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This 'top-up' course allows you to use your existing Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (after either the LPC or the BPTC/BVC or equivalent level professional legal qualification), and to complete a Research Methods unit and Dissertation or Research Project in order to obtain the fully-fledged Masters degree. Read more

This 'top-up' course allows you to use your existing Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (after either the LPC or the BPTC/BVC or equivalent level professional legal qualification), and to complete a Research Methods unit and Dissertation or Research Project in order to obtain the fully-fledged Masters degree.

To ‘top-up’ your existing qualification to a full Masters level, you will complete a single taught module in Research Methods and then successfully undertake a dissertation or research project in an area of practical law, law in practice, or academic law chosen by you (subject to approval).

Whether studying on the accelerated, part-time or distance-learning mode, the LLM in Legal Practice degree course provides flexible study which allows you to deepen your knowledge of an area of the Law directly related to practice.

Features and benefits of the course

Expert researchers and teaching staff

Manchester Law School’s teaching team of over 80 staff consists of academic specialists and legal practising professionals with strong working links to the Northern Circuit (of the Regional Bar of England and Wales). The LLM teaching team have close links with civic society, think-tanks, European institutions and policy-makers. They are recognised researchers who have been important in developing research on subjects in areas such as equality law, medical ethics, human rights, free movement law and discrimination law.

Outstanding facilities

At Manchester Law School you will have the benefit of excellent facilities, including legal libraries, online resources, IT zones and mock courtroom. The School is located adjacent to an award-winning Faculty building with dedicated postgraduate suite and careers hub. World-class facilities are available on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Hong Kong University Collaboration

Manchester Law School and Hong Kong University (School of Professional and Continuing Education) (HKU Space) have more than two decades of successful educational collaboration. Our 'LLM in Legal Practice – Hong Kong' mode is run as a distance learning programme for students in Hong Kong and our lecturers regularly fly out to deliver lectures, allowing for a two-way exchange of knowledge and best teaching practice.



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Conduct an independent research project in your chosen area of professional legal practice*, and top up your current qualification to an LLM in just six months to a year. Read more
Conduct an independent research project in your chosen area of professional legal practice*, and top up your current qualification to an LLM in just six months to a year. We’ll give you training in research skills that will prove invaluable in your future career, and a dedicated supervisor for advice and support.

Overview

If you’ve completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, or you’re a practising solicitor or barrister who has taken the former Law Society Final Examinations or BVC, this course will top up your qualification to an LLM Legal Practice.

If you’re an overseas lawyer then, subject to taking the Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Scheme (QLTS/QLTT) and/or gaining university accreditation of prior learning and experience, you could also be eligible to apply.

Our course lets you explore your chosen area of legal professional practice in depth. You could focus on part of your current professional practice, an area that you wish to work in, or one that’s of academic interest to you.* Whichever you choose, you'll develop your research skills over a four-day seminar series. You'll learn to interrogate hard-copy and electronic sources; create and conduct surveys, questionnaires and interviews; and write-up and present your research findings. You’ll then apply these skills when researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation.

The research skills you develop on this course are in great demand by employers in the legal profession.

We have three study days on campus in Chelmsford, but at other times you'll work independently with support from a dedicated supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to develop your research proposal or hypothesis, discuss your methodology (including ethics clearance) and act as a mentor throughout your time with us.

Our staff have been recognised for the quality of their work. In 2014, the Government acknowledged our ‘world-leading’ research in its Research Excellence Framework.

Teaching times: two Fridays from 10am-4pm in semester 1; one Friday from 10am-1pm in semester 2.

*choice of topics subject to approval and availability of supervision within Anglia Law School.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/legal-practice-top-up

Careers

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of your chosen area of legal practice to use in your future career, and teach you vital research skills that are in great demand in the legal profession and beyond.

Assessment

You’ll demonstrate your understanding of your chosen research area through a 15,000-word dissertation, which you’ll normally submit by the end of March if you study full-time, or September if you study part-time.

