The LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar brings together the essential practical skills and knowledge from our Bar Training Course (BTC) and masters-level legal research skills that can help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.
Everything about the BTC element of the course is built to prepare you for life as a barrister. You’ll work within a mini chambers group of 6-12 students, designed to mirror the real-life practices you’ll face in a career at the Bar. Meanwhile, the LLM advanced study element offers the chance for you to deepen your knowledge in a specialist area of the law.
While the course comes with a comprehensive range of units, you’ll also find the flexibility to adapt your studies to your interests and ambitions. Throughout it all, you’ll enjoy the best possible guidance – with classes, guest lectures and mentoring from a practising barrister, together with the support of our leading academics throughout your research project.
Whatever you career ambitions, this course provides the opportunity to stand out. With practical skills, professional contacts and deep-rooted specialist knowledge, you’ll have everything you need for a successful career.
“I think that one of the strengths of this University is the number of tutors involved in the course and the strengths of their professional expertise. Many have recent experience at the Bar and many are still practising.” – Claire Athis, BPTC Graduate
Specialist BTC facilities
Recognising the challenging nature of barrister training, the Law School has a number of specialist facilities available to students on the BTC. Students have access to postgraduate study areas, chambers rooms, legal libraries, personal study areas and a mock courtroom where you can practice your advocacy skills in a realistic legal environment.
Additional Professional Programme (APP)
A key feature of our BTC is the Additional Professional Programme (APP). The APP bridges the gap between student and professional life and prepares you for the Bar. There is a range of extracurricular, career boosting activities of which you can take advantage. From guest lectures provided by judges and clerks of chambers, to pro bono, the Student Law Society, Mooting and other skill-based competitions.
Practitioner Mentor Scheme
You will study in assigned chambers groups, designed to mirror the real-life practises of a working barrister. Each chambers group has a Practitioner Mentor, a locally based barrister who will be on hand to guide you along the path to practice.
The LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar is eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme from the UK Government to UK and EU residents. Please check your eligibility on our website.
For further funding options, please visit our website.
The BTC element of this course prepares you for pupillage and life as a barrister. However, the skills learned are also applicable to a wider range of professions. As well as this, the specialist knowledge you will gain from masters-level study will prepare you for various roles within the legal profession or related fields. Alternatively, you could follow a career in public administration, the civil service, voluntary and community sectors, teaching or academia.
Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance with finding mini pupillages and initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with your career from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links at many events, which feature external speakers and members of the Northern Circuit.
During the BTC, you will also have access to the Faculty of Business and Law’s Careers and Employability Service. This will continue for up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your studies including networking cafes and an annual Pro Bono and Legal Careers Fair.