Business and Law
A master’s degree in law is a fantastic way for law graduates to develop a specialisation, or for non-lawyers working in related fields to gain a deeper understanding of legal issues.
Since law is a vast and diverse subject, we offer a huge amount of flexibility in this general LLM programme. You also have the option of taking one of our specialist pathways that focus on different topics (see related courses below).
The pathways align to our major research strengths in areas like legal education, international legal research and human rights – but you can study modules from all these areas if you opt for the general LLM. Alongside the optional modules, you may choose to either write a 15,000 word dissertation or conduct a work-based project that will give you valuable experience of dealing with a specific legal issue in detail.
The course is perfect for lawyers and law graduates looking for career development, although all of our LLM courses can be studied by students without a background in law, since you will be trained in the necessary analytical and legal skills.
As such, the programme will also provide ideal training for paralegals, journalists, NGO and charity workers, policy advisors, consultants, lawyers, those working in business and finance or anyone who will benefit from a legal education in their career.
Choose your modules
A completely flexible course structure allows you to study the legal topics that interest you
internationally recognised research
Learn from area specialists, in a law department with 99% of its research rated as ‘international quality’ (REF 2014)
Study in the evening at our state-of-art USS campus and access materials in the library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at Russell Square
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
- International Law: Problems and Process (core)
- Dissertation Module OR Work-Based Project (core)
Plus any three modules from:
- Advocacy, Interventions and Practice
- Regulation of Financial Markets
- International Law and Business
- War and Human Rights
- International Human Rights
- Law of International Finance
- Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Financial Crime and Corporate Criminal Liability
- International Corporate Governance
- The Law of the World Trade Organisation and Globalisation
- International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Oil and Gas Law and Policy
- International Refugee Law
- Regulation and Governance of Energy
- Economic Integration in Developing Countries
How you'll be assessed
All modules are research-based, involving coursework. You will take four modules of 30 credits each for which you will submit coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the term. The LLM dissertation, accounting for 60 credits, involves a 15,000-word essay. Full-time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part-time students complete the same in two years.
How you'll learn
All our LLM courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. We extensively use problem-based learning, class discussion and case studies to ensure our teaching is brought to life, while all our lectures are issued as podcasts to give you greater access to learning resources and allow you to revisit specific classes.
The LLM Transitional Justice, LLM International Law and Legal Practice and LLM Human Rights Advocacy pathways are supported by regular events at the Centre for Human rights in Conflict. These involve presentations from prominent experts in the field of human rights in conflict. This year's speakers included Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University and Former Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Other recent speakers at UEL have included included Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the high-profile human rights lawyer (and UEL law graduate) Imran Khan.
All teaching on the programme takes place in the evening at our newly opened purpose built building at University Square Stratford, which has cutting edge facilities and includes a Mooting Room, Harvard Lecture Theatre and our newly re-launched Law Clinic provided to assist the local community. Students also have access to the new library that opened in 2013 on the Water Lane Campus at Stratford.
What you'll learn
This general LLM is designed to give you freedom over the topics you study. As a result, the only core module is the ‘Dissertation or Work-Based Project’ and the rest of your course will consist of modules that you select from an extensive list.
The four available pathways (Business & Financial Law, Human Rights Advocacy, International Law & Legal Practice, Transitional Justice & Conflict) give you an indication of the prominent themes and specialisations in our law department, and this LLM enables you to place focus on the areas that interest you in this diverse field.
Modules range from those dealing with regulation in business and finance (Regulation of Financial Markets, Financial Crime and Corporate Criminal Liability, International Banking Law) to topics in human rights (Human Rights Practice and Advocacy, War and Human Rights, Minority Rights under International Law), issues arising from war and conflict (International Refugee Law, International Law and the Use of Force), and many at the intersection of these themes.
As well as choosing your optional modules, you can opt to either write a postgraduate dissertation or carry out a work-based project. Both of these options allow you to carry out independent study on a topic of your choice, developing your practical legal skills while honing your knowledge of a specific legal issue.
Your future career
If you already have a law career then this course gives you the chance to specialise with focused, professional training in the fields that interest you.
The course provides the opportunity to undertake a work-based project so you can gain practical experience and build professional links, while our renowned Law Clinic enables you to work on real legal cases with local people to enhance your clinical skills.
You can also study this course if you are a professional working in related areas and would benefit from an understanding of contemporary legal issues in business, human rights, international law and other fields.
A legal education is highly attractive to employers in any sector, as it demonstrates a huge range of transferable skills, an analytical intelligence, and an understanding of the regulatory frameworks that would apply to any business or organisation.