LLM [Law Conversion]*

The LLM [Law Conversion] is ideal for non-law graduates to convert to a career in law. From qualified solicitors, barristers and judges you will gain a practical ground in law.

Recruiters actively seek out students with a diverse range of transferable skills, with many firms recruiting half of their trainees from a non-law (GDL) background. The LLM [Law Conversion] ensures that you can demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages, by focussing on research and ensuring you have the ability to apply the law in practice.

On successful completion you can progress directly onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you want to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) if you aim to become a barrister. In addition, students will also graduate with an internationally recognised standalone Master’s qualification

The LLM [Law Conversion] is awarded by BPP University and is fulfils the requirements for  completion of the academic stage as set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB).

*Subject to Validation

Programme details
Locations 
Birmingham, London WaterlooManchester or online*
Study Options Duration Start date
Full-time
Part-time*
1 year full-time
2 years part-time*
September and January
Modes of study Assessment
Face-to-face or online* 8,000 word essay and two 4,000 word dissertations, CBAs and examination
How to apply

To apply for the LLM [Law Conversion] full-time you must apply for the GDL through the Central Applications Board (CAB). You must then notify your admissions advisor that you wish to study the LLM [Law Conversion]. All applications to study part-time, must be made directly to BPP University. 

*Available from January 2017

^ 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

  • Scholarships and funding options available, including the Student Loans Company postgraduate loan funding
  • Add value and focus to your LLM [Law Conversion] by attending free additional workshops run by tutors in conjunction with law firms to ensure you are practice ready, culminating in our highly successful Employability week.
  • Get involved in practical legal work with our award-winning pro bono centre
  • Guaranteed place on our LPC or LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors)
  • Learn about specialist areas of practice with our optional lectures and workshops, including our Extra Lecture Series including Company Law, Intellectual Property Law and Law in the City and our Skills in Practice Workshops including Legal Writing, Legal Research and Client Interviewing
  • Flexible study to suit your schedule: full-time or part-time available in three study centres, or choose to study online
  • Take advantage of our strong links with the legal professional through our annual programme of networking events and career mentoring
  • Specialist legal careers advice from the moment you accept your place and up to 12 months after you complete your studies
  • Complement your studies with extra-curricular activities ranging across mooting, debating and pro bono work.

Your LLM [Law Conversion]

How the programme is taught

Our LLM [Law Conversion] can be studied full-time or part-time, online or face-to-face, to give you flexibility around prior commitments. You will be taught by qualified tutors that include solicitors, barristers and judges who can help develop your legal career. Many of our tutors continue to practice and have links to chambers, law firms and in-house teams at every level.

The course is taught at Master’s level, so you can build on the skills gained during your previous undergraduate study. With an emphasis on independent research, you will have the opportunity to develop advanced skills, commercial awareness and specialist knowledge that the legal profession demands.

To ensure your every success, we supply all of the tools you need before you start the programme. All study materials, including text and casebooks, are included in the fee and all resources and have online equivalents.

Face to Face Delivery

Our LLM [Law Conversion] is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Each week you will join live online lectures that deliver an overview of the relevant topic area, including key principles, areas of controversy and debate alongside other theory. Each session is delivered live by a tutor, and supported by a second tutor who is able to answer questions and engage with students in real-time. Each lecture is recorded and made available on our online Virtual Learning Environment, enabling you to revisit topics at any time.

Each online lecture is accompanied by a two-hour fortnightly seminar. This can be either online or face-to-face depending on the module. Seminars are delivered in groups of no more than 18 students and enables you to put theory into practice. By using case studies you will face real-life situations you might encounter in practice and work collaboratively to develop and evaluate both oral and written arguments. You will enhance your ability to analyse a case and draw your own conclusions in order to advice a client.

The LLM is a Master’s level programme that requires commitment in order to succeed. We recommend that you dedicate an average 40 hours per week, including 12 hours contact time and four hours of seminar preparation alongside independent study..

Online Delivery

We recognise that online students have specific study needs.

If you choose to study online, you will follow a structured weekly study programme of classes using our Online Classroom Live feature. This delivers a live, synchronous virtual classroom with the same BPP University Law School tutors that teach in our study centres.

You will experience the same classes, study with the same resources and take the same exams. You will also have a dedicated academic tutor in each module and a personal tutor to offer support.

We also run a range of extra-curricular activities for online students including mooting and our award winning pro bono opportunities. You can also access the BPP University Careers Service as soon as you accept a place. We welcome all students within the UK and globally to these online study options.

