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LLM in Legal Practice (LLM)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 1 year (part-time) (distance / e-Learning)


Course Aims

The LLM in Legal Practice is open only to students who have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or its predecessor course, the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), whether at Cardiff or another recognised institution. The programme is designed for students who wish to further develop their legal knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of their LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications. For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to extend their knowledge, reflect upon professional practice and fulfil professional development requirements.

Students will have the opportunity of building upon the legal research skills and knowledge acquired on the LPC, BPTC or BVC by undertaking in-depth independent research culminating in preparation of a dissertation. With the support and guidance of a dissertation supervisor, students will be encouraged to develop an independent, critical and thorough treatment of their chosen topic. Assessment will take the form of an independently researched dissertation of no more than 15,000 words in length.

Programme Description

The LLM in Legal Practice is intended to:

Programme Structure

The LLM in Legal Practice is a 60 credit dissertation-only distance learning programme. The programme starts with online introductory sessions covering research skills and guidance on preparing a dissertation.

There is no attendance requirement. The programme proceeds by way of self-directed learning with support from a dissertation supervisor. Students are expected to agree a schedule of meetings with their dissertation supervisor (either face to face or equivalent levels of contact via electronic communication) up to a maximum of four hours spread over the year. The dissertation must be submitted within 52 weeks from the time of enrolment.

Skills Acquired

Upon completion of the LLM in Legal Practice, in addition to intellectual and knowledge specific skills, a typical student will be able to:

Career Prospects

The programme will enable students, through research, to acquire in-depth knowledge of an area of law which has direct relevance to practice thereby enhancing their employability and future career prospects in the legal profession.

Entry Requirements

Applicants whose LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications were completed outside the three year period set out above may also be admitted to the programme provided the applicant is able to provide evidence of recent experience in the practice of law which demonstrates their suitability for the programme.

English Language Criteria: Students whose first language is not English or Welsh will also need to obtain an IELTS score of at least 6.5 for direct entry to the programme with a minimum of 6.5 in the skill of writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all of the sub-skills. Alternatively, successful completion of the LPC or BPTC within 3 years of entry to the programme will satisfy the English Language requirements.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online via the How to Apply section of our website.

Applicants should provide a brief outline (no more than 200 words) indicating their preferred area of research as part of the personal statement section on the application form.

Applicants must meet the Academic Requirements set out above and Cardiff University’s general entrance requirements. Subject to those, the following criteria will be taken into account:

Application Deadline: Applications for January 2017 should be received no later than 21 October 2016.

Tuition Fees for LLM Legal Practice 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Distance Learning £2,310 £2,575
Deposit n/a n/a.
Notes Please note that the tuition fee does not include the cost of binding your dissertation, which you will need to pay separately.

Next intake: January

School Contact

Name: Shani Hughes (LLM)  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876106 



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