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LLM in Legal Practice


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Part time: 13 months


School of Law


Our LLM in Legal Practice enables professional qualified graduates from England and Wales, or those with a common law heritage, to convert their professional law qualification into a masters degree. Examples of these include PG Dip in Legal Practice, LPC (Legal Practice Course), BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course).

The course structure recognises professional achievement and experience. Is designed so that you can study alongside your legal career. The course is ideal for:

  • solicitors
  • barristers
  • practising lawyers
  • those about to enter the legal profession.

We pride ourselves on our friendly, collegial atmosphere. We regularly work you individually and provide you with one-to-one support.

This is an established course and we welcome participation from common-law lawyers across the globe. Including those working in small jurisdictions. This cosmopolitan ethos is reflected in our community of international students and staff.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Applicants to the programme must have a prior legal vocational qualification, such as the LPC/BPTC or their equivalent.

The legal vocational qualification should normally have been obtained within 5 years of commencement of the LLM (Legal Practice), but currency can be maintained either through continued work in legal practice as a solicitor or barrister or through teaching on a legal professional training course.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently in a self-directed way. As a significant part of the programme involves the application of academic research skills, students will be required to think critically, deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and evaluate research including current problems and/or new insights.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will normally only be admitted to the LLM in Legal Practice if you have reached an overall score of 7.0 (Level 7) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

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The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

This course consists of two modules.

The Advanced Legal Research Methods (ALRM) module provides the research, and writing skills necessary to engage with legal research at an advanced level. This includes:

  • research design
  • searching for relevant sources and materials
  • legal referencing
  • citation skills.

At the end of the module you will submit a formal 2,000 word research proposal.

The Dissertation module consists of researching and writing a dissertation of up to 12,000 words. The subject of the dissertation will be an agreed area of legal practice set out in the research project.

Please note: Our courses are reviewed regularly, so details may vary from that shown here.

Male student in lecture

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced Legal Research Methods

You’ll hone the research and writing skills needed to carry out legal research at an advanced level. These include research design, searching for relevant sources and materials, legal referencing and citation skills. You’ll think about the process of writing, as well as the end product, including presenting findings to different audiences. You’ll consider the distinctive features of legal research and approaches and research methodologies you might use. The work you do in this module gives you excellent preparation for your dissertation.

Final project

Compulsory modules


Your dissertation of up to 12,000 words is an extended, supervised piece of work on a particular area of legal practice set out in the research project, which you’ll agree on in consultation with your tutors. It’s your opportunity to gain knowledge and insight through sustained research, and to demonstrate your ability to explore and present legal arguments.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods to provide a high quality learning experience. These include:

  • directed reading
  • narrated PowerPoints
  • eSeminars
  • video consultations with your supervisor. 


Assessment methods used on this course

Advanced Legal Research Methods (ALRM) module

You will be expected to engage with set reading and/or prepare certain aspects of the seminars, for example:

  • writing a preliminary case analysis
  • outlining an interesting research idea
  • preparing a 3 minute oral presentation.

Dissertation module

You will be required to engage with relevant primary and secondary materials using suitable research skills. You will receive feedback from your supervisor on your evolving research. This will be through supervision sessions and written comments on draft chapters.

You will have an academic supervisor who is a member of the Law School. We endeavour to match student research interests with supervisor expertise. So we ask you to give a brief initial indication of your research interest in the personal statement section of your application. You can meet/communicate with your supervisor either in Oxford or via email or Skype.


Staff from the School of Law carry out advanced research at the international level across a range of topics relevant to legal practice both in the UK and internationally. This includes:

  • commissioned work for state bodies
  • publications in leading journals in law and cognate disciplines
  • scholarly monographs.

We have particular strengths in the law of the small jurisdictions with a common law inheritance, through the Small Jurisdictions Service, and in international law. 

Recent student topics have included:

  • The regulation of banking in the UK – to split or not to split?
  • How can Europe achieve a unified system for the protection of patents?
  • Does the established nature of the Church of England provide a model for other faith based jurisdictions?
  • How compatible are the powers in the Digital Economy Act 2010 relating to disconnection of internet access for repeat copyright infringers with European Union Law and human rights law?
Researcher reading a book

After you graduate

Career prospects

This programme is aimed primarily at those who are already in legal practice, although in some cases students are permitted to begin the course alongside the start of their legal career. As such, students are drawn from, and continue to progress in, a wide range of legal professions, including English solicitors and barristers, Pakistani advocates, Bahamian counsel and advocates, and Seychellian attorneys-at-law, as well as university lecturers in legal practice. 

Some students run their own legal practice, in partnership, or are fee-earners, but we have also welcomed in-house counsel working, for instance, in international finance. As a part-time course requiring reflection on professional practice, our normal expectation is that applicants will be in full-time professional employment during the course.

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.