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What will I learn?

Are you a graduate looking to build a career in law? The University of Bolton’s Master’s degree in Law is designed to offer a highly regarded and flexible route to acquire postgraduate-level specialist legal knowledge.

Course Details

If you’re looking to become a solicitor or barrister, you’ll need a recognised law qualification. The full-time LLM in Law offered by the University of Bolton’s School of Law is suitable for law graduates, non-law graduates, and practicing lawyers.

Our challenging but supportive environment gives you the chance to acquire postgraduate legal skills from a team of tutors with specialist knowledge and close links to the legal profession.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the law’s key themes and focus your studies on areas of personal and professional interest, ranging from corporate and finance law through to employment law, intellectual property law, European law, international law, and medical law.

The programme is designed to provide intellectually-stimulated course content underpinned by internationally recognised research. By the end of the course, you will have had the opportunity to develop key transferable skills that are in demand in both legal and non-legal careers worldwide.

Course Highlights:

  • This professionally-focused programme is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to international and corporate law sectors.
  • You’ll benefit from the opportunity to critically analyse and understand the complexities arising in your chosen specialist field.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop originality in the application of your knowledge, along with a practical understanding of how established research and enquiry techniques can be used to best effect.

Career Opportunities

The LLM is an advanced academic degree that allows you to explore a selection of legal issues in more depth and that can assist you to develop the associated research and reasoning skills that are highly valued by employers. It's open to both law and non- law graduates.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and be confident in planning and implementing your projects. Your greater understanding of specific legal disciplines will support you in demonstrating the strategic planning and thinking skills needed in today’s global economy.

By studying this course, you can also develop a range of transferable skills such as legal research and writing, analysis, critical evaluation and logical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and written and verbal communication.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

The LLM is not a direct route to qualification and you’ll still need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (for non-law graduates) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), but there is an increasing demand in the wider public and private sectors for professionals who have an advanced understanding of specialist legal areas. For instance, HR professionals will benefit from a strong understanding of contemporary employment law in the UK and abroad. Many in the medical profession will find advanced knowledge of medical law essential to their success. Aspiring business leaders and financial experts will also find knowledge of corporate, financial and trade law invaluable during their careers.

This qualification can help you to gain entry to Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you wish to become a solicitor and The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) if you wish to become a barrister. An LLM can also be a stepping stone to a PhD.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,950.00 (US$ 14,425) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Bolton

Deane Road,


BL3 5AB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You should have at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) in any subject (or a comparable qualification from a UK or overseas institution). If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). TOEFL iBT - Overall Score of 100 with the following component scores: Reading – 23; Writing – 24; Listening – 22; Speaking 22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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