Where you'll study

Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

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Whether you are a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) or a practising solicitor looking to specialise further, this course will enable you to 'top up' your education to a Masters degree level. Read more

Whether you are a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) or a practising solicitor looking to specialise further, this course will enable you to 'top up' your education to a Masters degree level. The course provides practice-relevant study on aspects of substantive law or legal practice and enables you to develop the analytical and research skills necessary to write a detailed piece of research relevant to law practice.

The course will be assessed by dissertation and you can choose to complete this either by undertaking an extended piece of research or a self-directed work-based learning portfolio. This will enable working lawyers to critically reflect on their own legal practice throughout the course.

Research Methodology

The research and methodology module is more detailed and provides more teaching hours than similar courses from other providers. The module bridges the much needed gap between most LLM and MPhil/PhD research methods, and will enable you to write a research proposal that will eventually underpin your dissertation.

The module is divided into four parts.

• Undertaking Postgraduate Research

• Process and Demographics of Research

• Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination Methods

• The Writing Up and Dissemination of Research.

The module is delivered through a blended mix of taught and online lectures, practical case studies and seminars and takes place over one semester. The assessment is designed so as to test both breadth and depth of knowledge in legal and related research.

Dissertation

The dissertation is an original piece of research into legal practice of between 10,000 to 12,000 words. Research undertaken must be self-managed though you will be assigned a dissertation supervisor either from staff at the University of West London with similar research interests or from within the legal profession.

Format

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group work and workshops. The emphasis is on developing your research skills to enable you to undertake a piece of self-managed research.

Assessment

The Research Methodology module includes a formative assessment, comprising a summary research proposal of approximately 1,000 words. This will not count towards your final module mark. You will also need to complete a summative assessment comprising a detailed research proposal of no more than 2,000 words.

Career and study progression

The LLM in Legal Practice complements the compulsory vocational stage of learning required to embark on a law career. The course will enhance your career opportunities by providing potential employers with evidence of your understanding and detailed knowledge of a particular area of legal practice, improving your employability in an increasingly specialised sector of the market.

On completion of the LLM Legal Practice (Top up) course, students may continue on to a PhD with the Ealing Law School.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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This Maritime LLM Top-up route allows students who have passed the London Metropolitan University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law distance learning course to obtain a Master's qualification. Read more
This Maritime LLM Top-up route allows students who have passed the London Metropolitan University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law distance learning course to obtain a Master's qualification. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The LLM degree enables you to develop an advanced understanding of a specialist area of maritime law. It is suitable for those in both the legal and maritime industry who are looking to enhance their career prospects.

This unique distance learning programme for the shipping sector will:
-Allow you to develop an advanced understanding of an aspect of maritime law through independent research
-Improve both your research and independent study skills
-Enhance your ability to develop substantiated critical argument

There will be formative assessment on the research proposal and literature review which will precede the substantive research for the dissertation.

The summative assessment will be entirely by way of the dissertation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-LLM in Maritime Law Top-Up Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

After the course

This course provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant both to legal practitioners and to those operating more generally within the legal environment of the maritime sector. It would also assist anyone working in professions concerned with international trade and the maritime environment depending on the chosen line of speciality within the research framework.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of an area of chosen legal interest. It will encourage you to challenge current intellectual thinking whilst developing an advanced knowledge and ability to analyse your selected specialist area of law directly. Read more

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of an area of chosen legal interest. It will encourage you to challenge current intellectual thinking whilst developing an advanced knowledge and ability to analyse your selected specialist area of law directly. The degree is suitable for qualified solicitors and barristers who are looking to enhance their career prospects. It is also suitable for students who have completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course (formerly the Bar Vocational Course) but have not yet secured a training contract or pupillage.

