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The Law Conversion Course - Legal Studies Common Professional Exam (CPE) is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. Read more
The Law Conversion Course - Legal Studies Common Professional Exam (CPE) is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the requirements of the professional bodies including the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

5 reasons to study here

1. Great resources: All teaching materials supplied including an iPad
2. Established course: taught by long serving experienced staff some of whom teach or have taught on LPC and Bar courses
3. Top-up qualification: Option to LLM with completion of dissertation in law (subject to grades and dissertation fee)
4. Career enhancing: Opportunities for extra curricular activities including mooting, judge marshalling, Legal Advice Clinic, court assistance scheme and a programme of law dedicated careers talks
5. Specialist focus: LSBU law engaged in promoting access to legal education and access to justice as well as protection of human rights

Transform your career

With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students. Study law in the heart of the capital - connected and convenient, with excellent transport options and a short walk from the Royal Courts of Justice.

Steps to becoming a solicitor or barrister

On successfully completing the CPE you are eligible to enter the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for intending barristers), which has some additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency.

Modules

You'll study seven modules required by the professional bodies for students intending to apply for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC):

Introduction to the English legal system
Law of the European Union
Obligations 1 (law of contract)
Obligations 2 (law of tort)
Public law
Land law
Criminal law
Equity and trusts
Project module
Dissertation (LLM only)

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by exams, exams plus coursework or presentations.

Award

x 8 modules = PgDip + CPE
x 8 modules and dissertation = LLM

Teaching and learning

The primary aims of the course are to ensure that you achieve a sound understanding of English law covered in the seven foundation subjects, which provides a solid grasp of the structure and operation of the English legal system.

Classes consist of a mixture of lectures and smaller group meetings where exam technique and problem solving approaches are practiced. The course is well supported by online materials and search resources, which can be accessed off-campus.

You'll have free access to OUP Law TROVE to access books for all foundation subjects.

Employability

Solicitor or Barrister:

This course can lead to one of many careers in law from a professional qualification as solicitor or barrister to a wide variety of careers in both public and private sectors.

While our graduates may go on to join professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, the Diploma is also useful for numerous jobs that value skills in analysis, clear communication, efficient organisation and reasoned persuasion.

BSB and SRA:

This course is fully recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority and constitutes completion of the Academic Stage of Training for the purposes of further study on either the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course for intending barristers (with additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency).

LLM Progression:

Unlike a Graduate Diploma in Law our PgDip Legal Studies plus CPE is a postgraduate level qualification. After successfully completing the course you'll accumulate sufficient postgraduate credits to be eligible to submit for the further award of LLM by dissertation.

The LLM is an optional qualification additional to your Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies. To obtain the LLM you must successfully complete a supervised 15,000 word dissertation for which preparation has already been undertaken by your successful completion of the project module forming part of the programme leading to the PgDip Legal Studies plus CPE. The Masters dissertation is usually submitted in the semester following completion of the PgDip Legal Studies plus CPE. You'll not be required to attend classes when researching and writing your dissertation and you'll therefore be able to enrol on the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course in the September following the successful completion of the PgDip in Legal Studies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Increasing interactions between European countries and their legal systems have led to growing demand for lawyers who can interact with legal systems other than their own. Read more

Increasing interactions between European countries and their legal systems have led to growing demand for lawyers who can interact with legal systems other than their own.

Overview

The increasing interaction between European countries and their different legal systems has led to growing demand for lawyers who can interact with other legal systems than their own. 

The LLM European Legal Studies programme offers an opportunity to develop your own perspectives on the implications of legal Europe.

It enables you to explore the issues and participate in debate, while developing your own legal skills and understanding. In addition it provides valuable training for a career in modern legal practice, in European, international and Government organisations, or in legal research.

Distinctive features

The LLM European Legal Studies programme:

  • provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international,
  • stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought;
  • enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law;
  • provides opportunities to attend seminars, guest lectures and workshops organised by the Law School's Centre for European Law and Governance, directed by the holder of a Jean Monnet Chair awarded by the European Commission.

The LLM European Legal Studies programme is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules which provide you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs or interests.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Study for an LLM is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared. 

