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Legal Practice LLM

Course Description

The LLM in Legal Practice will enable you, the qualified lawyer, to further enhance your career prospects, whilst deepening your knowledge and understanding of legal practice.

You will be given the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to carry out independent research in an area of your choosing, resulting in a dissertation. You will be supported by experienced lecturers who use a range of innovative teaching methods, which will enhance your studies.

Course content

This course will develop analytical and evaluative research skills and provide students with an opportunity to undertake an individual piece of original research.

Over the course of the programme you will study one module in research methods each term, before applying this study and your knowledge of a particular area of law to producing a dissertation, adding to the scholarly work in that discipline.

Course modules (16/17)

-Research Methods


Typically one year full time, students do have the option of studying part-time or by distance learning.


Formal course assessment is based on two research proposals and the dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

-Strong staff expertise, with substantial teaching experience on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
-An enthusiastic teaching team providing a supportive atmosphere for research.


The completion of the LLM will allow you to deepen your understanding of a legal subject area, enhance your career prospects or act as a basis for further study by undertaking a PhD.

Visit the Legal Practice LLM page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the LLM in Legal Practice will be awarded an exemption from 100 credits of taught modules, and will need to complete only the Research Methods and Dissertation modules, provided that either: An applicant has successfully completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course; An applicant has been admitted as an advocate in a jurisdiction approved at the time by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for Registered Foreign Lawyers (RFL) Status.

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