LLM [Law Conversion]
If you are a non-law graduate, the LLM [Law Conversion] is your path to a career in law, designed to prepare you for the next stage of legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.
The LLM [Law Conversion] is awarded by BPP University and is recognised as completion of the academic stage by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB).
Taught at Masters degree level, you will develop the advanced skills, commercial awareness and specialist knowledge that the legal profession demands – giving you the best possible preparation to secure a training contract or pupillage.
- Fund your law conversion training – our LLM [Law Conversion] is eligible for a postgraduate loan up to £10,609
- Learn from qualified solicitors, barristers and judges who can help develop your legal career and have links to employers
- Flexible study to fit your commitments – learn full-time or part-time, either online or face-to-face
- Pass and you are guaranteed a place on our Legal Practice Course (LPC), which offers our Career Guarantee
- Enhance your legal CV with Skills in Practice workshops and working with real clients through our Pro Bono Centre
- Expert support with training contract and pupillage applications, mock interviews and CV advice from our Careers Service
- Develop further expertise through our Extra lecture series, in the areas of law that align with your career goals
To apply, please select your preferred intake and study mode.
We recommend you apply as soon as you are ready – priority is given to applicants who have placed BPP University as their first choice.
Full-time applications are made through the Central Applications Board (CAB). You must then notify your admissions advisor that you wish to study the LLM [Law Conversion]. Part-time applications are made directly to BPP University.
Start Date: September
Length of Programme: 1 year Full-Time / 2 year Part-Time
Mode of Study: Study in the UK
Benefit from our Career Guarantee
If you start your PGDL and go on to study our LPC or BTC you'll benefit from our Career Guarantee.
If you don't get obtain a training contract or pupillage within six months of completing your LPC* or BTC** you can study another qualification at BPP for free.
Preparing you for practice
The BPP University PGDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition from being a non-law graduate into a career in law. We don't just give you an excellent qualification, we give you an insight into life in practice, so you enter the next stage of your training more informed, more prepared and more effective, and able to demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages.
Once you have successfully completed your PGDL exams, you have the opportunity to specialise or develop an understanding in alternative areas, take two extra modules and you could graduate with a Graduate LLB (Hons) awarded by BPP University. The Graduate Diploma in Law is awarded by BPP University and is recognised as completion of the academic stage by the SRA and BSB.
When you have passed your PGDL, you're guaranteed a place on our LPC, the next step to becoming a solicitor. Or you can apply for our BTC, the next step to becoming a barrister.
How the programme is taught
We assume you have no prior knowledge of law when you start your PGDL, so you get a full induction programme and a high level of support from day one. This includes outstanding learning materials and online resources. All study materials are included in the fee. All lectures and resources have online equivalents.
You'll be taught by our experienced legal professionals and academics with time split evenly between tutorials and lectures as well as regular consolidation sessions and a wealth of online resources. For full details view our Locations tab.
What you will experience in the classroom
BPP University's ethos is learning by doing. Classes are designed with an interactive focus, based on discussions, debates and resolving practical case studies. You will learn the academic knowledge, but as importantly you will learn how it's applied in practice, with a logical approach, presenting your arguments persuasively and in a structured manner.
You will study up to 21 hours a week consisting of live and online lectures and classes dependent on location and start date. Tutorials are taught in groups of around 18 students, giving you a high level of student/tutor contact time.
All our students also have a Personal Tutor and access to a Student Advisor, should you need any guidance or additional support outside of class time.
Independent research essay options
We offer a wide range of titles, and will always consider individual topics suggested by students. Current options include intellectual property, succession, company law, family law, housing law, medical law and public international law.
Personalise your PGDL timetable
BPP gives you more control over the way you study with face-to-face, online distance learning, or a combination of both available. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. Face-to-face PGDL classes are taught on two set days per week during the core teaching term, at the following centres, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.
You can start in January or September. For full-time study, both options take nine months. Or if you choose part-time and start in January, you'll finish in 18 months – ready to start the LPC or BTC in September. If you start part-time in September the programme takes two academic years.
With the BPP PGDL, you're given access to an unrivalled range of additional modules, designed to get you ahead and give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:
- Company law module
- Further specialist law modules – start specialising early in areas such as Intellectual Property or Public International Law, so you can demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
- Professional Skills modules developed with leading city firms – Featuring areas like legal writing and legal research
- 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).
Specialist careers advice
From the moment you accept your place until you secure your first legal position, you can use our careers service. With our one-to-one support, we aim to give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything from access to our vacancies database to advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.
Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. BPP offers a variety of part-time modes:
- Evenings: taught between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Each module is taught by a one-hour tutorial per week. All our lectures are recorded and made available to students online for flexibility of study
- Weekends: one Saturday every fortnight, consisting of tutorials. Lectures delivered online
- Day: taught on one half-day per week from 9am - 1.30pm in year 1 and from 9am - 2.40pm in year 2. Lectures are delivered online
- Distance learning: weekly online lectures and tutorials with optional face-to-face tuition.
You will receive access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as soon as you have paid your deposit, where you can find optional pre-reading and the materials you will need to prepare for the first couple of weeks on the course.
Our LLM [Law Conversion] is comprised of nine modules. Your studies will begin with an introduction to the English Legal System, followed by seven foundation modules, each focusing on a key area of law:
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- English Legal System and Method
- Equity and Trusts
- EU Law
- Land Law
- Research Project
- Tort Law
Drawing on the knowledge gained during your studies, you will also undertake a piece of independent legal research, in order to respond to a seen question or client scenario. You will be encouraged to identify the correct area of the law that applies to the subject in question, as well as critically evaluate areas of the law that could be improved to allow the client’s issue to be resolved in a more effective manner.
The LLM [Law Conversion] does not recognise any exemptions you may already hold as a result of prior learning. If your previous studies may exempt you from certain modules, we recommend you consider studying our PGDL.
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 modules in addition to the above entry requirements.
- London Waterloo: £13,290
A postgraduate student loan of up to £10,609 is available to eligible full and part-time students. From September 2019, the maximum loan amount will increase to £10,906. For more information please click here.
Postgraduate funding can only be used to fund one programme, so if you have any queries about how to fund your postgraduate law studies, contact our admissions department.
We have a wide range of scholarships available across our law programmes. To find out more about these please click here.
Additional funding options
For more information about funding options and student loans, click here.
Our LLM [Law Conversion] is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Each week you will join live online lectures, delivered by a tutor, and supported by a second tutor who is able to answer any questions in real-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, enabling 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 analyse a case and draw your own conclusions in order to advise a client.
The LLM [Law Conversion] requires 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.
Choose to study the LLM [Law Conversion] online and you will follow a structured programme of classes using BPP University’s Online Classroom Live. You will learn from the same tutors, use the same study materials and take the same exams as face-to-face learners.
All study materials are included in the fee, including text and case books. All resources and lectures have online equivalents.
We’re dedicated to making sure you are ready to embark on a successful career in law.
As well as learning legal theory, you will learn how to apply your knowledge and develop your practical legal skills, through dedicated lectures, tutorial objectives and additional workshops.
Extra lectures and workshops
We will also give you access to a range of additional lectures and workshops, designed to give your legal CV an edge.*
Extra lecture series – delivered by tutors, academics and current practitioners, gain a deeper insight into key areas of legal practice including Company Law, Intellectual Property and Public International Law.
Skills in Practice workshops - developed with leading city firms, enhance your practical legal skills in Legal Writing, Legal Research and Client Interviewing.
Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only) – study the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free sessions.
*Lectures and workshops may differ by location and mode, as availability is subject to demand. Where possible, lectures will also be made available on the VLE.
Specialist careers advice
You can access our Careers Service from the moment you accept your place until up to 12 months after you complete your studies with us.
With our one-to-one support, we give you the best possible preparation when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything you need, including advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching and networking opportunities with top firms.
Connecting you to legal employers
Through our Law School, Careers Service and Pro Bono Centre, we work with over 200 organisations that deliver legal services, including firms, chambers and in-house teams. We’re also trusted by many leading law firms who exclusively send their trainees to study with us. So whatever your career ambition, we’ll help connect you to the right people to succeed.
BPP Pro Bono Centre
Gain hands-on legal experience by volunteering for a project with our award-winning Pro Bono Centre. Opportunities are available at all of our study centres and for online learners. Find a project.
The course is assessed by the following methods:
- Independent research project: 10,000 words
- Two Module Dissertations: 5,000 words each (Constitutional and Administrative Law and Equity and Trusts Law)*
- Computer based assessment (European Law)
- Final written assessments (Contract, Tort, Equity and Land Law)
Online learners are expected to take invigilated assessments in London. You may request to sit assessments overseas or at a regional study centre, though this is not guaranteed and you will need to meet certain requirements. For more information, please speak to our admissions team.
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