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With globalisation international law is becoming increasingly important and this course prepares you for your future career in the international arena. Read more
With globalisation international law is becoming increasingly important and this course prepares you for your future career in the international arena. Our LLM is one of the oldest and most popular courses in international law in London. It attracts students from every nationality and background, not only those who have previously studied law, but also those with a degree in political science, international relations, economics or other relevant discipline. This creates a uniquely vibrant and stimulating learning environment in which to study international Law.

The LLM International Law is linked to our Research Group, International Law at Westminster, which regularly organises public events on topical issues: we recently organised panels and conferences on nuclear proliferation, torture, and citizenship deprivation. We encourage all our students to get involved in the activities of the center so that they can build contacts with leading professionals. Our location, just off Regent Street also puts you within easy reach of all the main legal and political insitutions and organisations giving you fantastic networking opportunities.

Every year, the Oxford University Press Prize is awarded to the best LLM International Law student.

Course content

The course will enhance your understanding of the key principles of public international law, the main developments within the public international law framework and the process of globalisation and its significance for international law.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-DISSERTATION
-PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW

Option modules*
-INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN REFUGEE LAW
-INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE LAW
-INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
-INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW
-INTERNATIONAL LAW AND DEVELOPMENT
-INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA
-PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES
-RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE
-UNITED NATIONS LAW
-INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

Associated careers

On completion of the course, you will be able to specialise in a wide range of careers or academia. Graduates have worked for organisations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations, or in legal departments within international organisations and governments. There are also opportunities for further research or teaching.

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Globalisation and immigration have transformed the religious and cultural landscape in 21st century multicultural societies, leading to many challenges and complexities posed by religion in modern democracies. Read more
Globalisation and immigration have transformed the religious and cultural landscape in 21st century multicultural societies, leading to many challenges and complexities posed by religion in modern democracies.

This new course, which is the first of its kind in the UK, addresses those challenges and complexities and will provide you with a framework to engage with issues relating to the place of religion in public life.

The course is hosted by Westminster Law School and shares modules with the rest of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Westminster School of Media Art and Design. The course is not affiliated to any particular faith but takes a broad approach to religion including non-religious beliefs. It will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the place of religion in society and the role of law.

You can choose whether you want to study for the MA or LLM. For the MA you will need to have obtained a minimum of 180 credits at Level 7. You will have to take the three compulsory core modules which are: Law and Religion: Theory and Practice; Law and Religion in Context and Sociology of Law and Religion. In addition, you will have to write a dissertation and take an additional three optional modules of your choice.

Students who wish to obtain the award of LLM will need to write a dissertation with a substantial law element and are expected to take at least one law option in addition to the core modules.

MA
-Law and Religion Theory and Practice (20 credits)
-Law and Religion in Context (20 credits)
-Sociology of Religion (20 credits)
-MA Dissertation (60 credits)

3 options of your choice (from the proposed list)

LLM
-Law and Religion Theory and Practice (20 credits)
-Law and Religion in Context (20 credits)
-Sociology of Religion (20 credits)
-LLM Dissertation in Law (60 credits)

3 options one of which must be from Law

The course will equip you with key skills such as the ability to carry out independent research and to deal with sensitive topics. You will develop an awareness of world challenges posed by religion, a thorough knowledge of equality and non-discrimination legislation, debating and mooting skills, the ability to be non-judgmental, and to work in a multicultural environment.

Students will also benefit significantly from the Law and Religion Research Cluster which launched in February 2017. The research cluster will hold regular events on topical issues and provide an opportunity for students to network with academics and professionals associated with the field of religion, law and society.

Course content

The Religion, Law and Society MA/LLM provides a platform for critical debates around the relevance of religion in modern pluralist societies and the challenges that democratic states face in dealing with religion in the public sphere. Current debates in law and religion include the pursuit of freedom of and from religion; non-discrimination, manifestation of religion and beliefs, church-state relations, religion and democracy as well as the threat of extremism, terrorism and fundamentalism in liberal and pluralist societies.

