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This programme focuses on the public international law aspects of international trade and, in particular, the regulation of international trade by international law and international institutions, including the World Trade Organisation. Read more

This programme focuses on the public international law aspects of international trade and, in particular, the regulation of international trade by international law and international institutions, including the World Trade Organisation.

You’ll examine the significant role that international law has played in the redistribution of wealth and the reform of the global economic order, and develop a specialised and detailed knowledge of the law concerning international trade. You’ll also investigate and apply the complex rules of international trade law to novel problems, and real-world and hypothetical scenarios.

The course also gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate the legal rules and underlying policies concerning International Trade Law.

LLM International Trade Law is offered within the dynamic Centre for Business Law and Practice with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. This includes opportunities for co-curricular activities that enhance transferable skills and develop a knowledge of law’s impact in the wider world. The Centre for Business Law and Practice offers a wide range of experience and expertise in a number of fields, with links to the business community through, for example, the Advisory Board, which includes practitioners amongst its members. Industry and professional speakers regularly participate in conference and seminar events, which you’re encouraged to attend.

The Centre includes amongst its members internationally renowned researchers, and a number of teaching staff are qualified in the legal profession.

Course content

The compulsory modules studied over the course of the academic year will give you the opportunity to:

  • examine the framework of international law governing the economic relations between states
  • analyse bilateral investment and free trade treaties, and explore regional trade agreements
  • investigate the workings of World Trade Organisation law
  • study international trade regulation.

These modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, culminating in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.

If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules and choose two optional modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and two optional modules in your second year to complete your programme.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • The International Law of Foreign Investment 15 credits
  • World Trade Organisation Law 15 credits
  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • International Economic Law 15 credits

Optional modules

  • International E-Commerce Law 15 credits
  • International Competition Law 15 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 15 credits
  • International Law of Credit and Security 15 credits
  • International Trade Finance Law 15 credits
  • International Sales Law 15 credits
  • Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets 15 credits
  • Environmental Law - international permit-based control of pollution 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Trade Law LLM Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read International Trade Law LLM Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of smaller group seminars, and lectures depending on the module. All students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, a number of one-to-one meetings and comment on draft work.

Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of an essay of up to 4,500 words at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.

Career opportunities

The International Trade Law programme will enable you to embark upon a career in legal practice, or any career, where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international trade law. Graduates have secured employment as lawyers, legal managers and international trade consultants. A number of our students remain with us to pursue a further research career as PhD students.

Careers support

The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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Summary. The LLM in Access to Justice (A2J) is a distinct and unique clinical legal education course in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland, there being no comparable courses at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Read more

Summary

The LLM in Access to Justice (A2J) is a distinct and unique clinical legal education course in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland, there being no comparable courses at undergraduate or postgraduate level. The course gives students the opportunity to develop legal advice and advocacy skills by allowing them to represent appellants in Industrial and Social Security Tribunals. Students will also have the opportunity to engage their interest in the provision of legal services more generally as they are required to develop and manage the ‘Ulster University Law Clinic’.

The function of the course is to supplement the existing range of legal service providers by focusing on, and meeting, ‘unmet legal need’ in the fields of employment law and social security law. In doing so, students are tasked to analyze ‘unmet legal need’, the availability and consumption of legal services and reflect on wider issues of access to justice, ‘equality of arms’, and dispute resolution.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance. In semester one, students will undertake taught modules in Social Security Law and Policy, Employment Law, Tribunal Representation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Student will also begin clinical work placement with the Legal Support Project within the Law Centre (NI) in the area of Social Security and induction to the Ulster Law Clinic. In Semester 2 & 3, Students will be based at the Ulster Law Clinic and/or clinical work placement with the Legal Support Project for the Clinical Legal Practice module where they will provide advice and representation to users of the Law Clinic. Students will also undertake the taught module Housing Law and attend classes in the Dissertation module.

Modules

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. 

  • Employment Compliance and Development
  • Social Security Law and Policy
  • Employment Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Tribunal Representation
  • Clinical Legal Practice
  • Dissertation

Work placement / study abroad

Student clinicans will have placement as volunteers with our placement partner at the pro-bono Legal Support Project at Law Centre (NI). Students will undertake training and will providing specialist legal advice and representation on social security cases.

Students can also engage in placement through collaboration with the Legal Support Officer at Citizens Advice Regional Office. Students would focus on providing support in Social Security Commissioner’s cases.

