For more information about Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
LLM

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University

We are confident that our LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) will provide you with the best training currently available. We have an excellent reputation within the legal profession and our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitors Regulation Authority in every area of the course.

Why study the LLM LPC at Nottingham Law School?

  • Successful completion of all elements of the LLM LPC will result in the award of a Masters degree – an internationally recognised qualification.
  • All our staff are experienced lawyers – many still practise – and you will benefit from their practical knowledge. Also you will benefit from our visiting lecturers.
  • We teach in small groups to encourage student participation.
  • Every student has a personal tutor. We get to know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
  • We have introduced a new elective – Advanced Advocacy – which will provide essential experience for anyone considering Higher Rights of Audience training.
  • We offer a multi-award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
  • Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, before the LPC course starts, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team.
  • The number of graduates obtaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
  • The Professional Legal Practice module provides practical experience and commercial insight, which will ensure you hit the ground running at the start of your career.
  • Studying with Nottingham Law School means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.
  • Scholarships worth up to half the fee are available.

How you're taught

This course will be taught on three days each week in Small Group Sessions (SGS) held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Lectures will be held on Fridays and these will be recorded so that attendance is not compulsory – you can view the lectures at a convenient time. This format gives you the option to be on campus for either two or three days each week. Exceptionally you may be required to attend examinations or induction events on any day of the week but you will receive notice of these dates well in advance.

To gain the LLM, you'll need to complete a dissertation or a Legal Project. The LLM component of this course needs to be completed in conjunction with the LPC.

If you have already successfully completed the LPC or BPTC, you can complete our LLM Legal Practice (distance learning) course which provides 60 Masters-level credits, leading to the award of an LLM.

Lecture Capture

Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.

Careers and employability

Your future career

We have a dedicated Employability team who will support you in your search for a training contract; the number of Nottingham Law School graduates gaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.

At Nottingham Law School we don't view the LPC in isolation. It leads to a training contract and we can provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:

  • Our Employability team provide seminars with advice about training contract applications and interview techniques.
  • We will review your training contract applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
  • We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
  • Employability and commercial awareness are given appropriate focus, which provides a true bridge into practice.
  • We maintain regular contact with firms specialising in all areas of law.

Course skills

The course skills are advocacy, interviewing, research, writing and drafting and these are often seen as providing the most demanding, and hopefully rewarding, elements of the course. We give particular attention to the written skills of research and writing and drafting; we take seriously the concerns of many firms about the capacity of trainees to handle this type of work in the early part of their training contracts.

Theoretical material is kept to a minimum, and the emphasis is normally on practice and feedback to develop the skills you will need on entering the profession.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLMHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following options:

  • a Qualifying Law degree (2.2 or above).
  • Graduate Diploma in Law / CPE with an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above).
  • IELTS 6.5 (5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking).
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.
  • All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

What is a Qualifying Law degree?

A Qualifying Law degree (QLD) is a degree recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority which enables you to progress on to further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

A Qualifying Law degree covers the seven foundations of Legal Knowledge:

  • Law of Contract and problem–solving
  • Law of Torts and Case Analysis
  • Public Law and Human Rights
  • European Union Law and Report writing
  • Law of Trusts and Applied Legal Analysis
  • Criminal Law with Mooting
  • Land Law and Professional Advice

If you have not covered the above in your undergraduate degree and want to progress on to the LLM LPC or LLM BPTC, you will need to complete our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course before you begin your legal training.

SRA Information - changes to Education and Training Regulations

The SRA has recently put in place proposals to simplify the training regulations.

These proposals have resulted in the removal of the requirements for students:

  • to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training
  • to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.
  • Please read the SRA revisions document

    Please note that these changes could impact considerably upon you and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand your revised obligations in respect of the LPC.

    If you are in any doubt about how these changes affect you, please consult the SRA website.

    Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

    Applications from students who have successfully completed either a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within five years of enrolment to our Legal Practice Course may be considered for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following:

    • Stage One - Litigation; Advocacy; Drafting
    • Stage Two - Two Vocational Electives.
    • It is important for such students to contact the Course Leader as promptly as possible prior to their application to the Central Applications Board to allow their APL application to be considered.

    Students who transfer to Nottingham Law School to undertake Stage Two having successfully completed Stage One at another institution will be awarded the Professional Diploma.

    What students think about Nottingham Trent University

      Claudia Agyemang-Yeboah, Human Rights and Justice – LLM, (Ghana)

      Testimonial from Claudia Agyemang-Yeboah, Human Rights and Justice – LLM, (Ghana), student at Nottingham Trent University

      “The city is ideal. I’ve been to London a couple of times and frankly it is too busy and too big for me. Nottingham has a city vibe but it’s smaller and as I am based on City Campus there are so many places that you can go without having to even use transportation which economically is very good as well!”

      “There are so many opportunities when you are at NTU. Take advantage of every opportunity that you have. Sign up and do something, it builds up your experience and confidence. NTU is such a relaxing, comfortable environment with so many friendly people.  I’ve met most of my friends from my classes and have met people from so many places. It was a goal of mine to make friends not only from Africa, but from all over the world. The Global Lounge is a great place to meet new people, have a cup of coffee and hang out.

      “It’s a good decision coming here. I’d do it over and over again. I’ve learnt a lot in so many ways. If you have the opportunity, you should really consider here. The experience has been wonderful and I’m enjoying every second of it.”

      Read Claudia's profile

      Makayla Martinez, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, (United States of America)

      Testimonial from Makayla Martinez, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, (United States of America), student at Nottingham Trent University

      "I am 21 and have changed my plans but I think it is the best decision I have made in my life. Fashion has always been my dream and since being here last year, I had never felt such a sense of belonging.

      "I chose NTU because of the social side and the sense of community. This seemed so prevalent here; I have made so many friends from all over the world. There is so much to do in the city. It is so friendly and unified!"

      “My main piece of advice would be to do research about the city before you arrive. Make sure you know where your accommodation is in relation to the rest of the city and where you will be studying, that is really important. I had no idea how big the city was so at the beginning it took time to find out what grocery stores there were and where was good to eat out. Research will help with this as well as not being afraid to explore and find new things. You can ask anyone for help too as it is a really friendly city."

      Read Makayla's profile

      Kamakshi Marwah, MSc Applied Child Psychology, (India)

      Testimonial from Kamakshi Marwah, MSc Applied Child Psychology, (India), student at Nottingham Trent University

      “While applying I considered other university courses but NTU had better facilities to offer and the course offered a proper melange of theories and real world applications. I was very particular about module structure, programme-based ranking and university rankings. NTU has a prestigious reputation and the quality of learning they provide is something I considered while applying to this University.”

      “Location was one of the key features of this University as you will find everything conveniently located. Another important aspect is that it is very student friendly. Nottingham has been like living a dream - it has given me a once in a life time opportunity to explore and live independently.”

      “Every day has become a new learning chapter. I believe that my learning as a postgraduate student has significantly enhanced my capabilities and skills set which will help me for my future career. Postgraduate study has given me a new dimension to my career plans as I have discovered new career opportunities where I can work and give back to society. I plan to work as a counsellor or child psychologist in a school or charitable organisation and, after gaining few years of professional experience, I would also consider pursuing a PhD.”

      Read Kamakshi's profile

    Location of Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University main campus is shown on the map below:

    Explore Nottingham Trent University

    Click the following videos and images to expand or play