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Legal Practice

Strengthen your knowledge and skills in legal practice through in-depth research on a topic of your choice.

After finishing the LPC at City, through the LLM programme, students can demonstrate their commitment to a specific area of legal practice by completing research and a dissertation. The course aims to strengthen students’ CV and enhance employability.

Students will develop a dissertation proposal, and subject to acceptance, carry out research and writing with the support of an experienced supervisor from within The City Law School.

Choice of topic is entirely down to the student, although LPC tutors can provide guidance on this.  Previous topics have included:

  • The case for medical negligence tribunals
  • Company directors’ statutory duties
  • Insider dealing and
  • Pre-nuptial contracts
  • Sharia law.

Entry requirements

Applications for this LLM conversion course may only be made by students who registered on the full LPC with The City Law School within the last five years. It is not possible to apply for the LLM conversion before registering for your LPC, but we provide places for all students who put forward dissertation proposals of a sufficient quality.

Course modules

The choice is wide but your proposal could include:

  • A critical consideration of an aspect of practice in a specialist area, such as the use of alternative dispute resolution options in commercial cases, or the validity of pre-nuptial agreements
  • An analysis of how a particular skill is developed and applied in legal practice, such as techniques in questioning a client or a witness
  • A topic linked to work experience or pro bono work.

Previous students have worked on a broad range of topics including the implications of European free movement, cultural attitudes to domestic violence and the practice implications of company directors’ duties.

Assessment methods

This is a distance learning module with no taught lessons.  However an induction session will be provided around the time of registration for each cohort.  This session will give guidance on research methods, resources and the supervision process.

Students will be provided with ongoing supervisor support throughout the research process and dissertation writing.

Students complete a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation which is submitted online at one of three submission dates.


The fee for the LLM in Legal Practice is now included in the fee for the Legal Practice Course (LPC).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time 6 Months
LLM Part-time 12 18 Months

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