• Why choose the i-LLM LPC?

    Our reputation is second to none and many employers are aware that students from The University of Law are trained to standards that make you best prepared for a career as a solicitor. We are now also able to offer this to you via our online distance learning i-LLM LPC.

    With a clear focus on your future employability we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our LPC Employment Promise. Get a job in nine months, or we’ll give you 100% of your fees back: 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses.

    Choose your specialist area

    Your award depends on your choice of specialist electives – chosen from our list of 18 options:

    • If you study three international electives, you’ll be awarded the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC, demonstrating your specialism in international corporate practice

    • If you study any other combination of electives, you’ll be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice LPC, specialising in general commercial practice or legal aid practice

    Pick the path that’s right for you and tailor your study areas to suit your chosen field. We offer an unparalleled choice of 18 professional electives – see the ‘Course content’ tab on this page. Decide which option is right for you, and our i-LLM LPC will support your ambition. 

    Receive practice-focused training

    Improve your career prospects by focusing on the critical skills law firms are looking for. You’ll benefit from our online learning resources and personal feedback from our tutors, who are available in person, by phone or via e-mail.

    Develop your skills

    Our successful blend of learning methods encourages you to develop autonomy in the skills of research and analysis. It’s something we take right through to our open book exams, where you are required to behave like lawyers, not simply to pass memory tests.

    Get a Masters award...

    Successfully complete your LPC course, and a Professional Practice Research Dissertation, with The University of Law and you will also receive an LLM.

    Some support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, and in most cases you won’t need to start actually writing your dissertation until Stage 2 of the course, once you have selected and commenced your electives.

    ...or not if you don't want it

    The dissertation is not compulsory. If you choose not to complete the Professional Practice Dissertation once your course has started, you can still complete the LPC, but without the Masters award. You will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements.

    See the FAQs tab on this page for more information on our i-LLM LPC and the Professional Practice Dissertation.

    Unrivalled employability support

    The University of Law has an impressive track record of preparing future solicitors for successful careers in practice – in fact, 97% of our full-time LPC students who graduated in summer 2014 had secured employment within nine months of graduation. And it’s reassuring to know that you get access to our award-winning Careers and Employability Service as soon as you accept your place.

    Complete in 2 years – via online learning and occasional attendance

    Our i-LLM LPC allows you to complete your training within two years via supported online learning, with occasional attendance at our London Bloomsbury centre. This extremely flexible option means you can fit your study around existing work or other commitments.

    More on our i-LLM LPC

    If you’re looking for a truly flexible route to your career as a lawyer, our i-LLM LPC is the perfect solution. With supported online study, you can study when and where you want and receive regular online support and personalised feedback on your work from a University of Law tutor.

    Thanks to a wide range of online learning tools, there’s no need to attend a University of Law centre on a regular weekly basis. However, you will need to submit work to your supervisors every 10 days. Some attendance is also required so that you can get to know your colleagues and some of the tutors before the online support begins – and also for assessments. Please select the ‘Course structure’ tab on this page for more information on the attendance required.

    Why study online?
    • Although you need to submit two pieces of work every 10 days, our supported online course means that you can study when and where it suits you – it fits in with your life and any existing work or family commitments

    • You’ll receive high levels of individual supervision and feedback from your personal tutor

    • You’ll develop the key skills you’ll use in practice – practical legal research, writing and drafting. You’ll experience supervised, independent but supported study which reflects life as a trainee solicitor – research, preparation and 1:1 supervision

    • You’ll have access to the same world-class learning materials used on our other LLM LPC courses, including our unique i-Tutorials and webinars

    • You’ll get help and support from our industry-leading employability service to help you find your first legal job - at our centres and via e-mail - and you’ll have access to our online legal vacancies database

    • The initial induction session means you’ll develop valuable learning networks with fellow students

    • Minimal attendance sessions means you don’t need to think about relocation or face prohibitive travel costs

    • This flexible study option also means you can spread the cost of your training, making it easier to fund your studies

    • Course structure allows you to build portfolios of work to support your job applications and help you to stand out from the crowd

    Use the tabs on this page to find out more about course content, structure, assessments, dates, locations and FAQs.