The topic of legal research may be one arising from academic interest or a legal issue pertinent to your current expertise in legal practice. On this masters course you will be given the opportunity to design a bespoke qualification where you will critically analyse and understand complexities that can arise as well as challenging and informing global and comparative perspectives. The course is underpinned in many areas by internationally recognised research in addition to emerging research and advanced scholarship. It will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the further specialist study of law.

The Masters in Law degree is awarded after the successful completion of the dissertation module incorporating advanced research methods. You will be supported by a supervisor and personal tutor during your studies on the course.

It may be possible to complete your Master of Laws top-up in 9 months.

Read more about Law at the University of Wolverhampton.

Why Wolverhampton?

Upon joining the LLM Professional Practice you will join a thriving postgraduate student body. Upon completion of the course, graduates will possess highly valued academic and research skills as well as a range of transferable skills designed to enhance employability in a law related career; as well as in future research and academia. In addition, we have experienced academic staff with internationally recognised research and publications in a variety of legal areas. We have excellent research facilities both for academic and practitioner lawyers that can be accessed on line. We have a strong framework to support our students throughout the duration of study including providing you with a personal tutor, academic guidance and support and postgraduate study skills to enhance your learning experience.

Career path

  • The LLM top-up will enhance the career prospects of those already working in legal practice as well as those who have not yet secured a training contract
  • Upon completion of the course you could also consider further study at MPhil/PhD level.

What skills will you gain?

This programme of study is designed to enhance the employability and promotion prospects of persons in the legal profession wishing to develop specialist knowledge in a bespoke area of law, it will provide you with a set of intellectual and practical skills that will aid your career development.

Holders of this award may also find positions in the field of education and research including continuing their study for a PhD.



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The Legal Practice LLM enables you to develop your critical, analytical and research skills. These skills are required to effectively contribute to current academic concerns in a variety of legal contexts. Read more

The Legal Practice LLM enables you to develop your critical, analytical and research skills. These skills are required to effectively contribute to current academic concerns in a variety of legal contexts.

The course includes a presentation assessment and dissertation element, which can be written on a subject of your choice. Examples of dissertations submitted by students in this area include: ‘The duties of the occupier for injuries sustained by those who enter the property to burgle’; ‘The rights of an employee following the successful patent of their invention’ and ‘The use of the corporate veil to avoid alimony/sharing assets following a divorce’.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes required of an academic or legal professional. Studying for a Master’s degree is recognised as continuing professional development by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority.



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The LLM in Environmental Law provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. Read more
The LLM in Environmental Law provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense which includes not only environmental issues strictly speaking but also all the links that they have with other areas such as natural resources, human rights, economic development trade or intellectual property rights.

The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of modules that covers all the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions. The international and global nature of many environmental issues makes the international law component a key part of the LLM in Environmental Law. We offer all the general topics that make up the core of international environmental law. Additionally, we focus specifically on the North-South dimension of international environmental issues given the key role this plays in most international environmental negotiations.

The LLM in Environmental Law specifically seeks to put international environmental law in its national context and examines the broad legal frameworks negotiated at the international level in the context of their implementation in selected countries of the South. It thus provides a much more grounded context to the study of environmental law.

Further, we also study the legal regimes of individual countries of the South to provide much more specific analysis of the discipline at the level of its implementation in specific contexts. The LLM in Environmental Law gives specific emphasis to different regions of the South, including South Asia, China and sub-Saharan Africa.

For further information about the general LLM at SOAS and a list of all the modules, please visit the General LLM description (http://www.soas.ac.uk/law/programmes/llm/llm/).

