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Legal Practice  LLM


Students studying for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at City can convert their LPC into an LLM in Legal Practice. Our LPC is delivered at Master's level rather than degree level, allowing you to gain an LLM by completing an additional dissertation during or after your LPC.

This LLM satisfies all the requirements of a traditional LLM, but has a primary focus on professional practice. In addition to the taught classes on the LPC, the programme gives you the opportunity to choose, focus on and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of a specific area of professional legal practice.

By undertaking this LLM you can therefore underline your commitment to a particular area of practice, as well as strengthening your CV and improving your employability prospects.

Please note that the LLM in Legal practice will be included in the LPC programme fee from September 2015 for all new students.

Why study LLM at The City Law School?

  • Develop the knowledge and skills gained from your LPC
  • Benefit from ongoing one-to-one support and supervision
  • Explore a chosen specialist area of law with practitioners in the field
  • Enhance your long-term career prospects and attractiveness to employers
  • Gain an competitive advantage in a crowded recruitment market

Course Fees:


Start Date:

July 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applications for this LLM conversion course may only be made by students who registered on the full LPC with The City Law School within the last five years. It is not possible to apply for the LLM conversion before registering for your LPC, but we provide places for all students who put forward dissertation proposals of a sufficient quality.

Please note that the LLM in Legal practice will be included in the LPC programme fee from September 2015 for all new students. Students will not be permitted to register on the LLM if they have 3 or more required LPC resits at the time of registration.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
July 2016
The course can be completed on either a full-time basis (submission within 6 months of registration) or part-time basis (submission within 12 or 18 months of registration).

Course Content

Students are asked to make a written proposal for their dissertation. This is an opportunity to undertake research in an area of choice related to legal practice, procedure or skills. The proposal is required to demonstrate originality.

Course Structure

The choice is wide but your proposal could include:

  • A critical consideration of an aspect of practice in a specialist area, such as the use of alternative dispute resolution options in commercial cases, or the validity of pre-nuptial agreements
  • An analysis of how a particular skill is developed and applied in legal practice, such as techniques in questioning a client or a witness
  • A topic linked to work experience or pro bono work

Previous students have worked on a broad range of topics including the implications of European free movement, cultural attitudes to domestic violence and the practice implications of company directors’ duties.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment


The sessions that you have completed on the LPC provide the taught element of the course. To complete your dissertation you will be expected to apply and analyse law and practice at an advanced level, demonstrating an awareness of current practice issues, and to work independently, for example using practitioner resources.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will provide you with one-to-one guidance throughout the dissertation process. The supervision meetings are flexible to meet your needs and can be undertaken remotely via email or telephone.

In support of your work on the dissertation, we provide:

  • One-to-one structured supervisions
  • Face-to-face and web-based guidance on research, planning and writing a dissertation, including induction session materials
  • Support for small-scale empirical research
  • Research classes run by the Library
  • Continued full access to all The City Law School and City University London facilities, including library services, IT support and careers advice services.


You will need to research, write and submit a dissertation of 15-20,000 words. This is a highly flexible course. You can apply for the LLM and register as you complete your LPC.


You will be able to attend Law School events such as careers sessions and guest lectures where there will be opportunities for networking and career development. There are also opportunities for students on our LLM programmes to meet socially.

Read the 2015 programme specification.


The fee for the LLM in Legal Practice is now included in the fee for the Legal Practice Course (LPC).


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

See our range scholarships, prizes and loans that can help you pay for your course.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Career Prospects

The course has been developed to enhance the employability of its graduates. Students who have a training contract can use the dissertation to demonstrate commitment to an area of practice. Students seeking a training contract or pursuing an alternative legal career can use the qualification to strengthen their CV.

Please note that the LLM in Legal practice will be included in the LPC programme fee from September 2015 for all new students.

To apply, please download, complete and return the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by email to