• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

      3 years part-time or 2 years full-time

    • Attendance:

      2-3 evenings a week part-time or 3 evenings a week full-time, October to June

    • Location:

        Central London

      • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

        The programme is accredited as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and students completing the degree will be entitled to receive a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Legal Education for Solicitors. It is also recognised by the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree for the purposes of completing the Academic Stage of Training for the Bar.

      Programme overview

      This programme places the study of law in a historical, social and comparative context. You will develop advanced skills in legal writing, oral presentation and critical reasoning. The programme emphasises the importance of an academic and intellectually challenging approach to the study of law, and of its institutions and processes.

      LLM Qualifying Law Degree puts the study of law within the wider socio-economic and political framework, giving you a social-political grounding in the law.

      Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

      How to apply

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.

      Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

      Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

      Application deadlines and interviews

      Early application is advised.

      Applications open in October.

      Online application

      Qualifying Law Degree (LLM) (Part-time)

      Qualifying Law Degree (LLM) (Full-time)

      Why study this course at Birkbeck?

      • We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
      • If you already have a degree in a subject other than law, and would like to become a lawyer, then this qualification will enable you to pursue that ambition.
      • Allows you to study the core courses you need to complete the academic stage of training for the profession, recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
      • Our staff are recognised internationally as experts in their fields, and are particularly well-known for addressing legal issues from a multidisciplinary, critical and sociolegal perspective.
      • We have a designated learning co-ordinator who runs a study skills programme. This includes advice on essay writing, time management, efficient reading and note-making, giving presentations and participating in seminars.
      • A range of extra-curricular activities are organised throughout the year. You will be able to hear guest speakers of international renown and you can participate in our Student Law Society. An annual retreat takes place at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, which allows you to explore a range of contemporary issues in law with specialist speakers. You can also participate in our successful mooting programme, where advocacy training is given by experienced, practising barristers.

      Entry requirements

      A first degree in a subject other than law, minimum second class.

      Degrees from overseas institutions must be of an equivalent standard to a UK second-class degree.

      The selection process includes an exercise in reasoning and analysis (no previous knowledge of law required).

      There is no transfer directly into Year 2 and no credit for earlier law studies permitted.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 7425 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 14775 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows students studying this programme full-time over 2 years to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

      Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates go in to careers in the legal profession. Others use the degree to develop their existing career, to further their academic skills, or as preparation for a research degree. Possible professions include barrister/solicitor, patent attorney, or barrister’s clerk. Many of our graduates go on to vocational training and obtain solicitors' training contracts and pupillages in barristers' chambers.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find more advice and information about law careers.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Teaching and assessment


      The course is taught through lectures and seminars. We offer a personal tutorial system and additional training in paper-based and online legal research skills. There is an annual residential weekend for themed group discussion.

      Find out more about what you can expect from classes and the help and support we offer students.


      A variety of methods are used, including essays, seen/unseen examinations, group projects, presentations and learning diaries.

      Further study opportunities

      We offer a range of specialist Master's degrees, or you can go on to research programmes in law.