    • What will the course cover?

      You’ll follow three areas of integrated study – core practice areas, skills and additional areas - plus a choice of three professional electives. The precise content of your course and your choice of professional electives will vary according to whether you wish to study the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC, or the LLM in Legal Practice, and your chosen study option.

      The course is made up of two stages as follows – follow the links to find out more:

      Stage 1

      Stage 2

      Core practice areas

      Students can choose to focus on international corporate practice, or general commercial/legal aid practice through their choice of electives in Stage 2. However, the core practice areas are the same for all students.

      Business law and practice

      This covers:

      • Partnership – formation and dissolution, terms of agreement and liability

      • Companies – formation and internal management, funding and capital structures, shareholder rights, directors' duties

      • Security and insolvency – types and features of security, receivership and administration, company voluntary arrangements, liquidation, directors' disqualification, personal bankruptcy

      • Business relationships – employment issues, commercial contracts, trading relationships and competition issues

      • Taxation – income tax, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax, VAT

      • Business accounts – principles of double entry book-keeping, preparation of profit and loss accounts and balance sheets for sole traders, partnerships and companies, year-end adjustments, reading and interpreting final accounts
      Civil and criminal litigation

      This covers:

      • Civil litigation and dispute resolution

        The keys skills and procedure required to conduct High Court and County Court litigation under the Civil Procedure Rules, including:

        • pre-action considerations
        • commencement proceedings
        • interim matters
        • handling of evidence
        • tactics
        • trial enforcement costs and funding options
        • jurisdiction
        • non-litigation dispute resolution techniques
      • Criminal law and practice

        Based largely on case studies, this topic covers the criminal process from arrest to the final disposal of the case, including:

        • advising the suspect at the police station
        • detention and the role of the custody officer
        • advising on and applying for legal aid
        • bail applications
        • determining where the case is to be held
        • assessing the prosecution and defence cases including the rules of evidence
        • sentences available
        • rules of professional conduct affecting criminal practice and advocacy
        • impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 on criminal litigation
      Property law and practice

      This subject covers the law and practice of conveyancing and includes:

      • drafting contracts and transfers
      • appropriate searches and enquiries
      • proposals for e-conveyancing
      • standard conditions of sale and standard commercial property conditions
      • special problems arising – e.g. new easements, covenants, new and existing mortgages
      • introduction to commercial leases
      • introduction to planning law
      • introduction to the impact of VAT on property transactions
      • introduction to the methods of financing property transactions
      • roles of other professionals in the property industry
      • introduction to lease drafting
      • introduction to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 pt II
      • conduct issues relevant to conveyancing
      • residential transactions - Solicitors Regulation Authority protocol and documentation

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      Advocacy primarily forms part of the civil litigation unit, in the context of interim applications. Advocacy exercises also form part of criminal law and practice.

      Interviewing and advising

      You'll receive training in the objectives of a solicitor/client interview and how to structure and manage the meeting. These skills are developed largely through role play and are integral to all elements of the course.

      Practical legal research

      This covers problem solving in a solicitor's practice, using electronic databases, primary sources and library skills to research issues and provide detailed, practical advice to a client.

      Problem solving and IT

      The skills of analysing facts, locating relevant law and applying it to solve client problems.

      Writing and drafting

      You'll cover the preparation of legal letters, reports, memoranda and the drafting of legal documents. This is reinforced across all parts of the course.

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      Additional areas
      Professional conduct and regulation

      You'll be introduced to the general principles of professional conduct and client care early in the course. You'll develop your knowledge further in the context of the individual subjects. Similarly, the impact of financial services and money laundering regulation on solicitors and their practice is also introduced early in the course, and then developed further in the core practice areas and elective subjects.

      Solicitors' accounts are taught as part of professional conduct and client care and with particular reference to property and conveyancing.


      The general principles behind the main taxes are covered early in the course. Taxation and tax planning are then covered in more depth under the relevant subjects.

      Wills and administration of estates

      In this part of the course, you’ll learn how to decide who gets the property of someone who has died, either with or without a will. You will cover the procedure for obtaining a Grant of Representation and the practical steps necessary to collect and manage the deceased’s assets until they can be distributed to the beneficiaries and the estate wound up.

