LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    LLM 1Yr FT
    LLM 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview

The LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting combines the Swansea Legal Practice (LPC) course with an independent learning module, to enhance essential legal skills.

The LPC is a professional practice course that develops the essential skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales. Adding this extra module, to upgrade the qualification to an LLM, enables students to evidence enhanced skills to a potential or existing employer for a career start or progression.

Key Features

  • An LLM is an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV
  • This Programme is an extension to the LPC
  • Consistently rated as excellent by both students and external organisations, the Swansea Legal Practice Course represents the best of innovation in professional legal education
  • A key feature of the module is flexibility; the ability to work at your own pace combined with choice of topic in consultation with your supervisor
  • In addition to usual study on the Legal Practice Course, you are required to produce a project of around 15,000 words on a drafting topic of your choice
  • You would complete the project in your own time during Stage 2 of the LPC (March to June). This doesn’t increase class contact time as there are no additional classes
  • You can either apply to upgrade to an LLM at the outset or during the LPC, but must do so before Stage 2 commences in March of each year. If you are unsure, you can enrol on the LPC and see how this goes, before deciding to upgrade
  • The LPC will commence on the 9th of September for full-time students and those studying part-time will start on September 11th.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 180 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules


By combining the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with an additional drafting project, you can upgrade your qualification to an LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting.

Example project: A prenuptial agreement in Family Law.

During your three meetings with your supervisor, you would be expected to critically consider the rationale for the agreement and comment and analyse on the drafting of a precedent agreement, critically assessing its impact.

We emphasise that this is only an example for illustration.

Entry Requirements

Enrolment on the Swansea Legal Practice Course.

English requirement:

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification such as the IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

How To Apply

Applications are made to the Central Applications Board (www.lawcabs.ac.uk) for the full-time course.

Applications are made directly to the Postgraduate Admissions Office for the part-time course. Applications should be made using the How to Apply web page.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £13,500 £18,200
LLM Part-time £6,750 £9,100

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees include all manuals and course materials and the LPC levy payable to the SRA (this is different to the SRA student membership fee). We do not charge an additional amount for examinations or resit examinations.

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery and printing costs.

School of Law Bursaries

Students who apply for the LLM are eligible for the same bursaries against the headline fee for the LPC element as a student studying the LPC alone:

Course duration

Home, EU and international students



Swansea University LLB graduates



Alumni of a Welsh university



Swansea University GDL graduates



The bursaries available for part time students will be the same as the full time equivalent, but 50% will be paid in year 1 and 50% in year 2.


If you meet the eligibility criteria for these bursaries they will automatically be applied on enrolment.

Students can not be in receipt of these bursaries, plus the School of Law's Inspiring Futures Scholarships of £3000, so should give careful consideration as to which source of funding would suit them best.


Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Teaching Methods

As per the Swansea Legal Practice Course.

There is no additional teaching linked to the independent learning module. You will need to complete the project in your own time during Stage 2 of the LPC (March to June). This will not increase class contact time, as there are no additional classes.

Stage 2 of the LPC is made up of three 10-credit optional modules delivered over a maximum of 3 days per week. You will therefore have 2 days a week to devote to your project, plus weekends and the Easter break. Should you wish to refine the project over the summer, you can do so and submit on the Universal submission date in September rather than in June (at the end of Stage 2).

The LLM would be awarded in July if you submit in June or in October if you submit in September.

Careers and Employability

Law future careers

In addition to the benefits of the Swansea Legal Practice Course, the successful completion of a drafting project may be used to evidence enhanced legal skills to a potential or existing employer for a career start or progression.

An LLM is an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV. Further information on the School of Law employability initiatives can be found here.

Contact Details

For further general information contact:


Tel: +44 (0)1792 295913

Meet our Student, Barbara-Jane


Barbara-Jane Davies

Barbara-Jane Davies, GDL, LPC and LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting

Barbara-Jane Davies started the GDL at Swansea University as a mature student. Prior to embarking on the course, she had worked for over fifteen years in childcare and as an Outreach Family Support Worker for Sure Start and Family Centres in Carmarthenshire.

She completed the LPC and LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting at Swansea University. Following extensive work experience with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Childcare Legal Team, she was offered a position with Hains and Lewis Solicitors in Haverfordwest, working in their specialist childcare department representing children and the Children’s Guardians in care cases.

Barbara-Jane Davies, GDL, LPC and LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting