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Why study a Law Masters at Northumbria?

Recently ranked in the top 300 Law Schools in the world (251-300 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2018) ), Northumbria Law School is one of the largest Law School’s in the UK, with a national and international reputation for innovation in legal education. We focus on law in practice and are committed to ensuring that students develop the knowledge and skills needed to become successful legal professionals.

Our Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies is recognised as a global research and engagement centre bringing together academics, judges and lawyers. Our research tackles the big questions such as ‘How do we protect and care for our world and the people in it?’ and by joining us at Northumbria you can contribute to finding the answers.

In the 2019 Times Higher Education World Subject Rankings, Law at Northumbria is rated in the top 151+ courses offered by universities worldwide.

Where can our Courses take You?

Northumbria Law School includes a wide range of options to suit your background and desires for the future.

For those who would like to enter vocational training to be a solicitor or a barrister, Northumbria’s Legal Practice Postgraduate Diploma (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a highly successful legal career. These programmes are available in full time and part time modes and have LLM variants, which are eligible for postgraduate loans. For non-law graduates, our conversion course, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) covers the foundations of legal knowledge to prepare you for a subsequent LPC or BPTC.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northumbria. The resources, teaching and support I received provided me with the perfect stepping stones towards getting pupillage and becoming a barrister. The practical approach to law which is taken throughout the programme is invaluable when you leave the classroom and enter the courtroom.”

David McCormick Trinity Chambers


For those graduates looking for postgraduate academic specialism, we will be offering a new full-time LLM Framework. Commencing in September 2019, both law and non-law graduates will be able to study a variety of exciting areas, from commercially vibrant subjects such as International Finance, and International Commercial Law, to cutting-edge areas such as Cyber Law and Space Law.  

We also offer a range of distance learning Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM courses, including Mental Health Law, Medical Law, Employment Law and Information Rights law.

Game-changing research

Our Law School contains a vibrant, collegiate and growing research community. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 99% of the Law School’s submitted research was recognised internationally for its originality, significance and academic rigour, with 50% of research outputs judged to be ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

Our research community is focused on bringing together academics, research students, judges, lawyers, policymakers, and practitioners in an impact-focused framework, applying rigorous research with global reach to the challenges confronting our society and communities. Research in the Law School is focused around three signature areas:

  • The Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Education and Professional Skills (LEAPS)  

A number of colleagues also participate in the multi-disciplinary Environmental and Global Justice research group.

We also have a number of smaller research teams, a number of which coalesce as part of the Law and Society group, focussing upon:

  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • International, Comparative, and Human Rights Law
  • Mental Health Law and Medical Law
  • Internet & Society
  • Family Justice
  • Science and Justice
  • Property Law
  • Law and the Humanities
  • Financial Crime Compliance
  • Empirical Legal Studies Research Interest Group

If you’re interested in PhD research in any of our research areas, we’d love to hear from you.

Real World Experience

Our priority is preparing you for the world of work, so we build employability into all of our courses.

Students on our Legal Practice Course and Bar Professional Training Course routes can gain real-life experience and the opportunity to represent real clients through our Student Law Office, one of the largest student law clinics in the UK and former winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding work.

Investing in Facilities

Northumbria Law School is housed within a purpose-built £70 million city centre campus.

Relevant sessions in practitioner programmes take place in authentic civil and criminal courtroom facilities, including a real criminal courtroom donated by the Courts Service.

Our professional facilities include a legal skills hub, student law clinic, and a dedicated on-site practitioner law library.

Inspirational Staff

Our students learn from the best.

We have a variety of inspirational staff in the Law School. For example, a recent appointment is Professor Christopher Newman. Christopher is our new Professor of Space Law and Policy. He is active in the teaching and research of space law and has published extensively on the legal and ethical underpinnings of space governance. Christopher is regularly invited to lecture in universities and at specialist conferences on space law and policy across the UK and internationally. He has taken the lead in devising our new full time LL.M Framework and his specialism in space law and policy will provide an innovative and exciting pathway within the new framework.

Professor Alistair Rieu-Clark, Chair in Law in Northumbria’s School of Law has collaborated with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in pioneering research. The research centered on transboundary water co-operation, a vital precondition for sustainable development, peace and stability. This concerned the implementation of the first reporting exercise under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG framework) and the Water Convention. Read more about this vital work here.

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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Postgraduate | Newcastle

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage of training for those who wish to become a barrister in England…

1 year full-time / Sep start

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Law (Space Law) LLM

Postgraduate | Newcastle | 1 year Full Time

Space law is evolving at the frontiers of legal research, and staff at Northumbria are among the UK’s foremost authorities on the subject.…

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Legal Practice Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate | Newcastle

Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal…

1 year full-time / Sep start

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2 years part-time / Sep start

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LLM in Bar Professional Training

Postgraduate | Newcastle

This course combines an internationally recognised Masters qualification (LLM) with the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which…

1 year full-time / Sep start

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2 years part-time / Sep start

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LLM in Legal Practice

Postgraduate | Newcastle

This LLM in Legal Practice course is aimed at Law graduates who wish to build upon academic study and prepare for life as a legal professional.…

1 year full-time / Sep start

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2 years part-time / Sep start

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