With a Master of Laws postgraduate degree from City, you can create your own programme of study to enhance, develop or transform your career.
Who is it for?
The Master of Laws postgraduate course is for students who are looking to enhance their legal careers or shift focus to a new area of law. The flexibility of the programme and the 50+ modules on offer means that you can use the course to define your own Master of Laws postgraduate experience.
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have just completed undergraduate degrees while others have experience in private practice at law firms or as in-house counsel. We also attract students who have engaged in non-legal work in sectors including finance and energy, public service and NGOs.
The Master of Laws LLM at City has a practical, global focus designed to deepen your knowledge and accelerate your career.
The programme has been structured to showcase the most current legal debates, and to expose you to professional practitioners and leading academics. It will give you the skills to tackle complex legal problems within your chosen subjects while also offering a wealth of opportunities including pro bono clinics, guest lectures, recruitment fairs and internships.
The Master of Laws offers extensive choice when it comes to what you learn. You can opt for a general Masters of Law degree by selecting courses from our extensive list of modules, or pursue one of several specialisms in fields such as Public International Law, International Commercial Law and European Union Law. This means you can design your own degree and build your learning around your academic and professional goals.
In 2012 City University London founded a legal advice clinic focusing on advising start-ups in London’s Silicon Roundabout. The clinic, called Start-Ed, is the first of its kind in the country and has won many awards and grants. Under supervision from a solicitor, you can gain experience assisting real clients that include tech start-ups and meet the people behind London’s most exciting new business ideas.
The LLM course is primarily taught at Gray’s Inn Place campus with some modules elsewhere. Here you will find the Atkin Building which houses a Law student common room and a large lecture theatre. There is also a Law common room at Northampton Square.
As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything the Institution has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.
The City Law School has its own dedicated administration team and you also have access to two legal libraries, one at the Gray’s Inn campus and the other based on site at our Northampton Square campus.
As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card. Our excellent location in London puts us within walking distance of the British Library which has a collection of over 150 million items and a extensive law resources.
Teaching and learning
Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.
The 30-credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to opt for the 60-credit dissertation instead, you will need to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.
Most modules have a single combined assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.
You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic levels expected. At different stages of the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.
The dissertation gives you an opportunity to display competence in legal research and to explore your specific interests more deeply. There is a degree of autonomous learning at this stage in the programme. You will be demonstrating how you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and in some cases innovative solutions to specific legal problems.
Each assessment tests whether you:
-Have grasped the relevant principles.
-Are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically.
-Are able to apply them to complex factual problems.
-Can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms.
The general Master of Laws postgraduate degree programme offers students a high degree of flexibility. You can tailor your own suite of specialist elective modules to meet your interests and career aspirations. All modules take a contemporary approach to the study of law and your instructors are scholars and practitioners of the highest calibre committed to giving you the knowledge and skills to tackle complex issues in legal study and practice.
To pursue the general Master of Laws LLM programme you can choose from more than 50 modules covering diverse subjects – everything from Human Rights and Energy Law to Mergers or Money Laundering. Or you can study one of 12 specialist LLM programmes, in which case you will need to study certain subject-specific modules.
The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme and all students are able to take up opportunities from this programme.
As a graduate from the Master of Laws LLM you are well placed to continue your career in professional legal/corporate practice or apply your degree to many other areas. From business to management, and from banking to NGOs, our students continue their careers in myriad fields.
Master of Laws graduate Fabrizio Garcia Bacigalupo is now a partner within his own law firm in Ecuador, and alumna Roy-Katsani was promoted soon after graduating and now works an in house legal manager in a Greek ship managing company. Find out more about her LLM experience here
You will be given a personal tutor who will guide your academic and professional progress. City, University of London's Career Skills and Development Service provides a range of events and advice services that may help to make you aware of career options.
Students who complete the Master of Laws postgraduate course may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.