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MBA for Lawyers (Subject to validation)

Further your career with a Postgraduate MBA for Lawyers online learning course - Learn More!

Delivered by tutored distance learning

  • Improve your career prospects by gaining a globally recognised postgraduate qualification while remaining in full-time employment and differentiate yourself within the career market
  • Contemplate important management issues related to leadership and change
  • Join a creative and professional student community that is passionate about learning and career progression
  • Benefit from academic teaching which directly complements industry experience and is informed by world-leading research, ensuring you benefit from developments at the cutting-edge of legal thinking
  • Achieve your maximum potential through DMU's ambitious and innovative approach to teaching and strong links to industry
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career

Find out more on the course prospectus.


The course commences with an optional induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 14th-16th September 2018.

The module teaching begins with a focus on Strategic Management which is the bedrock of MBA study and provides a framework and focus within which to shape the rest of the programme. This core module is followed by the opportunity to specialise in one optional module from a choice of eight law-related options. This choice will allow you to pursue an area of interest in depth. This is followed by ‘Leading a Professional Services Organisation’, which considers leadership issues within the context of managing a professional practice, and ‘Professional Ethics’ which sets law within an ethical framework.

The taught modules are completed by a study of ‘Managing Organisational Change’ which is a key feature of organisations operating within today’s volatile environment and ‘Corporate Performance Management’ which considers the process and outcomes of measuring organisational performance via a mix of financial and non-financial metrics.

Students will then complete the programme by writing a law-related management dissertation. The dissertation would have a strong link to academic theory whilst also offering an opportunity to focus on a ‘live’ organisational issue.


With experience being vital in today’s competitive job market, a postgraduate who has professional experience in addition to theoretical knowledge will be highly regarded by employers. At DMU, we provide our students with the highest standard of study so that you are equipped with the skills and experience to progress or change your career. Designed with employability in mind, the MBA for Lawyers is highly relevant in today’s competitive marketplace. With continual input from leading employers and professional bodies, we ensure that the course will equip you with the professional skills and practical experience that businesses are looking for.

YEAR 1 - September 2018 - December 2019

Students will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management (30 credits)
  • Leading a Professional Services Organisation (15 credits)
  • Professional Ethics (15 credits)

Students will then study a further 30 credits from the following electives:

  • Risk Management 1 & 2
  • Individual Labour Law
  • People Management within Organisations
  • Equal Opportunities in the Workplace
  • Company Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Consumer Law


YEAR 2 - January - December 2020

  • Finance - Corporate Performance Management (15 credits)
  • HRM - Managing Organisational Change (15 credits)

Students will also study the Research Methods and Dissertation module and write their dissertation from January-December 2018

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

The standard of teaching is what sets DMU postgraduate courses apart. The team were knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects and that passion was contagious.

DMU MBA graduate, 2015

This programme is designed to offer those working within the legal field; whether as professional practitioners or managers, the opportunity to further develop their understanding and appreciation of ‘management’ issues. At the same time the programme will allow legal specialists to study selected core and elective modules in order to increase their professional expertise in an area of interest.

The accelerated route allows a student to complete the MBA in 15 months. It is primarily designed for those who have the time to devote themselves to full-time study, albeit by the distance learning route. Students will enrol in September 2018 along with the other students on the programme and study the Strategic Management module until January 2019.

Accelerated route students will then undertake to study all of the remaining modules between January and December 2019 alongside the dissertation. This is a highly intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their MBA at the end of December 2019. (There may not always be dedicated study days for all modules on the accelerated route.)


Students are encouraged to attend a series of optional study days at De Montfort University in Leicester throughout the course. The first study weekend is the Induction Weekend which takes place between the 14th and 16th September 2018. The weekend will give students the opportunity to meet tutors and fellow students, discuss the course and establish access to tutors during the coming year. The weekend will also provide students with the opportunity to get to know other students who will be studying the same modules. Four further study days are planned throughout the duration of the programme and these will take place in February, May, September and November.

The course at DMU came highly recommended, that along with the fact that the tutors and lecturers are subject experts and practitioners

DMU MBA graduate 2015

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