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LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course (Full-time)

James Thornton

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study the LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course (Full-time) at Nottingham Law School. This course has been designed to equip you with the legal knowledge and skills to pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination 1 (SQE) assessment, and also to provide you with the practical knowledge employers regard as essential in the current legal market. You will develop an understanding of the law and practice in key legal areas and you will have many opportunities to develop and practice your legal skills, both of which you will use once you have qualified as a solicitor. Additional opportunities are available through our in-house law firm, NLS Legal where you can work on real cases and provide legal advice and representation to the public.

I look forward to welcoming you at enrolment.

James Thornton
Course Leader

Why choose us?

  • We have a long-established reputation for delivering excellence in legal education.
  • We offer a multi-award-winning pro bono programme, including  a fully regulated in-house law firm: NLS Legal.
  • Every student will take part in career enhancing opportunities during the course.
  • We offer excellent career support, through our dedicated Employability team.
  • In-person workshops every week are designed to encourage interactive learning, as our students learn in small groups , with supportive teaching staff.
  • You will have a dedicated personal tutor. We get to know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
  • We are a full-service Law School. At the end of your LLM, you will be able to continue your legal training with us on one of our short courses to prepare for the final SQE2 assessment. On the basis of their positive experience, many of our students choose to stay with Nottingham Law School to complete the next stage of their legal training.
  • You will have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers an outstanding library, IT support, sports clubs, student societies, language and student union services.

Accepting your offer

All details of your offer can be found on the Applicant Portal.

If you wish to accept your offer, log onto the Applicant Portal and follow the instructions set out in your offer email. We aim to acknowledge your acceptance straight away. If you don’t hear from us, please contact us via Ask NTU.

Starting your course

Once you’ve met all conditions you should enrol online. Please do this before the start of your course.

Course start date: Monday 18 September 2023

Useful course information

  • In your first year, you will focus on learning the substantive law in seven key subject areas, but will also cover some essential practitioner skills in the Legal Professional Environment module. Your second year will then focus much more on the procedural law and skills essential for practice.
  • In-person workshops are compulsory. They are at least two hours and provide an opportunity to learn and discuss topics and fictional practical scenarios in depth with your peers and tutor.
  • You will also be required to attend examinations and induction events during the academic year. You will receive notice of these dates well in advance.
  • It will help you if you do a limited amount of preparatory reading before the course starts. Set pre-reading will be available prior to the start of the course.
  • Learning resources and timetables are online so a laptop is essential for your studies. You will also need Wi-Fi at home.


Please contact us via Ask NTU if you wish to defer your place.

Course adjustments

Our offer is based on the assumption that, when you made your application, you disclosed any disability that might affect the way in which we deliver the course or assess you.

In such a case, we will either:

  • agree with you that the disability will require no special facilities, or
  • meet you to discuss what facilities will be necessary.

If you have a disability but have not yet disclosed it, we need to hear from you immediately so that we can evaluate your needs and determine what adjustments we are able to make to accommodate those needs. Please contact Student Support Services by emailing Student Support.

Please note that if you are a current student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and you already have adjustments through Student Support Services for your current course, these adjustments will not automatically be carried forward on to your SQE preparation course. You will need to contact Student Support Services as soon as possible so a fresh evaluation can be made to accommodate your needs.


As a postgraduate student, you can apply for University accommodation. To guarantee yourself a place, you should apply and pay your deposit before the end of May.

International students

International students are required to make an advance payment. Click here to find out more about paying your fees: how and when to pay your fees.

Fees and funding

Nottingham Law School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships and loyalty schemes to students starting in September 2023 including:

  • Dean's Post Graduate Diploma in Law Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • NTU alumni discount
  • University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln fee concession

For more information on fees and funding, please visit:

Course fees

Please visit the Law and Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course page for full details of course fees.

Visit us

Visit us at one of our Postgraduate open events, find out more about student life and meet our academics.


Successful completion of this course provides all the knowledge you need in order to pass part 1 of the Solicitors’ Qualifying Exam. You may then also progress onto our specialist course to prepare you for part 2 of the Solicitors’ Qualifying Exam.

Nottingham Law School has a dedicated employability team that will help you identify the type of firm that’s right for you.

We have a dedicated Employability team who will support you in your search for work experience to qualify as a solicitor. We ensure we provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:

  • Our Employability team provide seminars with advice about applications and interview techniques.
  • We will review your applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
  • We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
  • We provide opportunities for mooting and advocacy practice before local magistrates.
  • Employability and commercial awareness are given appropriate focus (including in timetabled sessions), which provides a true bridge into practice.

Many firms will appreciate your well-rounded knowledge and the commitment demonstrated by completing this LLM. Our students consistently secure legal work in a wide range of organisations, including city and regional corporate practices, high street practices, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, the Government Legal Service, and in-house providers.

Find out more about your future career.

Any questions?

Contact us via Ask NTU.