School of Society and Culture

LLM Legal Practice

Planned new course

Programme code 7552
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

Develop critical in-depth knowledge and broaden your understanding of legal practice issues and real-world problems on our new LLM programme. This programme is ideal if you are looking to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the practical application of law and access to justice.

Pedagogic study will be supplemented through working in the University’s award-winning Law Clinic, assisting with the provision of pro bono legal advice to real people with real legal problems.

Legal Practice
Careers with this subject

The programme is aimed at those who wish to transition into the legal profession, or who wish to enhance their understanding, experience, and employability.

Key features

  • Engage with contemporary legal issues, particularly around access to justice, and real-world people with existing legal problems.
  • Prepare to undertake the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 and 2 routes to becoming a qualified solicitor.
  • Work in our award-winning Law Clinic, providing legal advice to members of the public.
  • Enjoy flexible learning with both direct and online support from our academic staff.
  • Learn from practitioner staff who are specialists in their fields.
  • Further develop your transferable skills for employment in the legal professions.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Supported by our expert law staff, this programme deepens your knowledge and understanding of legal practice and prepares you to undertake the SQE 1 and 2 routes to becoming a qualified solicitor.

    You have the opportunity to work in the University’s award-winning Law Clinic, where you will assist with the provision of pro bono legal guidance and advice to members of the public who have real legal problems.

    Core modules

    • Work-based learning
    • SQE and skills 1
    • SQE and skills 2
    • Law in practice research project

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree in law or equivalent is desirable. Students with a lower degree classification may be considered by interview. Graduates from other disciplines are considered on an individual basis.

International students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,500
International N/A £16,500
Part time (Home) N/A £530
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

University of Plymouth Law Clinic

Make a positive difference in the community. 
Our Law Clinic won the Access to Justice Foundation Award in 2019 and 2020, and was shortlisted for three other awards in 2021. It is an unrivalled hub of opportunities for students to give legal advice to those who cannot afford it and to learn vital professional skills that are transferable across all sectors. Our students learn how to act as a lawyer and make a real impact in people’s lives.  
The Law Clinic offers real advice and assistance to clients in the Plymouth community, across a range of legal areas. Coordinated by law students and supervised by staff, the clinic provides hands on experience for our students and provides a vital service to the local community.
“Whilst working in the law clinic, we had the opportunity to help those who needed it, and have been able to make a positive impact in difficult times. It was also a huge factor in helping me stand out when applying for jobs.” Alannah O’Neill, law student 

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