The LLM (Master of Laws) is an internationally-recognised postgraduate law degree. Our LLM pathways draw on the highly-acclaimed research strengths of our academic staff that are at the cutting-edge of international and national legal reform and development.
You will register for an LLM (General) or a named LLM from our choice of pathways:
Our LLM Master of Laws gives a choice across the full range of our modules providing a flexible academic programme which can be tailored to suit your own individual interests. You will develop your powers of analysis, legal reasoning and writing skills while exploring four interesting and varied subjects. In todays competitive market our programmes offer you the chance to enhance your knowledge and develop your skills, preparing you to compete with the best to secure your chosen career.
Students are free to select any 4 subjects from the list below and will also write a dissertation on a subject of their choice.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
A Second Class Bachelors Degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required, but account may also be taken of practical work experience or professional qualifications within the relevant field of study. We welcome applications from international students. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. Access to the internet, Word Processor (MS Word compatible) and an email address are also required; webcams desirable.
In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.
The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:
IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.5 Reading and Writing or
TOEFL 617 (paper-based) or
TOEFL 105 (internet based).
A score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580/92 together with satisfactory completion of the six week LLM Pre-sessional programme on English legal language and skills will be accepted.
No work experience is required.
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