Our teaching is very flexible and your modules may be delivered through seminars or a combination of lectures and seminars. Other teaching methods include the online use of discussion boards, self-access study packs and formative quizzes and activities.

Modules may be diverse in content to cater for a high proportion of overseas students or students with previous qualifications other than in law. Modules are typically led by experienced staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject area.

How will I be supported?

We have created a specially designed research and study skills module which is studied by all LLM students at the beginning of the programme. We also offer writing skills support for students whose first language is not English.

Your learning will be supported through e-learning. All modules are supported by Learning Central, a virtual learning environment that is available on and off campus through which you will access a wide range of materials for your modules.

You will receive dedicated pastoral support through our personal tutor scheme. We offer an extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops within the School with an in-house Law Careers Consultant and a Pro-bono Scheme Co-ordinator. A designated Disability and Diversity Officer ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities. The University has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service and excellent libraries with specialist law librarians and resource centres.

Career prospects

A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession and law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.

We are committed to extending extracurricular opportunities to our students, helping to enhance their CVs in a competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills and we run several Pro Bono schemes and provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.

Students successfully completing the LLM programme may have the opportunity to continue their legal study through the School’s PhD programme or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programmes (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course). 



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Study abroad at UC Berkeley, the number one public university in the world. With a wide variety of study options, our diverse programs allow you to customize your learning experience—for either a semester or a full academic year. Read more

Study abroad at UC Berkeley, the number one public university in the world. With a wide variety of study options, our diverse programs allow you to customize your learning experience—for either a semester or a full academic year.

Focus your studies on specific subjects, such as business, environmental design or English literature. Or, choose the courses that most interest you with our Discover program.

Experience life as a U.S. university student with support from our international student services that connect you to all that UC Berkeley has to offer. Take advantage of this study-abroad opportunity to learn from UC Berkeley's renowned professors in a culturally diverse campus—without the complicated admissions process. Current undergraduate students and recently graduated students are eligible to apply.

Prepare to become one of tomorrow's legal innovators in a rapidly changing world.

Immigration. Copyright. Public Policy.

All facets of our life—both domestically and globally—are impacted and shaped by the various aspects of law. Learn how to become one of tomorrow's legal innovators in a rapidly changing and globalized world by taking courses in our Legal Studies major.

Join an elite cohort of students learning in a dynamic, experiential environment. You'll learn from professors who not only bring their years of experience to the classroom, but who also love to teach law. Study alongside U.S. undergraduate students who are also preparing for advanced studies in law. This unique program provides rich opportunities to study with domestic students and experience Northern California's diverse Bay Area culture.

The core curriculum focuses on U.S. law, entrepreneurship and legal change. Learn more about sample courses.

CURRICULUM

During your semester-long stay with us, you'll take two 4-unit Core Courses, a 4-unit elective from our general Legal Studies curriculum and a 1-unit course that introduces you to UC Berkeley and prepares you to be a successful student.

The Core Courses introduce you to the fundamentals of U.S. law, entrepreneurship and legal change.

Specialize your learning with an elective in business law, constitutional law, criminal law, immigration law, intellectual property law or international law. By taking an elective, you'll explore the broad impact of legal ideas and institutions through the lens of economics, history, philosophy, politics, psychology or sociology.

In each of your courses, you'll learn alongside domestic students, creating rich and vibrant conversations as you discuss each topic.

CORE COURSES

  • AMERICAN LAW AND LEGAL INSTITUTIONS
  • LAW, TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • HOW TO BERKELEY

ELECTIVES

  • FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL STUDIES
  • THEORIES OF LAW AND SOCIETY
  • U.S. SUPREME COURT AND PUBLIC POLICY
  • PUNISHMENT, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
  • AMERICAN LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY
  • PSYCHOLOGY OF DIVERSITY AND DISCRIMINATION IN AMERICAN LAW
  • IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
  • LAW AND ECONOMICS II: GOVERNMENT AND REGULATION
  • INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
  • COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: THE CASE OF ISRAEL
  • DEMOCRACY AND DIVERSITY
  • DATA PREDICTION AND LAW
  • GANDHI, LAW AND CIVIL RIGHTS
  • BASIC LEGAL VALUES
  • COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

* Courses subject to change.

