BPP University

MBA Legal Services

Designed to develop your ability to work in business, this programme encourages you to learn through business-appropriate methods and activities. You will gain the skills needed to operate in today’s complex legal business environment, such as interpersonal, analytical, reflective and management research skills

Learning will be specific to the requirements of your organisation, so that new knowledge and skills are highly relevant.

The MBA Legal services programme is designed in three phases and focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively work and manage in the legal services sector.

To find out more and to request an application form please email mba@cislondon.com

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Phase 1

Organisations, Leadership & Change (15 Credits)

Explore theories and approaches to managing strategic change in order to achieve successful and long lasting improvements to organisational performance. Focus on the dynamics of an organisation, including the relationships encountered and the need for communication.

Strategic Marketing & Innovation (15 Credits)

Begin to understand the role of a marketing function in order to enhance the practice of business management with a focus on improving decision making skills when addressing the needs of a consumer.

Managerial Decision Making (15 Credits)

Gain a conceptual understanding of key techniques used to inform business decision making. Improve your numerical skills and gain the skills needed to maximise the use of data.

Corporate Finance (including M&A) (15 Credits)

Understand financial decision making in the sectors clients operate in, whilst learning the tactics and activities associated with the Mergers and Acquisition process. Draw on relevant and recent examples of financial developments.

Phase 2

Professional Services Management in the Legal Sector (15 Credits)

Explore the unique opportunities and challenges that face managers in the legal services sector and reflect on the implications of these in your own professional work and practice as a legal services professional.

Programme, Project & Portfolio Management for Legal Professionals (15 Credits)

Understand how to plan and deliver projects successfully to execute strategies such as new product development within a Legal Services firm. Understand the dynamics of large complex projects and programmes and learn how to manage stakeholders.

Strategy, Systems and Operations (15 Credits)

Analyse how business organisations create strategy and align their organisations, systems and operations to explore issues relevant to law firms including the impact of technology on business, outsourcing and offshoring, and gain key insights in support of future trends in legal business.

Future Trends in the Legal Sector (15 Credits)

Explore key current and future trends in the legal sector and their impact on business practice and performance. Draw on your knowledge of recent developments in the legal sector to assess what effect they may have in the future.

Phase 3

International Comparative Management Practices (15 Credits)

Focus on strategic management within an international business context and gain a thorough appreciation of the challenges and opportunities that international business provides across the organisation.

Managing Client Engagements (15 Credits)

Develop the skills required to work with clients, allowing progression to more a active and responsible client engagement. Draw on disciplines including strategy, marketing and sales, and leadership.

Fundamentals of Banking and City Finance (15 Credits)

Explore the role of banks, their development and how they have diversified. Understand the role of commercial and investment banking in today’s global economy and focus on relevant issues facing banks. Increase your knowledge of professionalism and code of conduct in banking.

Understanding Value (15 Credits)

Use Pitelis’ (2009) framework to explore value from the perspective of innovation, unit cost economics, resources and strategy/structure. Focus and compare your organisation to competitors in order to gain a “big picture” perspective on organisations and how your actions contribute to success.

Business Research Project (30 credits)

The Business Research Project will consolidate all your learning, from experience and the programme, to provide you with the opportunity to indicate that you have the commercial and business acumen needed to succeed and develop further at senior management level.

The business project is practically focused to build upon your previous learning by providing you with an unrivalled opportunity to address a ‘live’ management problem or opportunity. The main purpose of the business project is to enable you to produce a substantial piece of independent work that is carried out over an extended period of time.

The outcome of your endeavours will be value adding and practical to allow you to demonstrate your managerial professionalism, competency and credibility as a qualified solicitor.

At BPP University Business School we have carefully crafted a programme of study to reflect best practices in both academic thinking and the workplace. The modules you will study, have been designed based on contemporary issues whilst using tried and tested management models and frameworks.

By the time you graduate you will have built a practically relevant knowledge of business and established an international network of colleagues, a great way to enhance your legal career.

Stuart Ansell
Director of Business School Faculty

Study Centre

London City
2 St Mary Axe


Part-time and full-time programme: £25,000

Entry Requirements

English Language

  • Evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career, or
  • IELTS Score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.5 in any subcomponent
  • Evidence of an equivalent result in an appropriate English language examination

Educational Background

You should be 18 years or over at the start of the programme and hold an equivalent to:

  • Minimum 2:2 in legal degree discipline, or
  • An acceptable professional qualification equivalent
  • At least two years’ work experience in a legal environment

Following the review of application, students may be required to:

  • Attend a face-to-face interview, or
  • Take part in a telephone interview