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Contemporary Legal Studies


Course Description

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.

Visit the Contemporary Legal Studies page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants need a minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in law, or a second class combined law degree. Alternatively, they may have completed the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) or Level 6 CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives). Credit exemption may be given for certified or experiential learning taken during the previous five years.

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