M Law

UCAS code M100

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About this course

The pioneering M Law course is specifically designed for aspiring legal practitioners and those wishing to enter professional roles. As an Integrated Master’s it meets the requirements of a Qualifying Law Degree, and incorporates the knowledge and professional skills needed to succeed as a solicitor (M Law Exempting) or barrister (M Law Exempting (Bar Professional Training Course)).

In Years 1 and 2, all students follow the same programme, before joining either the M Law Exempting or the M Law Exempting (BPTC) for both Years 3 and 4.

The M Law Exempting course brings the study of law to life through its practical focus. In our award winning Student Law Office you will experience real legal practice and work with qualified legal professionals. Using realistic case studies and examples throughout the programme to increase your understanding of the law in context, you will develop advanced practical skills and abilities to excel in your career. You will simultaneously develop specialist legal knowledge and gain a critical understanding of how to apply this knowledge in different settings and for specific audiences.

On the M Law Exempting (BPTC), you will develop the core skills of a barrister including advocacy, conferencing and opinion writing. The Student Law Office is one of several options in year four where you will work with real clients under the supervision of a practising barrister. 

94% of M Law students say that staff are good at explaining things and 90% of students say that they are satisfied overall with the teaching on their course (National Student Survey, 2016)

Students who apply for either the MLaw (Exempting) programme or the LLB (Hons) programme will be made a dual offer which will include the alternative of a place on our Foundation Year if they fail to meet the MLaw / LLB entry requirements (128 – 136 UCAS points). Entry on to the Foundation Year requires 80 UCAS points. Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees entry in to year 1 of the LLB (Hons) degree with the option to apply to transfer to the MLaw (Exempting) degree programme at the end of year 2.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here 

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the sector for sustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining in the top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)


Course info

UCAS Code M100

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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