What qualifications do you need?
For direct entry to the LLM, you will usually have one of the following:
- A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with second-class honours from the University of London.
- A second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent), where at least half the units are in law-related subjects.
- A pass in the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) of England and Wales, or the Qualifying Exam of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority of England (or corresponding exams in Scotland or Northern Ireland), plus a second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent).
- The Common Professional Examination or a Graduate Diploma in Law, plus a second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent).
- You are qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales, or the equivalent elsewhere.
Even if you do not have the requirements, you can still enter at PGCert or PGDip level and progress through the awards to gain the LLM.
For entry to the Postgraduate Diploma, you will usually have one of the following:
- A second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent) from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
- A master’s degree.
For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate, you will usually have one of the following:
- A bachelor degree from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
- At least five years’ relevant work experience, such as accounting, banking, finance or insurance.
We accept a range of qualifications from around the world: see a full list for details.
Even if you do not meet the requirements, we may admit you to the Postgraduate Certificate if we believe that your background or experience is sufficient to study the programme.
English Language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System - overall score of at least 6.5 and at least 6 in the written test.
- (TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language - overall score of 92 or above with at least 22 in the Reading and Writing sub-tests and at least 20 in the Speaking and Listening sub-tests.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) – overall score of 59 or above with at least 59 in both Reading and Writing elements and at least 54 in Speaking and Listening elements.
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal. It is vital that you can access this regularly. If this is not possible, you may contact the Programme Director to request alternative arrangements.
More about computer requirements.