LLM Legal Practice Programmes

The Masters degree for ambitious business leaders and modern lawyers, delivered to you online

Rapid globalisation has fostered the demand for professionals who can master the challenges of working in an environment where business meets law. Combining taught modules on legal and commercial topics, our online LLM opens many doors. With a strong focus on employability and the production of client-facing documentation, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Practice will equip you with practical skills you can take with you directly into the workplace.

Choose your specialisation:

  • Online LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)
  • Online LLM Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)

Each specialisation combines online modules, research methods and related commercial topics. By studying one of our LLMs, you will be able to demonstrate your specialist knowledge to potential employers through your own dissertation on a specific area of current legal practice.

Key Facts

Intakes: January 2020, July 2020

Fees: £1,550 per module plus £2,550 for your dissertation, or £8,750 full prepayment

Duration: Minimum 18 months, maximum 60 months**

Specialisations: Conflict Resolution, Intellectual Property

Our online LLMs*** are also available to Hong Kong students. The course will be studied online and commence from January 2020. Find out more >

Why study our Online LLM?

  • Broaden your career horizons with a valuable Masters qualification in the specialist fields of conflict resolution or intellectual property
  • Learn professional skills to make you stand out to potential employers
  • Gain an up-to-date knowledge of law and practice in this area and the impact of those developments on commercial and legal practice
  • Online supervision delivered by a professionally qualified faculty of legal experts
  • One-to-one tutor support and feedback on your work from a fully-qualified lawyer
  • Develop a portfolio demonstrating the law in practice
  • Study online, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments, such as work or family

Flexible delivery - study 100% online

You can study your specialisation over a period of up to five years: no attendance is required at our campuses as all of your studies and assessment will be carried out online. Please note your degree certificate will not state ‘distance learning.’

*According to our latest available data, 97% of our full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2017/17 LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.

**This course can be completed in less than 19 months if an application is granted recognition of prior learning at Master's level.

***These courses are registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.

As an online student, you will benefit from our e-learning suite of resources:

  • Full access to the University's online library, and resources for developing legal research skills
  • Video demonstrations to supplement your reading and summaries for each unit

  • Learning Outcome mind maps, unit introductions and i-Tutorials to guide your studies

  • Our user-friendly platform has a live chat feature so you can connect anytime, anywhere

  • A dedicated programme tutor will guide you through each module and support your academic progression
LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)
  • Advise clients on arbitration methods and evaluate the procedural and substantive law governing an arbitration
  • Draft common types of clauses in an arbitration agreement in accordance with the client’s instructions and so as to protect a client’s interests
  • Explain the confidentiality obligations owed by the lawyers, parties and arbitral tribunal
  • Advise a client on the grounds and procedure for challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal and for enforcing an arbitration agreement
  • Assess the issues in dispute between the parties to an arbitration and the evidence which the tribunal will need in order to determine those issues.
  • Analyse the powers and duties of the tribunal and the procedure which the tribunal can or should adopt in order to progress an arbitration to the final hearing.
  • Manage a client’s expectations throughout the arbitration process and ensure that the client is in a position to make informed decisions about the services they need in the context of arbitration
LLM Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)
  • Identify the correct intellectual property rights which may help protect a client’s products
  • Be able to apply the correct criteria in deciding whether such rights exist, whilst being sensitive to the confidential nature of the subject matter of such rights
  • Identify and be able to make a comparison of the different ways in which such rights are protected and applied in various jurisdictions worldwide
  • Be familiar with the basic provisions of international agreements for the protection of intellectual property rights worldwide
  • Be familiar with typical online search facilities which can be used to search for worldwide or nation-based registrations for intellectual property rights
  • Be able to conduct research into cases on unregistered intellectual property rights, and be able to write a report to a partner in a firm on the result of the research
  • Be aware of, and act accordingly to, the potential for conflicts of interests between clients and their employees/employer in relation to the ownership and exploitation of IP rights

Our LLM programmes are assessed by:

  • Two compulsory modules (30 credits each)
  • A choice of two optional modules (30 credits each)
  • A 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your own choice within the field of international commercial conflict resolution or intellectual property practice (60 credits)
LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)

Compulsory modules:

  • International Dispute Resolution Practice
  • Research Methods Module

A choice of two optional modules from:

  • International Intellectual Property Practice
  • International Commercial Law and Practice
  • International Competition/Anti-Trust Law and Practice
  • International Joint Ventures Law and Practice

In addition you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your own choice within the field of international commercial conflict resolution.

LLM Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)

Compulsory modules:

  • International Intellectual Property Practice
  • Research Methods Module

Choose two of the following optional modules:

  • International Dispute Resolution Practice
  • International Commercial Law and Practice
  • International Competition/Anti-Trust Law and Practice
  • International Joint Ventures Law and Practice

In addition students will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of their own choice within the field of international intellectual property practice.


For each of the modules, there will be a Module Assignment requiring completion of a series of drafting tasks, and also the completion and submission of a Portfolio Report in the subject area. The Research Methods module will be assessed by submission of a detailed written dissertation proposal. The dissertation is assessed by submission of the dissertation itself.

iLLM Programme Demands document (PDF)

Please note that you cannot study more than 60 credits at any one time.

Online LLM entry requirements


To be eligible to take up your place on our Online LLMs, you must comply with the following requirements:


  • Students should possess a UK bachelor’s degree in any subject at 2:2 or above or equivalent qualifications.
  • Overseas graduates, in addition to the above, we also require an English language qualification at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a majority English speaking country:

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:

 IELTS (academic)  Overall band score of 6.5 with no one component below 6.0
 ISE III (Trinity College London)  Pass in all four components
 Pearsons (academic)  Score of 58 with no one component below 51
 Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (tests taken from January 2015)  Overall 176 with no one component below 169
 Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)  Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components
 Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)  Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components
 Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)  Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components

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.

Immigration and visas  
You do not require a visa to study the LLM Legal Practice by distance learning, as all elements of the course are delivered entirely online. If you require a visa to attend Graduation, please refer to the International Students section on ELITE for further guidance. Please note that we cannot provide Tier 4 sponsorship for any of our online courses, as this is not permitted by Home Office regulations. 
Important notice

You are advised to make your own enquiries with any professional bodies to which you may seek admission, to determine whether you will meet all their requirements, including academic, character and suitability requirements. The University cannot be held responsible for any decisions subsequently taken by a professional body concerning these requirements.

Online LLM fees
Study mode  Individual module fee Dissertation fee
Total fees payable 
Online £1,550 £2,550 £8,750

You must complete all module study, and pass the Research Methods module, before commencing the dissertation.

Please note that you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan if you complete your studies over a two year period. We also have a number of scholarships and bursaries open to our LLM students.

Further information about course fees.

Important notice

Please note that students who apply, accept a place on and enrol on University of Law programmes that are registered in Hong Kong will be subject to different Terms and Conditions and pay different course Fees compared to students who apply, accept a place on and enrol on University of Law programmes that are registered in the United Kingdom and other online programmes. The Terms and Conditions and Fee Schedule that you accept when applying for your course (and which you are subsequently sent with your confirmation email) will be the Terms and Conditions and Fee Schedule for your particular course. Payment must be made in accordance with this Fee Schedule.

Students who apply, accept a place on and enrol on a University of Law online programme registered in Hong Kong must attend induction at The University of Law Hong Kong campus at the start of their course. 

Applications for our LLM programmes are now open.

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