The LLM Legal Practice is a unique and exciting course that prepares our students for the SQE as well as prepares them as critical and reflective practitioners. Each module is designed to impart legal knowledge, legal skills, professionalism, and readiness for the Solicitors Qualification Examination Parts 1 and 2 (SQE 1 and 2). Each module is designed to fit into a scheme of learning that is underpinned by experiential learning.
LSBU partners with Barbri, the international online legal education experts, in providing students with online-test enhanced learning resources for SQE 1. This unique blending of face-to-face teaching provided by LSBU, and Barbri’s online learning resources equips students through innovative experiential learning and practice readiness.
The legal practice journey of students starts at the heart of LSBU through innovation and working experience at the Legal Advice Clinic. Students are offered four weeks work experience at LSBU’s award-winning, prestigious Legal Advice Clinic. Students employed as legal trainees may use their current work position as an alternative to working in the Clinic.
The structure and design of the course enables students to plan their sitting of the SQE exam with completion of a dissertation which builds and enhances critical faculties and leads to the award of LLM Legal Practice.
Please note: Fees for LLM Legal Practice do not cover the costs and fees of the SQE 1 and 2 exams. To qualify as solicitors, students must pay an additional fee to sit the SQE 1 and 2 and pass these examinations as well as to complete 2-years of qualifying work experience. You can find more information about costs and fees associated with the SQE here.
The course prepares students for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) but does not require approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. See here for the SRA’s web information about the SQE.
Why Law at LSBU?
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- Ranked 12th overall in the UK for Teaching Quality in Law (Sunday Times 2022)
- Expert academics – our teachers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for law.
- Outstanding facilities – we'll equip you with an iPad or tablet, complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000.
- The School of Law enjoys strong links with the South London Law Society, and cooperates with them to provide a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for local practitioners and members of the Society.
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London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.
Walk or bicycle
The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.
By train or tube
The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.
London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.
Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.
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You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.
Entry Level Requirements
In order to be considered for entry to the course(s) applicants will normally be required to have the following qualifications:
- Honours Degree in Law or related subject: Class 2:1 minimum, or
- (Post) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies + CPE
- Exceptionally, other suitable candidates may be accepted on to the course subject to interview + IELTS 6.5 for students whose first language is not English.
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Tuition fees for home students
Tuition fees for international students
Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees
LLM International Human Rights And Development (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £9045.00 International fee: £16900.00 AOS/LSBU code: 3669 Session code: 1FS00
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
Course related costs
- The fees for the SQE 1 and 2 external examinations (including any SQE resits) are not included in the course fee.
Additional study with Barbri is not included in the course fee, except that:
- BARBRI will provide students with a free course if they are unsuccessful on their first attempt at the SQE 1 examinations, and
- Students wishing to enrol for the BARBRI SQE2 prep course are entitled to a 10% alumni discount.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study
If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.
Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.
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Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience.
Prepare to start
We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Preparatory Reading List
- Steiner, H.J. et al (2008): International human rights in context: law, politics, morals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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- The Legal Advice Clinic
Under the supervision of university employed solicitors and practitioners, students work with live clients giving face-to-face advice at LSBU’s in-house Legal Advice Clinic.
- Reflective Legal Practice
Through reflecting on directed research, advising live client, and simulated legal practice, students will analyse and evaluate current law reform and access to justice debates.
- Legal Skills Development
Students will be taught key legal professional skills and practise them through engagement with a series of simulated legal cases and their live client work in the Legal Advice Clinic.
- Law and Technology
Students will gain understanding of the impact of technology on access to justice and the delivery of legal services through practical workshops, supplemented by prominent guest speakers from practice.
- Legal Ethics and Justice
Reflecting on directed research and their live client and simulated legal practice, students will analyse and evaluate legal ethics, justice and current law reform debates.
- Advanced Legal Skills: Oral
Students will practise and develop key oral legal professional skills and practise them through engagement with a series of simulated legal cases and their live client work in the Legal Advice Clinic. The focus will be on enabling students to hone the key oral skills required for the SQE 2 exam.
- Advanced Legal Skills: Written
Students will practise and develop key written legal professional skills and practise them through engagement with a series of simulated legal cases and their live client work in the Legal Advice Clinic. The focus will be on enabling students to hone the key written skills required for the SQE 2 exam.
Students will engage in an extended piece of independent critical research based on their research proposal submitted for Legal Ethics & Justice
Modules are all 100% coursework assessed
The unique partnership provided by LSBU and Barbri instils students’ ability, confidence and experience as legal professional practitioners.
Students can qualify as solicitors after passing SQE 1 and 2 and 2-years of qualifying work experience of which a part can be secured while completing this course. Successful completion of the SQE exams and enrolment as a solicitor will help students foray into different career avenues in law-firms, as in-house counsels in private and public sector, work in civil services to name a few. The course will also prepare students to forge a career in legal research by equipping them with relevant legal research skills.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and Assessment
The teaching team consists of both experienced lecturers and legal practitioners. The course design has been based on extensive engagement with the development and implementation of the SQE. Staff on the course have written SQE prep materials, SQE type questions or have experience of the SQE exam or a similar exam format. The course is supported by extensive online learning resources (Moodle, OUP Law Trove, Barbri SQE 1 Prep).
The course uses innovative legal tech with use of a client management system to aid the delivery of realistic scenarios and case management features.