Optional lectures and workshops

To ensure you are career-ready, you receive access to a range of additional lectures and workshops designed to give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:

The Extra Series – multiple series of specialist law lectures including Company Law, Intellectual Property and Public International Law. Lectures are delivered by current practitioners, external academics and tutors to give you an academic understanding and practical insight into key areas of legal practice. This allows you to demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.

Skills in Practice: a series of professional skills workshops developed with leading city firms, featuring skills such as legal writing, legal research and personal presentation skills. These workshops are delivered by external trainers and your tutors.

Mandarin Chinese: gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).

Where possible, optional lectures and workshops are also available on our VLE following live delivery.

Please note: the lectures and workshops for the Extra Series and Skills in Practice will vary from centre to centre, as they are driven by student interests and demand. They are delivered either live in centre or via Online Classroom Live, depending on your start date, location and mode.

Specialist Careers Advice

Our specialist careers service is available for support and guidance from the moment you accept your place, up until 12 months after you complete your studies with us. With our one-to-one support, we give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything you need including access to our vacancies database, advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.

You’ll also have access to:

  • Application reviews for training contracts or placements in law firms, companies and the not-for-profit sector
  • Support with researching firms
  • Advice on CVs and covering letters
  • Help to prepare for assessment centres
  • Advice on alternative careers

You will never leave an advice session empty-handed. Together, we'll help you draw up a career action plan that details the steps you should take to achieve your career goals

Award-winning Pro Bono

Our award-winning Pro Bono Centre allows you to take part in a wide range of legal advice and education projects under the supervision of qualified lawyers. This gives you an unrivalled opportunity to work on actual cases in a wide variety of areas. Pro bono can provide valuable training in real-life situations that complement the classroom teaching you receive with us.

Our Pro Bono Centre is an excellent place to start practising your legal and practical skills in a supportive environment. There is a wide range of projects available, including:

  • Staffing an employment law advice line
  • Delivering legal education presentations in schools
  • Prisons and homeless centres
  • Researching the cases of prisoners who have lost all rights to appeal

Once you begin your studies you will hear from our Pro Bono Centre about the different projects and how to sign up.

Connecting you to the legal profession

We work with over 200 organisations that deliver legal services. These include local councils, in-house teams at multinationals and law firms across the board. Some of which include magic circle firms, commercial giants, niche service firms and the names you recognise on the high street. So you can trust that we’re connected with the right people to help you develop your career.

 

 

 

 

Modules

Designed to introduce non-law graduates to the LLM, the English Legal System and Method module is your introduction to the UK legal system. After completing your introductory module, you will study seven further modules designed to introduce you to a wide range of law subjects. These cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge required to progress onto the vocational stage of legal training.

Drawing on the knowledge gained during your LLM, you will also undertake a piece of independent legal research, in order to respond to a seen question or client scenario. You will be encouraged to identify the correct area of the law that applies to the subject in question, as well as critically evaluate areas of the law that could be improved to allow the client’s issue to be resolved in a more effective manner. 

Modules

  • English Legal System and method (0 Credits)
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (20 credits)
  • Contract Law (20 Credits)
  • Criminal Law (20 Credits)
  • Equity and Trusts (20 Credits)
  • Land Law (20 Credits)
  • Tort Law (20 Credits)
  • EU Law (10 Credits)
  • Research Project (50 Credits) 

Advice for students with exemptions

The LLM [Law Conversion] does not recognise any exemptions you may already hold as a result of prior learning. If you hold exemptions that may exempt you from certain modules, we recommend you consider studying our GDL

 


Educational background

Students wishing to study the LLM [Law Conversion] will require:

  • A minimum 2:1 honours degree in any subject from a recognised UK institution (or equivalent)

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS level 6.5 (overall) or equivalent, plus a minimum of 6.0 in all components in addition to the above entry requirements.

Fees

Fees for the LLM [Law Conversion] are:
London Waterloo and Online £12,250
Birmingham and Manchester £9,990

Advice for students wanting to progress onto an LPC or BPTC

Postgraduate funding can only be used to fund one programme. If you are looking to progress onto an LPC or BPTC after your LLM [Law Conversion], you may prefer to study our GDL instead. This enables you to study either the LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) to pursue a career as a solicitor or our LLM Legal Practice (Barristers) to pursue a career as a Barrister. If you have any queries about how to fund your postgraduate law training, please contact our admissions department. 

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

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

BPP University Scholarships

We know that you are a student with passion, drive and a real desire to learn. That is why we have scholarships that you may find helpful if you simply do not have the finances to go to university. For more information please visit: bppuniversity.ac.uk/scholarships

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company (slc.co.uk) or Future Finance student loans**.

For more information on Future Finance loans, financial support and addition funding please visit /bpp-university/student-finance