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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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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
We offer a pathway in Socio-Legal Studies on this programme. Cardiff Law School is a leading centre for research in Law and this pathway builds on our strong and long-standing strength in socio-legal scholarship. 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
International Law focuses on contemporary governance and its inter relationship with international relations within countries. Countries, laws and relationships are constantly evolving, providing challenges and potential areas of conflict. Read more
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.
Currently ranked amongst the top 25% business schools in the UK for research (REF 2014 research ‘intensity’ index), and amongst the top 25 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (RePEc).
The Faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University (DMU) offers a wide range of industry-aligned postgraduate courses.
Bangor Law School is a research-focused school offering a range of cutting-edge LLM, MBA and MA programmes that are tailored to equip students with the legal knowledge and competencies required in an increasingly global workplace.
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
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.
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.
The University of Birmingham’s Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law will arm you with the core principles to take on the most pressing global environmental issues.
Study this world-class LLM anywhere in the world. We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and give you the flexibility to fit your learning around your other commitments.
96% of the School’s research achieved an international standard in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.