12 months
15100 GBP/year
7800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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If you want to add to your existing law qualifications – or you're a graduate from another subject area who's looking to develop your legal knowledge and gain a relevant qualification – our LLM Law degree course at University of Portsmouth is the perfect next step for you.

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On this flexible course – which can be studied either part-time or full-time – you'll develop expertise in law, supplemented with a choice of specialist subjects, including corporate governance, employment law, intellectual property law, and international commercial arbitration.

Law graduates on our LLM Law degree course at  University of Portsmouth  can also study for The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice (Graduate Fast Track Diploma).

And when you graduate, you'll be qualified to work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. Other opportunities include working for the Court Service and in business.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from a skilled and experienced team of academics, through group work, discussion and debate
  • Gain experience of a realistic court environment in our £1m mock courtroom, where you'll get to take part in mock trials and moots
  • Benefit from our links with the Portsmouth Court Service. You'll get the opportunity to go on court visits, take part in marshalling and work experience in the Courts, and get the opportunity to participate in our professional mentoring programme
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of online ejournals
  • Pursue specific areas of academic interest or, if you prefer, develop a wider range of skills and knowledge

Careers and opportunities

The LLM Law degree course provides a springboard for many career paths, including business or the public sector. If you're already a law practitioner, you'll have the opportunity to pursue new subject specialities. If you're a law graduate and take the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice, you'll also have a recognised professional qualification in addition to your degree, once you join CILEx as a paying member.

Career opportunities include:

  • Designated detention officer
  • Legal clerk/executive
  • Paralegal assistant
  • Business development executive
  • Paralegal
  • Claims handler
  • Compliance officer
  • Further research or study

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration 
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: Part-time: £2,600 a year
  • International students: Part-time: £5,030 a year


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