LLM in Legal Practice (top-up)

This course is aimed primarily at students from Trinidad and Tobago


This course is for students from Trinidad and Tobago who want to top-up their LPC to an LLM in Legal Practice. You will undertake a research and a dissertation module. The dissertation should be, where possible, in an area of legal practice relevant to your work during your internship or once you have qualified as an attorney. This course is taught via distance learning, enabling you to study at your own time and pace.

You must have completed your Legal Practice Course (LPC) at DMU to be eligible for this course. Enquiries are welcome from UK and EU students who have also completed their Legal Practice Course (LPC) at DMU. Please contact Nick Johnson for more information.

Reasons to study the LLM in Legal Practice (Top-up) at DMU:

  • Enjoy an online library of useful resources
    You will benefit from integrated e-learning, including access to a comprehensive range of online resources
  • Flexible schedule
    The flexible distance learning approach is ideal if you are managing other commitments
  • Specialise in legal practice
    To gain a deeper understanding of the varied forms of legal practice


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  • UK/EU
  • International

This course is ONLY available to former DMU LPC students. If you are a former LPC DMU student from the UK or EU you are welcome to enquire.

Please contact the Course Leader (nick.johnson@dmu.ac.uk) to discuss further.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M25096

Start date: September 2020

Duration: One-and-a-quarter years by distance learning.

Location of study: Distance learning

Fees and funding: £1,250

Additional costs and optional extras related to postgraduate law courses 

Additional costs
Please note that some courses at DMU require additional expenditure by students, for instance to buy materials and print documents.

Optional extras
There are no compulsory placements or trips associated with this programme. 

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You must have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) at DMU to be eligible for this course.

Enquiries are welcome from UK and EU students who have also completed their Legal Practice Course (LPC) at DMU. Please contact Nick Johnson for more information.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

Module 1 - Research methods

To demonstrate your ability to acquire a critical awareness of research methodologies and to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of various research strategies

Module 2 - Dissertation

You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of interest. You will need to apply and enhance technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment


The teaching of the course mostly takes the form of guided self-study with comprehensive online materials. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication.

Assessment in the Research Methods Module is through a research methods essay and a dissertation proposal (1500 words). Assessment in the Dissertation Module is by a 10,000 word dissertation in an area of legal practice.

Teaching contact hours

This is a distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication.

For each module of study you will be provided with a set of printed materials to work through in the form of a module handbook. One 15 credit module requires approximately 150 hours of personal study.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

As a distance learning student, you will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances). It offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. Ideal for distance learning students.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

As a distance learning student, you will have access to our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse. They provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers


Graduate careers

This LLM provides an opportunity to examine in more depth the developing profession of legal practice, in all its forms.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from Trinidad and Tobago students who have completed their LPC at DMU. UK and EU applications who have also completed their LPC at DMU are welcome to enquire.

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