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Law - LLM


Course Description

The LLM Law offers you a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of law, combined with the flexibility to explore your own interests with support from research-active teaching staff.

Manchester's unique combination of legal, criminological and ethical specialists collaborating within the School of Law, mean you will benefit from an impressive range of optional subjects and opportunities to explore your own interests while you study with us.

This way of pursuing advanced legal study will suit anyone who would like to maintain a multi-directional legal profile, applicable to a broad range of professional careers.

Special features

Our LLM Law includes a compulsory research element. This will allow you to develop strong research skills, while offering the opportunity to specialise in one of the range of topics you have studied during your degree.

Coursework and assessment

Course units are usually assessed by either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.

Students must also submit two research papers for the LL.M degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of two research papers (30 credits each) or a dissertation.

The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as international trade and corporate law, financial services regulation, European law, international economic law, intellectual property law, human rights law, corporate governance, and law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study.

The course has a compulsory research component, in which you have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree programme will total 120 credits and the research element of the degree programme will total 60 credits i.e. you will study 180 credits for a master's programme. If you choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research within the area of a semester one or a semester two course unit you have taken. If you choose to complete a dissertation this must be within the area of one units you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.

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

Entry Requirements

A minimum upper second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

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