Postgraduate law courses

Why study postgraduate law at Herts?

  • Enhancing employability: You’ll get the opportunity to develop professional industry connections through our extensive employability programme and participate in a range of co-curricular courses.
  • Work experience opportunities: Hertfordshire Law Clinic provide pro-bono legal services to the community enabling you to gain real work experience during your studies.
  • Fantastic facilities: Our impressive Law Court building is situated within an attractive multi-million-pound site. The law courts are often used for televised productions while also supporting our world-class teaching and learning.

We offer a range of specialist LLM Law pathways, as well as our LLM Legal Practice and recently BSB, accredited Bar Practice postgraduate degrees. You can also choose to study for a Research degree to help you gain unique expertise in your chosen field.

Master of Law Pathways

There are a number of potential routes into postgraduate study at the University of Hertfordshire. Our Postgraduate programmes are designed to be flexible, practical and to ensure that you are able to meet your career aims.

LLM Legal Practice

If you want to be a solicitor and work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year LLM in Legal Practice is the course you need! Our course not only offers the primary route into the legal profession but also enables you to obtain a prestigious LLM. You will leave us with the knowledge and skills required to be a practising solicitor, skills that are highly valued by potential employers, to bring in new business and also to better serve your firm’s existing clients.

Are you a law graduate thinking about becoming a barrister?

Why not consider extending your studies with our recently BSB accredited LLM Bar Practice course. You’ll develop professional connections through our extensive employability programme and participate in a range of co-curricular courses to help you enhance your employment prospects and give you a competitive edge in the jobs market.

LLM Bar Practice

Are you a graduate thinking about becoming a solicitor?

The new SQE route to qualification could help you achieve your dream, whether you have:

  • just graduated,
  • have been working as a paralegal but would like to qualify as a solicitor, or
  • have already gained your LPC but are struggling to find a training contract.

The course is subject to validation and is due to start in September 2022. To find out more and keep informed of developments please contact us by email.

Research degree

If you have a curious mind and have questions about the world around you, then you could pursue a PhD. As a part of our close-knit collaborative and supportive research community, you will pursue original research at the Hertfordshire Law School. Training in research methods, supervision meetings to develop your main argument, assessment panels at key stages of the PhD and a good supportive environment should make your experience of learning to be a successful researcher an enjoyable and fruitful one.

A PhD is a path to in-depth knowledge and unique expertise in your chosen field. With our wide-ranging research interests, we can accommodate a variety of research topics and are always happy to discuss ideas before you make a formal proposal. We encourage applications for research in the areas such as:

* legal theory * public law    * Constitutional law    * law and development    * socio-legal studies *internet and e-commerce law * biotechnological law * human rights * international law *environmental law    * intellectual property law * company law * law and bioethics *criminal justice * access to justice * alternative dispute resolution * international economic law and other related areas of law including legal history and media law.