International Law, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Our LLM in International Law focuses on the issues facing today's international lawyers. You will study the complex and dynamic nature of the international legal system and its role in foreign affairs.

About

This course is one of three taught law courses (LLM) we offer and is suitable for graduates of any background. It is ideal if you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.

It will give you the knowledge, insights and practical skills to enhance your career in practice, the public, private or diplomatic sectors or academia. If you are pursuing another career path, it will enhance your understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.

You will study contemporary issues in public international law. You will develop your knowledge and expertise in:

•international dispute settlement

•international organisations

•the role of individuals in the international legal system

You will develop both your practical and research legal skills. Through our Legal Simulation module you will work in small teams and be presented with a realistic scenario. You will be introduced to a variety of practically-focused legal skills, including:

•analysis of complex legal problems

•devising legal strategies

•working with the law in real-life contexts

You will also learn a variety of legal-specific research skills through our Legal Research Skills and Methods module.

You can create your own specialised programme of study that matches your legal interests and career aspirations. You can choose from a wide range of optional modules to complement your core studies, including:

•the role of law in international affairs

•diplomacy and dispute settlement

•human rights law

•international crime

•the protection of foreign investment

You can also choose from a range of our other master's modules, with the permission of the Degree Programme Director.

Dedicated one-to-one support is also given to help you research and write a dissertation on an area of law you feel passionate about.

There is a field trip to international criminal courts and tribunals in The Hague as part of the optional module, International Criminal Law. This is an optional trip and is not covered by tuition fees.

There are opportunities to become an editor of The North East Law Review. This is Newcastle’s student-edited law journal which showcases outstanding student work for open-access publication. You can also join the Eldon Society, the University’s society for students with an interest in law.

Delivery:

Modules are taught by our expert academic staff over the first and second semesters through a combination of:

  • interactive lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars.

All of our workshops and seminars are taught in small groups, where we encourage lively discussion and debate.

During your first two weeks we encourage you to sit in on lectures across our optional law modules. This will help you to choose which areas best suit your needs and interests.

Our Degree Programme Director will also be available to offer support and guidance to help you make these choices.

Assessment is through a variety of methods, including:

  • coursework
  • essays
  • written exams
  • presentation
  • dissertation.
Facilities:

We are committed to pursuing academic excellence and fostering an intellectually challenging and supportive environment in which our students can excel.

We regularly host conferences and seminars with internationally renowned guest speakers. We encourage you to attend these events as they cover a wide range of important legal, political, economic and social issues.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated Law Library
  • a LLM study space with computer suite
  • a student common room
  • a large lecture theatre
  • a purpose-built mooting room
  • wi-fi connectivity throughout the school.

Programme Structure

See our Prospectus online for full details of Modules.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: See How to Apply section in our online Prospectus for full details.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or experience in professional legal practice.

International students:  To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirementsDirect Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

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