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Legal Professional Practice LLM with SQE

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Distance learning available


Student visa accepted?



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

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Start your career as a solicitor of England and Wales with our Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) preparation course.

Prepare for an SQE and earn a Master’s simultaneously with our Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) preparation course. You will build practical skills and essential knowledge while preparing for life as a practising solicitor.

Our LLM is delivered in collaboration with The College of Legal Practice (CLP), a fully accredited higher education provider and wholly owned UK subsidiary of The College of Law in Australia. CLP will prepare you for all SQE assessments.

You will study the LLM on campus and the SQE element online.

Our legal practice course is ideal for:

  • recent UK law or non-law graduates (please see Entry Requirements)
  • current paralegals or those working in other legal professions
  • internationally qualified lawyers wanting to prepare to sit the SQE.

Expert guidance and support

You will access in-depth guidance and support from our experienced academics and qualified solicitors. They’ll regularly monitor your progress and share feedback tailored to your needs. We are:

  • 1st in London for ‘Academic Support’ (National Student Survey (NSS), 2023).
  • 2nd in London for ‘Teaching on My Course’ (NSS, 2023).

Practical experience

You can complete work placements that may count towards Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) - one of the essential requirements for qualifying as a solicitor. You could work with:

  • the disability benefits section of the Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Streetlaw
  • Amicus
  • domestic abuse and stalking clinics
  • our business and law clinics.

Flexible learning

Learn flexibly to suit your needs. We offer full and part-time study with online and campus-based learning.

Make London your classroom

St Mary’s is only a 30-minute train ride to central London. During your Legal Professional Practice LLM (SQE), you’ll:

  • attend organised visits to key sites, such as the Royal Courts of Justice
  • explore London’s legal district, including the Old Bailey, The Law Society, and the Inns of Court
  • experience the excitement of the capital.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.


Charley Dugdale

Senior Lecturer in 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.

Functioning legal knowledge (SQE1)

Practical legal skills (SQE2)

International economic and business law

Legal professional practice project

Entry requirements

You need to have am undergraduate law degree (2:2) in the UK or to be a law graduate from another jurisdiction.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

We will admit non-law graduates subject to satisfactory evidence of knowledge of the seven foundation subjects of law:

  • English legal system
  • constitutional and administrative law including retained EU Law
  • contract law
  • tort law
  • land law
  • equity and trusts
  • crime.

Non-law graduates can evidence knowledge through the successful completion of these modules on an LLB, law conversion course, or equivalent.

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

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through:

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

Career opportunities

Our Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) preparation course will help you develop the knowledge and skills required for you to practise as a solicitor.

Our Career Services offers one-to-one career advice and placement opportunities which may count towards QWE. You can contact them at

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Legal Professional Practice LLM with SQE include:


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