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Law (Conversion) LLM

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Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

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Become a confident legal practitioner with our LLM Law (Conversion) course.

Build systematic legal knowledge with our hands-on LLM Law (Conversion) course. You’ll solve complex legal issues while covering topics like:

  • contract law
  • equity and trusts
  • public and EU law
  • criminal law
  • land law.

This Law (Conversion) LLM degree is a fast-track one year law qualification for non-law graduates who either:

  • want to become a solicitor or barrister
  • work within the justice, social, or consumer sectors and want to expand their knowledge.

Enhance practical skills

Our Law (Conversion) LLM is focused on practice. You will:

  • engage with current legal issues
  • solve real-world problem through mooting, interviewing, and simulated case studies
  • take part in employability sessions including psychometric testing, interview skills, and a CV clinic
  • participate in organised programmes on commercial awareness
  • attend organised visits to local civil and Crown Courts and the Royal Courts of Justice
  • complete an extended project on a practical area of law.

Expert teaching and support

You will learn from experienced, professional academics. Class sizes are also small, so you’ll get one-to-one support from lecturers.

St Mary’s law student Sebastian tells us our lecturers “go the extra mile to help students accomplish their goals”. Another student, Sophie, explains that St Mary's is "passionate about students being a name not a number" and she "feels as though [she] can speak to the lecturers at any time".

Make London your classroom

St Mary’s is only a 30-minute train ride to London’s legal district. Therefore, you’ll experience the excitement of the capital and have countless opportunities to visit:

  • the Old Bailey
  • the Royal Courts of Justice
  • The Law Society
  • Parliament
  • the Inns of Court.

Work placements: build professional experience

You can complete a work placement to develop your skills and network. You could work within:

  • Local Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Support Through Court
  • local solicitors’ firms
  • Business and Law Clinic
  • Stalking and Domestic Abuse Law Clinic
  • Streetlaw
  • Amicus.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Tracy McManus

Lecturer - Subject Lead Law

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

English legal systems and legal skills

Contract law

Land law

Public and EU law

Tort law

Equity and trusts

Criminal law

Legal professional practice project

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.


Previous degree

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 24%

Independent study - 76%

*Contact time includes 9% of guided learning

Assessment methods

You will complete:

  • written and oral examinations
  • reports
  • essays
  • oral assessments
  • seminar assessments
  • a portfolio.

Career opportunities

Our Law (Conversion) course will help you develop transferrable skills, such as critical analysis, reasoning, and communication, which are needed to be a successful solicitor or barrister.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Law (Conversion) LLM include:

solicitorbarristerlegal executiveparalegalnotary

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September 2024

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