The programme aims to explore those issues and contribute to a culture of tolerance by encouraging dialogue and critical self-awareness of individuals’ personal trajectories. You will be encouraged to challenge your own perception of religion in order to enter into a constructive dialogue. This will be done through respectful debates, peer review, critical thinking and reflection. The programme draws on interdisciplinary perspectives and offers students a wide range of options from the social sciences such as law, politics, sociology and media. This interdisciplinary perspective will allow you to develop your own theoretical framework for evaluating the interaction between law and religion in modern contemporary societies.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

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This intensive course is designed for non-law graduates of any discipline, or overseas law graduates who wish to qualify as either barristers or solicitors. Read more
This intensive course is designed for non-law graduates of any discipline, or overseas law graduates who wish to qualify as either barristers or solicitors. The course begins with a two-week introduction to the English legal system and the legal profession. You will then study the seven foundation subjects.

If you successfully complete the course you will be eligible for entry on to the LLM in Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

We have been successfully running this conversion course since 1977 and our students have taken a variety of first degrees at a wide range of universities. Our teaching team contains a rich mix of those who are professionally qualified and others who are active researchers. The course therefore provides a stimulating learning experience. This is reinforced by our small class sizes and the supportive atmosphere within the Westminster Law School.

Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Law will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of basic legal principles, their application to the formulation and resolution of legal problems, and an enquiring, logical and critical approach to legal analysis. It builds upon the academic and professional expertise previously acquired by graduate students and develops the relevant skills needed to demonstrate competence in legal practice.

By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the areas of law studied, of the legal process and the inter-relationship between different areas of law in a national and European context. You will also be able to identify, find and use a range of sources of legal information to assist in legal research, analyse legal information and apply it to the solution of problems.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
-CONTRACT LAW
-CRIMINAL LAW
-EQUITY AND THE LAW OF TRUSTS
-LAND LAW
-LAW OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
-PUBLIC LAW
-TORT
-PROJECT IN ADDITIONAL AREA OF LAW
-LEGAL SKILLS

Associated careers

The course is designed for those graduates who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. The full-time course also enables overseas students to gain an English law qualification in one year.

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Entertainment is a large part of life globally in many forms such as music, film, media, sports and the arts. It is a combination of society, popular culture and commerce, and the interaction of these with law produces an exciting contemporary commercial subject with eclectic outcomes. Read more
Entertainment is a large part of life globally in many forms such as music, film, media, sports and the arts. It is a combination of society, popular culture and commerce, and the interaction of these with law produces an exciting contemporary commercial subject with eclectic outcomes. It is an area deeply affected by technological progress as well as business adaptation. This course combines academic analysis and commercial practice elements of entertainment law in an international perspective. The diverse nature of entertainment law will enable you to follow a number of relevant specialisms, all of which are underpinned by issues of contract and intellectual property.

The course will suit graduates from a law background, or those from a non-law background who have significant relevant experience. There have been many successful international graduates on the course from all over the world. It will give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, thoughts and academic experiences within a supportive environment.

Course content

The course aims to develop your understanding of how key fields within the entertainment industries operate, to assess the impact of the law upon them, and give you the practical skills necessary to succeed in a career in entertainment and media law.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS
-POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION IN LAW
-RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE
-THE REGULATION OF RELATIONSHIPS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS

Option modules
-MERCHANDISING IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS
-LAW AND MEDIA: CONTENT AND CONTROL
-LAW OF DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Associated careers

As an entertainment law graduate you will be able to develop a career in a whole range of professions within the entertainment industry. Perhaps the most popular of these are roles in sports, music, and media and communications law. The subject gives a modern edge to traditional law subjects and is well respected by employers.

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This course balances the best of a rigorous, traditional legal education with a contemporary perspective. Read more
This course balances the best of a rigorous, traditional legal education with a contemporary perspective. Our areas of specialisation address today’s most important business and legal challenges, including the study of commercial relationships in the international arena, the role and impact of electronic commerce, and the gradual harmonisation of international commercial law.

This Masters is not merely about what you learn in the classroom, it is also about actual practice in today’s world of globalisation and international commerce. That is why the LLM provides, in addition to a strong academic dimension, a concentrated, real-world-oriented legal education.

The course offers you the opportunity to develop strong academic and practical skills in a highly competitive and intellectually satisfying area of law. It is ideally suited to those who come from a commercial law, international business, management, or economics background. You will have the opportunity to explore your own ideas, gain knowledge and enhance transferable skills in a supportive environment. You will benefit from a strong programme of visiting speakers, excellent online materials and learning resources, top-quality instruction and a professional and practical focus in a department with a strong research profile.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-DISSERTATION
-FOUNDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LAW

Option modules
-CARRIAGE OF GOODS
-CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ISSUES IN BUSINESS AND LAW
-INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW
-LAW OF INTERNATIONAL SALES
-LAW RELATING TO PAYMENT AND TRADE FINANCE
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
-MULTINATIONAL CORPORATE ENTITIES
-PROTECTION OF COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY)
-RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE

Associated careers

Former students have found employment in accountancy, banking and finance, commodities, corporate and commercial law, export-import, insurance, international and national trade and marketing bodies, international organisations, IT, shipping and freight, tax, and the public sector.