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/law/programmes/llm/llmenvlaw/

Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only)
We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Structure

Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least three (3.0) of the four (4.0) units within their chosen specialism, including the dissertation. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (within the LLM specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The fourth unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules or the following modules associated with the Environmental Law specialisation:

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

Full Module Units (1.0):
- Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy - 15PLAC154 (1 Unit)
- Law, Environment and Sustainable Development in a Global Context - 15PLAC118 (1 Unit)
- Law and Natural Resources - 15PLAC126 (1 Unit)
- Water Law and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice - 15PLAC177 (1 Unit)

Half Module Units (0.5):
- Water and Development: conflict and governance - 15PDSH049 (0.5 Unit)
- Water Law: justice and governance - 15PLAH044 (0.5 Unit)

Examples of non-Law module options:
- Global Energy and Climate Policy - 15PFFC017 (1 Unit)
- Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific - 15PFFH011 (0.5 Unit)

Dissertation (1.0):
The dissertation module unit forms part of the required three (3.0) units within the chosen LLM specialism. Please see the dissertation module units below. You will need to attend the teaching on the module and then submit a dissertation in place of the module method of assessment.

- Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy - 15PLAD154 (1 Unit)
- Law, Environment and Sustainable Development in a Global Context - 15PLAD118 (1 Unit)
- Law and Natural Resources - 15PLAD126 (1 Unit)
- Water Law and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice - 15PLAD177 (1 Unit)

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.

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

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Whilst legal knowledge and skills are essential it is increasingly apparent that successful lawyers need to be competent business managers. Read more
Whilst legal knowledge and skills are essential it is increasingly apparent that successful lawyers need to be competent business managers. The course is aimed at students either intending to enter legal practice or already in practice.

Students can choose from a wide range of modules either in legal subject specialisms or issues of legal practice management and development. Students are then required to complete a dissertation on a topic related to legal practice or legal practice management. The course is designed to aid career progression in private practice, partnerships, the public sector, commerce/industry or services ancillary to legal practice.

Course content

The course provides you with a unique and invaluable insight into the current business and regulatory issues that are faced by legal practices in the UK and overseas. The lecture programme is delivered by leading legal practitioners who speak directly of their professional experiences on such issues as Client Retention; The Drive for Quality; New Directions in Training Working With Others.

Employment opportunities

Please contact Martin Hannibal, the programme manager on 01782 294800 for a discussion about the course and the opportunities it provides.

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This is a multi-disciplinary distance learning programme designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry and respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals in the sector. Read more
This is a multi-disciplinary distance learning programme designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry and respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals in the sector. The modules have been designed to be relevant to you if you work in, or wish to embark on a career within the national and international oil, gas and energy industries and the renewable energy sector.

More about this course

This is a stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who currently work in the international oil, gas and energy industries or who wish to embark on careers in that industry. It is especially beneficial for private practice lawyers in oil, gas and energy law (or lawyers hoping to specialise in these areas).

The course is also ideal for in-house lawyers from the upstream and downstream oil, gas and energy sectors or non-legal professionals working in the oil, gas and energy sectors, in particular:
-Finance
-Compliance
-Business development
-Environmental positions
-Licensing
-Operations
-Procurement
-Project managers
-Taxation
-Contract managers
-Distribution
-Company secretaries
-Renewables

This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform. It focusses on the practical aspects of oil and gas law and is set in the broader context of contemporary energy regulation, law and policy. It seeks to develop a deep understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed by national authorities to oil, gas and energy production.

Those working in the oil and gas sectors increasingly want and need to have an understanding of the legal principles that underpin many of their activities, from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, controversies and complexities of the international regimes covering such matters as oil pollution from ships and the delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states.

This course seeks to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law; to the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies; to contracts; regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues); and to matters of finance, including investment, insurance and taxation.

The course provides a programme of postgraduate study which will develop your academic knowledge and awareness of issues in international oil, gas and energy law and increase your understanding of the legal dimensions to activities taking place in the oil, gas and energy fields and the extent to which they might give rise to legal issues. As well as deepening your understanding of the law in these areas, our focus throughout the programme is on the practical application of the law. The programme benefits from teaching by tutors with strong relevant backgrounds in the academic world and in legal practice with a number practising as barristers or solicitors.

