Postgraduate Master of Laws

Master of Laws

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Distance Learning
  • Attendance


    Part-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

If you have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice course, the Bar Vocational course or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), you can study this top-up course from anywhere in the world to obtain a masters by writing a dissertation on a specific area of law.

Training in research methods is provided and you will be in regular contact with your dissertation supervisor. If you aspire to a career teaching law or want to work in a specialised area of law or business, this course will help you gain the relevant expertise.

We offer dissertation supervision in a broad range of legal subjects, including business law, international law, criminal justice, employment law, equalities and discrimination law, EU law, human rights, intellectual property, professional practice and professional ethics. If you are interested in another area, we will be happy to discuss this with you further.

To find out more, visit our law postgraduate Open Days page.

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. All our undergraduate law degrees meet this requirement. The changes to the routes to qualification as a solicitor are due to be finalised in the summer of 2020, with the introduction of those changes provisionally from September 2021 onwards.

Applicants and prospective applicants are invited to find out more about the changes at our open days and applicant days. In addition, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have issued a common protocol for guidance. This can be found by visiting the SRA web pages Solicitors Qualifying Examination and Common Protocol on the Academic Stage of training.

“Having spent most of my career teaching law students I felt quite confident starting the LLM programme at Leeds Beckett. The experience has been exhilarating and far better than my expectations. The ability to pace myself and schedule my assignments to minimise any impact on my law teaching profession has been the most rewarding aspect of my LLM. I am so glad I chose here to study!” Muttalib Mohammad Qureshi, LLM Master of Laws (Distance Learning).

You will be taught by staff with academic expertise and extensive industry experience. You will have access to our Library 24/7 every day of the year so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments.

Why study Law 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
  4. Our course is delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience

Postgraduate opportunities at Leeds Law School Head of Subject (Postgraduate) at Leeds Law School, Louisa Ashley, talks about postgraduate opportunities.

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