Sheffield Hallam University
Legal Professional Practice LLM
Sheffield Hallam University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Course summary

  • Combine the study of law with real-life experience of legal practice in our on-campus law firm.

  • Develop transferable professional and legal skills, such as interviewing, drafting and advocacy/public speaking.

  • Gain a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the foundational knowledge required to undertake the Legal Practice Course (or in future, the Solicitors' Qualifying Exam) or Bar Professional Training Course.

This course qualifies you for a career in law and gives you a practical edge in the employment market. Study the core foundations of legal knowledge and gain work experience in our on-campus law firm. The course satisfies the standards of both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

How you learn

We have highly motivated, knowledgeable and creative staff across the department, who bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills from legal practice. This enables high quality learning of the core aspects of the discipline and a range of specialist topics and areas of study.

You learn through

  • online lectures

  • two-hour workshops

  • group work and presentations

  • practically based case studies

  • professional work-based learning

Applied learning

Live projects

You spend a 12-week module working for two days a week in our on-campus law firm, SHU Law Ltd, gaining practical experience under the supervision of practising solicitors and paralegals.You advise, assist and represent real life clients in your chosen areas across four legal departments:

  • business and commercial

  • litigation

  • property and private client

  • professional voluntary work and human rightsThrough this experience you gain practical, transferable skills and experience, such as teamwork, oral and written communication, advocacy and commercial awareness. This will enhance your graduate skills and impress future employers.

Extracurricular opportunities

You will have the opportunity to engage in mooting and debating, representing fictitious clients in appeals before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, in our on-campus moot court. Our Mooting and Debating Society members take part in internal and national competitions and we have enjoyed considerable success.


You will create and develop your professional network by working under the supervision of qualified solicitors and paralegals, and liaising with lawyers and other professionals. Our excellent links with the local, regional and national legal profession enable you to gain valuable work experience opportunities and benefit from guest lectures from eminent legal experts.


The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is approved and accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Exams Coursework

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
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Typically a 2.2 honours degree or above in any subject. Students without a 2:2 honours degree from the UK or Republic of Ireland are required to evidence that they meet the academic entrance requirements of the relevant professional body. This includes applicants with overseas degrees or mature students without an undergraduate degree. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve the award.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Sheffield Hallam University

Founded in 1969, Sheffield Hallam University is located in the city of Sheffield, in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. Sheffield is the UK's fifth largest urban centre, 60% of which consists of vibrant green spaces such as city parks, gardens and countryside. SHU prides itself on the important position it occupies in Sheffield as a pillar of the local economy, workforce, and infrastructure. This is reflected in the fact that almost half of this university’s enrolled students are from low-income backgrounds.

Student composition of Sheffield Hallam University

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Where is this programme taught

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