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Qualifying Law Degree
Postgraduate course
LLM

Qualifying Law Degree

Law

Overview

Law is a highly competitive field and a masters qualifying law degree (or a postgraduate diploma in law) will help you stand out from the crowd. This conversion course combines all the core modules required by the relevant professional bodies in law and will prepare you to take the next step towards becoming a solicitor or a barrister.

You will study legal theory and how to apply it in practice and your independent research project will give you the opportunity to focus on an area of law that interests you. Taught by experienced tutors, including trained solicitors and barristers with significant professional expertise in all areas of law, the breadth of expertise in the department will ensure you receive specialist support on a wide variety of topics, from medical negligence to terrorism and from intellectual property to public law.

Teaching will be delivered in small face-to-face classes combined with online lectures that can be accessed at a time and place to fit with your busy schedule.

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 be taught by lecturers who have worked in some of the top UK firms, including DLA Piper, Eversheds, Walker Morris and Herbert Smith Freehills. As well as excellent academic teaching, our staff will provide you with professional and practical support to help you progress your career.

Law qualifying courses have been taught by our Leeds Law School since 1979 and many of our alumni now act as mentors to our students, helping them to get ahead by offering careers advice, work experience and even job opportunities.

A specialist study room, accessible only by students on our postgraduate courses, is fitted with computer terminals and legal texts. We also have a courtroom where you can put theory into practice in simulated trials.

Leeds is one of the largest legal centres outside London and offers a wealth of job and placement opportunities. You'll benefit from our close links with firms in the city and from the contacts and possible career opportunities provided by your professional mentor.

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.

If you would like to study this course full-time you will need to make your initial application through the Central Applications Board at this link.

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.

If you would like to study this course full-time you will need to make your initial application through the Central Applications Board at this link.

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

Roger Chadwick

Careers

Roger Chadwick
Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Marketing Awdry, Bailey and Douglas Solicitors

PG Dip Law

““My course gave me an excellent grounding in the legal process covering many different areas of law. Most of my lecturers were former solicitors and the practical experience they shared helped me to prepare for my career in law.

Modules & learning

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Study the role of the law in defining, creating, imposing, regulating and enforcing freely negotiated and agreed contractual obligations between two or more contracting parties.

Examine civil law liability for a wrong or 'tort', including negligence, occupier's liability and trespass to the person, considering how tort protects reputation and personal integrity.

Understand the relationship between the different organs of the State and the individual, including royal prerogative, human rights, judicial review and police powers.

Learn how and why trusts are created, their different and legal frameworks, the principles of equity affecting their creation and the use of trusts in practice.

Explore the founding principles of the law of the European Union to enable critical understanding of the nature and purpose of European developments and regulations.

Study the fundamental issues relating to the concept of property, its ownership, and the rights and obligations created by the ownership of land.

Understand the general principles of law governing criminal responsibility set within their social context, the concept of moral responsibility and the philosophy of punishment.

You will explore and develop ideas on a legal topic of your choosing in a written submission.

Leeds Beckett University
Jennifer McCloy
Senior Lecturer
Jennifer is a qualified solicitor who trained at national firm DLA Piper and specialised in healthcare law. She acted for NHS clients defending claims of medical negligence and advising on general healthcare issues. Jennifer joined Leeds Beckett University in 2006. Her teaching and research interests are in tort and healthcare law, with a particular emphasis on mental health law. She now leads the LLM Qualifying Law Degree.
Studying the LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Leeds Beckett University gives you the opportunity not only to obtain a masters level qualification in law but also to satisfy the academic stage requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
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Fees & funding

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Facilities

  • Courtroom
    Courtroom

    Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Library
    Library

    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.

  • Portland
    Portland

    Leeds Law School is located in Portland, close to the city's legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

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