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Course content

The Derby LLM offers maximum flexibility. Available to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, it provides unrivalled choice and opportunity – enabling you to choose from specialist pathways and modules to build a degree that matches your career aspirations, research pursuits and personal interests.

-Choose a broad-based LLM programme or specialise in Commercial Law; Corporate and Financial Law; Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law; International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom
-Improve your career prospects in one of the UK's top law schools for student satisfaction and success at postgraduate level
-Select the focus of your LLM and study at a time and pace to suit you and your circumstances
-Benefit from our modern approach to teaching law in a global context: you can tailor your coursework and assignments to different jurisdictions, so gaining a truly international flavour of law
-Combine your academic and theoretical knowledge with hands-on skills honed in our superb courtroom facilities
-Learn from our team of expert practitioners whose teaching is delivered with passion and professionalism.

Specialist pathways

You can choose to study a broad-based general LLM or follow a specific pathway towards a specialist LLM award:
LLM (Commercial Law) – a chance to study commercial law in a practical, international and contemporary context. Ideal both for lawyers and for professionals engaged in broader commercial practice, this pathway features negotiation and practice-driven modules, equipping you for senior roles in global enterprises.

LLM (Corporate and Financial Law) – giving you a thorough understanding of how law assists in mediating corporate and financial risk. Covering one of the most challenging and critical areas of law, this pathway focuses on the structures and constitution of corporate entities in light of the external factors which govern their liquidity and capitalisation.

LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law) – a pathway designed to meet the challenges of the global digital economy. You will explore data protection, information handling, e-commerce, international agreements on intellectual property, and the use and control of information in the context of the internet and other media.

LLM (International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom) – building your awareness of the human rights regime at international, regional and national levels. Taking a practical approach to the investigation of human rights violations, this pathway prepares you for a rewarding career with organisations working in the human rights field, from law firms to governments and NGOS.

For those who have taken or are working towards the LPC, we also offer a route to ‘top up’ the qualification to an LLM in Legal Practice. If you are already employed and looking at professional career development, you can follow this route to enhance your CPD points.

Visit the Law - LLM page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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