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International Law LLM


Course Description

International law is a dynamic subject which has to respond to real world problems. It directly affects states but is increasingly a matter of concern for public and private international and national organisations and individuals. Given contemporary and future global problems – for example, protecting human rights and security and the conservation of resources – the significance of international law is growing in a multipolar world.

This programme will enhance your understanding and challenge preconceptions of the complex legal and political nature of international law-making and governance and explore the often competing concepts that infuse the subject of international law.

You’ll investigate and apply the theories, principles and rules of international law to novel problems, real-world and hypothetical scenarios, and examine the rules, legal and political bodies such as the Security Council and the International Court of Justice and underlying policies governing international law.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:

Course content

This programme includes Global Governance Through Law and International Human Rights Law as compulsory modules, and offers many optional modules in specialised subjects in international law. You’ll critically engage with a rich collection of contemporary themes set against the background of the concerns and activities of states and non-state actors in the international community.

You’ll also examine controversial areas of international law including how human rights laws are developed, how international laws are made and to what extent they are applied, the structure of relevant institutions such as the UN, the development of legal norms and the monitoring of states.

The programme will give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the legal nature of international law on a global, regional and local level
  • examine the impact of international law on contemporary problems
  • consider how international law has failed to address certain issues and may be harnessed to tackle future problems
  • investigate principles relating to sovereignty, universality, jurisdiction, territory, self-determination and human rights
  • hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll demonstrate in your dissertation.

If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a mixture of related subjects of interest to you.

If you're a part-time student, you’ll take three compulsory modules in your first year and two optional modules. In your second year, you’ll carry out your dissertation and study one or two optional modules.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Global Governance through Law 30 credits

Optional modules

  • International Human Rights and Disabled People 15 credits
  • European Human Rights 15 credits
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 credits
  • International Corporate Rescue 15 credits
  • World Trade Organisation Law 15 credits
  • International Economic Law 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Law LLM Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read International Law LLM Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching is through seminars and lectures in which a high level of student engagement and discussion is expected. You are encouraged to carry out significant advanced levels of independent legal research.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by essays. This is usually the most effective method for you to showcase advanced legal research.

Career opportunities

Students who have graduated from this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying international law and developing policies at organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.

Our alumni include people working at the EU Commission, at the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website


Visit the International Law LLM page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Scholarships - 2 Awards

The School of Law is offering two scholarships of £2,000 for high-quality students studying postgraduate taught programmes in the School in 2015/16. The Professional Graduate Scholarship is not available to those registering via a School or University agreement.These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000

Eligibility

- You must hold an offer of a place to study and begin your postgraduate taught Masters programme in September 2015.
- You must be classified as a Home/EU student for tuition fee purposes.
- You must have one of the following ...
- A First Class undergraduate degree in a related subject
- An upper Second Class undergraduate degree in a related subject (with an average of at least 62% in years 2 and 3) and a mark of 65% or above in the dissertation
- For applicants with at least five years of relevant work experience: an Upper Second undergraduate degree in a related subject.

Application Procedure

You must submit an application to the Law Admissions Office [email protected] which includes proof of the criteria above. You must include your University ID number in your letter.

Further Information

http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates/taught-postgraduates/fees-and-funding


(Scholarship)

Liberty Scholarships - 6 Awards

The School of Law is offering six Liberty Scholarships of £3,000 to international students of high academic quality starting a postgraduate taught programme in 2015.These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance in your undergraduate degree; the final decision on the award of a Liberty Scholarship will be that of the appointed award panel. The Scholarships have been created to aid those students from countries and/or regions where lack of funding is the biggest barrier to obtaining higher education overseas. The Liberty Scholarship is not available to those registering via a School or University agreement.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3000

Eligibility

- You must be classified as an international student for tuition fee purposes.
- You must hold an offer of a place to study and begin your posgradaute taught Masters programme in September 2014.
- You must be resident of a country where there is limited availability of funding for international education at the post-graduate level
- You must hold an Upper Second Undergraduate degree in a related subject (with an average of at least 62% in years 2 & 3) and a mark of 65% or above in the dissertation.

Application Procedure

You must submit a statement of 250 words to [email protected] addressing the twin requirements of academic excellence and enhancing international outreach. You must include your University ID number in your letter.

Further Information

http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates/taught-postgraduates/fees-and-funding



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant social science. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.

Last Updated

10 August 2017

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