across the legal sphere. With an LPC under your belt, you’ll be ready to start your journey towards becoming a qualified solicitor. In addition, your internationally recognised LLM qualification can lead to exciting opportunities the world over. The research skills you’ll build can boost your appeal across a range of organisations.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here throughout your time with us, ready to offer advice and guidance to support your professional ambitions. You can also improve your CV by volunteering for pro bono work through our network of legal partners.

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Entry requirements

You'll need a qualifying law honours degree, a Graduate Diploma in Law or an exemption granted by the Solicitors Regulation 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.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


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Course details

The LPC element of the course is designed to prepare you fully for life as a solicitor. It’s practical, interactive and delivered by experienced legal professionals who understand what it takes to succeed in the workplace. There’s an emphasis on real-life legal scenarios, so you’ll be able to try your hand at everything from interviewing clients and writing letters of advice, to preparing legal documents and appearing in court. This means you’ll learn to think and behave like a professional as you develop the knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to thrive in today’s legal environment.

With our innovative study combination, you'll also complete advanced masters-level study to gain an LLM. The LLM will allow you to specialise in an area of the law of particular interest to you, expanding your knowledge in line with your professional or academic goals. You’ll also develop advanced critical and analytical skills as you carry out an extensive research project. You’ll be supported through the process by specialist researchers at the forefront of their field, people who are shaping the legal environment in areas like human rights, discrimination, medical ethics and free movement.

The facilities at Manchester Law School are modern and well-equipped. You’ll be able to make the most of exclusive study areas and comprehensive legal libraries – there’s even a mock courtroom on site where you can hone your oral presentation and advocacy skills. 

It all adds up to a qualification that can make a real difference to your career. The LPC will set you on the professional path to becoming a solicitor, while the LLM elements of study show that you have the intellectual drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen area of law – setting you apart from the crowd.

For the LPC element, you’ll study a comprehensive selection of core units, designed around the key areas set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. From there, we have a range of professionally relevant option units you can study. You’ll pick three – letting you shape your studies around your career ambitions and legal interests.

For the LLM element you’ll work on a dissertation or Research Project – developing the research methods and working on an assessed research proposal, then doing the project itself.

The course consists of 180 credits. If you study part-time these will be split over two years as follows:

  • 60 compulsory credits in Year 1
  • 90 compulsory credits in Year 2
  • 30 option credits that are taken across Years 1 and 2

Core units

  • Advocacy
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Writing
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation/Research Project

Option units

Choose three from a listing including:

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property 
  • Corporate Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation

PLEASE NOTE: Each option unit will only be available if enough students choose to study it.

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Core Units

Property Law and Practice

Property Law and Practice workshops will be based primarily on a 3-link chain of residential conveyances. Students will hold files for the 2 joint sellers/buyers in the middle of the chain. You will progress these files from taking initial instructions to completion and post-completion formalities. In this way you will appreciate the nature of a property transaction and be able to identify and perform the critical steps in a transaction. 

Business Law and Practice

On completion of this unit, you will gain an understanding of the nature and structure of the different business media. You will be able to select an appropriate medium and structure to meet the client's commercial requirements and to advise on the legal and taxation implications. You will also be able to progress basic business transactions arising during the life and development of a business, and gain an understanding of the interests of different parties involved in the business including directors, shareholders and creditors.

Civil and Criminal Litigation

In the civil litigation workshops you will deal with civil disputes looking at case studies about breach of contract and negligence from receipt of initial instructions through to trial and enforcement of judgments. Along the way you will learn about the Civil Procedure Rules so that you understand their objective and application in litigation cases.

In the criminal litigation workshops you will advise on a range of offences at different stages of the criminal litigation process from detention by the police to the procedures leading to magistrates and crown court trial, evidence and sentencing. This will equip you to identify the steps and strategies that need to undertaken in the preparation and conduct of criminal litigation. 

Professional Conduct and Regulation

This provides an introduction to the regulation of solicitors and the outcomes focus approach to regulation adopted by the SRA. The workshops, on line activities and directed reading will cover the following areas:

  • Professional Conduct incorporating the relevant parts of the Solicitors Code of Conduct. The Profession incorporating its organisation, regulation and ethics
  • Financial Services incorporating relevant legislation and regulations
  • Money Laundering incorporating The Money Laundering Regulations.
Solicitor's Accounts

You will learn about the Solicitors Accounts Rules, how to deal with office and client money and the requirements in respect of trust monies. You will progressively develop your ability to draw up and interpret accounts and to identify and apply the relevant parts of the Solicitors Accounts Rules to ensure compliance with your professional responsibilities.

Wills and Administration of Estates

This unit will give you n a general overview of the content, format and validity of wills, obtaining grants of representation and administration of an estate by way of a combination of face-to-face teaching as well as by supported study including directed reading and on-line teaching. Your learning experience has a strong practical element and you are encouraged to consider issues such as client care and the rules of professional conduct where relevant. 

Practical Legal Research

You will be introduced to the principles and criteria that underpin effective practical legal research, together with a range of general research skills  Teaching will revolve around case-studies in which students will be required to undertake different research problems in a range of legal contexts, using appropriate paper and electronic resources and tools. In this way you will understand that effective Practical Legal Research skills and knowledge are necessary in all legal practice areas. 

Interviewing and Advising

There will be  interviewing and advising teaching in workshops across all the core subjects in terms of "real life" case studies and documents so that you will learn the skills necessary to conduct a legal interview and give legal advice as you would do in all areas of legal practice.  


You will gain an understanding of the principles that underpin effective legal advocacy and good practice. Teaching will be primarily in the context of Civil and Criminal litigation, however, advocacy skills also can be transferred to in any area of legal practice where presentation skills are used. 


You will be introduced to the skills of drafting technical legal documents to be used at different stages of the legal proceedings. You will develop your general drafting skills, your understanding of style and terminology, remedies, including whether a range of remedies should be pursued and applicable time limits, contract and tort.


Writing is a skill developed in workshops in core subject areas using case studies and to acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the context of solicitors practice. You will be required to research legal problems and then write using the appropriate medium tailored to suit the purpose of the communication and the needs of the recipient.


Taxation impacts on many areas of solicitors practice and in this unit you will acquire a sufficient grasp of tax law concerning Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Corporation Tax, Vat and Capital Allowances to be able to use your knowledge to give initial advice in context of the core of the course. The unit integrates the workplace into the curriculum using case studies to develop your skills in a practical context. 

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 LPC 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

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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: £11,500 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).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1917 per 30 credits studied 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: £11,500 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 international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1917 per 30 credits studied 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 £15 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

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 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

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.

Application deadline: 28th August 2020

The course is popular and we recommend that you apply as early as possible, however applications will be accepted up until Friday 28th August 2020 subject to places being available. Applying before the deadline does not guarantee you a place.


Programme Review
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