Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice)

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

This is a forward-thinking, innovative law school with a tradition of excellence that goes back 100 years. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.

Our international outlook and multidisciplinary approach set the law in a global socio-economic context that gives our research an edge.

Through close links with law firms, governments, NGOs and others, we're driving vital debate on issues such as European healthcare policy, biotechnology and ethics, the internet, security and privacy.

About the course

Sheffield is the only research-led university in England to offer an LPC.

Our students benefit from the internationally acclaimed academic legal research being done here, which gives them an edge.

An LPC is compulsory if you plan to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales. It combines the study of law with practical training in legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy.

Our Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice) is a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice.

It incorporates performance-based assessments to hone your legal reasoning and develop skills in advocacy and client interviewing.

For even more experience, you can apply to work in our FreeLaw clinic, providing free legal advice to the local community.

The course has a high pass rate and a dedicated careers adviser within the law school to help you get the job you want.

Stage One (compulsory)

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Advocacy
  • Professional Conduct
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Stage Two (optional, choose three)

  • Acquisitions and Mergers
  • Advanced Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Private Client
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Dissertation (submitted in August)

Your dissertation can be up to 12,000 words. You can pick any topic that interests you as long as it is related to an aspect of legal practice. Further guidance will be given in the research methods seminars.

The tutor who teaches the research methods seminars will also be your dissertation supervisor. Your dissertation supervisor will be able to answer queries by email and meet you on three occasions.

If you choose not to submit a dissertation, you'll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (which satisfies the vocational requirements).

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Postgraduate student in the School of Law

The engaging teaching - our tutors' enthusiasm and passion for the subjects they teach is evident through everything they do, as is their expertise. The variety of teaching and learning methods, from optional lectures to seminars to workshops, both tutor- and student-led, ensures that no topic ever becomes stagnant.

Christopher Hardy, postgraduate student in School of Law

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A good second class honours or above in a qualifying law degree, or equivalent undergraduate degree plus Sheffield's MA Law or any law conversion course (Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law).

We'll also consider the appropriate level of ILEX qualification.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Who we are

We're a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people's lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

About us

Our LLM and masters courses will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology that will prepare you to go on and make a difference in any organisation you choose to work in. If you want to become a solicitor in England or Wales, our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession.

Your career

Graduates go on to train with national and international law firms.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You'll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts.

Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library's online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Apply now

Full-time study: apply through the Law Central Applications Board (more information on applying)

Part-time study: apply through the School of Law

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6752