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Manchester Metropolitan University

Legal Practice Management

This course teaches essential business skills to anyone who manages lawyers. This programme aims to make students think more strategically and to thrive in a market which has undergone seismic change. Please note this course is subject to sufficient student numbers. For information on fees for this course please see our online prospectus information.

Entry requirements

Candidates should fall within either Category A or Category B: Category A: Candidates falling within category A will have either: an Honours degree (in law) and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice; or an Honours degree (non-law) and a graduate diploma in law, recognised as equivalent to at least a 2nd Class, lower division standard and experience of managing lawyers, demonstrated by at least 3 years post-qualification experience or equivalent. Category B: Candidates falling within category B should be able to demonstrate to the Programme Leader that they have: Suitable and relevant management experience such that a professional employer operating in the newly deregulated legal sector would consider them to be viable candidates to manage lawyers either currently or in the next stage of their careers. Candidates may seek to demonstrate this through experience in law or industry, as practice managers or otherwise; and the ability to cope with the academic demands of a postgraduate programme. Candidates may seek to demonstrate this through academic or professional qualifications, recognised as equivalent to at least a 2nd class, lower division standard, or otherwise.

Course modules

Modules: using financial analysis to build profitability; clients and markets; motivating and managing teams; leadership and managing change; strategic planning and alignment; implementing strategy.

Assessment methods

Before each teaching day students are set pre-reading, and after each teaching day they complete directed independent study. This prepares students to complete a coursework assessment in their own time which they submit online before their next teaching day. Between each teaching day and the hand in date for the related assessment an optional drop in clinic is available to the student on a designated half-day, where they can discuss their draft with their tutor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 10 months

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