THAT'S BERKELEY

Imagine yourself living in Berkeley, California, and learning from some of the most preeminent legal minds in the world.

You'll be spending a lot of time inside the classroom learning exciting new subjects and outside of the classroom studying. But we want to make sure that you have time to experience Berkeley and San Francisco Bay Area life to its fullest. Take advantage of various co-curricular activities for a fully immersive learning experience on the Berkeley campus.

Take part in activities such as:

  • Graduate school admission workshops
  • Cohort lunches
  • Immersive California trips
  • Visits from Bay Area and national private law firms and public-interest law organizations
  • Networking events hosted by Berkeley Pre-Law Society
  • Career-advising programs


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The MA in Legal Studies allows students to create their own programme structure, choosing modules from a range covering comparative regional law, trade law, law and development, commercial law (including copyright and patent law), human rights, environmental law, Islamic law, dispute resolution, and international law. Read more
The MA in Legal Studies allows students to create their own programme structure, choosing modules from a range covering comparative regional law, trade law, law and development, commercial law (including copyright and patent law), human rights, environmental law, Islamic law, dispute resolution, and international law. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/law/programmes/ma/maintcomplegstud/

Structure

To facilitate their study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before they begin their MA.

Students take taught modules to the value of 3.0 full units, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 1.0 units. Students who wish to graduate with an MA in Legal Studies (General Programme) must select a minimum of 2.0 units from the Law Postgraduate Modules list.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

- Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

The Department

Key facts:
- LLB (QLD), BA (joint honours), LLM, MA & research degrees

- unique focus on both the developed and developing world

- research and teaching strengths in comparative, regional, international & global law

School of Law in UK top 5 for proportion of publications judged to be 'world-leading':
18 December 2014: the School was also graded in the top 20 nationally for its research environment. Find out more...

Our strengths:
We have unrivalled expertise in comparative law (China, Africa, South/South-East Asia, the Middle East), complemented by specialists in international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law and socio-legal method.

Facts and figures

- We are introducing student exchange programmes with leading universities in the US and China

- We achieve one of the highest percentages of training contracts with Magic Circle Law firms awarded to UK Law Schools

Teaching:
- 91% satisfaction for teaching (National Student Survey 2012/13): 96% of law students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things and 91% said their course was ‘intellectually stimulating’

- Excellent staff/student ratio

- Ranked 10th in UK (Guardian University Guide 2015)

Research:
- Thriving research culture with a packed schedule of seminars and conferences across our research centres and specialisms

- Close links with the internationally-renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and the Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University

- Each year a number of distinguished Lawyers join SOAS as Research Fellows

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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Overview. The Postgraduate Diploma in Global Legal Studies is an innovative programme that provides students with a world-class legal education, which is grounded in an appreciation of global social, economic, and cultural contexts and challenges. Read more

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Global Legal Studies is an innovative programme that provides students with a world-class legal education, which is grounded in an appreciation of global social, economic, and cultural contexts and challenges. The increased potential for international elements to any legal issue – from trade and business, to crime, to migration, to information technology, to privacy – has meant that legal graduates need to possess skills that transcend one national jurisdiction. The Postgraduate Diploma in Global Legal Studies imparts just those skills. By taking the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Legal Studies, students will be exposed to a range of areas of legal regulation in a manner that goes far beyond one jurisdiction and will gain critical insights from a range of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics, and sociology. The programme facilitates career pathways in law, business, politics, non-governmental organisations, and policymaking bodies at the national and international levels. In addition, certain modules on the programme are run in partnership with leading law firms, offering students the opportunity to apply for work placements at the end of their studies.

Modules focus on three areas:

·        Global Business (including International Investment Law; World Trade Law; Funds Law);

·        Social Justice and Human Rights (including International Human Rights Law; Disability Law & Policy; Gender, Sexuality and the Law);

·        Transnational Regulation (including Information Privacy Law; Information Technology Law; Globalisation, Migration and the Law).

Students may specialise in a particular area or choose modules from different areas.

Commences

September

Course Structure

Students complete a total of 60 ECTS over the course of this programme. There are no compulsory modules; students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules. Students must complete 60 taught credits over two years.

Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Students may choose any combination of modules they wish, however, they cannot take more than 30 taught credits per semester.



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Overview. The LLM (Global Legal Studies) masters degree provides law graduates with an advanced and systematic understanding of specialised subject areas, affording an ideal platform for students to acquire expertise and knowledge informed by research-led teaching. Read more

Overview

The LLM (Global Legal Studies) masters degree provides law graduates with an advanced and systematic understanding of specialised subject areas, affording an ideal platform for students to acquire expertise and knowledge informed by research-led teaching. The programme is open to all law graduates and graduates of hybrid law degrees, including, for example, Law and French, Law and Business, and Law and Politics. The programme facilitates career pathways in law, business, politics, non-governmental organisations, and policymaking bodies at the national and international levels.

The distinct international focus of the programme reflects the increasingly global nature of legal practice. The modules offered are distinguished by the approach taken, which is to focus not on a national or regional jurisdiction, but to address these issues from the point of view of foundational (global) principles and to illustrate these with examples from jurisdictions all over the world.

In addition, certain modules on the programme are run in partnership with leading law firms, offering students the opportunity to apply for work placements at the end of their studies.

The international nature of the LLM in Global Legal Studies at Maynooth allowed me to build on my studies of law and politics at undergraduate level and allowed me to pursue my interest in studying at international institutions like the UN at PhD level. The small group teaching at Maynooth meant I developed a great relationship with the lecturers, who were fantastic in helping me find funding to continue my studies.”

Gene Carolan, LLM (Global Legal Studies)

Commences

September

Course Structure

Course structure – MH50J 1 year course

Students must complete 90 in total, taking 35 taught credits in semester 1 and 30 taught credits in semester 2. A taught Professional Development module and a 25 credit dissertation are the only compulsory elements of the programme.

Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Students may choose any combination of modules they wish.

Course duration: 1 Year Full-time

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Course structure – MH51J 2 year course

Students must complete 90 credits in total, taking 35 credits in year 1 and 30 credits in year 2. Professional Development is the only compulsory taught module, and is taken by students in the first year. Students must also complete a 25 credit dissertation in the second year.

Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Students may choose any combination of modules they wish.

Course Duration: 2 years Part-time

More detail in Course Finder...

Duration: 1 year Full-time



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Overview. The LLM (Global Legal Studies) masters degree provides law graduates with an advanced and systematic understanding of specialised subject areas, affording an ideal platform for students to acquire expertise and knowledge informed by research-led teaching. Read more

Overview

The LLM (Global Legal Studies) masters degree provides law graduates with an advanced and systematic understanding of specialised subject areas, affording an ideal platform for students to acquire expertise and knowledge informed by research-led teaching. The programme is open to all law graduates and graduates of hybrid law degrees, including, for example, Law and French, Law and Business, and Law and Politics. The programme facilitates career pathways in law, business, politics, non-governmental organisations, and policymaking bodies at the national and international levels.

The distinct international focus of the programme reflects the increasingly global nature of legal practice. The modules offered are distinguished by the approach taken, which is to focus not on a national or regional jurisdiction, but to address these issues from the point of view of foundational (global) principles and to illustrate these with examples from jurisdictions all over the world.

In addition, certain modules on the programme are run in partnership with leading law firms, offering students the opportunity to apply for work placements at the end of their studies.

The international nature of the LLM in Global Legal Studies at Maynooth allowed me to build on my studies of law and politics at undergraduate level and allowed me to pursue my interest in studying at international institutions like the UN at PhD level. The small group teaching at Maynooth meant I developed a great relationship with the lecturers, who were fantastic in helping me find funding to continue my studies.”

Gene Carolan, LLM (Global Legal Studies)

Commences

September

Course Structure

Students must complete 90 credits in total, taking 35 credits in year 1 and 30 credits in year 2. Professional Development is the only compulsory taught module, and is taken by students in the first year. Students must also complete a 25 credit dissertation in the second year.

Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Students may choose any combination of modules they wish.

Course Duration: 2 years Part-timeips



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The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) research course and is awarded on the basis of a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) research course and is awarded on the basis of a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography. Students are assigned a supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee.

