The General Law programme at Aberdeen is one of the best programmes in terms of scope and areas of interest you can choose to study at advanced level. If your first degree was in a specific area of law there is nothing preventing you from choosing another area of law completely or a complementary area. You could study environmental law areas such as oil and gas law, energy and environmental law, low carbon energy transition with further environmental regulation. If you are more interested in criminal law you could look at Criminology, the politics of human rights, humanitarian law. If you are more interested in business you might choose international law, intellectual property law, world trade organisation or for business with a creative aspect you might think about specialist in cultural property issues or law for business and arts and museums law. There are many possible mixes of these general areas of law you might want to explore. Employment possibilities are huge from this range of areas of law and include all notable areas to practise law and careers within the legal profession to welfare sectors such as employment, business, HR and finance.
You may become a Barrister if you wish to represent people at High Court and Magistrates court to put legal argument forward for decision. You could start off as a legal executive to later qualify as a solicitor with further training or after a number of years experience you may wish to become a judge. If you want some work experience you could become a court usher. Other careers include a Paralegal. This role undertakes much of a lawyers role in drafting documents, meetings and contracts. If you decide your law degree is useful for other areas you may look at Civil Service careers, become a politician, work in the police, city, or teach.
This programme is ideal if you want to be a generalist to an advanced level rather than a specialist in a specific area of law. You develop your analysis and research skills and you have the option of wide ranging courses to choose from which stretches your intellectual thinking capabilities in a top 10 School of Law (Complete University Guide 2018)
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With globalisation, international law is becoming increasingly important and this course prepares you for a future career in the international arena. Our LLM is one of the oldest and most popular courses in international law in London. It attracts students from every nationality and background, not only those who have previously studied law, but also those with a degree in political science, international relations, or other relevant discipline. This creates a uniquely vibrant and stimulating learning environment in which to study international Law.
The LLM International Law at Westminster Law School is taught in our central London campus, just a short distance from most major British institutions and international organisations. The Course can be taken full-time or part-time, and we have both a September and a January start each year.
Our teaching team is composed of world-renowned scholars that are leading the way in their respective subjects, including - but not limited to - international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, development law, energy and climate change law, international cyber security law, refugee law, the law of the sea, international courts and tribunals. In past years, the teaching team organised study visits to international organisations and to international courts in London and The Hague.
We also have a Research Group, International Law at Westminster, which conducts important research projects on topical international law issues. These projects have received external funding because of their importance and their potential impact. The Group also regularly organises events in which students are invited to participate.
Westminster Law School hosts the local Chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA), of which interested students can become members. The Chapter organises events in close collaboration with the International Law at Westminster research group.
Every year, the Oxford University Press Prize is awarded to the best LLM International Law student.
The course will enhance your understanding of the key principles of public international law, the main developments within the public international law framework and the process of globalisation and its significance for international law.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Please note that option modules are subject to student demand and staffing availability, therefore not all modules will necessarily be offered in the same academic year.
LLM International Law graduates have worked for organisations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations, EU organisations, law and consultancy firms such as Deloitte, professional associations like the European Banking Federation, or in legal departments within governments.
After being awarded the LLM, some graduates have undertaken further academic study by doing a research (PhD) degree.
This online course is suitable for those looking to develop a career in international business or law.
Applicants to the course are likely to be recent graduates seeking to improve career prospects in international business and law or professionals working in international business, finance or international business law seeking to develop their expertise. As the emphasis of the programme is on the practical and problem solving aspects of the law, it will also help those who may not possess a legal background.
Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their advanced legal studies by enrolling on the PhD or MPhil programmes offered by The City Law School.
The nature of the LLM as a distance learning programme means there is no requirement to enter the UK, so you do not require a visa if you are an overseas student.
The International Business Law LLM programme is designed with one aim in mind: flexibility. As the programme is delivered online, students have the freedom to study in their own working environment and at their individual pace. Technology-enhanced learning environments support the student experience and students also have access to City's extensive range of legal databases, including e-journals and e-books.
This flexible, part-time LLM is designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and help to broaden your existing knowledge of the legal rules which impact on international business. You will acquire legal and research skills to help enhance your career prospects as an international business professional or legal practitioner.
On successful completion of the LLM International Business Law by distance learning, you will have gained specialist knowledge in the key areas of law from an international business perspective and will have acquired transferable skills essential to understanding and succeeding in international business.
The programme provides you with interactive learning opportunities, combining a range of learning technologies. Whilst it is in essence a self-directed study course, there is also an emphasis on interactive engagement, using learning activities such as discussion forums and chat rooms to help you extend your learning and work collaboratively with your colleagues.
Learning will be facilitated by:
Each module is facilitated by an e-tutor who will offer academic and technical support as required.
