The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four full units. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision.
You will develop a thorough and specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law. You will also gain a range of skills valued by many employers including: critical judgment skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to formulate sound arguments; and the ability to interpret and explain complex information. You will have access to a wealth of study resources including the SOAS Library, one of the world's most important academic libraries, attracting scholars from across the globe.
A global perspective
Studying law at SOAS University of London enhances your learning experience by giving you a global perspective. We offer a truly international experience, with students from every continent studying English law alongside comparative, regional and international law. You can choose from a wide range of modules that include Islamic Law, International Criminal Law and Human Rights in the Developing World.
SOAS law graduates are highly sought after by some of the world's leading law firms and NGOs such as Amnesty International, governments and international bodies such as the UN.
Expert at where the world is changing
We have unrivalled expertise in comparative law across the globe, complemented by specialists in international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law and socio-legal method. Many of our academics are experienced advisors to governments, international organisations and NGOs and have professional experience as qualified lawyers and members of regulatory bodies.
Format and assessment
With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s module at SOAS including appropriate language module. A complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject.
Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary according to the extent to which the research component of each module is to be stressed.
It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more modules from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.
Postgraduate Open Evenings
You’ll be able to have one-to-one discussions with academics and current students. You can also attend specialist subject talks and take a tour of our campus.
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