This LLM top up will consist of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

For more information on the PGDip portion of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-oil-gas-and-energy-law---llm/

Modular structure

This LLM top up consists of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a requirement for anyone who wishes to practise as a solicitor in England or Wales. This professional qualification is a key element in the vocational training to become a solicitor. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a requirement for anyone who wishes to practise as a solicitor in England or Wales. This professional qualification is a key element in the vocational training to become a solicitor. The Solicitors' Regulation Authority sets standards for LPC providers and dictates the core structure of the course ensuring quality and consistency across providers.

At Aberystwyth you will develop the ethics, knowledge and skills required in legal practice by solving problems within a professional context. We have developed scenarios to ensure that you can respond to clients' legal requirements within the context of the professional and ethical structure of being a solicitor. Teaching is interactive and transactional involving large and small group sessions where you are expected to work in a variety of patterns to reflect the professional environment.

The teaching team in the Centre for Legal Practice are firmly of the view that a direct teaching approach is more beneficial to students. Consequently, we deliver a high level of face to face teaching, in excess of 400 hours over the course. This is far greater than many other providers who have moved towards 'Independent Learning Exercises' and online lectures. Small class sizes, a high level of face to face teaching and our open door policy are all designed to provide you with maximum support.

Key Facts

The course starts in early September and ends in late June with breaks at Christmas, Easter and a reading week in the autumn.

The course is divided into three parts. In the first two weeks the Foundation Course introduces the knowledge base and skills you will use on the rest of the course.

The compulsory, skills and pervasive subjects, which are set by the Law Society, are taught in the second part of the course and the final 12 weeks are devoted to the study of three electives (from a selection) allowing you to specialise in your intended areas of practice.

When you successfully complete the course you will be awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Results will normally be released in July.

A Personal Experience

At Aberystwyth you won’t be just another face in the crowd but part of a small, close knit group of students. We foster a stimulating and friendly learning environment and aim to make your experience a very personal one by keeping groups small and the teacher to student ratio high.

A Distinguished Reputation

With the oldest Law Department in Wales, Aberystwyth has a long, reputable and varied experience of legal education. Aberystwyth Law graduates are represented in all levels and fields of the legal profession, government and industry.

Our LPC graduates are following this tradition by obtaining training contracts with a wide variety of firms across England and Wales from City firms to the High Street.

A Professional Approach

You’ll experience a variety of teaching staff, each bringing their own strengths to the programme. The core teaching staff are all solicitors experienced in delivering LPC programmes. To see our staff profiles visit http://www.aber.ac.uk/lpc/staff. We also use some of the Department’s respected academic staff and local practitioners to give guest lectures.

You’ll benefit from an excellent standard of teaching at Aberystwyth. We recruit and train our staff with your learning needs in mind. Our tutors write and deliver their own materials so you can benefit directly from their industry knowledge and experience. We operate an “open door” policy to encourage students to interact with staff outside of classes. When they are not teaching, all our tutors are available for academic assistance and careers advice.

Careers Focused

We know that one of the big things on your mind is finding a training contract to complete your training. That is why, at Aberystwyth, you will find careers and probono sessions timetabled in your course. Our local contacts also ensure you have opportunities to gain experience in firms, local community agencies and county courts.

In choosing Aberystwyth you will become part of a much larger community with graduates and contacts all over the UK and the rest of the world. We have strong links with the Legal profession in England and Wales to ensure you have access to a variety of guest speakers, practical experience and training opportunities when you graduate.

A Resource Rich Environment

We provide you with dedicated facilities and administration for your LPC studies. The LPC is housed within the Centre for Legal Practice and benefits from an impressively outfitted Resource Centre set aside for use only by LPC students. The room is equipped with generous state-of-the-art IT facilities, practitioner support materials and a lounge area.

Students also have access to free printing and copying as well as tea and coffee in this area. You also have access to our well stocked Law Library and the National Library of Wales, one of only 5 copyright libraries in the UK.

