The LLM [Law Conversion] is ideal for non-law graduates to convert to a career in law. From qualified solicitors, barristers and judges you will gain a practical ground in law.
Recruiters actively seek out students with a diverse range of transferable skills, with many firms recruiting half of their trainees from a non-law (GDL) background. The LLM [Law Conversion] ensures that you can demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages, by focussing on research and ensuring you have the ability to apply the law in practice.
On successful completion, you can progress directly onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you want to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) if you aim to become a barrister. In addition, students will also graduate with an internationally recognized standalone Master’s qualification
The LLM [Law Conversion] is awarded by BPP University and if fulfills the requirements for completion of the academic stage as set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB).
- Scholarships and funding options available, including the Student Loans Company postgraduate loan funding
- Take advantage of our strong links with the legal profession through our annual programme of networking events and career mentoring
- Specialist legal careers advice from the moment you accept your place and up to 12 months after you complete your studies
- Complement your studies with extra-curricular activities ranging across mooting, debating and pro bono work.
- Flexible study to suit your schedule: full-time or part-time
- Add value and focus on your LLM [Law Conversion] by attending free additional workshops run by tutors in conjunction with law firms to ensure you are practice ready, culminating in our highly successful Employability week.
- Get involved in practical legal work with our award-winning pro bono center
- Guaranteed place on our LPC or LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors)
- Learn about specialist areas of practice with our optional lectures and workshops, including our Extra Lecture Series including Company Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Law in the City and our Skills in Practice Workshops including Legal Writing, Legal Research, and Client Interviewing
How the programme is taught
Our LLM [Law Conversion] can be studied full-time or part-time, to give you flexibility around prior commitments. You will be taught by qualified tutors that include solicitors, barristers, and judges who can help develop your legal career. Many of our tutors continue to practice and have links to chambers, law firms and in-house teams at every level.
The course is taught at Master’s level, so you can build on the skills gained during your previous undergraduate study. With an emphasis on independent research, you will have the opportunity to develop advanced skills, commercial awareness and specialist knowledge that the legal profession demands.
To ensure your every success, we supply all of the tools you need before you start the programme. All study materials, including text and casebooks, are included in the fee and all resources and have online equivalents.
Face to Face Delivery
Our LLM [Law Conversion] is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Each week you will join live online lectures that deliver an overview of the relevant topic area, including key principles, areas of controversy and debate alongside other theory. Each session is delivered live by a tutor and supported by a second tutor who is able to answer questions and engage with students in real-time. Each lecture is recorded and made available on our online Virtual Learning Environment, enabling you to revisit topics at any time.
Each online lecture is accompanied by a two-hour fortnightly seminar. This can be either online or face-to-face depending on the module. Seminars are delivered in groups of no more than 18 students and enable you to put theory into practice. By using case studies you will face real-life situations you might encounter in practice and work collaboratively to develop and evaluate both oral and written arguments. You will enhance your ability to analyze a case and draw your own conclusions in order to advise a client.
The LLM is a Master’s level programme that requires a commitment in order to succeed. We recommend that you dedicate an average 40 hours per week, including 12 hours contact time and four hours of seminar preparation alongside independent study.
Optional lectures and workshops
To ensure you are career-ready, you receive access to a range of additional lectures and workshops designed to give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:
The Extra Series: multiple series of specialist law lectures including Company Law, Intellectual Property, and Public International Law. Lectures are delivered by current practitioners, external academics and tutors to give you an academic understanding and practical insight into key areas of legal practice. This allows you to demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
Skills in Practice: a series of professional skills workshops developed with leading city firms, featuring skills such as legal writing, legal research, and personal presentation skills. These workshops are delivered by external trainers and your tutors.
Mandarin Chinese gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).
Where possible, optional lectures and workshops are also available on our VLE following live delivery.
Please note: the lectures and workshops for the Extra Series and Skills in Practice will vary from center to center, as they are driven by student interests and demand. They are delivered either live in the center or via Online Classroom Live, depending on your start date, location, and mode.
Specialist Careers Advice
Our specialist careers service is available for support and guidance from the moment you accept your place, up until 12 months after you complete your studies with us. With our one-to-one support, we give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything you need including access to our vacancies database, advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.
You’ll also have access to:
- Application reviews for training contracts or placements in law firms, companies, and the not-for-profit sector
- Support from researching firms
- Advice on CVs and covering letters
- Help to prepare for assessment centers
- Advice on alternative careers
You will never leave an advice session empty-handed. Together, we'll help you draw up a career action plan that details the steps you should take to achieve your career goals
Award-winning Pro Bono
Our award-winning Pro Bono Centre allows you to take part in a wide range of legal advice and education projects under the supervision of qualified lawyers. This gives you unrivaled opportunity to work on actual cases in a wide variety of areas. Pro bono can provide valuable training in real-life situations that complement the classroom teaching you receive with us.
Our Pro Bono Centre is an excellent place to start practising your legal and practical skills in a supportive environment. There is a wide range of projects available, including:
- Staffing an employment law advice line
- Delivering legal education presentations in schools
- Prisons and homeless centres
- Researching the cases of prisoners who have lost all rights to appeal
Once you begin your studies you will hear from our Pro Bono Centre about the different projects and how to sign up.
Connecting you to the legal profession
We work with over 200 organisations that deliver legal services. These include local councils, in-house teams at multinationals and law firms across the board. Some of which include magic circle firms, commercial giants, niche service firms and the names you recognise on the high street. So you can trust that we’re connected with the right people to help you develop your career.
Students wishing to study the LLM [Law Conversion] will require:
- A minimum 2:1 honours degree in any subject from a recognised UK institution (or equivalent)
English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS level 6.5 (overall) or equivalent, plus a minimum of 6.0 in all components in addition to the above entry requirements.