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    Full time & Part time available

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    12 months full time | 24 months part time

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  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

Course content


Law and Social Justice is an interdisciplinary programme designed for those who are already practitioners or aspire to become a practitioner in the field of law or areas such as the NHS, social services and beyond.

This course allows you to advance your knowledge and understanding of concepts, policies and practices at the forefront of the contemporary understanding of law and social justice. You will learn in an interdisciplinary setting with the expertise of the School of Law and the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Throughout the course we will encourage you to:

  • examine critical issues in law and social justice
  • develop strong critical and analytical thinking, oral presentation and writing skills
  • contribute to seminar discussions to critically evaluate issues relating to equal treatment, privilege, prejudice and the fair distribution of resources.

Research and professional insight

As members of the School of Law and the Centre for Law and Social Justice, you will be part of a lively academic environment and will be encouraged to take advantage of the many co-curricula opportunities available.

The Centre for Law and Social Justice holds regular events including 'The Centre for Law and Social Justice Public Seminar Series', during which UK and international scholars give papers to practitioners, academics, students, social policy advocates and others.

Course content

Core modules will provide a sound understanding of social justice theories as well as developing competence in the exercise of socio-legal research methods and skills. The seminar teaching approach will also require you to be proactive and develop the necessary oral presentational skills.

A large range of optional modules ensures that you have both a thorough grounding in the key principles, concepts and literature that underpins the broad field of law and social justice as well as the opportunity to focus your study on specific segments of the discipline most relevant to your interest.

Essay assessments for each module will develop your ability to be self-directed and to think critically and analytically. The dissertation will allow you to develop and demonstrate your ability to work as an independent and proactive scholar and an in depth knowledge and critical understanding of Law and Social Justice in relation to your particular research question(s).

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Law and Social Justice LLM Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Law and Social Justice LLM Part Time in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • Theories of Social Justice
  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills
  • Dissertation

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Social Care Law: National and International Contexts
  • Human Rights and Disabled People 1
  • Human Rights and Disabled People 2
  • Contested Bodies
  • Disability and Development
  • European Human Rights
  • International Human Rights
  • Global Justice
  • Researching Culture and Society
  • Que(e)rying Sexualities
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Social Policy Debates
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Public Administration in a Globalised World
  • Policy, Planning and Development
  • Researching Inequality in the Media

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 is by a variety of methods but primarily involves written assignments. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

  • International students: 30 June 2018
  • UK/EU students: 31 July



This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you will need include:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
  • Details of two referees.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £19,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Law usually offers a number of scholarships each year.

Find out more about the scholarships we offer.

Career opportunities

This programme is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career that centres on or involves understanding and applying law and social justice including areas in public service, the private sector, the voluntary sector, or any other arena where success is built upon higher-level skills and advanced knowledge of social justice and law.

Visit the Law and Social Justice LLM page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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