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LLM (International Law and Legal Practice)

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

Subject area

Business and Law

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

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 combines specialist study of international law, with valuable practical training in advocacy, legal practice and litigation skills. You’ll be taught fundamental topics in international law at the cutting-edge of current research, while simultaneously developing the necessary legal skills to apply your knowledge in a clinical context. You’ll also have the chance to diversify your training through extensive module options.

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.

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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A unique course

The course uniquely combines practical training in both domestic and international legal practice, with academic study of contemporary international law.

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internationally recognised research

Learn from area specialists, in a law department with 99% of its research rated as ‘international quality’ (REF 2014)

Superb facilities

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.

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Entry requirements

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Minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any subject.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

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(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

  • International Law: Problems and Process (core)
  • Advocacy, Interventions and Practice 
  • Dissertation Module OR Work-Based Project (core)

Plus any two modules from:

  • 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.

Course specification

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 before choosing a further two optional topics from our extensive list of LLM modules. The core modules combine practical training in legal practice, with a strong foundation in contemporary international law so you’ll develop a well-rounded understanding of the theory and its application.

Our course is also unique in its combination of both domestic and international law, giving you a deeper understanding of both aspects of the law by learning about their relationship to each other.

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 carry out 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 international law backed by strong practical competence in legal practice.

UEL has a reputation for excellent research in international law, so you’ll be taught by leading experts in the field...

Your future career

Studying an LLM in international law will open up a variety of employment opportunities across the private sector, in international organisations like the UN, WTO or World Bank, and in government or the courts.

This pathway contains a strong amount of clinical training, as well as teaching in both domestic and international law to give you a multi-faceted education that that will be highly attractive to employers in an increasingly competitive field.

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.

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