Students will undertake employment law cases through the Ulster Law Clinic.

Academic profile

The Clinic staff have recieved recognition through a variety of awards. The Course Team received the Distinguished Team Teaching Award in December 2014 from Ulster University, as well as Learning and Teaching Awards 2014 Course/School Team of the Year in the UUSU awards. Dr Eugene McNamee was the recipient of the US-UK Fulbright Public Sector Award 2014 - Scholar at Fordham Law School, NYC, 2015. Dr Esther McGuinness was runner up in the highly prestigious Law Teacher of the Year Award OUP.

Clinic staff continue to engage in leading research and justice innovations related to practical implications of, and solutions to, access to justice problems. The Clinic was awarded funding by the Legal Education Foundation to analyse the role of university law clinics in the UK in delivering access to justice. Dr Gráinne McKeever received funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme to understand how court litigants participate in court hearings. The Nuffield Foundation has awarded Dr Gráinne McKeever and Dr John McCord, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, to conduct a human rights analysis of the impact of litigants in person (LIPs) on the Northern Ireland court system. Ciaran White has engaged in research to review the access to justice barriers arising for deaf clients attending consultations with private solicitors in Northern Ireland.

Career options

You will develop skills highly relevant to legal practice, and to policy, research and advocacy roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Successful completion may also open up a range of further study and research options.

The LLM A2J allows you to develop the analytical skills prized by employers in a wide range of career pathways within the United Kingdom, Ireland and internationally. Students obtain experience in all aspects of legal practice, from client-handling and case-related research, to advocacy and representation, as well as developing and managing a working Law Clinic. The degree is relevant to legal practice and policy, and to research and advocacy roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Successful completion also opens up a range of further study and research options.

We are proud to state that all our graduates to date have have transitioned into employment, practice or further academic study. The connections created by the referral network have generated opportunities for our graduates in the form of trainee solicitor positions with one of the members of our referral network, Sullivans Law, for example. Graduates have also been employed as research interns in the Law Society of Northern Ireland for the last two years. Other students have taken up funded PhDs examining issues and concepts arising from their LLM studies, and continued working across the legal advice field.



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Would you like the opportunity to integrate new knowledge with your current area of practice to further enhance your skills and career prospects?. Read more
Would you like the opportunity to integrate new knowledge with your current area of practice to further enhance your skills and career prospects?

The LLM Advanced Legal Practice course will allow you to undertake an in-depth study of a specialised legal topic under the supervision of one of our dedicated teaching team. You will also develop your skills in legal research and the coherent presentation of this research in written format.

Designed for qualified lawyers, solicitors, barristers and those with an equivalent qualification, this course is delivered via distance learning across a one to two year period, allowing you to study at times convenient to you. Applicants must successfully have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or equivalent. This course is also open to those who are currently completing their legal qualification at Northumbria University.

Are you a qualified lawyer who would like to develop your knowledge in a specialist area of law? If so, this course could be for you.

Learn From The Best

This course is delivered by our specialist team, who all boast extensive knowledge of general law and their own related specialisms.

Although a majority of this course is delivered online, you will have ongoing access to staff who will support you through every step of your degree.

The initial stage of this course is focused on tutor-directed learning and you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide guidance and feedback as you begin to work towards producing your dissertation project.

They will work with you throughout all stages of your dissertation, providing feedback on each chapter and advice on the suitability of your chosen topic, research techniques and whether your project is sufficiently analytical.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is primarily delivered online to provide flexibility and the ability for you to study at times convenient to you. Teaching will be delivered via guided reading, self-evaluative tasks and formative writing exercises that will help you to develop your analytic, research and writing skills.

In the early stages of your course you will have the opportunity to participate in a ‘surgery’ session, where you can discuss your expectations and explore issues relating to the mechanics of this course and its delivery.

You will then study a Legal Research and Study Skills Unit, before progressing to your dissertation, which is the sole assessment method for this course.

Your dissertation must concentrate on the law in England and Wales but, providing there is an appropriate tutor available to supervise, its topic can be of your choosing and can include a comparative study of international legal jurisdictions. Since the project requires in-depth research it may be closely related to your intended or current area of practice.

Learning Environment

As a distance-based learner a large proportion of your course’s content will be delivered online using the latest innovative software.

Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

In addition to Blackboard, you will also be provided with access to innovative learning and assessment platform, pebble+, where you can store your written material.

Video platform, Panopto, will also allow you to view recorded lectures and other content that will support your learning.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course and focused into three signature areas: of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These groups act as a focus for research activity, informing and pervading our law courses as appropriate.

Our team are all research-active and regarded as thought-leaders in their own areas of specialism.

The core focus of this LLM Advanced Legal Practice course is a research project that will allow you to develop your own research skills and apply them to your dissertation and daily practice in the workplace.

Give Your Career An Edge

Providing the opportunity for you to undertake a research topic in your current field of work or in a new area of particular interest to you, this course aims to ensure development of legal knowledge, legal application and critical analysis skills to equip you with professional and reflective skills necessary for effective practice.

This will allow you to integrate the knowledge acquired during this course in to your current practice, whilst developing your professional research and writing skills.

It will also give you further academic credit for your existing legal qualification to further enhance your career and progression opportunities, whilst allowing you to focus on one specialist area of legal practice.

Your Future

Building on your previous Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or related qualification, the LLM Advanced Legal Practice course provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialist area of law.

The skills acquired during this course are directly relevant to the needs of modern legal practice and can help to improve future job prospects and the progression to higher level roles.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a specialist area of law, in addition to providing you with a master’s level qualification.

Throughout the duration of this course you will have access to our online Employability and Leadership Attributes portal, which can further help increase your employability by providing an insight into the indicators of leadership potential valued by employers.

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Tailor your studies to suit your interests. Produce arguments that encompass policy, existing practice and knowledge at an advanced level. Read more
  • Tailor your studies to suit your interests
  • Produce arguments that encompass policy, existing practice and knowledge at an advanced level
  • Modules offered by schools and departments including the Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies and the ICMA Centre
  • Supported by expert academic researchers and practitioners
  • Links with employers and opportunities to gain real-world experience

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • International human rights law
  • Public international law
  • International dispute settlement
  • International refugee law
  • International institutional law and dispute settlement

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors for you, not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

Graduates from our LLM programmes have gone on to work for a range of national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs.



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The LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies offers a unique opportunity to drafters, legal officers, policy makers, and those interested in the process of lawmaking and in drafting to study the legislative environment and legislation as a tool for regulation. Read more

The LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies offers a unique opportunity to drafters, legal officers, policy makers, and those interested in the process of lawmaking and in drafting to study the legislative environment and legislation as a tool for regulation. The programme aims to promote an understanding of the principles of legislative studies, and an in-depth awareness of what constitutes legislative quality and how this can be achieved. The programme is not prescriptive and allows participants to naturalize their knowledge and apply it in their own national environments. Capped class numbers allow individualized tuition. Alumni are usually employed by governments and international organizations.

Legislative drafting is often perceived as a technical skill, which one learns on the job. The view of the Sir William Dale Centre, as eloquently put by its founder and its staff in numerous publications, has always been that legislative drafting is a phronetic discipline requiring awareness of the theoretical principles of drafting along with experience on the job. Legislative drafting has evolved to become the bedrock of political, economic and social transformation. It is still, however, relatively unexplored as an academic discipline. The LLM examines issues related to the policy process, the legislative process, and the drafting process. Legislation is viewed as a tool for regulation. Effectiveness of regulatory aims is the scope and aim of the drafting process.

LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies is also offered via distance learning (DL).

The LLM in ALS via DL includes a compulsory week-long intensive residential course in London. This gives students a chance to meet the tutors and other students, and to start their studies with the maximum level of support.

Teaching methods for the remainder of the course include extensive online materials per session, such as PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs, and a number of academic sources for essential and further reading; online discussions with tutors and fellow students on the traditional LLM and the LLM via DL; private reading and independent research; individual tuition and support via email for coursework and dissertation for which a dissertation supervisor is assigned.

Structure

LLM in ALS - Degree code: JTALS | Credit value: 180

LLM in ALS via DL - Degree code: JTDIL | Credit value: 180

The LLM is divided into two pathways: the Common Law direction and the EU direction.

