About the course
Our LLM in Law will place you in the jobs market armed with impressive expertise in the latest developments in a range of law specialisms. This course will allow you to tailor your study of law entirely to your needs and interests and direct your own study amid a wide array of options, choosing from areas of law such as the environment, human rights, international business, commerce, and technology.
Why study LLM Law at Aberystwyth University?
96.5% of Aberystwyth Law School’s publications were judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher in the most recent research assessment – REF 2014
All members of academic staff in Aberystwyth Law School are active in research and publication and participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal and related fields
Aberystwyth is a multinational community. Aberystwyth Law School participates actively in international and European academic networks and frequently hosts visits by academics and experts from other countries
Expansive research is carried out within the Department across a range of research areas and within a range of research centres.
Postgraduates integrate into our research culture through Departmental research seminars and postgraduate conferences
Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics have taught in Aberystwyth Law School
Study nearby to the National Library of Wales, one of five UK copyright libraries.
Benefit from a mature and well-stocked library for Law and Criminology (Thomas Parry Library) and from generous information technology provision
Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
This course is a one year full-time programme. The academic year is divided into three semesters. In the first two semesters (September to May),you will complete 120 credits of your choice from the package of modules offered by Aberystwyth Law School (with the option of selecting up to 20 credits from another Department).
The taught part of the course is delivered through seminars and lectures, with a strong emphasis placed on independent study. In the final semester (June-September), you will complete a 15,000 word dissertation, and arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation supervisor.
On this course you have the flexibility to choose from a comprehensive and wide range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your study to your needs and interests. Whichever modules you take, you will be given a thorough grounding in legal theory and practice to make you ready for the rigorous demands of the modern legal workplace. This study of legal theory is then always balanced with the investigation of an array of fascinating case studies to illuminate your study and put you in touch with an authentic experience of legal cases.
An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within a specialism of your choice. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.
Aspects of Commercial Contracting
Climate Change Law and Policy
Contemporary Issues in Food Policy and Law
Criminology of International Conflict Personnel
Cross-Border Legal Issues on the Internet and Beyond
Democracy and International Law
Human Rights, Environment and International Business
International Commercial Law
International Copyright Law
International Humanitarian Law
Law and Gender
Negotiated Study Module
Philosophy of Human Rights Protection
Regulation of Business Cartels
The Law Relating to E-Commerce
Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a Master’s dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester
On this course you will gain a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment. You will:
• study the cutting-edge developments of many areas of law
• develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to urgent contemporary issues
• master a range of legal methodologies
• learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information from a fascinating array of fields
• learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a winning argument based on your own rigorous research and analysis
• develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
• develop your planning, analysis, presentation, project management and professional independence
• enhance your problem solving and creative thinking skills
• devise and sustain a self-initiated programme of study
• develop study and research skills
• work effectively with others
This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking careers in transnational corporations, specialist online trading, corporate lobby groups, international law firms, technology companies and a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.