Visit the website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/lwlwdplgs

Course detail

The main aims of the course are:

- To give students with relevant experience at first-degree and/or Master's level the opportunity to carry out focussed research on an approved research topic in the field of Law under close supervision;
- To give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests;
- To enable students to engage in work which is innovative and at the leading edge of legal scholarship

A dissertation submitted for the Diploma in Legal Studies must afford evidence of serious study and the ability to discuss a difficult problem critically.

An applicant interested in writing a thesis on international law should apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Law.

Format

The course is exclusively by independent research. The proposed research topic is considered by the Degree Committee during the application process. While individual arrangements vary, the student should normally receive one-to-one supervision at least once a month.

There are no compulsory seminars or classes, however, students are encouraged to attend some or all of the classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme.

Students are encouraged to attend Lectures, especially at LLM level, within the general field of their research.

The Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) is an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal founded and run by the postgraduate community at the Faculty of Law.

Students have the opportunity to give a presentation on their current research at the termly Graduate Research Seminars.

Supervisors are required to submit termly reports to the Student Registry which students can access online via their self-service accounts on CamSIS.

Assessment

A thesis, not exceeding 30,000 words in length, including footnotes, but excluding appendices and bibliography, shall be referred to two Examiners, appointed by the Degree Committee, who may, at their discretion, examine the student orally on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. Each Examiner shall submit a separate report to the Degree Committee on the student's thesis, and the Examiners shall submit a joint report on the student's performance in the oral examination, if held. The Degree Committee, after considering the reports of the Examiners, shall resolve whether or not the student is entitled to be awarded the Diploma.

Continuing

Diploma candidates may apply to continue to the MLitt or PhD by completing and submitting a Graduate and Scholarships Application Form (GRADSAF) by the relevant deadline.

Continuation to the MLitt or PhD is subject to (a) a satisfactory outcome in the examination for the Diploma in Legal Studies, (b) a satisfactory recommendation on the clarity and feasibility of the applicant's proposed MLitt/doctoral research following its assessment by the Diploma examiners through an informal discussion with the applicant and (c) the availability of a supervisor.

In appropriate circumstances, a student may be allowed to count not more than three full-time terms or five part-time terms towards the requirements for the MLitt or PhD.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

For detailed information about all possible funding sources (Faculty funding, University funding, and College funding) please refer to the Faculty of Law's website.

General Funding Opportunities: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Our Master of Laws (LLM) programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of law in its international context. You’ll evaluate research and advanced scholarship in areas of legal study such as jurisprudence legal theory, human rights and international law. Read more

Our Master of Laws (LLM) programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of law in its international context. You’ll evaluate research and advanced scholarship in areas of legal study such as jurisprudence legal theory, human rights and international law.

With a range of optional modules available alongside the core curriculum, you’ll be able to tailor the programme to your areas of academic interest and your career aspirations.

You’ll learn from School of Law academics with significant research expertise and international legal experience in areas including:

  • social justice
  • criminal law
  • human rights
  • energy and environment
  • competition law
  • intellectual property

You do not need to have studied law at undergraduate level to take the LLM in International Legal Studies. If you have not previously studied law, you will take a two-week Introduction to Law course before the start of the programme to ensure you are familiar with the basic legal institutions and sources.

In addition to providing specialist legal knowledge, the LLM will equip you with abilities valued in any profession, such as research, analytical and communication skills. The programme also gives you an insight into how international law shapes global society, and how we operate within it. This means you’ll be equipped to explore a broad range of career opportunities once you graduate.

What you will study

The LLM International Legal Studies is designed to provide a challenging and stimulating programme of study which considers law in its international social, economic and political contexts.

The four core modules studied provide you with a detailed understanding of key global issues in law and focus on developing your skills to research; analyse and discuss important issues in international law, in human rights and in legal theory. They also prepare you for the final part of the Master’s programme which is your dissertation through which you have the opportunity to study a particular topic of your choice in detail. The optional modules offered allow you to follow a particular interest with a focus on global legal issues.