The Common Law direction core modules:

Comparative Legislative Studies 1 and 2

Legislative Drafting 1 and 2

Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2

The EU direction core modules:

EU Legislative Studies 1 and 2

The Jean Monnet Module ‘Legislating for EU Membership and Accession’

The Jean Monnet module ‘Theories of European Integration’

Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2

Plus a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words

Students take all modules from the selected pathway and the dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework, namely by two written essays of 3,500 words each for each of the courses of the LLM. For the two modules students are assessed by one essay of 5,000 words. The pass mark for all examinations and the dissertation will be fifty per cent (50%), the Merit Award will be between 65 and 69% and the mark for Distinction will be seventy per cent (70%), as required by Regulation 10.25 of the Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees.

Mode of study

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Part-time students take four modules in the first year of study, and two modules and the dissertation in the second year of study.

LLM via distance learning: 24 months part-time only. Part-time students take four modules in the first year of study, and two modules and the dissertation in the second year of study.

Course Handbook



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The Thesis program is suited to students who wish to focus on original scholarly research and writing under the supervision of a law professor. Read more
The Thesis program is suited to students who wish to focus on original scholarly research and writing under the supervision of a law professor. The Air and Space Law LL.M. with Thesis involves 20 credits in course work and 25 research credits.

In turn, the Non-Thesis program is suited to students who wish to gain a wide exposure to a range of taught courses within, and related to, the domain of Air and Space Law. The Non-Thesis option requires the completion of 27 course credits and a substantial Supervised Research Project (18 credits) during the third term of registration.

For more details, please see the website: http://www.mcgill.ca/law-gradprograms/programs/llm/iasl

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The course is aimed at law graduates wanting to work in the field of human rights as legal practitioners, policy or development work or as human rights advocates. Read more

The course is aimed at law graduates wanting to work in the field of human rights as legal practitioners, policy or development work or as human rights advocates. It provides students with the legal human rights attributes to work locally or internationally.

During the course you cover • human rights law • conventions • policy and theory • principles of human rights and social justice • advanced case studies in international human rights and social justice • legal scholarship in human rights • project management for human rights (optional).

You gain skills in • legal application and understanding of human rights principles and law • critical appraisal of human rights legalisation in the UK and internationally • problem solving • practical application and realisation of human rights in practice.

Key features of the course include opportunities to

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the relevant legal, policy and social contexts in which human rights legislation operates
  • develop an understanding of how human rights organisations ensure legal practice
  • engage with the research work of staff in the Human Rights and Social Justice, and Social-Legal Research Clusters and the Department of Law and Criminology
  • complete in-depth case studies on key topics in human rights
  • learn from experienced lawyers, practitioners and policy-makers from local and international human rights organisations.

You also benefit from

  • the unique opportunity to take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on a range of practical human rights projects/event, case reviews, seminars and workshops
  • high profile guest speakers who work in the real world of human rights principles, with past speakers including Shami Chakrabarti and Trevor Phillips
  • input from leading human rights organisations allow you to meet leading human rights practitioners and defenders and to find out about their work
  • opportunities to organise human rights events
  • real world case studies and application
  • the opportunity to undertake in-depth work with a human rights organisation and obtain real world experience
  • links to international partners and projects.

You can also complete a dissertation based on a topic of your choice, enabling you to specialise in an area of interest.

Course structure

Modules

  • human rights in the 21st century
  • principles of human rights and social justice
  • advanced case studies in international human rights and social justice
  • legal scholarship for human rights
  • dissertation
  • project management for human rights

Assessment

  • case studies
  • reports
  • essay
  • presentation
  • dissertation

Employability

On the course you gain transferable skills and develop knowledge of human rights, social justice theories and legal practice. This prepares you to work in

  • human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • legal profession
  • local and central government services
  • research and development organisations.


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This full-time programme offers students the opportunity to work towards an LLM qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training over two years. Read more
This full-time programme offers students the opportunity to work towards an LLM qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training over two years.

The aim of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and skills students will attain from the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) by simultaneously developing their knowledge and understanding of a specific area of law through their study under an LLM programme. The LLM programme requires students to undertake a project of 15,000 – 17,000 words in a subject linked to an area of study under the BPTC, thus enhancing their Bar qualification, knowledge, research skills and employability.

The programme offers a different pathway to students who would like to attain an award under the Bar Professional Training Course but would, at the same time, like to enhance their legal research skills through the completion of a project.

This course is in the process of being updated - please view the website for the latest updates: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/master-of-laws-bar-practice-ft-dtfbap6/

Programme Content

During the programme student develop a range of essential skills, which include:
-Advocacy
-Drafting
-Opinion Writing
-Conference Skills
-Resolution of Disputes Out of Court

Evidence, criminal litigation and civil litigation are also taught as discrete subjects, as well as being integrated with the main skill areas.

