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Course content

This course is one of the few LLM courses with a specific focus on human rights.

Course overview

Are you looking for a thorough knowledge of human rights in order to support your career plans? This specialist postgraduate degree is particularly relevant for those who are looking for higher-level roles within the legal profession, human rights organisations or international campaigning groups.

Our Master of Laws will add to your credentials in an area in which you already practise or are proposing to work. The Sunderland Law School is well-respected and was ranked 'internationally excellent' in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).
You will undertake two modules in the first term of the course: ‘Advanced Legal Skills’ and ‘International Perspectives in Law’. You will also have the opportunity to match your particular career ambitions and intellectual interests with focusing on more specific modules throughout the year, such as ‘International Human Rights Law' and 'Legal Research Project' in the area of Human Rights Law.

Your Masters dissertation is an opportunity to develop rigorous research skills and to explore a topic that you negotiate with your tutors. We provide expert supervision, drawing on the latest research.

Our teaching methods include weekly three-hour workshops. You will be expected to prepare thoroughly, respond to new ideas and contribute to vibrant and thought-provoking sessions.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

Modules on this course include:
-Advanced Legal Skills (30 Credits)
-International Perspectives in Law (30 Credits)
-International Human Rights Law (30 Credits)
-Legal Research Project (30 Credits)
-Dissertation (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include weekly three-hour workshops. These are interactive and require a high level of preparation. The research project and dissertation are supervised by your tutor.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment is by written coursework, usually a 6,000 word essay for each taught module.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities for law students including a purpose-built mock courtroom and specialist collections of books and resources.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. It looks out over the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside.

Mock courtroom
We are one of the few universities in the UK to have a mock court that allows you to develop advocacy skills and apply legal knowledge in a realistic environment. The mock court is also used for mooting competitions. It’s one of the features that ranked Sunderland second in the UK for Course Satisfaction and Student Satisfaction with Teaching (source: The Guardian University Guide 2014).

Law Library
The Law Library, which is located within the St Peter’s Library, offers an excellent selection of books. There is also a range of electronic sources of information such as Lexis and West Law.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision, you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant professional organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This LLM course equips you with advanced skills and knowledge in a specialised area of law. As a result, you will have an important edge when applying for roles in the Crown Prosecution Service, human rights organisations, international campaigning groups and other areas related to the legal profession. Salaries of law graduates are among the highest of all graduates.

You will also be better equipped for applying for training contracts or pupillages if this is appropriate to your career stage.
In addition, a Masters degree will enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

Visit the International Human Rights - LLM page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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