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LLM in Legal Practice

Who is it for?

The LLM in Legal Practice is open only to students who have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or its predecessor course, the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), whether at Cardiff or another recognised institution.

Reputation and enhanced employability

You will have the opportunity of pursuing your studies within one of the leading law schools in the country and have access to our excellent resources including an extensive range of legal databases, a well resourced library and the University’s services and facilities for postgraduate students.

The programme will allow you to develop your academic and professional skills beyond the requirements of your professionally recognised qualifications and has the potential to enhance your employability by demonstrating your commitment to and advanced level of understanding of your chosen area of research.  For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to extend your legal knowledge and reflect upon professional practice.

Programme Structure

The LLM in Legal Practice is a 60 credit (dissertation only) programme which can be pursued part-time or by distance learning. The programme will commence with introductory sessions covering research skills and guidance on preparing a dissertation. Students opting for the part-time programme will attend the Law School for the introductory sessions and meetings with their supervisor. Those opting for distance learning will access introductory materials online and supervision will be by electronic communication.

Apart from the introductory sessions during the first week of the course, there is no other teaching and therefore no ongoing attendance requirement. The programme will proceed by way of self-directed learning with support from a dissertation supervisor. You will be expected to agree a schedule of meetings with your dissertation supervisor (either face to face or equivalent levels of contact via electronic communication). The dissertation must be submitted within 52 weeks from the time of enrolment and should be no more than 15,000 words in length.

There are two entry points to the programme – September and January.  

The Dissertation

The subject area chosen should relate to the practice of law in England and Wales. You could, for example, choose to take an in-depth look at a subject that was only touched upon as part of your LPC or BPTC/BVC studies and which you think will be of particular interest to you or of use in terms of your future career plans. As part of your application, you must provide a brief outline (no more than 200 words) indicating your preferred area of research. You will need to prepare a more detailed dissertation proposal and submit it for approval in the early stages of the programme (please note that we do not permit empirical research).

Supervisors will be drawn from the staff of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies (CPLS) and supervisors will be allocated by CPLS following the introductory part of the programme. 

Entry requirements


Applicants whose LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications were completed outside the three year period set out above may also be admitted to the programme provided the applicant is able to provide evidence of recent experience in the practice of law which demonstrates his/her suitability for the programme.


Fees for the 2014/15 academic year for home (UK and EU) students are £2,175 and for Non-EU overseas students, £2,375. Fees can be paid in three equal instalments.

International Students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Advice on visas can be obtained from the Student Support Centre.


Applications can be made online from the Cardiff University website

Further details



  Cardiff Law School
  CF10 3AX
  Wales, UK

 029 2087 4941