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Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs LLM

Course content

In recent years, key global issues have raised the profile of international affairs substantially. Lawyers are increasingly required to understand both the legal and political issues which influence how States and other international actors behave.

Our LLM Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs offers tuition from established experts in both international law and international relations and will help you build the necessary level of expertise to succeed in the fast-growing world of international affairs, in a stimulating and challenging environment.

This programme offers an international perspective, with emphasis on international conventions as well as political reality.

Distinctive features

Our LLM Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs programme:

• provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international,

• stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought

• enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

The course is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules providing you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs or interests.

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.

You must select at least two of your four LLM modules and complete the dissertation in the area of International Affairs; you may also select modules from those listed in any other LLM programme or from a combination of LLM programmes.

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises four 30-credit modules; Stage Two comprises the dissertation.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/legal-and-political-aspects-of-international-affairs-llm

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/legal-and-political-aspects-of-international-affairs-llm-part-time

Teaching

Studying for an LLM is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.

Our teaching is very flexible and your modules may be delivered through seminars or a combination of lectures and seminars. Other teaching methods include the online use of discussion boards, self-access study packs and formative quizzes and activities.

Modules may be diverse in content to cater for the fact that for some LLM programmes there may be a high proportion of overseas students or students with previous qualifications other than in law. Modules are typically led by experienced staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject area.

Assessment

We make use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from Stage One (taught modules) to Stage Two (the dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. Summative assessments in Stage One will vary by module but will typically involve written coursework (5,000 word essays), unseen examinations or pre-release examinations. Your dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.

Career Prospects

A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession and law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.

We are committed to extending extracurricular opportunities to our students, helping to enhance their CVs in a competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give you the opportunity to practise and extend your skills and we run several Pro Bono schemes and provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.

Graduates successfully completing the LLM programme may have the opportunity to continue their legal study through our PhD programme or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programmes (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course).

Visit the Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs LLM page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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