All students choose two specialist options. Current options include:
-Civil Practice
-Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
-Chancery Practice
-Commercial Practice
-Criminal Practice
-Employment Practice
-Family Practice
-Landlord and Tenant
-Student Law Office – students will work in Northumbria’s Student Law Office, which is the largest student law clinic in the country, working on real legal problems for members of the public, subject to maximum numbers.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. Students will complete a legal research and study skills module designed to enable them to improve their writing and research skills in preparation for a project of 15,000 – 17,000 words. The project title is chosen by the student in an area related to their BPTC studies.

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The Biomedical Ethics Unit of McGill University, Montreal, was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting scholarly research, clinical services, teaching and public outreach. Read more
The Biomedical Ethics Unit of McGill University, Montreal, was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting scholarly research, clinical services, teaching and public outreach. Members of the unit have backgrounds in law, sociology, molecular genetics, history, medicine, and philosophy with cross-appointments in Social Studies of Medicine, Family Medicine, Experimental Medicine, Human Genetics, Sociology, and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.

LLM in Bioethics

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes both the conceptual and practical aspects of Bioethics with students applying through the Faculties of Law, Medicine, Religious Studies and the Department of Philosophy. Students entering through Law are bound by the requirements of the Faculty of Law's LL.M. Thesis program.

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics ordinarily takes at least two years to complete, although some students have completed it in 18 months. The first year is devoted to course work (including a clinical practicum), and the second year is devoted to a Master's thesis on a topic in bioethics that also satisfies the requirements of the base discipline. Students graduate with a Master's degree from the Faculty of their base discipline (M.A., M.Sc. or LL.M.) with a specialization in bioethics.

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This programme is taught via block teaching and structured learning by the Law School and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) and is for those with an interest in medical ethics, and healthcare law, including medical students. Read more
This programme is taught via block teaching and structured learning by the Law School and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) and is for those with an interest in medical ethics, and healthcare law, including medical students.

The programme introduces you to the fundamental analytical skills of moral philosophy and law and the principal ethical and legal issues arising within medical research and practice and how they are resolved. Issues include regulation of artificial reproduction; life and death decision making; obtaining of informed consent; appropriate use of genetic testing; and fair distribution of health care resources.

A student is awarded either an LLM or an MA degree dependent on the weighting of law and politics courses studied. A major factor will be the department responsible for the supervision of the final dissertation.

Modules
Core modules:
• Foundations of Bioethics
• Foundations in Medical Law
• Life and Death
• Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
• Dissertation

Optional modules:
• Independent Research Module (Law)
• Self-directed Study (PPR)

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This course will develop your understanding of key areas in business law and international business law. It is designed for business executives and professionals, and is particularly suitable for lawyers, accountants, managers and human resources professionals. Read more

Flexible distance learning for the busy professional

This course will develop your understanding of key areas in business law and international business law. It is designed for business executives and professionals, and is particularly suitable for lawyers, accountants, managers and human resources professionals.
•Informa
This course is delivered in partnership with Informa Professional Academy, an organisation dedicated to working with leading academic bodies to provide high-calibre and well respected distance learning postgraduate courses
•Develop your own personal pathway
This course combines one core module with a diverse range of optional modules
•Study at your own pace
Enjoy flexible distance learning, with the option to exit at one of several points with a postgraduate award
•Differentiate yourself in the job market
Gain a competitive edge by increasing your knowledge of business law
•Boost your employability
Improve your career and employability options in a globalised job market

Teaching and assessment

The LLM is studied by distance learning and is fully assessed by coursework and a dissertation. The distance learning mode involves optional attendance at Leicester De Montfort Law School, for a maximum of ten Saturday study days during the period of study. The course is structured in a way that allows you to exit at one of several points, if desired, each with a postgraduate award.

Choose your own modules!

Business Law in the UK and EU – in this module you will examine the sources of UK law and EU law and the status and consequences within them. You will also cover the single market and the free movement of goods within Europe. You will explore the classification and characteristics of personal property rights, examine business responsibility for goods and service and investigate the freedom of contract, public policy and business contracting. You will also examine the state regulation and self-regulation of business and their licensing activity.

