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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

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  • Last Updated

    04 December 2017

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With a global reputation for maritime research and world-leading specialist academics, Southampton Law School is one of the best places in the UK to study for a masters in maritime law.

Introducing your degree

Southampton’s LLM Maritime Law is taught by globally renowned experts who are at the forefront of the development of national and international law. You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills required to advise, litigate and negotiate, based on relevant legal frameworks such as international trade, internet and environmental law and the rules of admiralty. The degree’s highly flexible structure allows you to choose modules that will help you achieve your ambitions. The wide range of options includes key modules that provide the essential know-how for a career in the maritime industry, such as Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance, Admiralty Law and International Trade Law. It also includes a number of modules that are not offered by any other UK university, covering carriage by air, ship finance and the law of ship sale and purchase. Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialism that opens up a broad range of career options. Whichever path you choose, our diverse student community and extensive industry connections will enable you to build a global network of contacts that will be invaluable for your future.


This challenging and prestigious degree attracts talented students from around the world. Some already have legal training, while others come from backgrounds such as shipping, business or engineering. All are looking to gain specialist expertise that will help them stand out from the competition.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

You’ll be able to take advantage of a range of careers events and workshops organised by the Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and by the student-run law societies. These include:

  • the annual Law Careers Fair, which attracts more than 50 law firms and other companies, including maritime organisations who come specifically to meet LLM Maritime Law students
  • industry seminars presented by major law firms such as Mishcon de Reya and Clifford Chance
  • bespoke CV writing and job application workshops

The flexible nature of the LLM Maritime Law means you can tailor the course to suit your career goals. If you decide not to go into the legal field, you’ll graduate with transferable skills that will equip you for a career in any sector that excites you. Career options include private practice, working for commodity houses, shipping companies, P&I (protection and indemnity) clubs, or going into the international commercial sector or the public sector.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Ince and Co
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Campbell Johnston Clark Ltd
  • Holman Fenwick & Willan
  • PSP Law
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Interport Maritime Ltd  

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






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