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LLM Bar Vocational Studies with Specialism

LLM Bar Vocational Studies with Specialism

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Full time | Northampton Square | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Law Vocational Preparation

Course type


Course Summary

Key information

Prepare for Call to the Bar of England and Wales by studying our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programme. Compulsory modules equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge of procedure and evidence, developing your abilities in advocacy and how to help clients present legal cases.

Course overview

You will learn how to advise and represent a range of clients and prepare for the demands of a career at the Bar through this rigorous course, which is designed to reflect the work of the modern Bar.

You will develop skills and gain knowledge through interaction with professionals and peers. As lawyers and educators, our staff ensure you receive a high quality of education and personal support.

Our impressive record of helping students to secure pupillage is supported by an award-winning Pupillage Advice Service.

Who is this course for?

If you want to complete your vocational stage of training for the Bar of England and Wales, this course is ideal.

You will be committed to developing your skills in advising clients and representing them in court.

This course is the best option if you prefer a regular class structure with face-to-face learning.


The Bar Vocational Studies programme is designed to enable you to progress to pupillage and a career as a barrister.

Competition for pupillage is intense but you will have an advantage with our Pupillage Advice Service and its close links to the Bar. We have an impressive record of helping our students to secure pupillages.

You will have developed a range of transferable skills and might consider alternative careers in the following organisations and areas:

Government Legal Department
Crown Prosecution Service
in-house legal departments
local authority legal departments
regulation authorities and compliance roles
academic law
legal publishing
finance and banking.

Students can exit with PGDip & PGCert awards.


This module will provide you with key legal research skills, which underpin everything that a lawyer does, from preparing an oral submission, examination or cross-examination of a witness, advising orally or in writing, or drafting a statement of case.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an undergraduate degree classified as not less than a lower-second class honours (2:2) or equivalent. This can be either a law degree or a non-law degree plus further graduate/postgraduate study in Law and in either case must cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge and satisfy the Professional Statement competence.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK university, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. It is home to over 20,000 students, 46% of which are studying at postgraduate level and has over 175,000 alumni from over 180 countries. City is divided into five different academic Schools: School of Arts & Social Sciences Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) School of Health Sciences The City Law...more