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Commercial law in a fast-moving globalised economy presents challenges and opportunities. Expert lawyers are needed to meet the challenges as well as to make the most of the opportunities, particularly when giving advice that can have considerable financial consequences. Read more
Commercial law in a fast-moving globalised economy presents challenges and opportunities. Expert lawyers are needed to meet the challenges as well as to make the most of the opportunities, particularly when giving advice that can have considerable financial consequences.

The LLM International Commercial Law programme is one of our most popular and long established LLM programmes and is respected by top international commercial law firms. It is designed to meet the needs of students and lawyers who wish to study commercial law from an international perspective with emphasis placed on international conventions and agreements and their practical application.

Distinctive features

The LLM International Commercial Law 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.

The LLM International Commercial Law 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.

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.

You must select at least two of your four taught modules and complete the dissertation in the area of International Commercial Law. You may also select up to two modules from those listed in any other LLM programme or from a combination of LLM programmes.

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises four 30 credit modules. Stage Two comprises the dissertation.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/international-commercial-law-llm

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/international-commercial-law-llm-part-time

Teaching

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.

Assessment

We make use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from stage one (taught modules) to stage two (the dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. Summative assessments in stage one will vary by module but will typically involve written coursework (5,000 word essays), unseen examinations or pre-release examinations. The dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the stage two summative assessment.

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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The Derby LLM offers maximum flexibility. Available to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, it provides unrivalled choice and opportunity – enabling you to choose from specialist pathways and modules to build a degree that matches your career aspirations, research pursuits and personal interests. Read more
The Derby LLM offers maximum flexibility. Available to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, it provides unrivalled choice and opportunity – enabling you to choose from specialist pathways and modules to build a degree that matches your career aspirations, research pursuits and personal interests.

-Choose a broad-based LLM programme or specialise in Commercial Law; Corporate and Financial Law; Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law; International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom
-Improve your career prospects in one of the UK's top law schools for student satisfaction and success at postgraduate level
-Select the focus of your LLM and study at a time and pace to suit you and your circumstances
-Benefit from our modern approach to teaching law in a global context: you can tailor your coursework and assignments to different jurisdictions, so gaining a truly international flavour of law
-Combine your academic and theoretical knowledge with hands-on skills honed in our superb courtroom facilities
-Learn from our team of expert practitioners whose teaching is delivered with passion and professionalism.

Specialist pathways

You can choose to study a broad-based general LLM or follow a specific pathway towards a specialist LLM award:
LLM (Commercial Law) – a chance to study commercial law in a practical, international and contemporary context. Ideal both for lawyers and for professionals engaged in broader commercial practice, this pathway features negotiation and practice-driven modules, equipping you for senior roles in global enterprises.

LLM (Corporate and Financial Law) – giving you a thorough understanding of how law assists in mediating corporate and financial risk. Covering one of the most challenging and critical areas of law, this pathway focuses on the structures and constitution of corporate entities in light of the external factors which govern their liquidity and capitalisation.

LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law) – a pathway designed to meet the challenges of the global digital economy. You will explore data protection, information handling, e-commerce, international agreements on intellectual property, and the use and control of information in the context of the internet and other media.

LLM (International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom) – building your awareness of the human rights regime at international, regional and national levels. Taking a practical approach to the investigation of human rights violations, this pathway prepares you for a rewarding career with organisations working in the human rights field, from law firms to governments and NGOS.

For those who have taken or are working towards the LPC, we also offer a route to ‘top up’ the qualification to an LLM in Legal Practice. If you are already employed and looking at professional career development, you can follow this route to enhance your CPD points.

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The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal opportunity for students to acquire or develop their expertise in specialist legal subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching. Read more

The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal opportunity for students to acquire or develop their expertise in specialist legal subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching. An LLM is an ideal way to advance a career in law.

About this degree

Students are equipped with advanced academic legal skills and knowledge which can be applied in further study or careers in legal practice, public service or industry. They develop a knowledge and understanding of law in its context, the skills necessary for analysis of complex legal issues, and research expertise.

