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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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LLM Legal Practice

Entry Year:
Strengthen your knowledge and skills in legal practice through in-depth research on a topic of your choice.

Key information

Start date

July 2020

Academic year dates


Full-time: six months
Part-time:12 months


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


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


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Who is it for?

This course is for students who have completed their LPC at The City Law School, are looking to enhance their CV, and demonstrate commitment to legal practice.

This is a distance learning course with no taught lessons.


After finishing the LPC at City, through the LLM programme, students can demonstrate their commitment to a specific area of legal practice by completing research and a dissertation.

Students will develop a dissertation proposal, and subject to acceptance, carry out research and writing with the support of an experienced supervisor from within The City Law School.

Choice of topic is entirely down to the student, although LPC tutors can provide guidance on this.  Previous topics have included:

  • The case for medical negligence tribunals
  • Company directors’ statutory duties
  • Insider dealing and
  • Pre-nuptial contracts
  • Sharia law.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

LPC LLM conversion

The LPC conversion course is only open to students who registered for the LPC within the last 5 years and before 2017/18. (From 2017/18 onward the LPC contains an integrated LLM option so there is no need for a conversion course).

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Apply now

Applications for this course are currently open and will remain open until 31 March. To apply please download the application form and email it to the Admissions Officer ( for this programme .

Before you submit your application, please take time to develop your proposal.  Each section of the form is marked, and you must pay sufficient attention to your title, coverage and methodology in particular. For more information about choosing and completing your dissertation proposal, please see Content and Structure.

Your dissertation proposal should be:

  • Related to the knowledge and skills required for legal professional practice in England and Wales.
  • Broadly related to the areas covered in the LPC
  • Based on the law of England and Wales (though it may include some comparison with another jurisdiction as a minor element).

You are strongly advised to submit your application prior to the closing date. Your application may be rejected if it is not complete, or we cannot find a supervisor for the title that you have proposed.

Early submission gives you a chance to resubmit if your proposal is rejected. Please ensure you have fully completed the from and given the information required.

Application deadlines

Applications are open until 31st March 2020.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Tel +44 (0)20 7040 5787.

During your course

More about fees

This course is for students who have completed their LPC at The City Law School and the fee for the LLM in Legal Practice is included in the fee for the Legal Practice Course (LPC).


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

10% Loyalty Discount

If you have already completed a course at The City Law School you will be eligible for the 10% loyalty discount. All you need to do is meet the minimum entry requirements for your second (postgraduate) course and we will automatically take 10% off of your tuition fees.

This can be received in addition to a scholarship.

Student views

Find out from one of our students what it's like to study one of our LLM programmes.

Academic facilities

  • City, University of London invested in a new, state-of-the-art home for The City Law School. Based at Sebastian Street, the building will bring together all of our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes into a single hub of legal expertise.
  • Staff, student spaces and facilities including the law specific library and mock court room are now housed in the contemporary space, close to law firms and chambers and perfectly placed to enable students to access other university services.
  • As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City, University of London has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.
  • As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
  • You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international Case law, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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This course has no timetabled classes beyond an initial induction

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

This is a distance learning course with no taught lessons.  However an induction session will be provided around the time of registration for each cohort. This session will give guidance on research methods, resources and the supervision process.

Students will be provided with ongoing supervisor support throughout the research process and dissertation writing.

Students complete a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation which is submitted at one of two submission dates.



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.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

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.

96.5% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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