Master in Law Qualification (LLM Degree)
The Master in Law course is a competitive law degree, often abbreviated as LLM. You are recommended to take this legal training course if you already hold a professional law degree.
Legal training providers in London and the UK offer comprehensive courses to you if you are looking to become a lawyer and practice law. Most programmes offer you the choice to tailor your degree around a specific area of law.
Popular areas of study for the Master in Law course include:
• Bankruptcy Law
• Banking Law
• Financial Services Law
• Environmental Law
• Human Rights Law
• Commercial Law
• Information Technology Law
• Intellectual Property Law
• International law
• Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and
• Insurance Law
Whatever area of law you decide to focus on is entirely up to you. However, some schools have more of a reputation for allowing you to design your own study programme. This is something to consider when finding the right legal training provider for you.
Studying towards the Master in Laws UK course and obtaining the degree is not regarded as a sufficient qualification to practise as a solicitor or barrister in the UK. You must complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or the Diploma in Legal Practice if you are in Scotland to practice law. The Master of Laws course should be viewed as an opportunity for you to specialise in a particular area of legal training.
You may also decide to move onto the Doctor of Laws (LLD) course after completing the Master of Laws /LLM qualification.
Law Course Requirements
To start studying towards the Master of Laws degree, it is recommended that you first obtain an undergraduate degree in Laws or the Common Professional Exam (CPE). Some schools have exceptions having a first degree, such as having substantial professional experience in law. However, most Master of Laws courses will prefer that you have an undergraduate degree in Laws.
You should expect to study for one year full time towards your LLM legal qualification (or two years part time). Most law schools will require you to complete a thesis during your law course.
Most legal training providers will accept applications all year round, with the deadline for applicants at the end of August. Your application will be assessed upon the conditions of academic achievement and any legal work experience you may have had.
Most law schools require you to have a good second class degree, such as a 2:1 or higher. Sometimes specific programmes will have varying requirements, depending on the difficulty of the course offered.
You will also be required to be proficient in the English language. If you were educated outside the United Kingdom in countries where English is not the first language, then you must provide evidence that you are proficient in both spoken and written English. Your law course provider will be able to give you more details regarding their specific requirements.
It is fine to apply before you finish completing your undergraduate degree. Most courses will base your application on the marks you have received up to the point of applying. If you meet the requirements necessary for the school’s expectations, you will receive a formal offer to study at the institution.