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The continual thread throughout this programme will be the enhancement of argumentation skills: from an examination of legal systems, to the considered identification of the law and the forensic analysis of the court’s reasoning, to the comprehensive application of the law, and then to the convincing communication of one’s reasoning both in writing and orally.

By way of broad overview, during the programme, you will acquire knowledge of legal systems including both common-law and civil law systems, legal reasoning, research theories and strategies, legal argumentation and debating techniques, theories of logic and rhetoric, and will develop and enhance your written and oral advocacy skills.
The aim of this programme is to develop your knowledge, analysis, argumentation, writing and research skills through an understanding of theoretical concepts and practical application. The approach to the programme will be one of experiential learning.

Students are required to take modules to the value of 120 credits. The modules for this programme include:
◦Comparative Legal Systems in Context (22.5 credits)
◦Legal Research Theories, Strategies and Methodologies (22.5 credits)
◦The Art of the Oral Argument (22.5 credits)
◦The Art of the Written Argument (22.5 credits)
◦Dissertation of 10,000 words (30 credits).

You may also be interested in the following existing LLM modules which may be available.
◦International Mooting; Written and Oral Advocacy (22.5 credits)
◦International Commercial Arbitration (Skills and Advocacy) QLLP033 (22.5 credits)
◦Dissertation (of either 22.5 or 45 credits)
◦Legal Reasoning in Theory and Practice QLLM185 (22.5 credits)
◦The Legal Mind: The Practice and Politics of Legal Reasoning QLLM148 (45 credits).

You will study the programme over 12 months, on a full-time basis, or 24 months, on a part-time basis. The programme will be delivered by weekly classes or intensive several day workshops. Components of this programme may also be offered in standalone intensive workshops.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be identified as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Visit the PGDip Language and the Law page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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