Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice)

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our award-winning teaching is informed by our world-class research in law and criminal justice. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.

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, MA Law

About the course

Course description 2017

The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor.

Highly regarded by the profession and consistently recognised for the quality of its teaching, the course is part of a top-ranking Russell Group University within a vibrant city, and yet is small enough to remain personal.

The MA in Legal Practice is very much a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice. We ask you to research and acquire knowledge, put that into context, identify issues and place the client at the centre of the problem. Upon completion of this vocational aspect of the course, you then go on to submit a dissertation.

Students who choose not to submit a dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (which satisfies the vocational requirements).

You can opt to take the course part-time, in which case you are only required to come in for approximately six hours per week – allowing you the rest of your time to gain valuable work experience, something which is highly regarded by employers.

Postgraduate student in the School of Law

Legal Practice Course 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

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

Apply now via LAWCABS (full-time study)

For part-time study, please apply via the School of Law website

Apply now

You can apply for full-time study through the Central Applications Board (LAWCABS)

Full-time applications

For part-time study, please apply through the School of Law website

Part-time applications

Any questions?

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

T: +44 (0)114 222 6791

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.