Designed for non-law graduates who want to stand out to employers, study the law at Master’s level and gain an internationally recognised qualification.
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Join the largest community of postgraduate law conversion students*.
Master of Arts in Law conversion course is a specially designed postgraduate degree for non-law graduates who want to gain a general legal qualification at Master’s level. As an internationally recognised qualification, a Law Master’s is a great addition to your portfolio. With a strong level of support from the start, this course is a great introduction to law if you hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline. Successful completion of the MA Law (Conversion) qualifies you to progress on to study the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) to become a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to become a barrister.
With our MA Law (Conversion) qualification, you will develop core legal skill and a solid understanding of the foundation areas of legal knowledge, alongside options for further specialist study. You will also gain a deeper understanding of law and legal reasoning and access to a broad range of careers.
International Students: we are no longer accepting applications from people who need a Student Route visa for full-time courses that start before July 2023.
*Central Applications Board (LawCAB) 2021
An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent)Full requirements
September 2023See all Start Dates
If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?
Designed specifically for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s level, our MA Law (Conversion) gives you the opportunity to learn the practical legal skills of analysis and critical evaluation, alongside a range of transferable skills such as research and presentation skills, in a practical and interactive way. To ensure that you have a smooth transition from your previous non-law studies, we’ve designed this course to include a pre-course programme where you will be able to get support in learning about legal methods. This compulsory addition to the course means that you will be ready to get started on your legal studies as soon as the course begins.
Our structured course is delivered by qualified lawyers either face-to-face on campus or online. On completion of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to progress your studies to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK, whilst obtaining a Master’s award, which will be highly attractive to employers in a variety of disciplines. This course is the perfect choice if you wish to keep your career options open.
When you study the MA Law with us you will:
We also work with over 90 of the top 100 law firms.
If you choose to progress onto study one of our SQE courses or BPC, you will also benefit from our excellent employment and pupillage rates:
Progression for full-time PgDL and MA Law (Conversion) students
Due to the projected end date of our full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PgDL) and Master of Arts in Law (MA Law Conversion) courses, you may not be eligible to commence our Bar Practice Course (BPC), LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) or SQE1 Preparation Course in September 2023.
Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.
This document explains the demands of the course in order to assess your ability for the course.
PGDL, MA Law (Conversion) and MA Law (SQE1) Programme Demands
The Law & Constitution Module element requires 25 hours of pre-course study in English Legal System & Constitutional Law (including Retained EU Law), through guided module units with all materials provided online.
The key areas that you’ll study over the course are:
• English Legal System & Constitutional Law
• Tort Law
• Contract Law
• Criminal Law
• Administrative Law and Human Rights
• Land Law
• Law of Organisations
• Skills & Behaviours
Plus a Dissertation in Law Module (8,000 words)
Study MA Law (Conversion) Online starting September 2023 or January 2024
We offer a number of law conversion courses, which offer you a pathway to progress onto become a solicitor or barrister.
View our law conversion guide to make the best choice for you and your career.
You can also study this course online, allowing you to study full-time or part-time.
The online version of this course covers the same content as the on campus version, while still offering you the same high level of professional tutor support.
With so many options for studying this course, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.
This course is assessed through:
Each of our MA Law (Conversion) study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.
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Applications for this course are open.
If you’d like to study full-time you can apply through the Central Applications Board (CAB). For part-time study you can apply directly with us.
2022/23 Course Fee
By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan.
If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £500 General Alumni Discount.
We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available which make studying with us more affordable than ever.
We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.
If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.
The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.
Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.