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    Our MA Law is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Masters Level.

    Building on your skills learnt during your undergraduate degree, you will study the principles of legal research, critical evaluation and academic writing, before undertaking your own independent research project.

    This qualification gives you the opportunity to progress to vocational study to become a qualified  solicitor or barrister within the UK, whilst also providing an 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.

    Our award winning 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.

    Why choose our MA?

    • Study the law at Masters Level and gain an internationally recognised Master’s Award 

    • Explore an issue or development in an area of law of your choice

    • Gain essential professional skills in analysis, critical evaluation and research valued by employers in the legal and wider business sector

    • Receive unrivalled face to face teaching and support from qualified lawyers

    • Learn by experience through practical workshops, problem-based learning, negotiations, mooting and presentations

    • Get award winning careers support to help you stand out from the crowd as soon as you accept your place

    *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.

    • 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:

      • Please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can advise on your eligibility for the course
      • If you decide you wish to proceed onto the BPTC, please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

      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)

      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:

      MA Law 
      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

      To avoid cancellation of your place on the course, please ensure you check that you comply with these eligibility requirements 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.

      Visa requirements

      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  visaoffice@law.ac.uk

      It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course.

      Pre-sessional English Programme entry requirements

      We are now offering a pre-sessional English course to students who need to improve their English skills in order to meet the IELTS requirements for entry onto the course. Read more

    • 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.

      MA Law modules

      Compulsory online pre-course study programme on legal method (50 hours)

      Foundation modules:

      • Public Law 
      • European Union Law
      • Criminal Law
      • Tort
      • Contract Law
      • Land Law
      • Equity & Trusts Law

      Independent Research Project 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. 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 with. students being provided with a wide variety of supporting study material, including manuals, textbooks, i-tutorials, and multiple choice test & feedback questions, inclusive of the course fee. Using our online interactive learning platform ELITE, you will have access to course materials, a wide range of employability information, library resources and information about services offered at your campus.

    • The full-time MA Law is structured on a two semester basis, with some pre-course study required.

      Pre-course study

      The Legal Method element requires 40 to 50 hours of pre-course study through guided module units, with all materials provided online.

      Autumn semester

      Students will initially complete three foundation subjects (Public, EU and Criminal) and study Legal Research Skills in the autumn semester.

      Spring 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 (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 2018 entry, you can study full-time at our Birmingham, Guildford, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate and Manchester campuses, starting on 24 September 2018.

      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.

      Each 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.

    • MA Law September 2018 start courses


       Total fees payable

      Manchester £10,240
      Birmingham, Guildford £10,370
      London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate)

      Please note that you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan of up to £10,280. We also have a number of scholarships and bursaries open to our MA students.

      Further information about course fees and instalment options.

    • Applications are open for September 2018.

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