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Course Description

About the LLM

The LLM at LSE is a leading programme delivered at one of the world's best law schools and the UK’s number one legal research institution. It is unmatched in the international, comparative and interdisciplinary approaches and courses that it offers. Courses are offered in a broad range of fields including arbitration, human rights, international law, and corporate, commercial and financial law.

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. Students may obtain approval to take one or in exceptional circumstances two complementary subjects from another master's degree at LSE in place of the equivalent number of law subjects. For example, international lawyers may choose to take a course in international relations; criminologists may take a course in sociology; constitutional lawyers may take a course in political theory; and company lawyers may take a course in financial reporting.

The programme enjoys a uniquely cosmopolitan student body and plays a major role in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.

Graduate destinations

The LLM programme provides excellent prospects for graduates seeking to start their career with a Training Contract in UK and international firms both in London and 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.

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

(Student Profile)

Bukola Oluwa

1828.jpg I graduated from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. When considering my options for a postgraduate programme, I needed a school that transcended the pages of its prospectus and that would challenge me academically as well as giving me the opportunity to be socially active. LSE is filled with an array of lecturers with sound academic and research backgrounds; you are taught by experts of repute who are consultants to international and multinational bodies. They are names you read in textbooks and journals worldwide. Each day in the class is different; apart from the seminar approach, live practitioners from different areas give you first hand information and practical experience of the field. My classmates are from all over the world – it is a 'mixed grill' of intellectual minds! Active participation of each student gives insight into beliefs from different parts of the world and you do not need to travel there to get information about a country's situation. The facilities provided are astounding; I have never come across such in all my academic years before and after my sojourn at LSE. You are given a personal tutor that monitors your development and provides academic and personal support. The courtesy you get from each member of staff makes you feel like the executive president of a country. Despite these lofty achievements of LSE, financing your education is not an obstacle because the School has various financial provisions for students from different regions and backgrounds. At the completion of my studies, I have realised that I did not go to a school but I have attended an institution

(Student Profile)

Tuo Zhao

1829.jpg My dream is to become a lawyer specialising in company law. I wanted to qualify in London first, and then acquire some work experience before moving on to Hong Kong or mainland China. I chose LSE because the LLM programme offered a range of options that suited my needs, and also for its worldwide reputation and teaching staff. Situated on a compact site in the heart of London, LSE has a unique atmosphere. As an international student, eager to get to know London, this position, combined with the diverse students surrounding me, has been the best part of my experience here. I have also benefited from the support services on offer – especially the Language Centre. I took part in pre-sessional English language classes before the programme started, which increased my confidence in my language ability and enabled me to play a greater part in class discussions. I also took advantage of Dissertation Writing and Examination Writing classes during the LLM to improve my written English. Once I graduate, I will pursue further professional qualifications, starting with the Graduate Diploma in Law at the BPP Law School. LSE has provided me not just with an international platform to launch my career, but also the knowledge and skills to help me achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer with confidence, persistence and flexibility.

(Student Profile)

Jocelyn Bako

4977.jpg LSE Annual Fund and Margaret Bennet Scholar

I heard about LSE from an alumnus; I then researched about the school and decided to apply for the LLM program having studied my bachelor's in Law at Makerere University, Kampala. I was offered a place and given a scholarship by the LSE Fund and Margaret Bennet.

Studying at LSE has been such a great opportunity for me. I have had the privilege of being taught by some of the world’s best tax professors, using up to standard and interactive teaching methods with a wide coverage of topics and jurisdictions. Being at LSE also enabled me to meet students from all over the world and learn from their experiences. The Careers Department at the School has helped to shape my dreams and aspirations. My experience at LSE has given me a different perspective of the world and opened up a gateway for my career.

Apart from the academics, I had the opportunity of enjoying the city of London, visiting museums, the London Eye and the theatres.

I intend to go back to Uganda and use the knowledge and experience that I have acquired to work either for the government or private sector and with time, use the entrepreneurial skills to start up a business.

LSE is the university to be at!


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in Law (LLB or equivalent); English requirement: law score.

Last Updated

29 September 2016

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