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      Professional electives

       In Stage 2 of our LLM LPC, you will study three professional electives, chosen from the below list of 18 options – offering you more choice than any other law school. Once you’ve started your course, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your options with course tutors. 

      All LLM LPC electives for international corporate practice, general commercial practice and legal aid practice are available through our supported online i-LLM LPC option*:

      * this will be subject to visa restrictions for international students

      • Advanced criminal practice – aimed firmly at those who aspire to work for the Crown Prosecution Service or for a specialist criminal defence firm. It builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the criminal litigation course and focuses on providing effective and ethical advice and intervention during a police station interview, preparation of the case for trial and advocacy skills

      • Advanced property practice – introduces you to the concept of property development and considers the challenges facing a developer, arising both from the commercial aspects of the acquisition of the site and the practical aspects involved. The course takes one case study, on the regeneration of a former industrial site into a high-quality business and retail park, and follows it from start to finish

      • Commercial dispute resolution – builds on the civil litigation course to explore more complex and strategic elements of the dispute resolution process, focusing on commercial disputes. You will learn how to provide commercially-focused advice in the areas of arbitration and alternative methods of dispute resolution, as well as emergency applications for injunctive relief and international jurisdictional issues

      • Employment – introduces you to the key areas of employment law that lawyers must advise upon. By the end of the course you will be able to advise either employer or employee clients on matters relating to dismissal, redundancy and discrimination in the workplace and the related awards a tribunal may order. The commercially important issue of employee transfer is also considered

      • Family – you will explore the consequences of family breakdown in all contexts, including high net worth individuals, cohabitants and civil partners. In relation to children, you will consider residence and contact orders, child abduction and the powers of local authorities to intervene to protect a child. Through case studies, you will learn how to resolve disputes using both conventional litigation and alternative process options, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration

      • Immigration law and practice – you’ll manage diverse and thought-provoking case files – from the budding entrepreneur keen to set up a new business in the UK, to opposing the removal of an individual and their family from the UK. You’ll face the challenge of advising on human rights, Government policy and case law, as well as having to meet the demands of your business and private clients

      • International capital markets – learn about the realities of debt finance in this internationally-focused, practical course. You will consider market standard documentation for a European cross-border syndicated lending transaction and the regulatory environment governing a bond issue within the EU. Finally, you will study Islamic finance, which is becoming increasingly popular in the West, as an antidote to more speculative finance

      • International commercial law – looks at the ways in which contractual provisions can assist a business in arranging its trading operations across borders, including financing issues, transportation and exclusion of liability. The course goes on to consider how the use of agency arrangements and e-commerce can give a business ‘reach’ in the market and the relevant legal issues

      • International competition law – aimed at those planning a career in competition/antitrust regulation or international commercial transactions. This elective looks at the basic economic principles underpinning competition law and policy associated with anti-competitive agreements, abuse of market power and mergers in a variety of different jurisdictions. You will become familiar with the investigatory powers of competition law authorities, and the requirements for compliance programmes

      • International intellectual property – creativity and invention can be the lifeblood of many businesses. Intellectual property rights can protect market share across numerous jurisdictions, through the use of trademarks, patents, design rights and copyright. You’ll examine these rights in a cross-jurisdictional context, including developments in the harmonisation of IP law across multiple jurisdictions and IP rights in particular countries

      • International mergers and acquisitions – uses realistic case studies to take you through each key step of a cross border acquisition. In particular, it covers the choice of acquisition structure, merger regulation, risk allocation, requirements for cross border signing and European protection for employees. You’ll work with key documents, and the different approaches to the acquisitions process in common law and civil law jurisdictions are highlighted

      • International public companies – this City-orientated elective covers the regulatory requirements associated with being a publicly listed company. You will look at preparing the company for listing onto a recognised stock exchange within the home jurisdiction and overseas, the raising of additional finance and the continuing obligations placed upon the company and its officers to keep the market informed of activities undertaken by the company and transactions, including share dealing

      • Personal injury and clinical negligence litigation – gives you a grounding in the skills required to bring and defend personal injury and medical negligence claims. You will learn how to research and quantify the claim and achieve the best outcome for the client, whether that be trial or negotiated settlement. The focus is on giving practical advice, together with the very best level of client care

      • Private client – aimed at those planning a career in wealth management, trusts and probate litigation or traditional wills and trusts practices. This wide-ranging elective covers a diverse portfolio. You will undertake estate planning involving complex trusts, flexible wills and tax issues, but will also look at planning for loss of mental capacity and learn how to draft and use lasting powers of attorney and advance decisions

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    • i-LLM LPC Supported Online Learning

      • 20 hours per week of study.

