Convert to study Law and prepare for you career in the legal profession
Law exists to regulate pretty much everything we do, which is why it remains such a relevant and fascinating subject to study.
Our Master of Laws (LLM) degree will enable students who have achieved a degree in a subject other than Law to study the Foundations of Legal Knowledge.
This will enable you to meet the academic stage to qualify as a Barrister and provide legal understanding for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE), for those who want to progress to a career in the legal profession.
Choose your route
You can choose to study our LLM Law Conversion course with or without the preparation for the SQE exam.
You will need to indicate when applying which route you would like to take as it will affect the cost of your course.
Study the foundations of legal knowledge
Taught in small groups you will develop your research, academic writing, critical thinking, and employability skills.
You will also complete a dissertation on an area of your choice, supported by our expert academics.
Moreover, at the end of your Master’s degree you will have the option to complete a specialist preparation course for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination.
This module introduces you to the different aspects of Contract Law. You will study the nature of contract law and the fundamental elements of contract. You will develop an understanding of contract terms, parties to a contract, vitiating factors, termination of a contract and remedies.
This module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law.
English Legal System and Research Methods
This module introduces you to the different aspects of the English Legal System and Legal Research Methods. You will examine the different ways laws are made and interpreted in court, as well as how the system of precedent operates. You will form an understanding of the different personnel and courts within the English Legal System and how effectively these operate. You will also develop legal research skills and identify different legal research methodology.
Equity and Trusts
In this module you will study how the law of equity was developed, express and implied trusts, the fiduciary relationship, trustees’ duties, powers and liability, and the different equitable remedies. You will also examine the rules relating to wills, intestacy, probate and administration of estates.
This module introduces you to European Union Law and impetus behind the formation of the European Union. You will examine the law-making institutions of the European Union, the different sources of EU Law and the fundamental freedoms provided by EU Law. You will examine the impact of the different types of EU Laws on the enforceability of an individual’s legal rights and the impact on EU law on the UK’s constitution.
Independent Research Project
This module enables students to work on an independent research project to pursue specialist interests and enhance their knowledge of the esports sector.
In this module you will study how property is classified, the conveyancing process and the law surrounding leases. Your studies will also examine the core principles of planning law.
In this module you will study the different aspects of Constitutional, Administrative and Human Rights Law. You will examine the nature and the structure of the UK Constitution, the law regulating the administration of power and the provisions for the protection of human rights.
This module introduces you to the concept of Tort Law and a range of torts including negligence, product liability, occupiers’ liability, and nuisance, as well as the relevant defences and remedies and the principle of vicarious liability. You will also consider the rules and procedures for dispute resolution.
Develop strong professional links and seize vital networking opportunities
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Gain practical advocacy experience in our new mooting room
Our new purpose-built mooting room gives you the space to develop the skills needed to argue logically, confidently, and persuasively.
It is the ideal location for students to practice advocacy and is the setting for our internal and inter-university mooting competitions, where teams of students argue a client’s case before a judge.
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Royal Literary Fellows
Within our close-community of students, there are many extra-curricular opportunities you can be involved in, including:
- Pro bono work
- Work experience in a law firm
- Mini pupillage
- Participate in mooting competitions
- Contribute to the University of Chichester Student Law Review
Feel the support of experienced expert staff with our smaller class sizes
Smaller class sizes
You will learn in small groups to allow our experienced and expert staff to mould their teaching around you.
You will develop your research, critical thinking, academic writing and employability skills.
Preparation for SQE
Dedicated support for new postgraduate examinations for solicitors
The way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed through the introduction of a new postgraduate examination process known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, known as SQE 1 and SQE 2.
If you choose to study the LLM with SQE preparation you will be given dedicated support in preparing for SQE 1, which you can sit externally after completing your course.
Support will include:
- Dedicated SQE resources taking you through all elements of the SQE specification.
- Skills development to assist you in studying, revising, and sitting the SQE examination.
- Access to more than 1200 multi-choice questions and mock examinations designed to mirror the format of the SQE.
Open up your future career options
Potential career paths include:
- Legal secretaries
- In-house lawyers
- Human resources
- Local and national government
- Civil services
Course fees 2023/24
There are multiple routes for the LLM for UK students:
- Option 1 is LLM only at £9600
- Option 2 is LLM with SQE preparation at £11,800
There are multiple routes for the LLM for international students:
- Option 1 is LLM only at £14,500
- Option 2 is LLM with SQE preparation at £14,500
If you want to sit the SQE exam, then this can be booked and paid for at a Pearson’s assessment centre externally. There is a cost for UK students – find out more on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.
The George Ide Law Bursary
The George Ide Law Bursary is a fund that has been set up in support of law students who otherwise would not have the financial means to engage in their legal studies to the best of their abilities.
Students who successfully apply for support could receive between £100 – £2000. The precise amount received will be dependent on the circumstances of each individual applicant.
To be eligible to apply for the George Ide Law Bursary you must be registered and actively studying on a LLB or LLM Law course at the University of Chichester and meet one of more of the following criteria:
- Have taken a non-traditional route to university
- Be the first in your family to go to university
- Are currently, or have been, in care
- Be an estranged student
- Have a characteristic protected under the Equality Act 2010
- Be from a minority group that is underrepresented within the legal profession
- Be a Refugee / Asylum Seeker
- Have a residual household income of £25,000 or less per year
This bursary is presently open to current students and to those starting their studies from the 2023-2024 academic year only. The availability of this bursary for students starting from 2024-2025 academic year and beyond will be confirmed at a later date.
Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)
If an applicant has a non-UK degree and intends to qualify as a barrister, they should also have a certificate of academic standing from the Bar Standards Board.
Choose your route
You can apply for this course with or without the SQE Preparation. When applying for this course, you will need to indicate which route you wish to take.
LLM Law Conversion with SQE Preparation
To apply for this course with the SQE Preparation included, please follow the link below through to our external application page.
LLM Law Conversion
To apply for this course without the SQE Preparation, please follow the link below through to our external application page.