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Advanced Legal Practice LLM

Image: Advanced Legal Practice COURSE INFORMATION (2014 ENTRY)

2 years, distance learning

Business and Law
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

For detailed information about the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice click here. Read on for basic programme information.


The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice is an innovative masters programme designed especially for those who are qualified solicitors or barristers. Building upon legal qualification on completion of the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course (or an accepted international equivalent), the programme provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialist area of law. Candidates are expected to undertake in-depth study of an agreed legal topic under individual tutor supervision.

The programme commences in October each year and is delivered via distance learning. Whilst it is normally of two years duration, the programme can be completed within 12 months with hard work.

Students begin the programme by completing a Legal Research and Study Skills unit designed to update their writing and research skills. The remainder of the programme requires students to complete a project of between 15,000 - 17,000 words. The project must concentrate on the law in England and Wales, but providing there is an appropriate tutor available to supervise it the project can include a comparative study of international legal jurisdictions.


The Law School is aware of a number of colleges in the UK (mainly in London) offering support programmes for students studying for our LLM Distance Learning degrees. These programmes of study have been designed as distance learning programmes with no attendance requirements therefore allowing students the opportunity to study for these awards from anywhere in the world. Increasingly, we are receiving enquiries in relation to “links” with these Colleges. The Law School does not operate any form of accreditation or validation scheme and has no collaboration, franchising, affiliation or similar type of agreement with any of these Colleges. Northumbria University is not the awarding body for any of these Colleges. If you require any clarification about this please email


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