Legal Professional Practice
Sheffield Hallam University
Key Course Facts
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
group work and presentations
practically based case studies
professional work-based learning
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
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.
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.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- All Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Legal Professional Practice, LLM.
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
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|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|
|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
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|LLM Legal Practice Course LLM||BPP University||-||-||-||£13930||£13930||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Legal Practice LLM||University of Sunderland||-||-||-||£9750||£9750||-||Sunderland||On campus Full-time|
|LLM Legal Practice (Top-up) LLM||London Metropolitan University||-||-||-||£530||£530||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Legal Practice LLM||University of Central Lancashire||-||-||-||£10500||£10500||-||Preston||On campus Full-time|
|Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting LLM||Swansea University||-||-||-||£7400||£9950||-||Swansea||On campus Part-time|
|Legal Practice Course LLM||City University London||-||-||-||£15050||£15050||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|LLM in Legal Practice LLM||Bournemouth University||-||-||-||£12000||£14000||-||Poole||On campus Full-time|
|Legal Practice - LLM LLM||London Metropolitan University||-||-||-||£1500||£1810||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC) MSc||University of Derby||-||-||-||£1170||-||-||Derby||On campus Part-time|
|LLM Legal Practice LLM||Birmingham City University||-||-||-||£5500||-||-||Birmingham||On campus Part-time|