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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time, 24 or 48 months part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Last Updated

    22 October 2018

Course content

About the LLM

The LLM, Masters of Law at LSE is a leading programme delivered at one of the world's best law schools, ranked first overall in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It is unmatched in the international, comparative and interdisciplinary approaches and courses that it offers. 

The LLM offers the highest quality of teaching in small-group seminar settings provided by leading international and UK academics. Our approach to the teaching of law combines views and experiences from different disciplinary traditions and jurisdictions. This ensures that what you learn at LSE Law is relevant to legal study and practice in any jurisdiction.

Courses are offered in a broad range of fields including arbitration, human rights, international law, corporate, commercial and financial law.

You will take the compulsory course Legal Research and Writing Skills, which is assessed by a 10,000 word dissertation. You will also select seven LLM courses from the large range on offer, often approximately 90. You can choose to pursue your studies either towards a general LLM or towards a subject specialism. If you take courses that fall predominantly within one of the specialist areas you can request that your chosen specialism be included in the name of the degree. With approval, you may be able to take one or in exceptional circumstances two complementary subjects from another department, which may be relevant to your field of specialism, for example international lawyers may take a course in international relations. 

Current specialisms

Banking and Financial Regulation

Competition, Innovation and Trade

Corporate and/or Commercial Law

Corporate and Securities Law

Criminology and Criminal Justice

European Law

Human Rights Law

Information Technology, Media and Communications Law

Intellectual Property Law

International Business Law

Legal Theory

Public International Law

Public Law

Taxation

This programme is offered by the Department of Law, which is one of the largest departments in the School. Its special place in a school of social sciences has given legal studies in the Department a distinctive, interdisciplinary character. The Law Department has played a major role in policy debates and policy-making and in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world. Staff and students in the Department come from all over the world, and bring to the Department an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research.

Graduate destinations

The LLM programme provides excellent prospects for graduates seeking to start their career with a training contract in UK and international firms in London or major commercial centres around the world, with in-house legal departments or government legal services. Some graduates go on to pursue a career at the Bar. 

Graduates with a legal qualification from their home jurisdictions and relevant experience join a variety of employers in legal and other sectors such as financial and management consulting. Others may continue their careers in national, regional and international courts or work in a legal capacity within an NGO or multilateral organisation. 

The LSE LLM also provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to pursue a PhD and/or a career in academia. Recent employers who have hired graduates from this programme include Clifford Chance, Schoenherr, White & Case, Wolf Theiss, Diageo, Louis Vuitton, Australian Attorney General’s Office, 4 Kings Bench Walk Chambers, PWC and the Human Rights Commission.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the LLM page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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