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MA Law (Conversion) Online

'The MA Law (Conversion) helped to kick-start my career in law. The pro-bono opportunities and careers support were invaluable in securing a training contract!' – Edd Peckston, MA Law (Conversion) student

Join the largest community of postgraduate law conversion students*. 

Our MA Law (Conversion) Online is a postgraduate Master of Arts specifically designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s level. As an internationally recognised qualification, a Law Master’s is a great addition to your portfolio. With a strong level of support from the start, this course is a great introduction to law if you hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline. Successful completion of the MA Law also qualifies you to progress on to study one of our Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) courses to become a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to become a barrister. With this online version of our MA Law (Conversion) you can study online, giving you a truly flexible online Master’s course.

*Central Applications Board (LawCAB) 2023

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent)

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Entry requirements

Duration options

12 months (full-time)

21 months (part-time September)

24 months (part-time January)

Next start date

September 2024

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You can apply directly with The University of Law to study one of our online courses.


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Designed for non-law graduates who want to stand out to employers, study the law at Master’s level and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Progress on to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK and explore an issue or development in law of your choice via your own Independent Research Project.

More law students have chosen The University of Law than any other UK university in 2022*.

*HESA 2021/22.

Course Details

MA Law (Conversion) Online

Our MA Law (Conversion) Online is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s level. We’ve designed the course to provide you with practical legal skills like analysis and critical evaluation, alongside a range of broader transferable skills such as research and presentation skills, all delivered online by qualified lawyers.

We offer full-time and part-time options, so you can choose a study mode to suit your lifestyle and career plans. Plus, our online programme will save you the time and money on commuting to and from campus and allow you to study anywhere, across devices, however you can be reassured that the course won’t be compromised on quality or be less demanding than our on campus courses.

On completion of the course you will be awarded with a Master’s degree, but you will also be suitably qualified to progress your studies to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK. By studying with ULaw you will benefit from our excellent employment and pupillage rates:

  • 95% of postgraduate students in employment were in highly skilled employment 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2022
  • 96% of BPTC full-time UK graduates were in further study or employment, including pupillage, 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2023
  • We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms in the UK

A Master’s qualification is highly attractive to employers in a variety of disciplines, so this can be of great benefit even if you don’t want to pursue a career in law. This course is the perfect choice if you want to study online and wish to keep your career options open.

In addition to the course and learning materials, you’ll also have access to our expert careers support services, who can help you with your training contract and pupillage applications. Our pro bono team have over 3,000 pro bono opportunities, which are available to you from as soon as you accept your place, so you can get loads of experience of working on real life cases and get “on-the-job” advice from practising lawyers.

Want to progress on to solicitor training, but not sure if this course is right for you? Download our free guide, An SQE Course for Everyone, to find your path to becoming a solicitor.

Important Information

Progression for full-time PgDL and MA Law (Conversion) students

Due to the projected end date of our full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PgDL) and Master of Arts in Law (MA Law Conversion) courses, you may not be eligible to commence our Bar Practice Course (BPC)LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) or SQE1 Preparation Course in September 2024.

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Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.

Course Structure

The English Legal System & Constitutional Law (including EU Law) module requires 25 hours of pre-course study, through guided units with all materials provided online.

You don’t need to attend a campus for induction. Instead, you’ll be enrolled into an online induction module which will take you through necessary administrative requirements and provide you with guidance on how the programme works and additional support, such as our Employability Service.

The key areas that you’ll study over the course are:

• English Legal System & Constitutional Law 
• Tort Law
• Contract Law
• Criminal Law
• Administrative Law and Human Rights
• Land Law
• Trusts
• Law of Organisations
• Skills & Behaviours 

Plus a Dissertation in Law Module (8,000 words)

Course Start Dates

  • MA Law (Conversion)
    • Full-time: Online
    • Part-time: Online
  • MA Law (Conversion)
    • Full-time: Online
    • Part-time: Online

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Course requirements

The course demands show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments our course will involve.

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Law Conversion Courses

Start your legal journey

We offer a number of law conversion courses, which offer you a pathway to progress onto become a solicitor or barrister.

View our law conversion guide to make the best choice for you and your career.

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Will non-law graduates on the SQE pathway be required to complete a conversion course?

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Study On Campus

You can also study this course at one of our campuses across the UK. If you’re looking for a more traditional university experience, why not consider studying on campus?

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how studying this course works during the year, take a look at our course date breakdowns.



This course is assessed through:

  • Single Best Answer Questions 
  • Online open book examination
  • Coursework
  • Oral presentation
  • 8000 word Dissertation in Law module


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Each of our MA Law (Conversion) study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit. We provide you with a structured approach to your learning, with a clear and easy to navigate online learning platform (Blackboard ELITE), supported by our dedicated academic, administrative, design and development teams to ensure you have the very best learning experience.

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Employability We Set You Up For Success

We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying


You can apply for this course directly with The University of Law.

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2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024):

UK: £13,350, Hong Kong: HK$137,500

See the full fee schedule of the MA Law (Conversion) here.

You can get full details about course fees and payment structures in the fees section of the website.

By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan.

If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £500 General Alumni Discount.

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available which make studying with us more affordable than ever, including our newest addition - The Amal Clooney Scholarship for Human Rights Advocates.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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