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

You will learn how to evaluate existing theories and methodologies and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses. Additionally, you will develop your ability to work with your knowledge of legal principles and apply them to new situations in order to arrive at imaginative and innovative solutions and interpretations. We also teach you how to develop excellent communication skills, including writing skills commensurate with LLM level study and advanced scholarship.

You will be taught in small groups in an environment focused on you and your development. Your learning will be guided and supported through weekly teaching and learning sessions in which you will take part in a variety of activities. All taught modules therefore have a two hour teaching slot every week throughout the Semester in which they are taught. In the early part of the programme, most of these slots will be used as class time with lecturer input, individual and group work activities. The scheduled class time will be used to help you develop your understanding of the law relating to the topic at hand.

You will be required to work independently, prepare for all teaching sessions and take all opportunities offered to develop your skills and knowledge, contribute to small group discussions and engage with other activities supported through the Virtual Learning Environment.

Career prospects

Graduates go on to pursue a variety of paths, including careers in business, legal practice, teaching and academia.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careerswebsite.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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Overview. Increasingly, technical personnel, administrators, and policy-makers are being required to have an in-depth knowledge of relevant legal advances and to deploy an enormous array of analytical, conceptual, professional, and writing skills. Read more

Overview

Increasingly, technical personnel, administrators, and policy-makers are being required to have an in-depth knowledge of relevant legal advances and to deploy an enormous array of analytical, conceptual, professional, and writing skills. Maynooth University Department of Law’s Higher Diploma in Legal Studies addresses this need by offering students a strong core of legal knowledge to support more advanced specialised legal topics pertinent to many typical non-law careers.

"The Higher Diploma in Legal Studies is an ideal route into law for a student that graduated from another discipline that wants a quick entry route into starting a law career, or for a student with an interest in a specific area of law with a career in mind. There is great choice and variety in choosing the modules and you can choose almost any of the modules from the full three years of undergraduate arts and complete them in one year.”

Peadar Maguire

Commences

September.

Course Structure

Students must complete 60 credits over the course of the year; 30 credits per semester. There is no compulsory element to the programme: students select their 60 credits from a wide variety of taught courses. The availability of modules is subject to timetabling constraints.

Duration: 1 year Full-time



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This course is designed for students with a legal background who wish to pursue further study and research into legal topics of contemporary interest. Read more

This course is designed for students with a legal background who wish to pursue further study and research into legal topics of contemporary interest. Those completing the LLM will have become competent and independent minded, and be able to use these skills in the legal sector or elsewhere.

Why Study LLM in Contemporary Legal Studies with us?

This course offers you an excellent opportunity to obtain critical awareness and knowledge of current legal issues in a variety of legal areas.

The LLM will appeal to those wanting to enhance their prospects of a legal career plus those already qualified and working who want to improve their professional skills and status, and it is intended that continuing professional development (CPD) points will be available in these circumstances.

Our course includes optional modules on advanced advocacy skills; law in literature and film; employment law; discrimination law; issues in criminal law, justice and evidence; and personal injury and medical law.

What will I learn?

Initially you will study three compulsory modules, including Developing and Managing Research, Legal Theory in the Common Law, and The Conflict of Laws, which looks at issues in international law. You will then have a choice of specialised modules, which include, for example, optional modules on advanced advocacy skills, law in literature and film or contemporary issues in criminal law. Finally, you will complete a supervised dissertation on your chosen topic.

How will I be taught?

Our course is taught using lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, and these will be supplemented by private study.

We deliver the course on a half day each week over two semesters of 12 weeks, with an induction in September. The teaching hours will normally be six hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by written coursework, as well as group or individual interviews or presentations, and time-constrained assessments and exams.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

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If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.



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This programme develops your knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. Read more
This programme develops your knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. It provides a sound research training for students wishing to proceed to a PhD or a career in socio-legal research through the study of different research methodologies across the social sciences and law. You will pursue independent, in-depth study in socio-legal studies, engaging in lively debates in a thriving research culture across social sciences and law.

A range of units is offered, suitable for graduates from any discipline who have an interest in the way law works (or fails to work) in society. Methods of assessment may include essays, presentations and/or written examinations, depending on the optional subject(s) chosen, together with the dissertation.

