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The Difference Between LLB and MLaw

Emma Devlin

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At Pearson Business School we offer four different types of Law degrees, each with a slightly different focus. However, the courses with the most difference are our LLB and our MLaw - one being an undergraduate and one being an Integrated Masters (although it’s taught altogether). The four courses are explained in more detail below:

1) MLaw Professional Legal Practice

Length: Full time - 4 years (can be accelerated and completed in 3 years*)
Entry requirements: 120 UCAS points (equivalent to BBB A-levels) and a telephone interview or successful completion of a Professional Workshop
In a nutshell: This Integrated Masters is for anyone who is serious about a career in Law as completion of this degree exempts students from the LPC and is a qualifying law degree - so graduates can go straight into a training contract.
Professional accreditations: Solicitors Regulation Authority and National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP)

Core Modules:

Level 4 / Year 1
English Legal System I (15 credits)
English Legal System II (15 credits)
Law of Contract (15 credits)
Law of Tort (15 credits)
Civil Litigation (15 credits)
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (15 credits)
A Choice of Electives (30 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2
Advocacy and Negotiation (15 credits)
Criminal Law (15 credits)
Criminal Litigation (15 credits)
Constitutional and Administrative Law (15 credits)
Employment Law (15 credits)
Law of the European Union (15 credits)
A Choice of Electives (30 credits)

Level 6 / Year 3
Client Management (15 credits)
Land Law (15 credits)
Law of Equity and Trusts (15 credits)
Ethics, Professional Conduct and Regulation (10 credits)
Property Law and Practice (15 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
Wills and Administration of Estates (15 credits)

Level 7 / Year 4
Accounting for Solicitors (15 credits)
Business Law and Practice (10 credits)
Dissertation (30 credits)
Practical Legal Research, Writing and Drafting (15 credits)
A Choice of Electives (30 credits)

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2) LLB Law Professional Legal Practice

Length: Full time - 3 years (can be accelerated and completed in 2 years*)
Entry requirements: 120 UCAS points (equivalent to BBB A-levels) and an interview or successful completion of a Professional Workshop
In a nutshell: This course focuses on the fundamentals of Law, teaching you from a real world approach. The core modules are the same as the MLaw course, however you will not graduate with a Masters. If you wanted to become a Lawyer after studying this, you would need to do a GDL or LPC (you find out what they are below).
Professional accreditations: Solicitors Regulation Authority

Core Modules:

Level 4 / Year 1
English Legal System I (15 credits)
English Legal System II (15 credits)
Law of Contract (15 credits)
Law of Tort (15 credits)
Civil Litigation (15 credits)
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (15 credits)
A Choice of Electives (30 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2
Advocacy and Negotiation (15 credits)
Criminal Law (15 credits)
Criminal Litigation (15 credits)
Constitutional and Administrative Law (15 credits)
Employment Law (15 credits)
Law of the European Union (15 credits)
A Choice of Electives (30 credits)

Level 6 / Year 3
Client Management (15 credits)
Land Law (15 credits)
Law of Equity and Trusts (15 credits)
Ethics, Professional Conduct and Regulation (10 credits)
Property Law and Practice (15 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
Wills and Administration of Estates (15 credits)

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3) LLB Law with Accounting

Length: Full time - 3 years (can be accelerated and completed in 2 years*)
Entry requirements: 120 UCAS points (equivalent to BBB A-levels) and an interview or successful completion of a Professional Workshop
In a nutshell: This course will give you the best of both professional world's, gaining knowledge in both Law and Accounting
Professional accreditations: Solicitors Regulation Authority

Core Modules:

Level 4 / Year 1
Civil Litigation (15 credits)
English Legal System I (15 credits)
English Legal System II (15 credits)
Law of Contract (15 credits)
Law of Tort (15 credits)
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (15 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2
Criminal Law (15 credits)
Criminal Litigation (15 credits)
Company Law (15 credits)
Constitutional and Administrative Law (15 credits)
Employment Law (15 credits)
Law of the European Union (15 credits)

Level 6 / Year 3
Advanced Financial Management (15 credits)
Accounting for Solicitors (15 credits)
Land Law (15 credits)
Law of Equity and Trusts (15 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
Strategic Consultancy (30 credits)

To take a look at Law with Accounting specialist modules, download a Prospectus

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4) LLB Law with Business

Length: Full time - 3 years (can be accelerated and completed in 2 years*)
Entry requirements: 120 UCAS points (equivalent to BBB A-levels) and an interview or successful completion of a Professional Workshop
In a nutshell: This course is for you if you want to explore a career in Law whilst also gaining fundamental knowledge of corporate business
Professional accreditations: Solicitors Regulation Authority

Core modules:

Level 4 / Year 1
Civil Litigation (15 credits)
English Legal System I (15 credits)
English Legal System II (15 credits)
Law of Contract (15 credits)
Law of Tort (15 credits)
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (15 credits)
A Choice of Electives (30 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2
Criminal Law (15 credits)
Criminal Litigation (15 credits)
Constitutional and Administrative Law (15 credits)
Employment Law (15 credits)
Law of the European Union (15 credits)

Level 6 / Year 3
Client Management (15 credits)
Land Law (15 credits)
Law of Equity and Trusts (15 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
Strategic Management (30 credits)
Strategic Innovation Management (15 credits)
Sustainability (15 credits)

To take a look at Law with Business specialist modules, download a Prospectus

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The similarities between MLaw and LLB

  • With both types of courses you’ll gain professional accreditations with the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Same entry requirements
  • Same guaranteed internship opportunities
  • You can have the option to accelerate with both routes, helping you to complete the course a year earlier*

The differences between MLaw and LLB

  • The MLaw course is 4 years long, whilst an LLB degree is 3 years long (however, you can have the option to accelerate*)
  • All MLaw graduates leave with a National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP) and accreditation to the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • The MLaw program at Pearson College London is an Integrated Masters, meaning it is more affordable than studying an LLB and then a GDL or LPC Masters.

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FAQ’s

What if I change my mind and decide I want to complete an MLaw, after starting my LLB course?
That is not a problem, applicants can switch onto the MLaw course after completing their undergraduate LLB degree. The same applies for students who have opted to take the MLaw course and have decided they no longer want to continue studying for an additional year, and graduate with an LLB Law Professional Legal Practice degree.

What is an Integrated Masters?
An Integrated Masters is a more affordable way of completing your Masters qualification at the same University / College. For more information about Integrated Masters, click here.

What does it mean to be accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority?
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales. Becoming an accredited solicitor will help you to enhance your job opportunities after you graduate, as it will help you to stand out against other graduates. Find out more here.

What is a GDL and an LPC?
A Graduate Diploma in Law is an 18 month long course designed for students who may not have studied a degree in Law, but would like to get into this career.
A Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a qualification needed to become a solicitor in England and Wales. It takes 1 year to complete (or 2 years if you wish to study part time). Depending on where you wish to study depends on the course fees - however they tend to be higher than undergraduate course fees.

** The option to fast track your degree by accelerating is subject to academic performance and a minimum cohort

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