Master of Laws (LLM) in the UK
Introduction to Master of Laws
Postgraduate Law degrees at UK universities allow graduate law students and practising lawyers to specialise in a certain area of law, such as Commercial Law or International Business Law, in just one year of study. UK Universities also offer an LLM with no specialisation which covers a broad range of areas.
Many LLM programmes in the UK combine research and coursework, so students may be required to write a dissertation or complete a research project.
At a UK University, students can choose to study either towards a general LLM or towards a subject specialism. Specialist LLM's include the following
LLM Banking Law and Financial Regulation
LLM Competition, Innovation and Trade Law
LLM Corporate and/or Commercial Law
LLM Corporate and Securities Law
LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice
LLM European Law
LLM Human Rights Law
LLM Intellectual Property Law
LLM International Business Law
LLM Public International Law
Most law schools have limited places available, so it is important to have a clear idea of what you wish to focus on during the application phase. An LLM qualification will provide graduates with a competitive edge in a crowded job market, and also offer the chance for a change in direction for those currently employed.
LLM Career Prospects
The skills learnt on an LLM course can be utilised in a number of high level professions.LLM students typically follow careers in legal or corporate practice, business, research, non-governmental organisations, and academia. Employers generally favour students with an LLM as it shows advanced, specialised legal training.
Studying an LLM in the UK can provide exemption for Canadian students from the Challenge Exams covering Canadian-specific law content required to practice law in Canada.
Master of Laws Entry Requirements
A first or second class honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law and an understanding of the basic principles of public and private law. Other degrees will be considered if substantial legal knowledge and experience can be proved.
- Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
Where can I study Master of Laws in the UK?
To learn more about the best postgraduate Law courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Law universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- London School of Economics
- King's College London
- Queen Mary, University of London
- University College London
- University of Durham
- University of Dundee
- Robert Gordon University
- University of East Anglia
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