We offer a range of LLMs that are suitable for students from a huge range of backgrounds; our specialist degrees are ideal for law professionals who want to specialise in a specific field, as well as students who have never previously studied law and wish to gain a legal qualification.
Our general LLM allows you to choose with complete flexibility from a huge range of options, while we also offer four distinct pathways that focus your study on a particular specialism:
LLM (Business and Financial Law)
LLM (Human Rights Advocacy)
LLM (International Law and Legal Practice)
LLM (Transitional Justice and Conflict)
We also offer a unique course in LLM Energy and Natural Resources Law that gives you the opportunity to study the regulatory frameworks around the extraction, use and sale of energy.
Many students study an LLM with us as the next step towards a legal career, though previous study of law is not essential. Some of our postgraduates choose to go into other roles such as business, government, journalism or consultancy.
In the 2014 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), 96 per cent of our students said they were satisfied with the teaching they received at UEL, compared to a sector average of 83 per cent and 100 per cent of them found the course intellectually stimulating.
You will be taught by staff who are research active and experts in their fields, with 99 per cent of our law research being classified as either ‘internationally recognised’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Our postgraduate teaching takes place in the evening, making it easier for you to fit your learning around work or family commitments.
Why study with us?
Our staff have particular strengths in human rights, international business law and public international law, but whatever your interest you’ll be joining a cosmopolitan community of around 80 postgraduate law students at our modern base in University Square, Stratford.
Throughout your course you will be taught by research-active staff who are experts in their fields and up to date with the latest legal thinking in areas as diverse as land rights, justice in the Middle East, international corporate governance, international financial law and human rights in areas of conflict.
You will benefit from networking events with legal companies and organisations, seminars and guest speakers, who have included Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the high-profile human rights lawyer (and UEL graduate) Imran Khan.
As a UEL postgraduate law student you will enjoy free access to the foremost legal library in the UK at London’s Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, together with the British Library and our own well stocked library, which is open 24 hours a day.
Many of our postgraduate students volunteer to help at UEL’s Legal Advice Centre, joining local solicitors to provide free legal advice to local people.
All of the lectures are recorded and available as podcasts later, together with a wide range of online learning material to ensure you keep on top of your studies.
One of the best things about the programme is that the modules are taught in the evening, giving me the chance to study during the day before each lecture. UEL checked all the boxes in terms of course and location and I'm confident it will give me the chance to take my career a big step further.Saleha Fazal , LLM International Business Law
What we're researching
UEL’s Centre on Human Rights in Conflict is an internationally renowned hub of research expertise. Our staff are at the forefront of work in this topical area of study, which is rarely out of the news.
Our research-active staff don’t just carry out research, however. They bring their expert knowledge into the lecture theatres and seminar rooms to ensure you have access to the latest thinking. Our impressive line-up of researchers includes:
Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, who founded the Centre of Human Rights and Conflict and is undertaking research into the impact of transitional justice measures together with the University of Utrecht.
Dr Priscilla Schwartz, Law Society ‘Lecturer of the Year’ in 2012, who researches international economic law, law and development, international environmental law and law and policy of the World Trade Organisation.
Professor Kofi Kufour, whose research interests include human rights in the developing world, economic integration in West Africa and Ghanaian environmental law.
Barry Collins, who is Programme Director for UEL’s postgraduate law courses and who has published on legal theory, Irish constitutional law, the Irish peace process and international law.
Dr Jeremie Gilbert, whose main area of research is on international human rights law, and more particularly the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples.
Siraj Sait, whose principal research areas are in human rights, gender issues and Islamic studies.
Dr Iwa Salami, who has published widely in the field of financial law and economic integration in emerging economies.
Other research interests in our School include include medical law and ethics, financial and company law, consumer rights, children’s rights and youth justice, confidentiality and whistleblowing.