• Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 6th in the UK for Research Impact (REF2021), 88% rated "outstanding"

  • World top 100 Law School Times Higher Education 2023

  • Discover the latest specialist knowledge from our experts

Why Lancaster?

  • Benefit from our strong links to chambers and law firms across the UK, including Magic Circle firms in London
  • Learn from world-class researchers, and benefit from tutors committed to innovative teaching and student support
  • Develop the expertise you need to advance your career or prepare for a future in academia
  • Gear your postgraduate studies to your goals with a range of optional modules in specialist areas
  • Carry out your own research to bring fresh insight into an area of law that interests you

Ready to advance in your career? Or start your journey into the legal profession? Our LLM Law will develop your legal expertise whether youre new to the field or want to take your career to the next level. Enjoy flexibility and the freedom to choose from modules that match your interests and ambitions.

Surrounded by legal experts

We’re carrying out leading research in a variety of areas – international law and human rights, crime, child and family justice, law and society, and more. All this work means our teaching on legal, jurisprudential and socio-legal issues is always informed by the latest practice.

Our Research Methods in Law module will give you insight into theoretical approaches to the study of law, as well as practical guidance on research design and ethics.

Carry out your own in-depth project

You’ll apply your knowledge to a dissertation which will address a key legal question or issue. Past students have looked at areas like terrorism, breaches of human rights in the garments industry, and legal issues in VR and the metaverse.

Carrying out your own research is a brilliant opportunity to contribute to the legal and academic community with new, original research and writing. You’ll have support from your supervisor throughout every step of the process.


Studying with us, you’ll build a network of academics, peers and alumni. All of these connections will help broaden your perspective, boost your expertise, and prepare for whatever you decide to do next.

You might decide to take the next step in your career. Or perhaps you’ll contribute to important legal research to help move forward understanding in specialist areas.

The ability to critically evaluate research is in demand in both public and private sectors. Your effective communication skills will help you stand outside the legal sector too.

The course is suitable for:

  • Those aiming to be legal professionals who want a wider, critical appreciation of the law
  • Those already working in the legal system who want an in-depth research qualification as Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Those wishing to progress on to a PhD in law or related subjects
  • Anyone interested in an in-depth grounding and the development of critique in technical legal areas.

Our graduates work in a range of areas organisations including:

  • NGOs
  • Charities
  • Judicial services

To show our commitment to your success, we work with two Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) training providers – Barbri and BPP. These organisations provide out students with discounts, free training modules, masterclasses and events, and careers advice.

This course is also the ideal stepping stone to PhD study, where you can continue to explore an area of law that interests you.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Law or any other subject.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower qualifications, or a qualification that is not included on our list of international qualifications, or experience in professional legal practice.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

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