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    Full time available

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    January, September

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    1 year full time

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Our Master of Laws (LLM) programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of law in its international context. You’ll evaluate research and advanced scholarship in areas of legal study such as jurisprudence legal theory, human rights and international law.

With a range of optional modules available alongside the core curriculum, you’ll be able to tailor the programme to your areas of academic interest and your career aspirations.

You’ll learn from School of Law academics with significant research expertise and international legal experience in areas including:

  • social justice
  • criminal law
  • human rights
  • energy and environment
  • competition law
  • intellectual property

You do not need to have studied law at undergraduate level to take the LLM in International Legal Studies. If you have not previously studied law, you will take a two-week Introduction to Law course before the start of the programme to ensure you are familiar with the basic legal institutions and sources.

In addition to providing specialist legal knowledge, the LLM will equip you with abilities valued in any profession, such as research, analytical and communication skills. The programme also gives you an insight into how international law shapes global society, and how we operate within it. This means you’ll be equipped to explore a broad range of career opportunities once you graduate.

What you will study

The LLM International Legal Studies is designed to provide a challenging and stimulating programme of study which considers law in its international social, economic and political contexts.

The four core modules studied provide you with a detailed understanding of key global issues in law and focus on developing your skills to research; analyse and discuss important issues in international law, in human rights and in legal theory. They also prepare you for the final part of the Master’s programme which is your dissertation through which you have the opportunity to study a particular topic of your choice in detail. The optional modules offered allow you to follow a particular interest with a focus on global legal issues.

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

You will learn how to evaluate existing theories and methodologies and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses. Additionally, you will develop your ability to work with your knowledge of legal principles and apply them to new situations in order to arrive at imaginative and innovative solutions and interpretations. We also teach you how to develop excellent communication skills, including writing skills commensurate with LLM level study and advanced scholarship.

You will be taught in small groups in an environment focused on you and your development. Your learning will be guided and supported through weekly teaching and learning sessions in which you will take part in a variety of activities. All taught modules therefore have a two hour teaching slot every week throughout the Semester in which they are taught. In the early part of the programme, most of these slots will be used as class time with lecturer input, individual and group work activities. The scheduled class time will be used to help you develop your understanding of the law relating to the topic at hand.

You will be required to work independently, prepare for all teaching sessions and take all opportunities offered to develop your skills and knowledge, contribute to small group discussions and engage with other activities supported through the Virtual Learning Environment.

Career prospects

Graduates go on to pursue a variety of paths, including careers in business, legal practice, teaching and academia.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careerswebsite.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Visit the International Legal Studies - LLM page on the University of Bradford website for more details!





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