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The course is intended for anyone wishing to demonstrate a commitment to contentious law in public and private international and commercial legal contexts. Read more
The course is intended for anyone wishing to demonstrate a commitment to contentious law in public and private international and commercial legal contexts. The taught part of the programme includes modules which reflect the three main forms of dispute resolution process, namely adjudication (litigation and arbitration), alternative dispute resolution (ADR – principally mediation), and negotiation.

This course differs from the International Commercial Law LLM course which is primarily concerned with non-contentious aspects of commerce (modules include competition law, trade, and insurance).

Class sizes are, in general, quite small, and you will be able to mix with students on other Masters courses at Westminster Law School.

Course content

The course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of the substantive and procedural issues involved in the field, and also the acquisition of skills involved in some of the processes. It is centrally concerned with law and other rules (international and commercial) which are applicable in adjudication and also in the other dispute resolution processes.

In addition to taught modules, there is also the Dissertation module which provides an opportunity for developing a specialist knowledge of a small area of the field, which might lead to a publishable article.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-PERSPECTIVES ON CONFLICTS AND DISPUTES
-POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION
-RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE

Option Modules
Arbitration
-COMPARATIVE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION: LAW AND PRACTICE
-FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT ARBITRATION
-INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

Mediation
-MEDIATION: CONCEPTS, EVOLUTION AND PRACTICE
-RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: CULTURES, INTEGRATION AND LAW

Negotiation
-NEGOTIATION: THEORY, CONTEXTS AND PRACTICE

Public International
-PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES
-INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

Associated careers

The course is designed to benefit a wide range of individuals who are committed to developing their knowledge, skills and insights into contentious international and commercial dispute resolution. The range of individuals who can benefit include: experienced practitioners such as potential judges, arbitrators, and mediators; other professionals who need to have advanced appreciation of international and commercial law, such as civil servants, diplomats, directors, insurers, journalists, linguists, and managers; and paralegals and newly qualified practitioners who need to fill in the gaps left by their existing qualifications and experience to date;

The course will also ideal if you want to progress towards a PhD programme. The course will also be beneficial for you if you are taking a gap year between career stages, and if you are from continental European Union or other countries and want to improve your English for career purposes.

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The Finance and Financial Law MSc is designed to integrate learning in financial theory, markets and institutions, combined with legal study in complementary and specialist areas of financial law. Read more
The Finance and Financial Law MSc is designed to integrate learning in financial theory, markets and institutions, combined with legal study in complementary and specialist areas of financial law. You will gain a deeper understanding of the legal issues and an ability to apply knowledge and skills in professional capacities in a variety of roles in the global financial services industry.

This course is delivered by an experienced inter-faculty teaching team drawn from the Westminster Business School and the Westminster Law School.

The course has an international dimension - you will study in the heart of the capital at our Marylebone campus minutes away from the major global financial and legal centres of the world.

Course content

Study will cover a range of contemporary topics, namely: financial markets and institutions, financial products, regulation and compliance, financial and legal risk management and financial crime.

In addition, the focus on policy matters related to financial regulation will equip you with the skills required to conduct deeper analyses and to undertake research in this multi-disciplinary area of study.

To enable students to build the common key core skills and knowledge base, all students are expected to undergo the Westminster Business School’s pre-course induction process, covering the fundamentals of finance and commercial law.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-Financial Markets and Institutions
-Financial Services Regulation, Risk and Law
-Global Banking
-Legal Aspects of Financial Law
-Project
-Regulatory Risk Management
-Research Methods in Finance and Law

Option modules - You can choose a total of two option modules. Choose one or two from the following list; one may be chosen from anywhere within the University, subject to the Course Leader’s approval.
-Banking Risk and Operations
-Compliance and Law in Banking and Insurance
-Contemporary International Financial Management
-Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
-Derivatives & Structured Finance: Law & Practice

Careers

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster.

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Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. Read more
Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. This course offers an enhanced qualification for professionals working or planning to work in a technically demanding and dynamic global industry. It will appeal to both recent graduates and practitioners considering various fields of work, including law, investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, securities, investments, financial regulation, government agencies and international financial authorities.