Students complete 180 credits (120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation).

Full-time students complete all 180 credits in 12 months. Part-time students spread their credits over 2 years, or with flexible study, over 3-5 years.

Core modules

  • Independent Research Essay

Optional modules

We have over 70 modules on offer and specialist LLM degrees in a range of subject areas, including:

  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • European Union Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Banking and Finance Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal History
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime Law
  • Public Law

In addition to Laws module options, students may select up to 30 credits of taught Master's modules from another UCL department, providing the modules form part of a coherent programme of study for the award of Master of Laws (LLM) and registration is approved by the relevant department.

Independent Research Essay

All students undertake a 12,000-word independent research essay (60 credits) on a self-selected topic of law.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research exercises and guided self-study and research. Each module is supported by a dedicated webpage containing a syllabus, learning materials, reading lists and assessment information. Taught module assessment may be through unseen examinations, coursework essays, oral presentations or a combination of assessment formats, usually undertaken in term three. The 12,000 word independent research essay is submitted at the end of the programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Law LLM

Careers

Most graduates pursue a career in the legal profession. On completing the LLM some students choose to pursue a professional qualification in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of areas, including for human rights organistations and corporate law firms, whilst others choose to remain in academia as researchers or lecturers. 

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Associate Lawyer, Linklaters
  • Barrister, Government of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Civil Servant, Cabinet Office
  • Competition Court Attorney Clerk, Competition Tribunal
  • PhD Law, University College London (UCL)

Employability

The LLM enables students to develop skills which are highly sought after. The programme teaches students to think critically, develop and deliver a cogent argument, research effectively and write for a legal audience.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's top universities. UCL Laws is based in the centre of London, embedded in the heart of the UK's elite legal community. UCL's LLM students are granted access to the renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, which has its own extensive library.

UCL Laws has a remarkable teaching and research community. We are deeply committed to the quality and relevance of our graduate education. Students are taught by internationally renowned academics, at the cutting edge of their fields, and leading legal practitioners from major City firms.

Students joining from the 2018/19 academic year will experience studying in cutting-edge teaching and learning rooms and new social and common spaces following a £24 million two-year redevelopment of Bentham House.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Laws

84% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia. Read more

Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia.

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

Our faculty is able to teach and supervise an extensive range of international subjects, with particular specialities inspired by our renowned research in the areas of Commercial Law, Public Law, Human Rights Law, and Family Law.

Specialist Pathways

Students can obtain a specialised LLM. Specialisms include International Commercial Law, European Law, Maritime Law, Intellectual Property Law, Insurance Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Law, Conflict and Security.

International Commercial Law

The LLM in International Commercial Law provides a wide range of options. Students may focus on banking and financial law, corporate law or general commercial law. Exeter’s strong links with the legal profession’s top global firms and employers make this LLM a particularly attractive one for students who are looking to go into private practice or to work in banks or financial institutions. This LLM is also an ideal preparation for a career in international business as it covers areas of expertise required to succeed in senior positions in international trading companies. Internships in Europe and further afield, are often advertised to participants in this course, especially those with hard-to-find linguistic or other skills. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/commercial

European Law

This specialism is designed to give students the opportunity to study the constitutional issues which arise from the concept of the European Union, including law making and the relationship between the EU and Member States.

We provide modules which examine the substantive law of the EU and the way in which that law has been implemented in English law. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/european

Maritime Law

The LLM in Maritime Law is designed specifically for students who wish to study shipping and international trade law in detail.

The modules are particularly suited to students who intend to pursue careers in chartering, trade and marine insurance (including Protection and Indemnity Clubs).

English law is widely adopted in other jurisdictions, so a study of English law is particularly important. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/maritime

Intellectual Property Law

The LLM in Intellectual Property allows students to study in depth the substantive areas of law which make up intellectual property such as competition law, copyright, trade mark law, patents and consumer protection.

