LLM in Legal practice LLM

LLM in Legal practice LLM

School of Law and Social Science


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year. Three days per week: Monday -Wednesday 9.00am-6.00 pm. Part-time: Two years. One day per week: Wednesday 9.00am-7.00pm

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Why study this programme?

UCLan’s combined LLM and LPC course gives students the opportunity to gain the professional  qualification needed to become a solicitor, at the same time as achieving a Masters qualification. You will:

- Obtain an internationally recognised qualification
- Gain a fully-accredited LPC and a Masters upon successful completion of your course
- Show employers a higher level of professional and academic competence
- Study in a highly practical learning environment designed to prepare you for real-life legal situations
- Receive excellent individual support to maximise your personal potential and career aspirations

Entry Requirements

You must have completed the academic stage of legal training. This stage is usually completed either by graduating with a qualifying law degree or with a non-law degree then passing the Common Professional Examination (Graduate Diploma in Law). All full time applications must be made through http://www.lawcabs.ac.uk/.

Applicants must have a qualifying law degree (2:2 or above) which satisfies the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales.

Programme at a Glance


  • Property Law and Practice (C)
  • Litigation (C)
  • Business Law and Practice (C)
  • Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates (C)
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (C)
  • Accounts (Solicitors) (C)
  • Legal Skills: Advocacy, Drafting, Interviewing and Advising, Legal Research and Legal Writing (C)

Three of the following:

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution (O)
  • Intellectual Property Law (O)
  • Employment Law (O)
  • Insolvency (O)
  • Commercial Property (O)
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (O)
  • Family Law and Practice (O)
  • Immigration Law (O)
  • Elderly Client Law and Practice (O)

(c) = compulsory (o) = optional


Year One

  • Litigation (C)
  • Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates Pervasives (C)
  • Legal Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising Legal Writing (C)

Year Two

  • Property Law and Practice (C)
  • Business Law and Practice (C)
  • Legal Skills: Drafting, Legal Research (C)
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (C)
  • Accounts (Solicitors) (C)

Optional Modules

In Year 1 you will select two of the optional modules (except Commercial Property or Insolvency).
In Year 2 you will select one of the optional modules.

  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (O)
  • Family Law and Practice (O)
  • Elderly Client Law and Practice (O)
  • Immigration Law (O)
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution (O)
  • Intellectual Property Law (O)
  • Commercial Property (O)
  • Employment Law (O)

(c) = compulsory (o) = optional

Further Information

Full-time study over one year or part-time study over two years. Part-time teaching takes place Wednesday 9-7 pm. Occasionally it is necessary to run classes on Thursdays and Fridays but these are usually student study days. Assessments can occur on any day of the week for both Full Time and Part Time students.

The LPC comprises an introductory section, three core practice areas and three electives. Legal skills of interviewing, practical legal research, writing, drafting and advocacy will be practised on the course. In addition you will be required to demonstrate competence in the pervasive topics of Professional Conduct and Regulation, Accounts, Financial Services and Markets, Taxation and Human Rights. There is a strong emphasis on enhancing your commercial awareness and personal and professional development, to prepare you for employment in a competitive business place. The LPC fosters the acquisition of transferable skills such as team working, numeracy, communication, presentation, IT, critical thinking and problem solving.

The aims of the course are to:

  1. prepare students for work-based learning
  2. provide a general foundation for practice.

Accordingly at the end of the course, successful students should be able, under appropriate supervision, to:

  1. research and apply knowledge of the law and legal practice accurately and effectively
  2. identify the client's objectives and different means of achieving those objectives and
    be aware of
    -the financial, commercial and personal priorities and constraints to be taken into account
    -the costs, benefits and risks involved in transactions or courses of action
  3. perform the tasks required to advance transactions or matters
  4. understand where the rules of professional conduct may impact and be able to apply
    them in context
  5. demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of:
    -Professional Conduct and Regulation
    -the core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, Litigation and the areas of wills and administration of estates and taxation
    -the course skills of Practical Legal Research, Writing, Drafting, Interviewing and Advising, and Advocacy. Students should also be able to transfer skills learnt in one context to another;
  6. demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the three areas covered by their choice of electives, and
  7. reflect on their learning and identify their learning needs.

Full listings of non-standard fees course can be found on our Fees and Finance page.

Moot Court Room


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate law students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular law firm or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Law, see the video and read the press release.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £10,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £5,000 per year (UK/EU), first two years

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Case Studies

Industry Links

The course is approved by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority

The School of Law and Social Science has excellent links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

There is an annual careers fair which attracts solicitors practices, the CPS and other public sector employers, such as local authorities. There is a vibrant guest speaker programme which is supported by legal and other professionals.

Solicitors Journal Awards 2017

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. The course is delivered through a series of interactive large and small group sessions, where the focus is on student centred learning. Attendance is compulsory at all sessions.

The majority of small group teaching sessions will take place in the impressive Harris Building, the home of the School of Law and Social Science. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. The Harris Building is also the location for the School of Law and Social Science's dedicated moot court room which contains a mock-up of a real court room with latest audio-visual technology and is available for your use, particularly in the development of oral skills.

There are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School. There is a resource room exclusively for the use of LPC students, equipped with IT facilities and a range of practitioner and academic texts.

The Library contains a dedicated Law Library and our extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic and practitioner sources on campus and remotely.

There is a strong emphasis on professional development and careers support. There is a vibrant guest speaker programme supported by alumni and people from all walks of legal and other professional practice and an annual careers fair. Students have the opportunity to participate in the School’s Pro Bono Law Clinic and Mediation Clinic offering them a ‘real life’ insight in to legal practice. The School has a busy activity programme including an active Student Law Society and diverse social events.

Core practice areas and elective subjects are assessed by unseen open book application-based examinations. The Legal Skills elements are assessed as appropriate, eg, a role-play interview, district judge appointment.

The support offered by teaching staff when studying LPC at UCLan is brilliant.

Graduate Careers

Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

It is an understatement to say that I have been impressed with the wide range of opportunities UCLan has to offer, from its free law clinic service which gives LPC students the chance to give real legal advice, to the opportunities to compete in external competitions in mediation and negotiation.


Students have the opportunity to participate in the The School of Law and Social Science Pro Bono Law Clinic and so to provide advice to ‘real’ clients. There is an established programme of visiting speakers with guests covering a huge range of relevant employment opportunities. The School hosts a ‘Law Fair’ inviting a range of legal employers and giving students an opportunity to discuss work experience, the application processes and training contracts.

You will be offered a wealth of opportunities for personal skills development, for example, taking part in mooting and mediation competitions.