Postgraduate Master of Laws

Master of Laws of England and Wales (incorporating the GDL) (Distance Learning)

Stand out from the crowd in this highly competitive field. This conversion course will help you on your journey into the legal profession if you don’t have a first degree in law.

Master of Laws of England and Wales (incorporating the GDL) (Distance Learning)

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Distance Learning
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    19 Sep 2022

Designed to be flexible to meet your needs, this master’s course is delivered entirely online with no live classes for you to attend.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Study core foundation subjects in law, to prepare for the next step towards becoming a solicitor or barrister
  • Learn in our Virtual Learning Environment, supported by MS Teams activities
  • Focus on an area of law that interests you during your Independent Research Project
  • Specialist supervisor support is available on a wide variety of topics from medical negligence to anti-terrorism law 

Distance learning requirements

To study this course, you’ll need to have a broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You’ll need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you’ll need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768. Visit our distance learning guide for complete technical requirements.

Law Trove

You’ll be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online for free through Law Trove, a subscription-only service offered by Oxford University Press.

Law in Practice guest lectures 

We regularly welcome guest speakers in prominent legal positions to share their experience of the profession. Previous speakers in our Law in Practice: Guest Speaker Series include human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer. You’ll be able to access their lectures digitally if you are unable to attend on-campus.

Get support with planning your career

Our Careers Service is on hand to support you with all aspects of planning your career, including writing your CV, job applications and how to make the most of industry and graduate fairs.

Leeds Law School mentors

We have taught law qualifying courses since 1979 and many of our graduates now act as mentors to our students. A mentor will help you to get ahead by offering career advice, work experience and sometimes even job opportunities.

Changes to legal education and training

Legal education and training has been subject to a detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review has examined the routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) no longer requires the study of a 'Qualifying Law Degree' (QLD), however, the study of what are referred to as the 'legal foundations of knowledge' is still required before the vocational stage of bar training. Our GDL course and our LLM version meet this requirement. 

In addition, the route to qualification as a solicitor has changed. If you are starting this course in September 2022 and wish to qualify as a solicitor, you will be required to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) as part of the qualification process. Further information can be found by visiting the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) web pages: Solicitors Qualifying Examination. You may also find some helpful information in the Law Society of England and Wales guide to the SQE.

Why study Master of Laws of England and Wales at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Leeds Law School regularly welcomes guest speakers in prominent legal positions and you will be able to access their lectures digitally if you are unable to attend on-campus
  2. Law Trove is an online service offered by Oxford University Press. This means all of our students will be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online and for free
  3. Take inspiration from our high-profile ‘Law in Practice’ guest lectures – with previous speakers including Labour Party Leader, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP and human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE PC