Plus optional modules which may include:

• Aspects of Discrimination in Business

• Business Taxation

• Civil Liberties in the Workplace

• Collective Labour Law

• Company Law

• Consumer Law

• Corporate Insolvency Law

• EU Competition Law

• European e-Commerce Law

• Individual Labour Law

• Intellectual Property Law

• Law of Health and Safety

• Laws of International Trade

• Negotiated Study

• Personal Insolvency Law

• Private International Law

• Sale and Supply of Goods

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

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The PGCert, PGDip and LLM Canon Law provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of Ecclesiastical Law in the context of relevant national and international law. Read more
The PGCert, PGDip and LLM Canon Law provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of Ecclesiastical Law in the context of relevant national and international law.

The course works out of an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a teaching staff drawn from the fields of legal studies, theology, philosophy and ethics. The Diploma Canon Law is suitable for those who practise or are involved in the administration of church law and for those wishing to pursue an interest in this developing field of legal scholarship.

The course provides an opportunity for postgraduate study in the canon law of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, particularly that of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church and the law of the State applicable to these churches.

Distinctive features

The Canon Law LLM/PGDip/PGCert is research-led and has strong links with the prestigious Centre for Law and Religion. The programme attracts a diverse student body including secular and ecclesiastical judges, university academics, barristers, solicitors and clergy from both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

The programme is taught through lectures and seminars on residential weekends over a period of two academic years, held at St Michael’s College in Cardiff.

Structure

PGCert:

You must complete any two of the four modules available. Module selection will determine whether the Certificate Canon Law is completed in one or two academic years.

Please see the website for modules taught on this route:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/canon-law-pgcert

PGDip:

You must complete four compulsory modules over two academic years.

Please see the website for modules taught on this route:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/canon-law-pgdip

LLM:

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage one (the taught component) comprises four, compulsory 30 credit modules; stage two comprises the dissertation. Stage one will run over two years and you will take two modules in each year; you will be taught and assessed in one module per semester. You will progress to the dissertation upon successful completion of stage one.

Please see the website for modules taught on this route:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/canon-law-llm

Teaching

Studying at postgraduate level is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at all classes is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.

Your modules will be delivered through seminars and lectures during residential weekends, individual and joint written oral presentations and distance learning.

Assessment

We make use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Your marks in summative assessments count towards your final award. Each Diploma Canon Law module is summatively assessed by one 5000 word essay.

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The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law is designed exclusively for trainee patent and trade mark attorneys. Read more

The Certificate in IP Law M3EC

The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law is designed exclusively for trainee patent and trade mark attorneys. It is a one-semester (13 week) course with a high concentration on many of the practical aspects of patents, trade marks and designs and greater involvement of patent and trade mark practitioners to complement the academic treatment of the subject matter.

Overview

Intellectual Property (IP) Law has become an interdisciplinary field comprised of law, engineering, medical science, economics, and numerous other fields. The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law is designed exclusively for trainee patent and trade mark attorneys. It is a one semester (13 week) course with a high concentration on many of the practical aspects of patents, trade marks and designs, and features greater involvement of patent and trade mark practitioners to complement the academic treatment of the subject matter. This course is approved by IPReg, CIPA and ITMA and is a recognised foundation exempting programme by these organisations.

The teaching term runs from 12 September or the first Monday following this date annually and finishes in mid-December. Exams run over two weeks in January annually.

This programme will:
◦Feature the involvement of patent and trade mark practitioners.
◦Offer you exemption from some professional exams. If you complete your examinations successfully, you will be exempt from the foundation level papers of the Joint Examination Board of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and three out of four of the foundation exams for the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Programme structure

The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law is available to study over one semester (13 weeks).
Compulsory modules:

You must obtain 60 credits in total.
◦Copyright and designs (15 credits) examined by one 3hr 15 min exam.
◦Law of trade marks and unfair competition (15 credits) examined by one 2hr 30 min and one 3hr 15 min exam.
◦Patent law (15 credits) examined by one 2hr 30 min and one 3hr 15 min exam.
◦Competition law (15 credits) examined by one 3hr 15 min exam.
◦Basic principles of English law, practice and evidence (non-credit bearing but assessed).

All students must attend Basic Principles of English law, practice and evidence, which is non-credit bearing but is of special relevance to intellectual property practitioners.