To enrol on the programme, you are required to have easy access to a computer or laptop that has a minimum technical specification and good internet access. We will provide you with an email account and secure access to your virtual learning environment. You are expected to regularly submit work online and engage in online activities.
On a weekly basis, you will receive feedback via the discussion board per each discussion thread. The Learning Packs will contain self-assessment questions, and tutors will provide formative feedback on your responses to these questions. Participation on taught modules is a pre-requisite for sitting the final assessment. Participation is mandatory and is therefore assessed as a pass/fail summative assessment. The activity requiring participation may vary from module to module, however, a standard will be maintained across all modules. For instance, if a module requires participation vis-à-vis posting messages/responses on a module discussion board and there are eight weekly opportunities to do so, you will be required to submit four posts (50%) for assessment. Each post must be sufficient in length (i.e. approximately 500 words). You are expected to participate in all online activities.
Summative assessment of the taught modules that comprise the degree will be by coursework only (3,500 words). It is considered that you will obtain the greatest academic benefit and satisfaction from researching a topic, reflecting on it and providing considered arguments in relation to it, as well as affording the opportunity to explore particular topics in greater depth. All coursework must be submitted via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Email submissions will not be accepted.
You will be offered a range of assessment titles in each subject. Additional titles may be added to reflect any developments in the subject occurring during the teaching of the module, enabling you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and to respond to the most up-to-date information available.
The distance learning LLM in International Business Law programme consists of taught modules of 150 credits (five modules at 30 credits each) and a compulsory Dissertation module of 30 credits.
In the first academic term, all students are required to take the Core module, Foundations of Law in International Business (30 credits).
Upon successful completion of the Core module, you will select any further four taught modules from the range of available subjects. Students are free to take one or two modules each academic term.
All modules run over a period of 10 weeks (10 units). Each module requires approximately 300 hours of study and students will normally spend between 25 and 30 hours a week on each module, comprised mainly of self-directed and on-line hours.
Typically, once all taught modules have been successfully completed, students proceed to the Dissertation (30 credits).
By the end of the programme, you will not only have gained specialist knowledge in key areas of law from an international business perspective but will have also acquired transferable skills essential to understanding, and succeeding in, the world of International Business Law. With this sound basis, you will be well placed for developing a career in international business or law.
The Bradford Distance Learning MBA allows you to study at a time, place and pace to suit you.
This programme is ideal if you need to combine work and family commitments with your business management studies, giving you the flexibility to complete your MBA over two to six years.
You’ll join an international network of over 500 distance-learning students, which means you’ll never be studying alone. You’ll get all the benefits of being part of a leading business school, including access to our unique online learning, careers and support services – wherever you are in the world.
On average, three years after graduation, MBA graduates at Bradford have increased their salary by 42%.
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We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
Our School of Management MBA courses have been endorsed by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver the NHS Master's in Business Administration (MBA) programme, as announced in a speech by the Secretary of State in 2016.
Our Distance Learning MBA ranked in the top 15 in the world, and 3rd in the UK in the Financial Time Online MBA Ranking 2018.
The programme is also ranked 1st in the world for value for money, and 1st in the UK for salary increase.
The programme provides you with the skills of responsible value generation. The aim, therefore, is to create strategic leaders capable of sustainable and transformative change in a global business environment.
Students are expected to take two subjects (modules) every three months.
Each module contains nine study units. Students typically progress by studying one unit from each module per week. This equates to approximately 14-16 hours of study per week. If you don't think that you have enough time to study two modules over the three month period you can always chose to study just one module, lightening your workload considerably.
If work or family life is particularly busy then you can even suspend your studies and restart at a later date. This flexibility means that students can complete a distance learning MBA in 2 to 6 years. We do however strongly advise that students study two modules every three months.
The Bradford Learning Experience
Each module has been designed so that your understanding and knowledge is developed through using a variety of materials from textbooks and academic journal papers through to video clips, podcasts, on line discussions and live on line tutorials.
Your knowledge and understanding of each subject area studied will be assessed by the most appropriate means.
This will typically involve the completion of a written assignment, an exam or in some cases an assignment and an exam. If you need to sit an exam we have examination centres worldwide, making it highly likely that there is an exam centre near you. If there is not a suitable exam centre nearby then you can nominate a new exam centre.
Please note, if you do not sit the exam at the School of Management or RDI Coventry you will have to pay an extra fee to your chosen examination centre.
An MBA is an opportunity to either change career direction or consolidate experience then return and progress in a previous industry or job. The Financial Times Global MBA rankings show that, on average, 20% of alumni achieve board-level positions within three years of graduation.
On completion of the programme participants go into a wide variety of functions and sectors, including IT/Telecoms, Finance & Banking and Industry being amongst the most popular.
The material is research-led, embedding contemporary theory on managerial and business issues (for example Business Ethics and Sustainability and Circular Economy).
