The increasing interaction between European countries and their different legal systems has led to growing demand for lawyers who can interact with other legal systems than their own.
The LLM European Legal Studies programme offers an opportunity to develop your own perspectives on the implications of legal Europe.
It enables you to explore the issues and participate in debate, while developing your own legal skills and understanding. In addition it provides valuable training for a career in modern legal practice, in European, international and Government organisations, or in legal research.
The LLM European Legal Studies programme:
• provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international,
• stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought;
• enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law;
• provides opportunities to attend seminars, guest lectures and workshops organised by the Law School's Centre for European Law and Governance, directed by the holder of a Jean Monnet Chair awarded by the European Commission.
The LLM European Legal Studies programme is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules which provide you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs or interests.
The course can be completed in one year with full-time study or in two years by part-time study.
You must select at least two of your four taught modules and complete the dissertation in the area of European Legal Studies and you may select up to two modules from those listed in any other LLM programme or from a combination of LLM programmes.
The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises four 30 credit modules. Stage Two comprises the dissertation worth 60 credits.
Study for an LLM is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.
Our teaching is very flexible and your modules may be delivered through seminars or a combination of lectures and seminars. Other teaching methods include the online use of discussion boards, self-access study packs and formative quizzes and activities.
Modules may be diverse in content to cater for a high proportion of overseas students or students with previous qualifications other than in law. Modules are typically led by experienced staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject area.
We make use of both formative and summative assessment.
Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.
Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from Stage One (taught modules) to Stage Two (the Dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. Summative assessments in Stage One will vary by module but will typically involve written coursework (5,000 word essays), unseen examinations or pre-release examinations. The Dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.
A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession and law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.
We are committed to extending extracurricular opportunities to our students, helping to enhance their CVs in a competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills and we run several Pro Bono schemes and provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.
Students successfully completing the LLM programme may have the opportunity to continue their legal study through the School’s PhD programme or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programmes (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course).