LLM Legal Professional Practice

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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Legal Professional Practice

Full-time Law

Experience the law in its real-world context while acquiring systematic knowledge, legal skills and values to thrive globally, in the justice sector and beyond.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Study the core foundations of legal knowledge, values and enterprise skills. 
  • Combine academic learning with on-campus and real-world legal practice.
  • Advocate for those without legal representation, making a positive impact on society.
  • Experience award-winning teaching from professional experts and  legal researchers. 

You’ll learn and apply the law practically throughout the course – working with professionals and the public through our range of award-winning advice clinics. While developing excellent legal foundational knowledge and skills, you’ll be able to build your legal interests, values and aspirations – preparing you for graduate careers in and beyond the legal sector.

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How you learn

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Katherine Gartland

'As a psychology undergraduate that initially had very little knowledge of the law, I'm so pleased I did this course. The lecturers supported me to achieve more than I ever thought I could. The course also gave me the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the legal clinic.'

Katherine Gartland, LLM Legal Professional Practice, 2018 graduate

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

Our award-winning tutors are experts in their fields. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are experienced legal researchers, and who have years of experience in the legal profession as solicitors, barristers and legal advisers.   

You’ll collaborate with legal professionals and rights and justice practitioners to challenge law and its application, engaging with projects and initiatives which are making a difference in Sheffield, the UK and globally.

You learn through: 

  • Lectures and interactive workshops 
  • Independent research 
  • Case studies in both simulated and live client environments 
  • Work placements 

Key themes

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn foundational aspects of the law and the unique opportunity to test and apply this knowledge while advising clients and the public. You’ll work alongside practising solicitors and other professionals in areas such as criminal appeals, family law, civil disputes and gender justice. 

The course also provides opportunities for formative and developmental assessment and feedback – as well as aspects of flexibility and personalisation in assessment tasks to enable you to achieve to the best of your abilities. Your assessments are designed to be authentic, relating to real-world experiences to improve your graduate skills and outcomes.                

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled postgraduate employment in a number of ways. These include: 

  • Support throughout your studies from your own dedicated academic adviser, committed to your personal and professional development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, workshops and online resources to help you to plan and structure your assignments. 
  • Employability opportunities such as project work, networking and field trips, and expert advice and guidance from our careers and employability team.

Our student and staff-led steering group, Manifest Diversity, ensures the promotion of minority student voices. Through it, you’ll be able to attend events such as UK Black Business Week and take on projects to improve inclusion within our course and University offer.

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Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be successful within your chosen sector.

Work placements 

Throughout the course you’ll gain vital industry experience working alongside lawyers on real projects. The course is designed to develop your practical legal skills to support and prepare you to participate in work with legal service providers and their clients. 

Live projects

After your essential foundational preparation in legal research and study, you’ll then work on real cases and projects in one or more of our Justice Hubs, our on-campus legal service providers, or with external organisations.  

Social justice

Throughout the course, you’ll help advocate for those who don’t have or can’t afford representation. You’ll also have a chance to work with court users, providing vital legal advice free of charge to members of the public. 

Future careers

This course prepares you for careers and future training in:  

  • The legal profession (including as a solicitor or barrister) 
  • Business and entrepreneurialism  
  • Human resources 
  • Financial services  
  • Teaching
  • Higher education  
  • Regulatory services  
  • Law enforcement and probation  

*Further qualifications are needed to become a solicitor or barrister.

Graduates of our LLM have gone on to work for:   

  • Citizens’ Advice
  • Convey Law
  • DLA Piper
  • Enfield Council
  • His Majesty’s Prison Service
  • Sodexo
  • SSB Law
  • The Johnson Partnership
  • The Salvation Army
  • Union Line

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with: 

  • Library services and study spaces.
  • Our on-campus legal and social justice service providers.
  • Moot court and other collaborative learning spaces.
  • Digital access to the latest legal material, commentary and analysis through our subscriptions to practitioners' databases.
  • Specialist software to manage client case-work.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

Typically a 2.2 honours degree or above in any subject.

Students without a 2:2 honours degree from the UK or Republic of Ireland are required to evidence that they meet the academic entrance requirements of the relevant professional body. This includes applicants with overseas degrees or mature students without an undergraduate degree.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve the award.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Criminal Law And The Courts
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)
Land, Property And Equity
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)
Legal Professional Practice Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Obligations In Law
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)
The Uk Constitution
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Law courses (PDF, 335.3KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

Applications for this course must be made directly through the Central Application Board.

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Why choose us?

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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