The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law (distance learning) is a flexible and engaging degree that provides a strong introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Jointly delivered by our prestigious Law School and the highly ranked and regarded Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR), it enables you to deepen your understanding of the social, legal, economic and political issues playing out on the world’s stage. Designed to fit with professionals working full or part-time, it can be studied over one (full-time) or two (part-time) years.
Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice. These influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the much sought-after expertise of academics working at the forefront of research into politics, international relations, legal and socio-legal issues.
The pathway for the LLM/MA ensures a duality in the nature of your studies. Core and elective modules from the Law School and PPR, and a 20,000 word dissertation, enable you to pursue your own interests whilst becoming practiced at looking at issues from different perspectives.
Your core modules are: Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; The Law of International Organisations; International Law; Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; International Human Rights and a Dissertation.
The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing. The topic will link to a key legal or political question or issue and may also directly relate to your professional/career interests. This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the academic community with new, original research and writing. A dissertation supervisor will provide you with support and introduce you to relevant material and research; their personal research interests will closely align with your chosen topic wherever possible.
The supervising department for your dissertation, and the choice of modules studied, dictate which award you will receive: LLM or MA.
Our distance learning approach combines recorded and some live and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, online collaboration and discussion, and group work. We actively encourage you to build a beneficial ‘virtual’ network of academics and peers as you study. Distance learning begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through a virtual learning environment (VLE) and web conferencing system. This introduces you to course tutors, sets out the requirements of the programme, and familiarises you with the online learning tools and resources (VLE, discussion forums, e-library etc).
Your postgraduate LLM/MA degree opens doors to a huge range of careers and provides high-level training for those pursuing careers in areas such as foreign and international affairs, national and international non-governmental organisations, journalism and international business.
You will develop: the skills required to critically evaluate cutting-edge research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, analytical and communications skills. All of which are a real boost in any sector and highly prized by employers.
The LLM/MA is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.
The programme is very popular and we recommend that you submit your application and all supporting documentation as early as possible.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
This unique double postgraduate program seeks to address the needs of the modern law practitioner who wants to bridge the specialized legal knowledge with business practice and corporate applications. The ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece has partnered with the University of Reading, School of Law to enable students to complete two graduate degree programs in 16 months.
Participants of the Double Masters program will study for the MSc in Business for Lawyers at ALBA and one of the LLM programs offered by the Law School of the University of Reading.
The MSc in Business for Lawyers enables legal professionals to gain a solid theoretical understanding as well as a practical approach to economic and financial issues related to the day-to day operations of a business firm. The Program provides a unique learning experience that promotes collaboration and leadership competencies in an interdisciplinary curriculum.
The Postgraduate masters courses (LLM) are especially suited to applicants planning to take professional exams and continue on to practise law, either in the UK or overseas. Law graduates are also in high demand across many other areas, with potential destinations including European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media and the public sector. The LLM programs offered by the Double Masters Program include:
Commercial LLM programmes
Commercial LLM Distance Learning programmes
For more information about the programme please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/law
The Postgraduate masters courses (LLM) are especially suited to applicants planning to take professional exams and continue on to practise law, either in the UK or overseas. Law graduates are also in high demand across many other areas, with potential destinations including European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media and the public sector.
On this conversion course, you will study all the modules required by the legal profession's regulators, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, to become a solicitor or barrister. Skilled tutors with significant professional expertise in all areas of law will guide and support you in your study of legal theory and its practical application. Through our Virtual Learning Environment, you will be able to interact with your tutors and fellow learners online, discussing ideas and topics to gain a deep-rooted knowledge of the law.
Through your research project, you will specialise in a specific area of law that interests you, researching and writing in depth on the topic. The breadth of expertise available within Leeds Law School means we can offer detailed guidance underpinned by practical experience and knowledge on the topic you choose to research in your independent project module.
Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones.
Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.
For more information visit the SRA and BSB websites:
You will complete your course using our Virtual Learning Environment, an online resource that will give you access to course materials, including videos and e-books, and our extensive Online Library. The flexibility of this course means you will be able to study at a time, place and pace that is convenient to you and your lifestyle.
Leeds is one of the most important legal centres outside London. The city has a Crown Court and is home to many of the country's top law firms and you will be taught by lecturers who have worked in some of the UK's top firms. Their expertise will feed into your learning to ensure you are primed for the workplace or your next stage of legal training.
Our guest lecture series, featuring leading figures from the legal profession, will enhance your learning. The lectures will be available digitally, so you will be able to access them from wherever you are in the world and without having to be on campus. Past speakers have included politician and human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti and Catherine Dixon, who served as the chief executive of The Law Society.
This course will prepare you for the next stage of training to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training Course if you want to qualify as a barrister.Alternatively, you could put your expertise into practice straightaway, working alongside solicitors and barristers as a paralegal. These specialist legal support roles are becoming increasingly important in the sector.