      • The course starts in March and September each year.

      • Supported online learning with occasional attendance at our London Bloomsbury centre.

      • Eight days of face-to-face tuition over the duration of the course – four-day introductory course during the first week, plus two weekends for oral skills.

      • Structured around directed self-study, including i-Tutorials, online test and feedback exercises and independent reading and research.

      • Online submission of individual and collaborative tasks, with electronic feedback.

      • Two tasks submitted to supervisors every 10 days, with each task taking
        between 10 to 15 hours.

      • Attendance for a maximum of 12 days over the duration of the course for exam and assessments. Most are held during the day on weekdays, but some assessments may be at weekends.

      • One-to-one online tutor feedback available.

      i-LLM LPC Part-time Programme Demands (PDF)
      i-LLM LPC Part-time Programme Specifications (PDF)

    • Course assessment

      The course is assessed by a variety of assessment methods including open book examinations, course work, which includes a Professional Practice Dissertation, and oral skills role plays.

      What is a Professional Practice Dissertation?

      A dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development.

      For the final part of your LLM LPC you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.

      Support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, and in most cases you won’t need to start actually writing your dissertation until Stage 2 of the course, once you have selected and commenced your electives.

    • i-LLM LPC (supported online learning)
      London Bloomsbury 

      Saturday 18 March 2017

      Start dates are subject to change. There is a compulsory induction which takes place over four days at the start of the course (you must attend all four days) and you are required to attend two study skills weekends in Bloomsbury during the course. Your examinations will take place in either our Bloomsbury or Moorgate centres.

      More information on our London Bloomsbury centre

    • i-LLM LPC FAQs

      Please read these detailed FAQs for more information on our i-LLM LPC.

      International context
      Professional Practice Dissertation


      What is the i-LLM LPC?
      The i-LLM LPC is The University of Law's supported online Legal Practice Course with a Masters qualification.

      On successful completion of the course, students will be able to receive an internationally recognised LLM (Masters of Law) degree as well as completing the vocational stage of training (the LPC) necessary to commence a career as a trainee solicitor in England and Wales.

      The LLM LPC qualification also offers students the scope to specialise in international or national legal practice.

      Is there any additional work required to gain the LLM award that is over and above what you would normally complete on an LPC?
      Yes. Students wishing to be awarded an LLM will need to complete an additional Professional Practice Dissertation. There is more information about this below.

      Do I have to do the Professional Practice Dissertation?
      No, but if you decide not to you will not qualify for the LLM. In this situation, provided you have successfully completed all of the other modules, you will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma and you will still have completed your LPC. This means we will able to advise the Solicitors Regulation Authority that you have completed the vocational stage of training and you will be able to start your training contract.

      When do I have to decide if I want to study for the LLM or just opt for the standard LPC?
      Don’t worry, as you don’t have to decide this until your course has started. You will be given a deadline for deciding which will not be before the end of your course. 

      Is there any additional cost if I decide to opt for the full LLM?
      No. There is no additional cost, provided that you notify us that you have decided to complete the LLM before the deadline (which will not be before the end of your course). 

      I am currently studying a University of Law LPC or have successfully completed a University of Law LPC. Am I able to ‘upgrade’ my LPC to an LLM LPC?
      As has always been the case, it is possible for you to use some of the credits that you earned during your LPC towards the award of LLM degree. To do this you will need to complete three additional LLM modules and a dissertation.

      Is the LLM LPC harder than a ‘normal’ LPC?
      Our standard LPC is delivered at Masters level, so the i-LLM LPC is not harder. However, because you will need to submit a dissertation, you will need to do additional research and writing up.

