Postgraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 days a week

UK fee

£11,000 per year of study* (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year of study (2024/25)

UCAS code


Course level


Start date



One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

The highlights

For those interested in becoming a solicitor, the route to qualification is changing. At Derby Law School we are working hard to ensure that the necessary changes are made to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses to provide our students with maximum opportunity and flexibility to further their legal career.

The course was interesting, relevant and practical. The materials have been faultless and extremely helpful in aiding understanding. An invaluable experience.

Louise Kneller
LLM LPC Graduate

A head start in your career

This course is highly practical in nature. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of common legal transactions and procedures. You’ll also take part in client interview sessions, negotiation exercises, legal research projects, drafting advices and presenting a case to a court or tribunal. In addition, the LLM LPC allows you a certain amount of specialisation through a range of vocational optional modules.

Influential partnerships

We have longstanding relationships with legal professionals and the local judiciary, which open the doors for you to gain valuable insights into the legal profession. In recent years, our students have been offered exciting opportunities to be considered for work shadowing and networking in the local legal community. Our Professional Mentoring Scheme offers students the opportunity to access a wealth of invaluable support and advice from local practitioners.

Student Legal Advice Centre

You will have the opportunity to apply to be a voluntary student legal advisor in our Student Legal Advice Centre (SLAC) where you will work on real cases and help members of the community in a number of pro bono projects.

Dedicated to your success

Our experienced teaching team provides the full range of academic and pastoral support to help you maximise your potential. Our tutors are all solicitors, teaching mainly in their practice areas.

First-rate facilities

Based at our modern and iconic building in the heart of Derby’s vibrant city centre, One Friar Gate Square creates the perfect environment for innovative and engaging teaching. This dedicated site offers unique opportunities for sharing knowledge, expertise and experience in all aspects of the legal and justice fields.

The specialist facilities include a mock Crown Court, fully equipped modern teaching rooms, interview rooms, private study area with computers, printers and legal resources.

Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

Postgraduate Open Event

Join us at an upcoming Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

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What you will study

The Derby LLM LPC is highly practical and is both knowledge and skills based. In accordance with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the LLM LPC is divided into three stages:

You’ll study and be assessed in:

• Core subjects: business law and practice; litigation (civil and criminal); and property law and practice
• Professional conduct and regulation: covering the conduct of solicitors in their professional practice and the regulation of financial services and solicitors’ accounts
• The skills of writing, drafting, practical legal research, interviewing, advising and advocacy
• Wills and administration of estates

In addition, you’ll study certain aspects of taxation as part of these core subjects.

At this stage, you’ll study and be assessed in three work-based ‘elective’ subjects of your choice. You’ll have the opportunity to concentrate on subjects which are directly relevant to your career aspirations or which are of greatest interest to you.

The range of elective subjects includes:

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Acquisitions and Mergers
  • Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client (Estate Planning)

Please note we reserve the right to withdraw an option if an insufficient number of students choose that elective.

Independent Study

The Independent Study forms an essential component of the LLM LPC. You will conduct a piece of independently researched work which will be a dissertation or practice-orientated report. This will provide you with an opportunity to engage with a specific area of practice or practice-related problems of your choice to deepen your understanding and enhance your research and employability skills.

Each dissertation will be supervised by an appropriate Independent Studies Supervisor with experience of practice. Each dissertation will be individually negotiated and agreed with the module leader, who will have experience of legal practice, and will be approved and monitored under the following general headings:

• Selection of a suitable topic, identification of potential scope and appropriateness
• Relevant literature search, evidence of thorough approach to reading
• Variety of materials selected as appropriate
• Research methodology, sources of information, time-scale for research
• Gathering relevant and appropriate evidence and critical analysis of data
• Evaluation of evidence against concepts
• Feasible conclusions and recommendations
• Sound findings

Theoretical groundings in research will be provided through access to lecture and online study materials.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The main objective of the LLM LPC is to prepare you for a training contract. Study is practice based, allowing you to gain an understanding of many common legal transactions and procedures. Workshops are taught in small groups, with a 30-minute review session to allow in-depth feedback.

You’ll have every opportunity to practice legal skills, such as interviewing and negotiation, through role play. When not in classes you will work individually and with other members of your group on preparatory tasks and exercises to consolidate your learning.

Additional support is available through our e-learning delivery system. This will help you assess your progress regularly through self-test questions and exercises with instant feedback.

Who you will meet

The LLM LPC is taught by a team of experienced solicitors, with most still active in practice. 

The team includes:

Flexible study

If you are a part-time student, you will attend compulsory weekend study sessions every Saturday during term time over two academic years, although some electives will be taught on Fridays or Sundays. Full-time students will attend compulsory study sessions every Friday and Saturday over one academic year.


Most assessments are written but there are also skills assessments. The nature of assessments is largely determined by the SRA, but we do offer students a choice of when to take their assessments. Full details are set out in the Student Handbook.

Who will teach you

Elizabeth Haysom at our One Friar Gate Square site.

Liz Haysom
Programme leader

Elizabeth Haysom is the programme leader of the LLM Legal Practice Course here at the University of Derby. Elizabeth bring over 30 years experience as a qualified solicitor working in both large to small practice.

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Entry requirements

This course is for those wishing to become a solicitor. It is the second stage of your path towards qualification after your qualifying law degree. The course is based on work-related skills and introduces you to the vocational skills of legal practice. Whether you aspire to work in a city or commercial practice, a high-street or niche practice, or in-house, our LLM LPC provides an excellent foundation for your future career in law.

You will need:

Overseas students will also need:

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Applications from students who have successfully completed either a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within five years of enrolment to our LLM LPC may be considered for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following:

It is important for such students to contact the Programme Leader as promptly as possible prior to their application to the Central Applications Board to allow their APL application to be considered.

SRA’s Suitability Test

If you wish to qualify as a solicitor, you need to be aware of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) "character and suitability" test. You are required to satisfy this prior to commencing a Training Contract.  

Please take a look at the SRA Suitability Test 2011. If you have any concerns about a character and suitability issue, please contact the SRA.

Examples of matters which the SRA will take into account include but are not limited to:

If you are aware of any issues which could affect your ability to satisfy this test you can apply to the SRA in advance of starting a Training Contract for a decision of your suitability. If the SRA’s decision is not confirmed prior to the LLM LPC start date, you can continue with the course but do so at your own financial risk.

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£11,000 per year of study*



£14,900 per year of study


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional costs and optional extras

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Full-time UK students should apply through the Central Applications Board (LawCABS).


Skills for success

As a University of Derby LLM LPC graduate, you’ll be highly employable. Employers rate our graduates not just for their knowledge and skills but also for their work ethic, commercial awareness and standards of professional behavior - all the attributes which ensure they can make a valuable contribution from day one in a solicitor’s practice.

Specialist careers advice

During your LLM LPC studies you’ll have access to:

We run regular careers sessions, talks and presentations where guest speakers from the profession provide invaluable advice on commercial awareness, CV-building skills, interview techniques and what firms are seeking in successful training contract applicants.

Continuing support

Our Careers and Employment Service offers support from day one of your course - and this continues once you’ve completed your LLM LPC studies too. You are entitled to further help and guidance from the Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

What our students say

“The practical aspect of the course really prepares you for life in practice.” James Newton

“Thanks for offering this high-quality LPC for people like myself who would have had to give up the dream of becoming a lawyer had it not been for this course.” Donna Wilson

"The very best institution to study the LPC." Elroy Turner

“The LPC at Derby is excellent value for money. We got more than we paid for and had a great experience.” Irena Stavrinidou

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

Full-time: 2 days per week

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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