Advanced Legal Practice

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Law School
2 years maximum
Starts August and early January
Programme leader:
Robert Owen
Key fact:
This course allows you to take your BPTC/LPC qualification up to a Masters level and enhance your employment prospects with a practice-relevant piece of research.


We offer you the opportunity to top up your LPC/BPTC qualification to an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice, which will allow you to enhance your CV by working on a practice orientated Research and Practice Portfolio. For LPC students, this top up LLM is included within the LPC course fee

We also offer a taught Masters Programme (including LLM qualifications in Commercial Law,  International Banking & Finance Law and International Law).

Your fast-track route to obtaining a Masters

If you qualified less than 30 months ago, your LPC or BPTC will count towards your LLM so you won't need to complete another taught course. Once you have attended a two-day intensive research methods workshop, you will just need to write a 15,000 word dissertation (known as a 'Research and Practice Portfolio (RPP)') on the subject of your choice.

Enhance your career prospects

The LLM is practice-oriented, so what you write in your portfolio will be relevant to current legal practice and written in a form that is suitable for practice such as a practice note for a firm's know-how bank, or a precedent with drafting notes for a drafting bank.

You can choose to study a topic from your BPTC or LPC in more depth or study an entirely new topic that interests you or will enhance your CV. You will learn valuable research skills. Crucially, the project gives you an opportunity to develop a piece of work that will impress your future firm or chambers and those you will work for in the future adding notable value to your CV.

Flexible study options

This LLM is a self-study programme, so you can study it through UWE Bristol from anywhere the world. You can stay in touch with your supervisor remotely or face to face, and take advantage of all UWE's legal resources in our online law library, as well as our facilities on campus.

You can read more about the course and what it involves in our LLM frequently asked questions.



You will attend a two-day introduction to research methods at the beginning of the LLM, to equip you with the skills you will need to conduct your research. We also run sessions on how to write your Research and Practice Portfolio (RPP) and on reflective learning, which is an important part of research. These taught classes will take place on campus.

It is up to you what subject you choose to write about for your RPP, depending on your specialist practice area. Provided it is relevant to legal practice, and we have the expertise to support you, you can choose whichever topic interests you, or whatever you think will improve your career profile. You can discuss this with your supervisor.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Extensive independent research is required for this qualification, and the two-day taught sessions will develop your analytical and critical reasoning skills, supporting your reflective study and independent learning. The sessions include interactive problem-solving exercises and practice-based scenarios.

You will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in the subject area you choose. They will meet with you to discuss your ideas and guide you on your proposed timetable for writing the RPP. You can choose to meet with your supervisor face to face to discuss your progress, or stay in touch by Skype, email or phone if you prefer.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

You can choose to start the LLM at any time within two and half years of completing your LPC/BPTC, and finish any time within two years of starting the LLM.

If you want to complete your RPP quickly (because of employment or other reasons), you may do so. Your supervisor can help you decide on this. The minimum time for completing an RPP is usually three to four months, although many students spend longer than this. However, we would encourage you to try to complete it within 12 months of your BPTC/LPC results if you can, to keep your work fresh.


All the assessment on the course is based on the RPP. We expect this to be between 12,000 and 15,000 words long, which equates to about 45 pages. Your supervisor will support you with this and work with the external examiner to assess your RPP once it is complete.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice is a self-study programme, which means you can choose to complete it from wherever you are based. You will have access to UWE's online law library, where you can refer to a wide range of practitioner texts and access all the major legal databases used in practice.

If you would like to come on campus, you are also welcome to use the University library, computer rooms, postgraduate study rooms and all the other facilities within Bristol Law School and the wider campus.


Careers / Further study

The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice offers you a way to stand out in the legal jobs market.

You will undertake a practice-based piece of work, which has direct relevance to legal practice and demonstrates your knowledge of law and how to apply it in the real world.

By enhancing or developing a specialism that will be attractive to firms or chambers you want to work with, you can position yourself as a candidate with high-level legal skills who has the capability of producing relevant, insightful research.

Many of our students have found this has helped significantly in securing employment.


Part Time (August start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Year 1-Annual Fee2600

Part Time (January Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Year 1-Annual Fee2600

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.


Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A minimum of a pass (or predicted pass) on the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.
  • To provide an outline to accompany your application: this must be no more than one page, broadly indicating the area of law you intend to work in, what you intend to do and the form of your dissertation. This is simply to allow BILP to consider whether it can support you through your LLM and assess your Research and Practice Portfolio.
  • IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. See further details of our English Language requirements. 

If you are a student from another institution, you will need:

  • To provide evidence of the pass on the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course and details of an academic referee

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