LLM (Human Rights Advocacy)
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.
This LLM pathway is a unique course that allows you to specialise in human rights from a highly practical perspective; the focus on advocacy translates into valuable clinical skills that enable you to put your knowledge of human rights law into practice. You’ll study the core principles of human rights advocacy, rooted in knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights, developing expertise in an increasingly vital area of law that has implications for individuals throughout the world facing discrimination and persecution.
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.
A unique course
The course is one of very few degrees in the UK to deliver a focus on Human Rights Advocacy from a practical perspective
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)
- Advocacy, Interventions and Practice (core)
- International Human Rights (core)
- Dissertation Module OR Work-Based Project (core)
Plus any two modules from:
- Regulation of Financial Markets
- International Law and Business
- War and 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
You’ll study two core taught modules – one in Human Rights Practice and Advocacy, and another in the Law and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights – before choosing a further two optional topics from our extensive list of LLM modules. Some of the available options are also related to human rights, so you can develop your specialisation further, or opt to diversify your training with subjects from other areas of law.
As well as choosing your optional modules, you can decide to either write a postgraduate dissertation or carry out a work-based project. Both of these options allow you to conduct independent study on a topic of your choice, developing your practical legal skills while honing your knowledge of a specific legal issue.
This project, paired with the advocacy training in your core modules, ensures you graduate with an in-depth knowledge of human rights law backed by strong practical competence in legal practice.
This pathway takes advantage of our long-standing expertise in Human Rights, so you’ll be learning about crucial, contemporary topics in the field from leading experts. The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict – based at UEL – does important work to protect human rights in regions suffering the consequences of war, and many of our academics work for other leading research groups in the field.
Your future career
This pathway gives you the necessary legal and practical training to develop specialist knowledge in the growing field of human rights advocacy, with a huge amount of employment opportunities.
Specialists may go on to work for organisations that promote and defend human rights (such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch), legal firms that practice in the area, institutions like the UN or European Court of Human Rights, as well as non-legal professions that require expertise in human rights law, including journalism and policy advice.
Due to the practical focus on advocacy in this course, it will be of particular interest to graduates who want to work in litigation, working on behalf of individuals pursuing legal action in human rights courts.
The course also allows you 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 while you study.