MA 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

If you're a graduate from the Sheffield Legal Practice Course (LPC), this course is a chance to develop further expertise before you enter the legal profession.

At the end of the course you'll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have the legal skills necessary to sustain in-depth research, marshal significant amounts of material, present your findings and express your views in a logical, coherent and persuasive manner.

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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

  • 6 months full-time
  • 10 months part-time

Entry requirements

Commendation or Distinction on the Sheffield Legal Practice Course.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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.

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

A masters from Sheffield will give you the knowledge and skills to make you stand out in today's competitive job market.

Graduates use their postgraduate training in a variety of ways, in research careers, in teaching or in policy development in various organisations worldwide.

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.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

E: pgradlaw@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6791