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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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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). 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
The University of Sussex’s. Corruption and Governance MA. is the only Masters to bring academic analysis from law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science to the study of corruption and anti-corruption training. Read more
A highly employable area of law, International Commercial Law with Dissertation offers you wide ranging knowledge across intellectual property, arbitration, contract law, private international law, GATT, environmental liability, insolvency and more. Read more
When you join our thriving community of postgraduate Law research students, you’ll become part of a supportive and friendly environment where we are dedicated to understanding some of society’s most challenging issues. Read more
International Law offers you a very employable subject at postgraduate level with a range of optional elements in highly sought after areas such as Energy and Environmental Law, Arbitration, Private International Law, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, GATT, Insolvency Law and more. Read more
International Trade Law (on campus) offers you the full range of knowledge from start up innovation and trade mark protection to intellectual property advice, GATT, arbitration, jurisdiction for business transactions, corporate responsibility, sea trading and European law. Read more
We currently offer 16 on-campus taught master’s programmes, 2 on-campus research LLM programmes, and 6 online LLM programmes. Some of our programmes are listed below. Our full selection of programmes can be found on our website.
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000
With an impressive heritage in higher education dating back to the late 19th century, Queen Mary has evolved into an international hub of education and research excellence.
At Cardiff University we offer a number of conversion courses that allow you to study a subject unrelated to your undergraduate degree or career, to support you with a change of career path.
Our range of LLM degrees offers you a choice from the most important and developing areas of the law, ensuring you have the knowledge and skills to take your career in any direction.
Doing your postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences is your opportunity to study in one of London’s highest rated and most inspiring learning institutions.