Our MA Law* is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Masters Level. An MA Law* is an internationally recognised qualification which maintains its merit both in and outside of the legal sector.
This qualification gives you the opportunity to progress with vocational training to become a qualified solicitor or barrister within England and Wales, but also provides a standalone internationally recognised Master’s award, which is highly attractive to employers in a variety of disciplines. This makes it the perfect choice if you want to keep your career options open.
Studying a Master’s degree will develop academic key skills such as evaluation, critical thinking and problem-solving while preparing you for further academic study in law and other related areas. You’ll be using the same research tools available to practitioners to enhance skills in legal research, including a wide range of written and oral communication skills.
Our dedicated employability service has an outstanding track record of finding students the right career path to suit them, whether in the legal sector or the wider business world.
It is worth noting that if you’re sure that you want to proceed to the vocational training stage, then the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) followed by our market leading Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) programmes is likely to be a more suitable route for you.
*Subject to approval.
To be eligible to take up your place on our MA Law* you must possess an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or above in any discipline.
Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates:
A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course. Please note that students providing a degree from a UK university as proof of English must have studied the whole degree in the UK.
Further information can be obtained from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers)
A certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning. Providers that we recommend you contact are:
Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (tests taken from January 2015)
Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)
Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)
Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that The University of Law will have no option but to cancel your place on the course. It is important you check out any queries before you apply.
The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.
Successful completion of this course satisfies the requirements of the academic stage of legal education as prescribed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for legal practice in England and Wales. As such it enables students to progress on to the Legal Practice Course (for solicitors) or the BPTC (for barristers). In addition, study at Masters Level helps prepare for further academic study of the Law through LLM or PhD.
Further information for visa students
Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to email@example.com
It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course.
*Subject to approval.
The course comprises of a short introductory module on the English legal system followed by eight full modules covering seven foundation subjects and an in-depth study through legal research of an eighth area of law.
In addition to the knowledge and understanding of the core areas of law required for legal practice in England and Wales, the course develops the key intellectual and personal skills required by lawyers. In all modules there is a focus on combining knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Study is centred on practical activities that will enable you to learn by doing.
The course is completed in a single year with an introductory, non-credit module, seven foundation modules and a research module.
All modules must be passed in order to obtain the award.
Class contact time is combined with i-tutorials, online multiple choice self-test questions ("Test & Feedback") and self-study from study manuals and textbooks. The learning model is based around undertaking activities in the workshops and lectures to develop knowledge and key skills. The in-depth study of an eighth area of law (Legal Research and Independent Project) is undertaken through a combination of initial workshops, online materials and independent study.
Each module is supported by a Module Guide. Each workshop within a module is supported by a Workshop Guide, which details the activities to be undertaken in that workshop along with the outcomes for, and context of, the area to be studied. Students are provided with a wide variety of supporting study material, including Manuals and textbooks, i-tutorials, and multiple choice Test & Feedback questions, all free of charge. The main learning platform is ELITE, our online interactive learning support system, which will give you instant access to your course materials, a wide range of employability information, library resources and information about services offered at your centre.
The full-time MA Law* is structured on a two semester basis, with some pre-course study required.
The Legal Method element requires 40 to 50 hours of pre-course study through guided module units, with all materials provided online.
Students will initially complete three foundation subjects (Public, EU and Criminal) and study Legal Research Skills in the autumn semester.
The remaining four foundation subjects (Tort, Land, Equity and Contract) and the Independent Project are then undertaken in the spring semester.
Workshops and lectures
The seven foundation subjects are all taught through two hour workshops (approximately eight or nine each) with one hour supporting lectures.
Legal Method has a 30 minute multiple-choice open book exam.
Each of the seven foundation subjects have a three hour closed book exam where students must answer three questions from a choice of six.
The Legal Research and Independent Project module is assessed by a 6,000 word legal essay.
Please note that a Masters Award requires a minimum 50% pass mark, as opposed to the 40% pass mark required for the GDL, which is an undergraduate level qualification.
For September 2017, you can study full-time at our Birmingham and London Moorgate centres, starting on 25 September 2017.
Start dates are subject to change.
The MA* starts with an online pre-course study programme on legal method, designed specifically to prepare you for the course, so you are up to speed when you arrive. This is a compulsory and integral part of the MA* and must be completed before you start the course. It has been designed to allow you to work at your own pace and should take you approximately 40 to 50 hours to complete.
The Moorgate centre will hold an induction programme, which will be scheduled during the first week of the course.
Non-EEA students will have a separate induction. See induction dates for non-EEA students for further information.
Detailed course dates coming soon.
Total fees payable
Please note that you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan of up to £10,000. We also have a number of scholarships and bursaries open to our MA* students.
Further information about course fees and instalment options.
Places are available for a September start.
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