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      International context

      You are promoting the i-LLM LPC as having an increased international focus. What do you mean by this?
      At The University of Law we understand the modern world of law better than anyone else so, as ever, we are keen to make sure that we continue to deliver the best prepared trainees to the profession. This means that we aim to ensure that all of our students have a thorough appreciation of how the law can be applied in an international and global context.

      Of course if you plan to work in corporate practice, understanding the law in an international context is essential. But even if you plan to work for a regional or High Street firm, it is likely that some of your clients will be trading internationally either in the EU or further afield. And legal aid practitioners could for example have to deal with immigration issues that are ‘international’ by their very nature.

      So to varying extents, much of what you learn on the i-LLM LPC will be ‘international’ anyway. However, to further emphasise this, we have changed the structure of our course to enable you specifically to choose an international ‘route’.

      How can I tailor the i-LLM LPC to my chosen career route?
      Your award depends on your choice from our 18 specialist electives (see the ‘Course content’ tab on this page).

      If you choose three of our international electives, you will be awarded the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC (or a Postgraduate Diploma in International Legal Practice if you decide not to complete the dissertation). This will demonstrate your specialism in international corporate practice.

      If you study any other combination of electives, you will be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice LPC (or a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice if you decide not to complete the dissertation). This will demonstrate your specialism in general commercial practice or legal aid practice.

      Will choosing the LLM in Legal Practice LPC affect my chances of working in a corporate firm?
      No. If you are a good applicant, it is very unlikely that any firm will discriminate against you if you don’t choose to study the International LLM LPC. However, if you want to work in a corporate firm which carries out large amounts of international work, it may be sensible to pick at least one international elective. This means that when it comes to an interview you will be able to demonstrate an interest in that firm’s core areas of work.

      Will the international electives be harder?
      No. The international electives have a different focus to the ‘domestic’ electives, but will not be any harder. Before you choose your electives, the University holds an electives fair where you will have a chance to talk to the tutors and look at the course materials, so if you are nervous or unsure about your elective choices, this will help you to make your decision.

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      Professional Practice Dissertation

      What is the Professional Practice Dissertation?
      A dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development. For the final part of your i-LLM LPC, you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth – for example, a topic that you are covering in one of your electives. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.

      How many words must the Professional Practice Dissertation be?
      Your Professional Practice Dissertation will be around 7,500 words.

      How long do I have to complete the i-LLM LPC and the dissertation?
      Depending on your mode of LPC programme:

      • You will be encouraged to hand in your dissertation during or within three months of the end of your course

      • If you are unable to complete it within this period you will have further opportunities to submit

      • If you have not submitted your dissertation within nine months of completion of your course (you will be advised of the deadline), the University will make an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Please note that there will be an additional charge should you subsequently change your mind and decide to submit your dissertation after this exit award has been made

      How soon can I start working on the dissertation?
      Some support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, so whilst you may choose to start preparing and planning your work, it is unlikely that you would actually start writing the dissertation until Stage 2 of the course, once you have selected and commenced your electives.

      Will I need to submit a title and plan of my proposed dissertation?

      How do I submit my dissertation and in what format?
      You will be advised of how to submit your dissertation by your tutors. The format should be electronic – for example, a Word document.

      What is the pass mark for the dissertation?
      The pass mark for the dissertation is 50%.

      Will I need a Tier 4 Visa to complete the dissertation?
      No, you do not have to be in the UK to complete the practice based dissertation. Therefore The University of Law will not sponsor students under the Tier 4 Visa for the dissertation part of the programme. You can submit the dissertation electronically.

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    • i-LLM LPC fees for March 2017 start courses

      For courses starting in September 2017: We are in the process of finalising the course fees and they will be published soon. In the meantime, please refer to the fees stated below as a guide.

      Centre Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee) Total fees payable (including £15 SRA registration fee) 
      London Bloomsbury £15,240  £15,255

      Further information about course fees and instalment options.

    • Applications for our March 2017 i-LLM LPC are open.

      Current students looking to apply to ONLY The University of Law for their LPC
      If you are a current University of Law student looking to apply solely to us for the LPC you will not need to provide a personal statement or reference with your application.

      Apply now

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