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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time; 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    19 October 2018

Course content

The LLM enhances your knowledge of the fundamental principles of law, combined with the flexibility to explore your own interests with support from research-active teaching staff. The underlying philosophy of this course is to enable you to continue your professional, educational and personal development by consolidating, enhancing and extending your disciplinary expertise, professional ethics, experience and abilities.

Course details

You develop recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding as well as cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities. The course enables you to more effectively plan, manage and evaluate your own learning to become an independent lifelong learner. You work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate study and are required to demonstrate high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction. The LLM course is the result of research carried out by academics and lawyers in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law to develop a programme focusing on the philosophical theories that underpin the law, and building on current perspectives in law. It focuses on the underlying legal theories that determine the scope of the existing law and proposals for changes to legislation and the common law. The student-centred nature of assessment across all modules allows you to tailor your studies to your own areas of interest.The link between legal theory and practice is the central theme of the course and the two core modules of Contemporary Legal Issues and Skills and Legal Theory in Context are fundamental to advanced legal study.The LLM course:

  • enhances your professional, ethical, intellectual and personal development and self-awareness
  • enables you to plan, manage and evaluate your learning and continue your development as an independent lifelong learner
  • helps you develop intellectual and professional independence
  • introduces, enhances and extends your knowledge of contemporary theoretical perspectives and issues in aspects of law, appropriate to postgraduate study
  • introduces, enhances and extends your understanding of research methods appropriate to the postgraduate study of law
  • challenges the orthodoxy of the law by encouraging debate, exchange, application and reflection
  • enables you to demonstrate your ability to integrate, synthesise and critique philosophical content, concepts and research methodologies in the production of a research-based dissertation in law
  • equips you with the ability to make a contribution to the theory and practice of areas of law and to make informed contributions to the development of policy.

What you study

You study the two core modules, the Dissertation module and two of the option modules. Not all options may run, depending on interest and demand.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Criminal Law
  • Dissertation
  • International Law
  • Legal Theory in Context

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The link between legal theory and practice is the central theme of the programme and is incorporated into the teaching through a blend of directed and student-centred learning to develop an understanding of methodology, practice and presentation. This is achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, debates, audio-visual presentations, guided reading and research exercises.

Typically, the taught sessions are delivered through seminars, discussions and the virtual learning environment (VLE). The core taught modules are led by individual staff research and option modules are delivered by staff specializing in the relevant discipline.

How you are assessed

Progress is measured by both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessment 

Formative work/assessments are given as an aid to learning. Feedback is provided to assist you in preparation for summative assessments.

Summative assessment 

Summative assessments refer to work that is assessed and graded which counts towards your degree award. You receive feedback on these assessments and you should consider how that feedback can help you with other work you complete.

You decide on your assessment questions after consultation and agreement with tutors. This leads to assessments focused on your area of interest and promotes autonomy and responsibility for learning. It enables you to engage with problems that employers are interested in solving.

Our assessments help you develop essential skills to work successfully at postgraduate level, as well as for continuing professional roles and lifelong learning. Your work is assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • individual presentations
  • peer review and assessment
  • research proposal
  • reflective practice
  • written assignments
  • dissertation


Career opportunities

Upon graduation you will have developed recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding, cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities, which have a directly beneficial effect on future employability, whether in the legal profession or in subject-related disciplines, including academia. You will be equipped to contribute to and inform policy-making decisions in your chosen sphere. 

A number of our previous students have published work in academic journals.

Visit the Master of Laws LLM page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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