The LLM at LSE is a leading programme delivered at one of the world's best law schools, ranked first overall in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It is unmatched in the international, comparative and interdisciplinary approaches and courses that it offers.
The LLM offers the highest quality of teaching in small-group seminar settings provided by leading international and UK academics. Our approach to the teaching of law combines views and experiences from different disciplinary traditions and jurisdictions. This ensures that what you learn at LSE Law is relevant to legal study and practice in any jurisdiction.
Courses are offered in a broad range of fields including arbitration, human rights, international law, corporate, commercial and financial law.
You can choose to pursue your studies either towards a general LLM or towards a subject specialism. If you take courses that fall predominantly within one of the specialist areas you can request that your chosen specialism be included in the name of the degree. With approval, you may be able to take one or in exceptional circumstances two complementary subjects from another department, which may be relevant to your field of specialism, for example international lawyers may take a course in international relations.
Banking and Financial Regulation
Competition, Innovation and Trade
Corporate and/or Commercial Law
Corporate and Securities Law
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Human Rights Law
Information Technology, Media and Communications Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Business Law
Public International Law
The LLM programme provides excellent prospects for graduates seeking to start their career with a training contract in UK and international firms in London or major commercial centres around the world, with in-house legal departments or government legal services. Some graduates go on to pursue a career at the Bar.
Graduates with a legal qualification from their home jurisdictions and relevant experience join a variety of employers in legal and other sectors such as financial and management consulting. Others may continue their careers in national, regional and international courts or work in a legal capacity within an NGO or multilateral organisation.
The LSE LLM also provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to pursue a PhD and/or a career in academia. Recent employers who have hired graduates from this programme include Clifford Chance, Schoenherr, White & Case, Wolf Theiss, Diageo, Louis Vuitton, Australian Attorney General’s Office, 4 Kings Bench Walk Chambers, PWC and the Human Rights Commission.
Full-time students spend two days at University, usually Wednesday and Thursday, and around 12 hours per week in lectures and practical sessions.
Part-time students attend one day per week. First year part-time students attend on Wednesdays and second years attend on Thursdays.
We teach using a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, problem solving tutorials, video presentations and practicals. You will also undertake fieldwork excursions within the UK and overseas (additional costs apply). The number of hours of formal teaching will vary depending on your module choice. You will also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning by completing guided reading and various interactive computer packages. Based on individual circumstances the MSc Project may be extended into your third year of study and will be agreed as part of a discussion with the course leader. Please note some field trips will take place on weekdays besides Wednesdays and Thursdays.
You will be assessed through a range of methods depending on your module choice, these include: examinations, coursework such as writing reports of field excursions. You will also analyse case studies, undertake presentations, participate in workshops and analyse data.