Legal Practice LLM

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Study a career-enhancing postgraduate Legal Practice course. Learn from an award-winning teaching team. Qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

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LLM Legal Practice is a full Masters course which includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational qualification you need to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

The course mixes taught elements with independent research, and will set you on track for a successful career in law by helping you develop valuable skills employers look for, including ‘Business Law and Practice’, ‘Litigation and Advocacy’.

The topic of your project will be designed to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland’s tutors.

Why us?

  • Internationally excellent' research in Law according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Sunderland Student Law Clinic: A professionally supervised service, offering free legal advice and assistance to the general public. Students gain real-world experience, such as improving their client interviewing skills.

Course structure

A typical week for you will include weekly three-hour workshops. These are interactive and require a high level of preparation. The research project and dissertation are supervised by your tutor.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. You will encounter a range of practical supervised and portfolio assessments across the programme followed by an extended piece of researched coursework for your Legal Practice Project.

Semester 1

  • Business Law and Practice (includes Taxation and Business Accounts) (25 credits)
  • Property Law and Practice (20 credits)
  • Optional module of your choice (10 credits)

Semester 2

  • Litigation and Advocacy (20 credits)
  • Wills and Administration of Estates (15 credits)
  • Solicitors’ Accounts (5 credits)
  • Two optional modules of your choice (20 credits)
  • Optional modules Commercial Contracts (10 credits)
  • Commercial Property (10 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (10 credits)
  • Family Law and Practice (10 credits) Housing Law and Practice (10 credits)
  • Advanced Personal Injury Litigation (10 credits)

Semester 3

  • Legal Practice Project (60 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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  • Sunderland Student Law Clinic provides quality, free legal advice and assistance to local members of the public and start-up businesses. All work is carried out by students who are supervised by nine qualified solicitors with over 140 years experience between them. Students can choose to study in Sunderland Student Law Clinic in their final year of their undergraduate studies and all students studying to become a solicitor on our LLM Legal Practice LPC spend at least half a day each week in clinic, meaning that some of our students leave us with two years' live client work experience. Students can work voluntarily for work experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic each summer, regardless of their stage of study.

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You’ll be based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, on the banks of the River Wear. The campus is within minutes’ walking distance from the coast. Here, you’ll have access to excellent library resources and comprehensive facilities.





Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold 2:2 in a Qualified Law Degree or equivalent, or a 2:2 in any discipline followed by successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

We also welcome applications from Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) or those with an appropriate level of relevant professional experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,750 if you are from the UK / EU / international

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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According to a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), people with a postgraduate qualification earn an average of 27% more than graduates with just an undergraduate degree.

Securing your first job

This course is designed to prepare you to secure your first legal job or training contract. Two days of the induction programme are devoted to kick-start a specialised careers and employability programme. You will carry out a SWOT Analyses identifying your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats when it comes to securing your ideal first legal job.

You will then prepare your CV and a covering letter for a simulated training contract role before going through a mock assessment centre with your course mates and a personal interview with a small panel. This is to help you get to grips with the kind of recruitment processes you are likely to encounter.

The panel will use your SWOT Analysis to personalise their feedback from the day so that you can get the most from the experience and this will lead into a programme of activities throughout the year aimed at increasing your confidence to go out there and secure your first legal job.

Throughout the year, your Personal Tutor will work with you on individual job applications and will ensure you are signposted to other specialists in the university so that you get the best possible support and best possible chance to get your career off to a fantastic start.

Sunderland Student Law Clinic

A professionally supervised service, offering free legal advice and assistance from Sunderland Law School at the University of Sunderland.

The Sunderland Student Law Clinic offers a free and professional service focusing on areas where people may find it difficult to find or afford other legal services. At the same time, the Clinic provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable real-life experience and put theory into practice. Everything that the Clinic does is overseen by an experienced solicitor, ensuring a consistently high standard of legal advice throughout.

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