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Qualifying Law Degree (Online)
Postgraduate course
LLM

Qualifying Law Degree (Online)

Law

Overview

On this conversion course, you will study all the modules required by the legal profession's regulators, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, to become a solicitor or barrister. Skilled tutors with significant professional expertise in all areas of law will guide and support you in your study of legal theory and its practical application. Through our Virtual Learning Environment, you will be able to interact with your tutors and fellow learners online, discussing ideas and topics to gain a deep-rooted knowledge of the law.

Through your research project, you will specialise in a specific area of law that interests you, researching and writing in depth on the topic. The breadth of expertise available within Leeds Law School means we can offer detailed guidance underpinned by practical experience and knowledge on the topic you choose to research in your independent project module.

Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones.

Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

For more information visit the SRA and BSB websites:
You will complete your course using our Virtual Learning Environment, an online resource that will give you access to course materials, including videos and e-books, and our extensive Online Library. The flexibility of this course means you will be able to study at a time, place and pace that is convenient to you and your lifestyle.

Leeds is one of the most important legal centres outside London. The city has a Crown Court and is home to many of the country's top law firms and you will be taught by lecturers who have worked in some of the UK's top firms. Their expertise will feed into your learning to ensure you are primed for the workplace or your next stage of legal training.

Our guest lecture series, featuring leading figures from the legal profession, will enhance your learning. The lectures will be available digitally, so you will be able to access them from wherever you are in the world and without having to be on campus. Past speakers have included politician and human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti and Catherine Dixon, who served as the chief executive of The Law Society.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Students wishing to undertake the LLM Qualifying Law degree for the purpose of qualification as a barrister must:
  • Hold a UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded at or above 2:2; or
  • Have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board on the basis of an overseas degree or a non-standard UK/Republic of Ireland degree; or
  • Have been approved by the Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee as suitable for admission as a mature student.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Students wishing to undertake the LLM Qualifying Law degree for the purpose of qualification as a barrister must:
  • Hold a UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded at or above 2:2; or
  • Have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board on the basis of an overseas degree or a non-standard UK/Republic of Ireland degree; or
  • Have been approved by the Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee as suitable for admission as a mature student.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Kiranjeet Chana

Careers

Kiranjeet Chana
Solicitor Morrish Solicitors LLP

PG Dip Legal Practice Course

“I studied this course as I’d heard good things about it – I really enjoyed the practical elements such as advocacy training, and learning how to speak and conduct myself in professional environments like courtrooms. We also learned how to draft court documents, and this hands-on approach to learning has really helped me put my studies into practice in my current role.

Modules & learning

Law, Institutions & Skills

Foundations of Criminal Law

Foundations of Equity & Trusts Law

Foundations of the Law of the European Union

Foundations of Contract

Foundations of Tort Law

Foundations of Property Law

Foundations of Public Law

Independent Legal Research Project

Leeds Beckett University
Chris Morrison
Senior Lecturer
Christopher is a Barrister who has specialised in Criminal Law, Civil Actions against the Police and professional negligence. He has been teaching law at higher education level in Leeds for 15 years and now leads the LLM Qualifying Law Degree (Online).
Each module on the LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Leeds Beckett has its own area online where teaching, learning and assessment information can be accessed. Additionally, discussion boards and multi-media materials are, available to support learning and communication between students, teaching teams and support teams.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Virtual Learning Environment
    Virtual Learning Environment

    The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Dedicated Support Team
    Dedicated Support Team

    Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

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