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LLM in Legal Practice

What is the LLM in Legal Practice?

The LLM in Legal Practice is a 60 credit dissertation-only distance learning programme. The programme starts with online introductory sessions covering research skills and guidance on preparing a dissertation.

There is no attendance requirement. The programme proceeds by way of self-directed learning with support from a dissertation supervisor. Students are expected to agree a schedule of meetings with their dissertation supervisor (either face to face or equivalent levels of contact via electronic communication) up to a maximum of four hours spread over the year. The dissertation must be submitted within 52 weeks from the time of enrolment and should be no more than 15,000 words in length.

Enrolment takes place in the third week of January.

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.

The programme is designed for students who wish to further develop their legal knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of their LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications.  For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to extend their knowledge and reflect upon professional practice.

The Dissertation

As part of their application, students must provide a brief outline (no more than 200 words) indicating their preferred area of research. A more detailed dissertation proposal will need to be prepared and submitted for approval in the early stages of the programme.

Students could, for example, choose to take an in-depth look at a subject that was only touched upon as part of their LPC or BPTC studies and which they think will be of particular interest to them or of use in terms of their career plans.

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. 


The pass mark for the dissertation is 50%. There is one opportunity to resubmit.

Entry requirements


Fees for the 2015-16 academic year for home (UK and EU) students are £2,220 and for Non-EU overseas students, £2,425.
This programme requires a £400.00 deposit.

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 Cardiff University visas and immigration pages.


Applications can be made online via the University’s website.

Applications for January 2016 entry should be received no later than
13 November 2015.

Further details



  Cardiff Law School
  CF10 3AX
  Wales, UK

 029 2087 9021