Much of the law is derived from EU measures, and the modules are taught from both a domestic and EU perspective. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/property

International Human Rights Law

This specialism has been specifically developed to allow you to construct a programme appropriate to private practice or public employment in the field of international human rights law.

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/humanrights

Insurance Law

Insurance is a key part of commercial law and practice but it is only researched and taught at a few universities. This pathway will allow you to construct a programme that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical tools needed to gain a thorough understanding of insurance law, practice and regulation.

The programme is designed for those with a special interest in the wide field of insurance law. While the precise modules available may vary from year to year, typical examples modules for the pathway might include general principles of insurance, consumer insurance, marine insurance, reinsurance, EU motor insurance and financial regulations. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/insurance

International Law, Conflict and Security

Designed with the needs of practitioners in mind, the programme will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict and security law, including the rules relating to the conduct of hostilities, peacetime military deployments, cyber operations and post-conflict governance. Consistent with its hands-on approach, the LLM will develop your professional and personal skills, including through a simulated command post exercise that will test your knowledge and aptitude in a practical setting. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/internationalconflictsecurity



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law at Swansea University – winner of the ‘Postgraduate’ category at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017. Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law at Swansea University – winner of the ‘Postgraduate’ category at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017.

The business of hydrocarbon energy supply remains one of the most fundamental aspects of global commerce and natural resources law in the modern era. It is not limited to exploitation of petroleum but encompasses many different aspects of law and business, from protecting the intellectual property rights of new oil and gas technology, to complex joint venture contracts, and to compensation regimes for pollution liability.

Key Features of Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, which provides an exceptional student experience, as evidenced by our PTES results.
  • A professional but friendly environment with pastoral support and free English language classes which attracts students from all over the world.
  • Lectures delivered by outstanding academics at the forefront of scholarship in their areas of expertise, which they combine with skilled and innovative teaching.
  • Exemption from level 2 education requirements of CIArb membership allowing you to apply to be awarded the level of Member of the Institute or MCIArb., if you successfully complete the International Commercial Arbitration module.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting and summer schools abroad.
  • A wide range of employability initiatives. Our employability initiatives and close links with the legal practice bear fruit as Swansea LLM alumni are particularly well placed in the job market all over the world.

Modules in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

The LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, an Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law or Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities.  The LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students to develop their research skills.

Modules in the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law may include:

  • Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
  • International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions
  • Law of the Sea
  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • The Law of Marine Insurance
  • Law and Practice relating to in International Banking and Commercial Payments

For further information on the modules of the Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law programme, please visit the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law page.

Careers and Employability

Employability has always been on the top of our agenda. To that end we organise a number of initiatives for enhancing our LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students’ employability. These include:

  • Tailor-made employability advice by two dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures delivered who give our LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students an insight of the practice.
  • The unique opportunity to get involved in mooting,.
  • Close links with the legal practice and various elements of the shipping and business sectors.
  • The annual LLM Careers Fair, which gives the opportunity to our Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms.
  • Networking events and visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing our students’ practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across. Teaching in the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students. 

All LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Meet our Students

Ole Ollmann (Germany – LLM in Oil and Gas Law, now Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law)

Whilst working on his dissertations, Ole was offered an internship at Hapag-Lloyd AG, one of the oldest and most respected shipping companies in Germany and a leading globally operating container line. During his three month internship, Ole was involved in the day to day bunker procurement and bunker trade practice in the bunkering department. Ole was offered valuable inside into oil markets, trading and hedging practice as well as procurement strategies of a large container line. He procured bunker fuels for ships, prepared the necessary documentation and also dealt with bunker claims.

In addition, he dealt with general matters of the relevant law, such as general terms and conditions of sale and charter party terms pertaining to bunker fuel. Ole found his internship a great experience which gave him an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained during the LLM program. After completion of his internship, Ole moved to a permanent position in the chartering / operations department of a specialised tanker owner and operator.



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