The aim of the LLM (Modular) programme is to provide a range of local, national, international and global themes for study in a critical legal perspective. It aims to provide considerable freedom to individual students to devise their own programme by choosing from the varied options available. Students, thus, have the opportunity to link previous or current experience to academic inquiry. It aims to engender excellent research and writing skills based on stronger foundations and better understanding of the role of law in a contemporary context. The objective of the programme is to promote better understanding of law related frameworks in areas such as human rights, international law, development, refugees, minority rights and Islam.
The Aims and Objectives of the LLM (Modular) Programme are to:
The LLM ( Modular ) offers flexibility by offering the student one core module, Current Issues and Research in International Law and an unrestricted choice of three options from a range of existing modules. Students take four modules and write a dissertation.
The LLM ( Modular ) at UEL is a distinctive programme for the following reasons
Students study the core module Current Issues and Research in International Law and have an unrestricted choice for the three option modules from existing modules such as International Refugee Law, Globalisation, International Environmental Law, Islamic Legal Theories, International Human Rights, Law of the World Trade Organisation, International Criminal Law, Regulation of Transnational Corporations, Minority Rights under International Law and Islam and Human Rights. Candidates take one core and chose three option modules and write a dissertation approved by the Dissertation committee.
Module Lectures/Seminars, workshops and human rights seminars, day school, visits by external experts and the possibility of an overseas study trip.
All modules are research based involving coursework. Students take four modules of 30 credits each for which they submit their coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the semester. The LLM dissertation accounting for 60 credits involves a 15,000 word essay. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years.
Students are welcome to negotiate projects/assignments as work-based initiatives but the supervision offered is the same as for other coursework.
Day School and dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, research specific topics. However, the nature of postgraduate dissertation does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.
Students graduating with a specialisation in LLM (Modular) can look to the expanding market and professional choices available in a number of fields. Possible career paths include advocacy, research, policy making and services within the public sector and government, community relations, human rights work in development agencies/organisations, grassroots advocacy and academia.
The typical duration of this programme is one year full-time or two years part-time. It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period.
Qualifications for admission are a good degree in law, the social sciences or the humanities or another appropriate degree. Professional qualifications will also be taken in account. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied for the first degree in English medium require IELTS at 6.5 or its equivalent.
Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.
No work experience is required.
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