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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 3 years

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  • Course Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa

This programme places the study of law in a historical, social and comparative context. You will develop advanced skills in legal writing, oral presentation and critical reasoning. The programme emphasises the importance of an academic and intellectually challenging approach to the study of law, and of its institutions and processes.

LLM Qualifying Law Degree graduate Adam says 'The LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Birkbeck is different from other Graduate Diploma in Law programmes. A Graduate Diploma in Law is very straightforward and case-based, whereas the LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Birkbeck puts the study of law within a wider socio-economic and political framework, allowing you to be more critical. The Qualifying Law Degree gives you a social-political grounding in the law, which is lacking in a lot of legal programmes.'

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

If you already have a degree in a subject other than law, and would like to become a lawyer, then this qualification will enable you to pursue that ambition.
Allows you to study the core courses you need to complete the academic stage of training for the profession, recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
A law degree is widely respected and you can use it to further your existing career or simply study out of interest.
Studying law at Birkbeck focuses on understanding law's social and political context; it is more than just 'professional' training.
Our staff are recognised internationally as experts in their fields, and are particularly well-known for addressing legal issues from a multidisciplinary, critical and sociolegal perspective.
We have extended office hours to reflect the needs of students who work during the day, and dedicated weekend skills workshops for law students. We use technology such as electronic learning environments to enhance teaching and learning. You can access one-to-one tutorial support for your core modules via the School of Law's telephone tuition line.
Birkbeck Library has an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
We have a designated learning co-ordinator who runs a study skills programme. This includes advice on essay writing, time management, efficient reading and note-making, giving presentations and participating in seminars.
A range of extra-curricular activities are organised throughout the year. You will be able to hear guest speakers of international renown and you can participate in our Student Law Society. An annual retreat takes place at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, which allows you to explore a range of contemporary issues in law with specialist speakers. You can also participate in our successful mooting programme, where advocacy training is given by experienced, practising barristers.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

Visit the Qualifying Law Degree (LLM) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!





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