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LLM Legal Professional Practice

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2023/24

Legal Professional Practice

Part-time Law

Study law and work in our on-campus law firm on a fast-track conversion course for non-law graduates.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,910 for the course
International/EU: £16,385 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

  • Combine the study of law with experience of legal practice.
  • Work alongside practising lawyers in our on-campus law firm.
  • Study the core foundations of legal knowledge by blending legal theory with practice.
  • Develop transferable professional and legal skills – such as interviewing, legal writing and drafting, teamwork and commercial awareness.

For non-law graduates, this course is a stepping stone to go on to qualify for a career in law and will give you a practical edge in the employment market. You’ll study the core foundations of legal knowledge while gaining legal work experience on campus. As a result you’ll gain the skills, experience, contacts and credentials you need to kick-start your legal career.

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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 SHU law firm.'

Katherine Gartland, LLM Legal Professional Practice, 2018 graduate

How you learn

Watch lecturer Jamie Grace talk about Law at Sheffield Hallam University.

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.

We have highly motivated, knowledgeable and creative staff across the department. They bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills from legal practice. This enables high quality learning of the core aspects of the discipline – as well as a range of specialist topics and areas of study.

You learn through

  • online lectures
  • two-hour workshops
  • group work and presentations
  • practically-based case studies
  • professional work-based learning

Course leaders and tutors

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Alan Reid
Senior Lecturer In Law

Applied learning

Live projects

You will spend 12 weeks working one day per week in our on-campus law firm – SHU Law Ltd. Here you’ll gain vital practical experience under the supervision of practising lawyers. Part-time students will benefit from spending two full trimesters in SHU Law Ltd, working for only one day a week in each trimester. You’ll advise and assist on cases in areas such as litigation, private client, personal injury and employment law.

Through this experience you’ll gain practical, transferable skills and experience – such as teamwork, oral and written communication, legal writing and drafting, advocacy and commercial awareness. These will enhance your graduate skills and impress future employers.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in mooting and debating ≠ representing fictitious clients in appeals before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, in our on-campus moot court.

Networking opportunities

You’ll create and develop your professional network by working under the supervision of qualified solicitors and paralegals – as well as liaising with lawyers and other professionals. Our excellent links with the local, regional and national legal profession mean you can gain valuable work experience opportunities and benefit from guest lectures from legal experts.


Our Mooting and Debating Society members take part in internal and national competitions – where we’ve enjoyed considerable success.

Future careers

As a law conversion course, the LLM in Legal Professional Practice is the first step towards a career in the legal profession, typically as a solicitor or barrister. With a law degree, you’ll also be in the top 25% of those who secure graduate jobs in the wider commercial and business sector. 

This course prepares you for a career in

  • law (solicitor, barrister, paralegal, in-house counsel, in the private or public sector)
  • financial services
  • management and commerce
  • teaching
  • civil service
  • local government
  • the police
  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Trading Standards

Where will I study?

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

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions – as well as accessing digital and online resources to support your learning.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Law And Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Dispute Resolution In Contract Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Legal Professional Practice Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Public Law And Practice 1 Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Public Law And Practice 2 Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Criminal Law And Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Dispute Resolution In Tort Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Land, Property Law & Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Trusts And Equitable Wrongs (Including Wills And Administration Of Estates) Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† 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

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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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, 217.8KB)

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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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