Professional Exams exemption

If you successfully complete the programme you will be exempt from the foundation level papers of the Joint Examination Board of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and three out of four of the foundation exams for the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

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The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised legal professional qualification as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and build valuable professional experience working as a volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic. Read more
The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised legal professional qualification as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and build valuable professional experience working as a volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic.

You'll study the law, procedure and theory of civil litigation and related dispute resolution processes while also gaining practical legal experience and developing your professional skills. All students will take part in face to face, drop-in advice giving sessions at our Legal Advice Clinic and may have an opportunity to volunteer at our Lambeth County Court Help Desk.

Modules

All modules are assessed by a mix of examinations, written coursework, oral presentations, live client assessment and reflective practice logs.

Civil Justice
Civil Litigation Practice (CILEx)
Legal Advice (Clinical)
Dissertation

Plus three of the following optional modules:

Advocacy (Clinical)
Mediation & Negotiation
Employment Law Practice (CILEx)
Family Law Practice (CILEx)
Criminal Litigation Practice (CILEx)

Timetable

Full-time mode:
Two evenings and two afternoons per week (usually nine hours), plus clinical practice hours.

Part-time mode:
One evening and one afternoon per week (usually three to six hours), plus clinical practice hours.

Teaching and learning

All modules are supported by weekly online learning activities, resources and practical work, particularly in the Legal Advice Clinic, is supported by one to one feedback and support from experienced legal practitioners.

Placements

All students will work in the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic giving supervised legal advice to local clients at the clinic's weekly drop-in sessions. Students taking the Advocacy (Clinical) module will also take part in clinical activities based in the local courts.

Professional links

The course and the Law Department have strong links with Lambeth County Court, the Southwark Legal Advice Network and the South London Law Society. Advice sessions at the Legal Advice Clinic are supported by Solicitors from local South London law firms.

Employability

You'll develop your professional skills,experience and confidence alongside local legal professional practitioners. The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers clinical legal experience and an embedded professional qualification (Graduate Member of CILEx), offering you the opportunity to start work as a qualified legal professional without further study on graduation.

Graduate Members of CILEx are entitled to become Fellows of CILEx after 3 years of legal practice. Fellows of CILEx are fully qualified legal professionals with the same professional privileges and responsibilities as Solicitors, but who are qualified to work within one specified legal practice area only. In the modern profession, most Solicitors are also specialists concentrating on one legal practice area only. The cost of the LLM is considerably less than the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course. Qualification with CILEx does not require a Pupillage or Training Contract, just the three years qualifying legal employment.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This specialism offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. Read more
This specialism offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

Who is it for?

The Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM degree should interest and benefit a broad range of students. If you are already professionally qualified having taken the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) it will develop your understanding of practice and enhance your career. If you have legal qualifications in another jurisdiction it will provide understanding of legal process in England. You can enrol in the course straight after a law degree, although some experience of legal practice is an advantage.

Objectives

This Specialist LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution programme provides a unique opportunity to enhance the development of a career in legal professional practice as a barrister, solicitor or other qualified legal practitioner. The course investigates the ways in which civil litigation can be managed strategically and effectively, and provides a practice-focused understanding of mediation and arbitration as alternative ways of resolving a dispute, both of which are becoming increasingly important to commercial and non-commercial practice alike.

This innovative specialist Masters degree is designed to provide a sound understanding of the rules under which litigation, arbitration and mediation operate, based on current scholarship including areas such as procedure, evidence and ethics.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help them develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules you will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write their dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - choose from the following 30-credit modules:
-Commercial/High Value Litigation in London
-Civil Dispute Resolution Options - Strategic Use of ADR
-Arbitration
-Mediation and Negotiation
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Dispute Settlement
-EU Litigation

Elective modules - for your remaining elective modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering diverse subjects – everything from Human Rights and Energy Law to Mergers or Money Laundering.

Dissertation - those students who start the course in January will take two (or three) taught modules in the spring term (January-April), write their dissertation over the summer, before completing the remaining taught modules in the autumn term (September – December). Please be reassured that this structure does not disadvantage January entry students in any way; the dissertation is a separate piece of individual work, it does not directly build on the teaching and assessment which takes place on the taught modules. All students are allocated dissertation supervisors who assist students topic selection and in research methodology.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
-10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) OR
-20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation. With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this LLM is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career.

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in litigation and dispute resolution.

100% of graduates responding to the 2014/15 DLHE survey were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

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