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Qualifying Law Degree
Postgraduate course
LLM

Qualifying Law Degree

Law
International Scholarships available

Overview

This conversion course provides a route into the legal profession and will help you stand out from the crowd in this highly competitive field. Combining all the core modules required by the relevant professional bodies in law, this course will prepare non-law graduates for the next step towards becoming a solicitor or a barrister.

You will study foundation elements of legal theory, 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 qualified solicitors and barristers with significant professional expertise in all areas of law, the breadth of knowledge and skills in Leeds Law School will ensure you receive specialist support on a wide variety of topics, from medical negligence to anti-terrorism 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.

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 can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the 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.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Careers

Samantha Murkitt

Careers

Samantha Murkitt
Paralegal, Hawkswell Kilvington

BA (Hons) Business Studies and LLM Qualifying Law Degree

“My undergraduate course gave me a strong academic grounding and independent study skills, which enabled me to cover three years of essential undergraduate material in just one year on my masters course. It was intense, but my tutors were really supportive and went out of their way to tailor their teaching to my needs.

Teaching and learning

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Location

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