You will focus on learning how the financial markets work, from the primary markets involving the issuance of equity, debt and derivatives, to the secondary markets involving trading and investments, as well as very large financial transactions in the international capital markets. Importantly, you will also learn how to take account of legal and regulatory risks facing financiers and bankers, and structure financial instruments to suit commercial priorities and social welfare policies.

Course content

This course aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of the practical processes and innovative products of the international corporate finance market, including equity and debt capital, derivatives, structured finance, risk management and investment portfolio products. It also develops the soft skills you will need in this area of practice, including negotiations and network building, with meetings with senior lawyers and directors of major companies.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-DISSERTATION OR PROJECT
-INVESTMENT BANKING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF CORPORATE FINANCE

Option modules - These modules are recommended if you are looking to specialise in the financial industry. If you opt for the Dissertation you must select four option modules. If you opt for the Project you must choose five option modules.
-DERIVATIVES AND STRUCTURED FINANCE: LAW AND PRACTICE
-INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
-INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, MANAGING GLOBAL RISKS AND ETHICS
-INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FINANCE LAW
-INTERNATIONAL PROJECT FINANCE LAW
-ISLAMIC FINANCE AND SECURITISATION LAW
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
-MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORPORATE FRAUD

Associated careers

This course will be of benefit if you are seeking to work in any of the range of disciplines involved in corporate finance law, including accountancy, corporate banking, corporate finance, corporate law, investment banking, private equity and venture capital, as well as in related fields.

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If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm. Read more
If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm.

For 2016/17, we are offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – an LLM in Legal Practice which incorporates both Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC.

Students enrolling onto this course have the option either to:
-Complete the LPC on its own at a cost of £12,000 (see below) without the addition of the LLM. (Students who exit with the LPC by itself are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.)
-Complete the LPC and enrol subsequently onto additional research and dissertation modules with a view to the award of an LLM in Legal Practice. (Progression to the research and dissertation modules is only in accordance with the Course Regulations and is subject to payment of the 'top-up' fee for 2016/17 of £2000.)

Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and our LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer.

Distinctive features of the course include:
-Highly experienced and approachable lecturers who are all qualified solicitors or barristers.
-Small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
-All sessions are set within a balanced timetable to replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.
-A broad range of Stage 2 electives, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms.
-The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. Currently students can choose to specialise in one of three streams of work: judicial review, family or property. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning.
-A mentoring scheme which pairs you with mentors working in an area you are interested in. Our mentors are predominantly ex. LPC Westminster students.

The course is taught at Westminster Law School's newly refurbished state-of-the-art premises in the heart of London's West End and within the vicinity of many law firms.

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This course embraces a wide range of public, private and domestic issues relevant to the prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes, including the roles of laws, decisions, risks and justice. Read more
This course embraces a wide range of public, private and domestic issues relevant to the prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes, including the roles of laws, decisions, risks and justice. The course includes (but is not restricted to) negotiation and arbitration, and also the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes such as mediation and conciliation.

You will be able to mix with students on other Masters courses at Westminster Law School. Classes are usually small, allowing for an interactive approach to learning. The course combines academic and practical approaches to teaching and learning.

Course content

The course aims to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the issues and the practices involved in the field of conflict prevention and dispute resolution, including the mechanisms of prevention, emergence, avoidance, management, resolution and regulation.

The course content is not explicitly concerned with 'peace studies', but the processes of prevention and the processes of resolution embrace the concepts of securing and maintaining peaceful cooperation.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-PERSPECTIVES ON CONFLICTS AND DISPUTES
-POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION
-RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE

Option modules
-CONFLICT RESOLUTION: NEGOTIATION
-INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
-INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
-INTERNATIONAL LAW AND DEVELOPMENT
-MEDIATION: CONCEPTS, EVOLUTION AND PRACTICE
-NEGOTIATION: THEORY, CONTEXTS AND PRACTICE
-RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: CULTURES, INTEGRATION AND LAW

Associated careers

This course is designed to benefit a wide range of individuals, including graduates progressing towards a PhD programme, practising lawyers wanting to further their knowledge and skills, other graduates and practitioners (such as arbitrators, civil servants, insurers, journalists, judges, linguists and mediators), and anyone managing people and risks. The course is also ideal if you are on a gap year between career stages, and for those from the European Union and other countries who want to improve their English for personal and career purposes.

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