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LLM - Professional Legal Skills (BPTC Conversion)

Students undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The City Law School can convert their BPTC into an LLM in Professional Legal Skills. Our BPTC is delivered at Masters level, which allows students to gain an LLM by completing a dissertation after the BPTC. This LLM satisfies all the requirements of a traditional LLM but has a primary focus on practice.

In addition to the taught classes on the BPTC, the LLM gives students the chance to focus on an area of professional legal practice of choice, while strengthening the knowledge and understanding of legal professional practice. This can be linked to pupillage to underline a commitment to a particular area, or can be used more generally to improve employability.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have registered to take the BPTC at The City Law School within the last five years. It is not possible to apply for the LLM conversion before registering for BPTC, but we provide places for all students who make dissertation proposals of sufficient quality.


  • Full-time EU/ Non EU: £4,250

Postgraduate study at City University London is an affordable option for students from wide-ranging backgrounds. Although you will usually have to pay for postgraduate study yourself, many sources of funding exist, including scholarships, studentships and professional development loans. And during your time at City you can get financial advice and support from our award-winning Student Centre.

Future Lawyer Advancement Reward – £1,500 off your next course!

Once you have studied at City we are sure you will want to stay with us to progress to the next stage of your legal training. As an added incentive, we offer City students a loyalty reward upon enrolling on a second course here at the School (Taught LLMs, PhD/MPhil).

All you need to do is meet the minimum entry requirements for your second course and we will automatically take £1,500 off of your tuition fees.

City University London is proud to have a large population of international students. We are a truly global University, located in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, and we benefit from the diverse cultures, skills and experiences of our students. Our students benefit from our internationally recognised research and the quality of education that keeps us in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

Entry qualifications

To gain a place at City, you will need to meet the University’s general requirements and the specific requirements of the course. Our Admissions Office is experienced in dealing with international qualifications and can help you with any queries you may have.

English language courses and support

As City’s courses are taught in English, you will need to provide proof that you are competent in English before admission. We run full-time courses in English during the summer to help students improve their English before their course starts.

Visa requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course.

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Career opportunities

The course has been developed to enhance the employability of its graduates. Students who have a pupillage can use work on their dissertation to show their commitment to an area of practice.

Students seeking pupillage or going into other areas of legal work can use the qualification and the dissertation to strengthen their cv.

Career support

City University London’s dedicated Career & Skills Development Service provides you with specialist guidance to advance your career. Career consultants can provide individual guidance and support for interviews and job searching.


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