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Masters degrees in Law focus on the advanced study of legal theory and practice. They include academic LLM (Master of Laws) degrees as well as professional training and preparation courses.
Academic courses such as the LLM do not normally qualify students to practice law. Instead they offer the chance to specialise in a given area such as Contract Law, Criminal Law or Property Law.
Other postgraduate law qualifications are accredited professional courses. The BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) prepares students to practice as barristers, whilst the LPC (Legal Practice Course) is part of the training required by solicitors.
Entry requirements for postgraduate law degrees will vary. An LPC or BPTC will require an existing LLB (or equivalent). Students without an undergraduate law degree can still apply for academic programmes such as the LLM, or take a Law Conversion Course such as the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) to prepare for an LPC or BPTC.
The obvious employment pathway for law postgraduates is to enter the legal profession as solicitors or barristers. Such work can be exciting and rewarding, but you will need to ensure that your course is correctly accredited and that you complete any additional training before you can practice.
Professional opportunities also exist for postgraduates who don't wish to complete the full training required of solicitors and barristers. You could work within a law firm as a legal clerk or paralegal, assisting with routine work as well as high profile cases.
An academic Masters in Law (such as the LLM) won't qualify you for legal practice on its own, but help you specialise when combined with other qualifications - potentially leading to a professional career in a specific legal field. Alternatively, you could pursue a career in academic and theoretical law, helping inform future justice policy and analyse the effectiveness of legal systems.
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Today’s Europe demands lawyers who possess a thorough mastery of European law. The European Union increasingly affects all areas of law and the national legal systems of its member states have reached a high level of integration. Read more
With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Read more
Our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the pathway into practice for non-law graduates. Our structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with lectures and practical workshops to develop your legal skills. Read more
Develop your global legal career with an online LLM from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools. The 100% online International Corporate & Commercial Law LLM allows you to benefit from the world-renowned teaching of King’s College London wherever you are. Read more
The LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law covers a broad range of commercially focussed modules that draw on the wealth of commercial expertise across the School of Law. Read more
Many believe that international human rights law is one of our greatest moral achievements. However, huge gaps remain between the theory and the practice of human rights implementation. Read more
A conversion course to Law for graduates from other disciplines. If you are thinking of qualifying as a lawyer in England and Wales, our Graduate Diploma in Law enables you to study the structure and doctrines of the legal system in England and Wales and the seven core (foundation) subjects of a law degree. Read more
This programme is designed to help you set the legal and regulatory regimes around international business and the global economy in the context of broader legal and socio-legal study skills. Read more
The future of the law is digital. This innovative LLM offers you critical and intellectual specialisation in this rapidly developing area. Read more
Global commercial transactions are becoming increasingly complex, posing new legal challenges in areas such as. e-commerce regulation finance and securities international dispute resolution. Read more
Criminal law and criminal justice lie at the heart of questions and debates on how we as a society should respond to crime. On this course you’ll study an exciting range of topics, covering theory, policy and practice. Read more