Programme structure

Core units
Three units in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies:
-Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
-Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Two units in the Law School:
-Advanced Legal and Socio-legal Research Methods
-Social and Legal Theory

Optional units
You will take optional subjects up to a value of 30 credit points, chosen from across most of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and beyond. Units designed especially for the MSc offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies are usually worth 20 credit points each. Units in the Law School are taken along alongside LLM students, and are each worth 30 credit points.

Dissertation
The dissertation accounts for 60 credit points. It should build on the optional units and develop the approaches taken in the core units. You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to:
-Frame a research question and use an appropriate methodology in response to that question.
-Organise discussion and select material pertinent to the topic.
-Show appropriate higher-level knowledge and understanding of the background context.

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The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. Read more
The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

This programme offers a range of units which give you the opportunity to study the internal workings of the European Union and the ever-increasing penetration of Community law into the national legal orders of the member states.

Programme structure

Part one - You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the following list with a further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes, or two units from the following and two from the LLM in International Law. Assessment is by examination and/or essay.
-Competition Law of the EU
-Constitutional and Substantive Law of the EU
-Environmental Law
-European Contract Law
-EU Trade Law
-European Human Rights Law
-International Commercial Litigation
-Legal Perspectives on Sustainability
-Migration Law and Policy - International, European and Human Rights Dimensions
-Migration and Work
-Public Contract Law
-The Law and Policy of Mergers and Acquistions

Please view our programme catalogue (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructureCohort.jsa?byCohort=Y&selectedCatalogue=PROGRAMME&orgCode=LAWD&ayrCode=17%2F18&programmeCode=9LAWD008T) for further information on the course structure and units available. Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of European Legal Studies for approval by the Law School. After passing part one of the programme, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.

Careers

This programme will provide graduates with a good grounding for working in a European institution or in a legal career requiring specialised knowledge of European law.

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Our research students benefit immensely from a vibrant research community, a supportive environment and many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues. Read more

Our research students benefit immensely from a vibrant research community, a supportive environment and many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues. They are immersed in a research culture which situates legal studies in its historical, social and economic context.

The Law School has an active and supportive student community, with excellent dedicated postgraduate facilities. Students are usually allocated two supervisors, who give guidance about the nature of the research, the standard of work required, and about the relevant literature and sources that should be consulted. Students and supervisors meet monthly, ensuring consistent and continuous support during the length of the degree.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/144/socio-legal-studies

Postgraduate scholarships and funding: http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate" target="_blank">http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate

About Kent Law School

Kent Law School (KLS) is the UK's leading critical law school. A cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, it offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.

In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. This approach allows students to fully understand the law. Our critical approach not only makes the study of law more interesting, it helps to develop crucial skills and abilities required for a career in legal practice.

You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff. KLS uses critical research-led teaching throughout our programmes to ensure that you benefit from the Law School’s world-class research.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by Kent Law School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity. We were also ranked 7th for research power and in the top 20 for research output, research quality and research impact.

An impressive 99% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Course structure

We welcome applications for research degrees in a wide range of areas. We recommend you contact the School informally before applying, and you should accompany your application with a brief (two to four-page) outline of the research project you envisage and your intended methodology. You may find it helpful to discuss your project informally with an appropriate member of staff (contact details are on our website) or with the Director of Postgraduate Research.

Careers

Employability is a key focus throughout the University and at Kent Law School you have the support of a dedicated Employability and Career Development Officer together with a broad choice of work placement opportunities, employability events and careers talks. Details of graduate internship schemes with NGOs, charities and other professional organisations are made available to postgraduate students via the School’s Employability Blog.

Law graduates have gone on to careers in finance, international commerce, government and law or have joined, or started, an NGO or charity.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2015 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

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The Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies is an intensive one year course designed to allow non-law graduates to 'convert' to a law path. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies is an intensive one year course designed to allow non-law graduates to 'convert' to a law path. Following successful completion of the Diploma, you will be eligible to progress to either the Legal Practice Course for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course for those wishing to qualify at the bar.

This intensive programme introduces you to the legal skills necessary for the study of law, as well as providing you with an understanding of the methods and processes of the English Legal System. The programme is designed to assist you to "think like a lawyer".

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