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Legal Practice (top-up) (LLM)

Course Description

Conduct an independent research project in your chosen area of professional legal practice*, and top up your current qualification to an LLM in just six months to a year. We’ll give you training in research skills that will prove invaluable in your future career, and a dedicated supervisor for advice and support.


If you’ve completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, or you’re a practising solicitor or barrister who has taken the former Law Society Final Examinations or BVC, this course will top up your qualification to an LLM Legal Practice.

If you’re an overseas lawyer then, subject to taking the Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Scheme (QLTS/QLTT) and/or gaining university accreditation of prior learning and experience, you could also be eligible to apply.

Our course lets you explore your chosen area of legal professional practice in depth. You could focus on part of your current professional practice, an area that you wish to work in, or one that’s of academic interest to you.* Whichever you choose, you'll develop your research skills over a four-day seminar series. You'll learn to interrogate hard-copy and electronic sources; create and conduct surveys, questionnaires and interviews; and write-up and present your research findings. You’ll then apply these skills when researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation.

The research skills you develop on this course are in great demand by employers in the legal profession.

We have three study days on campus in Chelmsford, but at other times you'll work independently with support from a dedicated supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to develop your research proposal or hypothesis, discuss your methodology (including ethics clearance) and act as a mentor throughout your time with us.

Our staff have been recognised for the quality of their work. In 2014, the Government acknowledged our ‘world-leading’ research in its Research Excellence Framework.

Teaching times: two Fridays from 10am-4pm in semester 1; one Friday from 10am-1pm in semester 2.

*choice of topics subject to approval and availability of supervision within Anglia Law School.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/legal-practice-top-up


This course will give you an in-depth understanding of your chosen area of legal practice to use in your future career, and teach you vital research skills that are in great demand in the legal profession and beyond.


You’ll demonstrate your understanding of your chosen research area through a 15,000-word dissertation, which you’ll normally submit by the end of March if you study full-time, or September if you study part-time.

Where you'll study

Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Visit the Legal Practice (top-up) (LLM) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry is admission with 120 credits at Level 7. The credits may be obtained by:a) a pass in the Legal Practice Course from a UK University or other authorised provider; b) a pass in the Law Society Final Examination and completion of a minimum of one year of a training contract; c) a pass in the Bar Professional Training Course or Bar Vocational Course from a UK University or other authorised provider. Applicants must also provide a satisfactory research proposal with their application.

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