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The LPC LLM programme combines a masters-level qualification with an enhanced Legal Practice course. Completion of this course enables one to progress to the final stage of solicitor training: the training contract. On the other hand, an LLM requires in-depth academic study of an area of law. It is not compulsory to have studied an LLM to apply for a training contract.

Who Should Do an LPC LLM?

If you are considering work outside of the UK or shifting away from legal practice in the future, the LPC LLM might be best suited to you. An LLM is seen as a more transferrable qualification.

In the same breadth, the harsh reality of finding work abroad is that most organisations outside the UK do not recognise or know what the LPC qualification is. In contrast the LLM is globally recognised as a masters degree.

The postgraduate loan option is also a big reason for why self-funded aspiring solicitors opt for the LPC LLM instead of the traditional LPC route.

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Where to Do an LPC LLM

Below is a selection of institutions where you can study an LPC LLM.

UniversityEntry RequirementsStart DateFees
BPP University2:2January, February and September (full time and part time)London Holborn: £17,191

Birmingham, Bristol and Cambridge: £13,524

Leeds and Manchester: £12,659
University of Law2:2September full time and part time)London (Bloomsbury and Morrgate): £13,000

Birmingham and Guilford: £13,165

Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham: £12,315
City University of London2:2September (full time and part time)£15,050
London Metropolitan University2:2September (full time)£13,500
Nottingham Trent University2:2September (full time and part time)£11,950
Oxford Brookes University2:2September (distance learning, part time 13 months only) £3,400

Note that LPC LLM fees are usually inclusive of:

  • Course deposit
  • Core textbooks and course materials.
  • First attempt assessments.
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee (a £15 fee payable by all students commencing the LPC which is paid to the SRA on your behalf)

Funding

Since the LPC LLM is a masters qualification, the course qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906.

There are also other funding options available. Most law schools offer scholarships that they publicise on their website, and they urge individuals to investigate whether they are eligible. Some universities also work with loan companies to help provide students financial aid or discounts upon early payment of fees. Future Finance has a relationship with BPP Law School, offering BPP students loans to cover tuition fees and living expenses. Alternatively, the University of Law offers a 5% discount for students able to make an early payment.

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