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
Application deadlines and interviews
Early application is advised.
Applications open in October.
Qualifying Law Degree (LLM) (Part-time)
Qualifying Law Degree (LLM) (Full-time)
You will follow a programme of compulsory subjects, which make up the foundation subjects required for a qualifying law degree.
You take 9 modules worth 30 credits each, including a 30-credit dissertation.
Full-time Year 1
Full-time Year 2
Part-time Year 1
Part-time Year 2
Part-time Year 3
LLM Qualifying Law Degree dissertation
Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.
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: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
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.