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Information for LLM students

Over 260 students study on the LLM programme in the Department of Law each academic year and we work closely with colleagues to help students on the programme.

Qualifying regulations

If you are a LLM student who is a qualified lawyer in their own jurisdiction then you need to check your status with The Law Society through the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).  

For some students, the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) might be an option to consider - this allows those already qualified lawyers in other jurisdictions to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales without having to complete the full education and training requirements defined in the QLTS Regulations 2011.

The QLTS covers 3 Heads and the SRA determines how many heads need to be completed; they can take around 12-16 weeks to get back to you so please apply in good time.

Your employer may pay for you to take the QLTS exams otherwise you can arrange to do so yourself. You need to enrol at a law college where you can take these exams (see QLTS info above). 

You can apply directly to law firms for positions as qualified lawyers; look at their websites for vacancies or go through a recruitment agency. LSE Careers schedules a talk each year for LLMs at the beginning of term; you will be notified by the LLM Course Administrator.

Events for LLM students

Alongside the various events we run focussing on law and legal services, LSE Careers runs a specific series of events for LLM students throughout the academic year encompassing seminars, workshops and advertising a number of off-campus events specifically for students undertaking the programme.

Whilst many law firms are on campus in Michaelmas Term promoting training contracts, vacation schemes and open days, the recruitment cycle for LLM opportunities often begins a little later in Lent Term and can vary each year depending on the market.  Therefore, whilst representatives at the Law Fair may be aware of opportunities for LLM students, it should be seen more as an opportunity to gain insight into the specialisms, culture and status of the firm rather than a direct recruitment event.

In recent years, we've advertised a number of events including LLM open evenings or dinners - often for students from a specific jurisdiction - in winter/spring so keep an eye on LSE CareerHub for these events.

Specialist recruitment agencies

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