University of Hertfordshire - LLM Bar Practice

University of Hertfordshire

LLM Bar Practice

The LLM Bar Practice programme combines the vocational elements of training for a Barrister (previously the BPTC) within an internationally recognised master’s level qualification.  Its innovative design focuses on developing you to manage both a face to face and digital practice.

The course is experiential with a focus on developing excellent personal and legal skills which are relevant for professional practice as a barrister or in any other professional career. As digital practice has become more prevalent across the professions, the programme incorporates this into delivery and provides you with a laptop with access to key resources as part of your tuition fees.

Programme delivery

You will learn by doing and, in several ways. Significant contact time of 10-16 hours a week, supported by small class sizes means you get to practice your skills weekly.  The programme is delivered via in-person and online workshops which enables you to work in a variety of ways. The programme will prepare you for a digital practice as courts and legal professionals move increasingly online and paperless. You will be taught in small class sizes of 1:6 and 1:12, by qualified legal professionals and academics who have experience in teaching and legal practice

Advocacy is taught in our multi-million-pound replica Crown Courtroom, and conference skills are taught in groups of 6 students. You will follow several case studies which enable you to take your client from instruction through to completion of their case using your knowledge and developing those essential skills. Your practice is recorded and stored in the cloud, giving you the opportunity to watch and reflect on your practice anytime. Your contact time is supported by rich digital resources enabling you to learn, practice and reflect in a variety of ways. Using online practitioner texts gives you maximum flexibility over how you use your resources including annotation, bookmarking and printing.


Assessments are varied and designed, wherever possible, to mirror tasks that you would undertake in pupillage and then your own practice. The programme has a variety of assessments including oral, coursework, portfolio and examinations. There are 12 assessments in total including the three BSB centralised assessments in criminal and civil litigation. You will have weekly practice on the MCQs, and SBAs needed for the centralised assessments and there are additional practice assessments in every module.

Programme outcomes

At the end of the programme, you will leave us with a valuable master’s qualification, the knowledge and skills required by the legal profession and other potential employers and, with the opportunity to be called to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to you completing your dining obligations and any additional requirements set by the BSB).

If you want to work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year LLM Bar Practice offered by the University of Hertfordshire is the course for you. Our course not only will offer an established route into the legal profession but also enables you to obtain a valuable and internationally recognised masters.

Entry Requirements

A Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), with a 2:1 classification (2:2 by exception), or non-law degree plus GDL

Fluency in the English language is equivalent to IELTS 7.5 in each section or 73 in each part of the Pearson test. 

Please contact our Admissions Tutor to discuss entry requirements


Career Prospects

The programme incorporates the vocational element of training for eligibility to be called to the Bar of England and Wales to become a Barrister.  A Master's in Law is also an internationally recognised qualification.

The programme has a strong focus on developing both professional and personal skills that will benefit you whatever your career choice.

The Careers Service at UH is committed to helping you progress in your chosen career. Hertfordshire Law School’s Director of Employability assigned to Hertfordshire Law School has significant links with the legal profession. Whether it is forging links with Chambers, the Crown Prosecution Service or the legal departments of international organisations, our Director of Employability is dedicated to preparing you for the next stage in your professional legal career.

Course Details

This one-year intensive full-time course consists of on-campus teaching and you will be required to complete guided study on your non-teaching days. Assessments may fall on any day of the week. In your third semester, depending on your elective choices, you may also be required to attend classes for on-campus teaching on a few days during the week.

Semester one

In the first semester, you will study the knowledge modules of Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing alongside Professional Ethics.   These modules contextualise and develop your knowledge together with practising core skills, and you can expect to find ethical questions appearing across all modules.  In this semester, you will also formally study your first core skill, Conferencing.  MCQ questions and exam techniques are integrated throughout your modules, so you get plenty of practice before any centralised BSB assessments.

Semester two

In your second semester, with the core knowledge under your belt, you turn your attention to developing your skills with the compulsory modules of Advocacy; Opinion Writing; Legal Research and Drafting. All are taught within the context of real-life briefs.

Semester three

Finally, in the third semester, you will complete the compulsory extended project within our law clinic or pro bono centre.   This gives you an excellent opportunity to practice and further develop your professional skills, enhance your legal research, and develop your critical reflection and analysis skills. You also have the opportunity to develop your practice in other areas such as chancery, advanced litigation, employment and family law.

Civil litigation & alternative dispute resolution
Criminal litigation, evidence & sentencing
Professional ethics
Opinion writing
Legal research

Optional modules
Advanced criminal litigation
Advanced civil litigation
Family law
Employment law
Company & commercial law
Bar practice legal project

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