LLM Legal Practice (Barristers)

Our LLM Legal Practice incorporates BPP University Law School’s highly regarded Bar Professional Training Course giving you the essential training you need to become a qualified barrister – and will be eligible to be called to the Bar of English and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying session requirement of your Inn of Court).

In addition you can select from a range of LLM modules designed to help you gain additional knowledge and develop new skills and highly sought after by the profession to enhance your employability. The LLM Legal Practice qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 from the Student Loans Company.

The LLM Legal Practice (Barristers) is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details
Birmingham, BristolLeeds, London Holborn and Manchester
Study Options Duration Start date



1 year full-time

2 years part-time



Modes of study Assessment
Face to face with a comprehensive range of online materials to support your learning Written and oral skills examinations
How to apply
Applicants should apply to the Bar Student Application Service (BARSAS) for a place on the BPTC. Once an offer is received for the BPTC any student wishing to do the LLM simply has to request a transfer from admissions. For more information on how to apply, please read the BarSAS Applicant Guide at: barsas.com

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.


Key Information

  • An innovative and challenging programme designed to develop the key skills and attributes required by the legal profession
  • Scholarships and funding options available, including the Student Loans Company postgraduate loan funding
  • Our tutors are qualified lawyers who bring experience of working in practice into the classroom
  • In a survey of 2014 BPTC graduates, 95% of those who participated have gone on to work or further study*
  • Full access to BPP University’s Careers Service as soon as you accept your place on the LLM Legal Practice and for up to 12 months after you complete your studies
  • Practice your skills through mooting events judged by members of the judiciary and practitioners
  • True-to-life assessments in advocacy and conference, using professional actors
  • Get involved in practical legal work with our award-winning Pro Bono Centre
  • Our Career Guarantee means if you don’t secure pupillage within six months of completing your LLM Legal Practice, we’ll let you study another qualification to further enhance your skills and employability for free**

Your LLM Legal Practice (Barristers)

Our LLM Legal Practice will equip you with more than just legal knowledge and skills – we focus on the all-round professional skills chambers are seeking. Our LLM Legal Practice is your bridge between the academic world and professional life, giving you the necessary legal knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to thrive in today’s market. By choosing to study your LLM Legal Practice with BPP University Law School, you’ll have the best possible start to your legal career.

Stand out from the crowd

The LLM Legal Practice offers you the opportunity to advance and develop the skills, commercial awareness and specialist knowledge required for life as a barrister. During the course you will study the core modules and electives on the standard BPTC. In addition, you will also choose one of two specialised routes:

Route 1

Independent Research Module

Choose a topic flowing from one of your vocational options modules, carry out extensive research and produce a professional report. 

Route 2

If you choose to study route 2, you will study our compulsory Law Review and Reform module. During this module you will conduct original research into an area of the law that needs reform and learn to see the law operating from a user's perspective rather than an academic one.  You will also choose one of three bespoke Practice Ready modules:

Negotiation and Case Analysis – Gain a practical understanding of the nature of negotiation and different negotiation styles and strategies.

Business Management and Strategy – Add value to your future client relationships by understanding the sector they operate in and the commercial and practical issues they face.

Clinical Legal Education^ - apply your legal knowledge in supervised work, undertaken in one of several legal clinics operated by our award winning Pro Bono Centre

Enhance your employability

From the moment you accept your place, you'll have access to our careers service, which offers

  • Advice on CVs, covering letters and application forms
  • Help with preparing for interviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Advice on alternative careers
  • You will never leave an advice session empty-handed. Together, we'll draw up a career action plan which details the steps you should take to achieve your career goals.

BPTC Career Guarantee

Our LLM Legal Practice (Barristers) gives you the best possible training for life as a barrister and we are so confident we are offering our Career Guarantee.

If you don’t secure pupillage within six months of completing the LLM Legal Practice, you can study another qualification at BPP University Law School, worth up to £16,500* including the LPC, for free.

*Terms and conditions apply

Flexible options to fit your lifestyle

You can choose to study our LLM, full-time or part-time. Our full-time programme allows you to study over three to four days per week, with one to two days reserved for research and preparation. Alternatively our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. After a three-day induction programme, you will study one weekend per month in the classroom. 

How the programme is taught

Small group sessions (SGS) – starting your professional practice

The majority of your teaching for the BPTC Modules will be in face to face SGSs (which are 1.5 - 2 hours), supplemented by your own independent private study.  SGSs involve a wide range of different learning and teaching techniques, combining individual and team work.

Online tutorials

The majority of your teaching for the LLM Modules including the Independent Research module, Practice Ready Module and the Law Review and Reform module will by way of synchronous (live) or asynchronous (recorded) on-line tutorials or lectures supplemented by your own independent private study. Your tutors will also be there to offer constructive advice and guidance whilst you nurture and develop your critical thinking and self-reliance when undertaking these modules.

Independent private study

You will be required to undertake independent private study for all modules on the LLM Legal Practice. From the start of the LLM Legal Practice we will support you in cultivating the ability to study autonomously, and to reflect on areas of learning and/or practice to improve on your performance over time.

Study Materials

For the majority of the modules that you will study on the LLM Legal Practice, you will be provided with a (hard copy) materials pack before you begin your studies. This will generally contain detailed instructions and materials for each SGS. In addition, sample plans, opinions and drafting materials are made available either in hard copy or the VLE after the relevant SGS has been completed.

Students are provided with their own copies of the White Book, Blackstones and all other textbooks they need on the programme.

Classroom materials are drafted by our tutors who have worked in practice as qualified lawyers. This ensures that the practical activities undertaken in your SGSs, online tutorials or independent study are all in the context of realistic case studies which thoroughly prepare you for working in practice.


During the course you will study the core modules and electives on the standard BPTC including:


  • Professional Ethics
  • Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies
  • Advocacy
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
  • Drafting
  • Opinion Writing
  • Resolution of Disputes out of Court
  • Conference Skills

Optional (choose two)

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Employment
  • Judicial Review
  • International Trade
  • Intellectual Property
  • Public International Criminal Law
  • Property and Chancery
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Company Law
  • Family Law
  • Professional Discipline
  • Asylum, Detention, Deportation & Extradition

In addition, you will also choose one of two specialised routes:

Route 1 - Compulsory

  • Independent Research Module

Route 2 - Compulsory

  • Law Review and Reform

Route 2 - Optional (Choose one)

  • Negotiation and Case Analysis 
  • Business Management and Strategy 
  • Clinical Legal Education^ 

^Limited places available

Please note that optional modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations. International Trade and Public International Criminal Law will only run on the full-time London Holborn programme and numbers will be limited.



Entry requirements

  • Qualifying Law Degree or non Law Degree plus CPE/GDL (minimum 2:2)
  • Membership of an Inn of Court
  • A pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
  • Fluency in English:

a. a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test; or

b. a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic)

On or before registration, students from non-English speaking countries will be required to produce a certificate issued by one of the above test providers certifying that they have achieved the required scores in each section of the test at the same sitting. Alternatively, students predicted a 2:1 or 1st class degree, who consider that they may exceed the language requirement, may request a Skype interview with one of the Directors of BPTC Programmes or their nominee who may waive the requirement for a certificate on registration.

Certificates issued by a test provider verifying the score achieved by a candidate in one of the above tests must be current and valid by reference to the rules of that test provider as at the date the candidate commences the BPTC.

Subsequent to being admitted to the BPTC, should BPP University consider that a student's language ability is unsatisfactory or there is question as to whether any aspect of it is at the required level, it will require the student to take one of the above language tests at any stage in the course (at the student’s cost) and achieve the required score. This right is unrestricted regardless of the students’ first language.

Should the student then fail to achieve a required minimum score in one of the tests specified above, BPP University may require the student to:

a. withdraw from the programme; or
b. intermit and improve their score prior to being re-admitted in a subsequent year. This will be dependent on how much of the programme has been undertaken.

In all cases the student is wholly liable for any costs incurred.

The Bar Standards Board believes that compliance with one of the standards identified above is the absolute minimum necessary to successfully complete the Bar Professional Training Course.

For further details regarding the BCAT please visit the Bar Standards Boards website: barstandardsboard.org.uk.

BPTC selection criteria

  • Strong academic profile and achievement
  • Evidence of good written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to a career as a barrister
  • Demonstrated commitment to studying with BPP University
  • Any special circumstances revealed in your application
  • Academic or other references

How to apply

Applicants should apply to barsas.com for a place on the BPTC. Once an offer is received for the BPTC any student wishing to do the LLM simply has to request a transfer from admissions. For more information on how to apply, please read the BarSAS Applicant Guide at  www.barsas.com.

Study locations

You can study the LLM Legal Practice (Barristers) full-time in London, Leeds, BirminghamManchester or Bristol OR part-time in London or Leeds.

For the full-time option, classes are held over three to four days per week, with one to two day a week reserved for research and preparation.

For the part-time option, there is a three-day induction programme followed by one weekend of classroom study per month.

For both full-time and part-time students most assessments will take place on weekdays.

Fees for September 2018

Full-time and part-time programme

Location Fees (incl. £500 deposit) BSB Fee Total
London Holborn £18,520 £550 £19,070
Leeds £15,130 £550 £15,680
Manchester* £15,130 £550 £15,680
Birmingham* £15,130 £550 £15,680
Bristol* £15,130 £550 £15,680

*Part time option not available

A deposit of £500 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans are available for eligible Master's courses, allowing you to apply for a loan towards your course and living costs.

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan up to a maximum of £10,280

You can apply online at www.gov.uk/postgraduateloan or for further information visit our student finance section

Awards and scholarships

There are a number of awards & scholarships available to BPTC students. To find out more about the latest awards and how to apply please click here.

Future Finance student loan

A student loan, from Future Finance, of between £2,500 to £40,000 is available to our full and part time BPTC students.

Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.