Postgraduate Law Courses
Our innovative postgraduate law courses are designed and taught by lawyers with real commercial experience and have a strong emphasis on building the practical skills that employers are looking for. We offer flexibility to suit your needs: choose to study on campus or online with a choice of full-time and part-time options.
Legal Practice Course (LPC)
For students with a GDL or law degree, our LPC is the best preparation to practise as a solicitor, with the skills to succeed in business. Want to study online? Visit our i-LLM LPC page.
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
For students with a GDL or law degree, our BPTC now includes the option to qualify with an additional Master of Laws (BPTC LLM) to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister.
LLM Legal Practice Programmes
Master English Law and progress your career with our face-to-face LLMs Legal Practice Programmes. Choose from five specialisms: Banking and Debt Finance Law, Commercial Law, Conflict Resolution, Employment Law and Intellectual Property. LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) is also available in collaboration with Webster Vienna Private University.
Online LLM Programmes
Designed for law graduates and qualified lawyers, our LLMs will broaden your career horizons and enhance your legal skills in a specialised practice area: LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) and LLM Legal Practice (Intellectual Property).
Online MSc Programmes
Building on expertise gained from the International Compliance Association (ICA) Professional Postgraduate Diploma, or the STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising, develop your international legal and compliance, legal and financial crime compliance, or private wealth advice knowledge with our career enhancing Masters qualifications.
* 96% of our full-time 2015/16 and accelerated 2016/16 LPC students graduating in summer 2016 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.
**Subject to approval.
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You develop lots of skills which are invaluable in any career, not just lawMichael Brainerd , GDL Student, Guildford
We combine years of experience, unrivalled legal expertise, and a focus on your future employability:
- An established history in legal education: We’ve trained more lawyers than anyone else in the UK as one of the longest-established provider of legal education.
- TEF Gold Standard: We have been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for our teaching, learning and results.
- Over 64,000 alumni: We have the UK’s largest legal alumni group, offering students exceptional networking opportunities.
career service: Our legal careers and employability service is one of the largest in
the UK, with over 30 experts providing one-to-one support
- Award winning pro bono team: As a ULaw student, you will have access to over 3,000 opportunities to put your legal skills into practice.
- 96% employment: Helping you become employable is a central aim of our legal training programmes. 96% of our full-time 2015/16 and accelerated 2016/16 LPC students graduating in summer 2016 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.
- Exceptional pupillage rates: 66% of our full-time UK/EEA BPTC students graduating in 2016 secured a pupillage within one year of successfully completing their course.
- Established professional mentoring programme: We work with over 500 practising lawyers who bring a wealth of experience to our student mentoring programme.
- Taught by qualified
lawyers: All of our postgraduate tutors are qualified lawyers, bringing extensive
practical experience to your studies.
- 11 locations in nine cities: We have 11 locations in nine cities around the UK, including arrangements with the University of Exeter, the University of Liverpool and the University of Reading.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is proposing to introduce a new assessment framework for intending solicitors.
SRA has confirmed the start of a new era in the legal education and training of
solicitors, with its decision to introduce a centrally set Solicitors
Qualifying Examination (SQE).
When will the SQE come into effect and who will be affected by the changes?*
The SQE will not be introduced until September 2020 at the earliest, and there will be transitional arrangements to phase it in.
The SRA are due to consult on the transitional arrangements. Subject to that consultation, and confirmation of the actual launch date for the SQE, their proposals are that any domestic candidates starting a law degree, GDL, LPC or training contract prior to September 2020 can choose to whether or not to qualify under the current route or to take the SQE.
From September 2020 all overseas candidates and solicitor apprentices will be required to take the SQE. Individuals who start a law degree or post-graduate conversion course in September 2020 or after may no longer qualify through the current route and must take the SQE.
What is the SQE and how will it work?
The SQE is a new approach to qualification for intending solicitors. In order to be admitted as a solicitor under the new regime, individuals need to pass a new centralised exam – the SQE.
The SQE will be divided into two parts:
The first stage will test a candidate’s ability to use and apply functioning legal knowledge and the second stage will test practical legal skills.
In addition to passing the SQE, to qualify as a solicitor candidates will need to:
- Hold a degree or equivalent
- Have undertaken two years of workplace training
- Meet SRA character and suitability
If you have further queries about
this please look at the following SRA webpage and the accompanying FAQs:
*Note: This information is based on SRA’s announcement dated 25 April 2017, and is also subject to further consultations on transitional arrangements.