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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    17 December 2019

Overview

This course offers an insight into the international legal response to major global environmental challenges, from climate change to the destruction of vital habitat sites. 

On our LLM Environmental Law, you will cover a wide range of relevant contemporary issues, and will develop a solid grounding in international environmental law as applied in a particular context.

Modern techniques of environmental regulation are also addressed, including funding mechanisms for international environmental treaties, such as the biodiversity and climate change conventions, and procedural requirements for environmental impact assessment of certain activities under international law.

The School of Law has a high level of expertise in environmental law and related issues, and you will be taught by scholars actively researching in the field.

Course details

You will complete a minimum of 90 credits of specialist optional modules. The remaining 30 credits can be chosen from the full selection of optional modules available on the LLM programme. You will also undertake a 60-credit dissertation.

Guidance and support on choosing an environmental law dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.

We teach in small-group seminars where possible, allowing for an integrated, interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from them.

You will be assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.

Practice assignments, guidance on exam techniques, time management workshops, and one-to-one legal skills advice sessions are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.

Modules

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Qualifying module options

  • Biodiversity and International Law
  • General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Law of Treaties
  • Law, Development and the International Community
  • Principles of Public International Law
  • Rights, Humans and Other Animals
  • United Nations Law

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.

Careers

Our graduates move into a wide range of careers. Many go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with specialist knowledge and enhanced prospects. Others successfully seek employment with international organisations as well as international and local NGOs. Recent graduate destinations include BAE Systems, Clifford Chance, London Stock Exchange and Simmons & Simmons.

Some graduates further their academic career by progressing onto our PhD programme. These students often choose to stay at the University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of academics becoming members of staff after completing their LLM/masters and PhD with us.

With an advanced law degree from the University of Nottingham, you will be well-placed to pursue your career ambitions and realise your goals.

Employability and average starting salary

96% of postgraduates from the School of Law who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £19,800 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Visit the Environmental Law LLM page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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