Law (Exempting) Master of Law and Practice (MLP) incorporating LLB(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Solicitor or barrister, if you’re looking for a career in law, this course gives you exemption from the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3-4 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - AAB


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Places available (subject to change)

120 full-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

The Master of Law and Practice (MLP) is an exciting Master’s degree that provides a clear route to professional qualification.

The four-year Master of Law and Practice (MLP) course helps you meet all the academic requirements before going on to start your legal training, so once you graduate successfully, you can move on to train directly with a legal firm.

By studying law in this way, you’ll be able to access tuition fee loans and other financial support, so you won’t have to fund a separate LPC course on top of your LLB(Hons).

Having said that, we keep things flexible. So if after your second year you decide you’d rather do the three-year LLB(Hons) then that’s fine. Pass your LLB(Hons) and you’ll have a law degree that qualifies you to go on to train as a solicitor or barrister. To do that, you’ll have to complete a separate professional practice course, as well as a training contract or pupillage.

Whatever you choose to do, our Partners in Law scheme is a pretty unique service that could give you all the support you need. We can provide you with networking, mentoring and training opportunities through our links with regional and internationally renowned legal firms.

Firms that are currently part of Partners in Law include Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, Walker Morris, Eversheds, Hammonds, Chadwick Lawrence, Armitage Sykes, Ramsdens Solicitors, Eaton Smith, Ridley and Hall, Switalskis, Wilkinson Woodward and Kirklees Council Legal Services.


If you are thinking of becoming a solicitor please read the following statement which we received in April 2017 from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA specifies the qualification requirements for solicitors.

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system. The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here

The legal advice clinic was set up by students in 2013 in response to the legal aid cuts which left the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society without access to legal representation. The university invested in a clinic which is innovatively placed off campus in a shop in the town centre.

Over the last academic year students, working with academics and local solicitors, have helped hundreds of people who otherwise may not have access to legal help and assistance. Volunteering in the legal advice clinic represents transformational learning at its best and compliments your theoretical studies. You'll develop into reflective practitioners and realise the importance of professionalism. Through advising real clients in real life situations You'll also see a side of law that cannot be taught in a lecture theatre or tutorial and the real impact that the law can have on individuals. For three years in a row, our students were shortlisted for the prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General Awards, winning 'Best Contribution by a Team of UK Students' in 2015.

Philip Drake, Director of the University’s Legal Advice Clinic and Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

AABat A Level

136 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 Qualifications

DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at merit
  • 136 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

If you're wishing to transfer on to the course you may do so providing the Law Society and Bar Council Credit Transfer Rules are adhered to, as well as usual University regulations. You may only transfer on to the three year LLB(Hons) route, not the four year MLP exempting route.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

What our students have to say

The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Megan describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Study of the law relating to the United Kingdom constitution, and the legal framework in which the Government and Parliament operates, and the relationship of Her Majesty’s subjects to Governmental and regulatory actions and decisions. The module will examine different types of constitutional framework, the sources of constitutional law, the supremacy of Parliament and its relationship to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights, the legislative process, the role of MPs and the nature and scope of executive powers under the Royal Prerogative and statute. Also examined will be the nature of legal powers exercised by Government and how they are obtained, the principles of judicial challenge, and, in particular, judicial review and the availability of alternative remedies through such as ombudsmen, tribunals and inquiries. The operation of the domestic system of rights protection will also be examined together with the rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. Change within the Constitution will also be considered, including limited devolution in Wales and Scotland, and aspects of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

Principles of Law of Contract

This module provides a detailed evaluation and practice of application of the legal principles governing the formation, enforceability and content of contracts, as well as breach, misrepresentation, remedies and an introduction to restitution in the contractual context. These principles and their application underpin modules taught in the second and final years of the law degree. This module encourages you to understand the different contexts in which contractual principles are applied and the applicable policy issues.  

Law of the European Union

This module examines the structure of the European Union, following which there is an exploration of the competencies (powers and duties) of the institutions of the European Union and the various ways of enforcing EU law.

Professional Skills and Legal Method

This module provides an introduction to the English Legal System, statutory interpretation and precedent. You’ll attend a two hour workshop every week which comprises practical exercises and team building skills development. The module also helps to develop your skills in legal drafting, negotiation, advocacy and presentation techniques.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Assessment will include exams, multiple choice questions, seen and open book examinations, research exams, projects, reports essays and presentations. From the outset your learning is enhanced with practical skills essential to become a successful solicitor.

21.5% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 480 credits in total for an integrated master's qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.


*95% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

95%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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