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Master of Laws LLM

Course Description

Our LLM is a respected and desirable academic qualification recognised throughout the world and across key legal disciplines. It focuses on our particular areas of expertise, and aims to offer a unique student experience by taking advantage of our outstanding academic reputation, with emphasis on innovative and problem-solving teaching methods as well as our comparative and international outlook.

Key benefits

- The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world - ranking first in the UK for quality of research (Times Higher Education REF ranking 2014) and seventh in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015: Law).

- Exceptional teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise, with strong links to research mixed with contemporary experience and connections with the wider London legal community. Read more about our esteemed academic staff

- Unrivalled location in the heart of legal London; based in the magnificent Somerset House East Wing on the Strand and minutes from the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and offices of major global law firms.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/master-of-laws-llm.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

A King’s Master of Laws is unlike any other. Under the guidance of our expert tutors we will equip you with the legal knowledge and expertise to match your career ambitions. With a King’s LLM you will be gaining an internationally recognised qualification that is highly desirable in today’s competitive legal profession.

Our tailored LLM programme, as well as our seven legal specialisms, are underpinned by an exceptional reputation for teaching and research. Designed for recent law graduates as well as established professionals, the programme is rigorous, demanding and require serious commitment just as you would expect from one of the world’s leading law schools.

By enrolling on our LLM programme, you will benefit from our vibrant intellectual community, student societies and social events, as well as our links with prestigious international law schools. Join us at King’s and you will find yourself studying in the state-of-the-art-facilities of one of the world’s most distinguished destinations for law.

- Course purpose -

This programme allows you to deepen and to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners. The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Course format and assessment -

You may choose to study one of our seven specialist LLMs or create a unique programme tailored to your areas of interest. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to module leaders before you make a decision on whether to undertake a specialist or tailored LLM.

For all options, you will need to study modules that add up to a total of 180 credits, including a compulsory writing project. The writing project (40 credits) can be either a supervised dissertation, a research module or a practice module. The remaining 140 credits have to be made up of full (40 credit) or half (20 credit) taught modules.

Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks. The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave. Positions range from:

- European Central Bank
- European Commission and UN
- Commercial roles as investment bank analysts
- Tax or public affairs advisers
- Careers in the legal profession
- Accountancy positions
- Management consultancy
- Human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies
- Academia.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Master of Laws LLM page on the King’s College London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Diego Sampaio Peres Fagundes

991.jpg My choice of King’s College London for my graduate study was primarily based on the worldwide reputation that King’s enjoys, being elected one of the top 25 universities in the world. Secondly, as my focus is on financial law, there was really no place else to go, as King’s professors in this field are amongst the best in the UK, which makes sense when you realise that London is one of the financial capitals of the world.

Furthermore, King’s is very well located in London, at the heart of the law and financial quarter. The Maughan Library, which serves all King’s students, is in walking distance and is a prime area for studying, apart from being such a beautiful building.

In addition, the wide array of organisations and societies that are available for the students is impressive. It is really easy to engage in any of the pro-bono groups or sports societies, in what can really contribute in terms of networking and socialising with international students from very different backgrounds.

After finishing my LLM I hope that the doors for a really international career will be open for me and I would definitely recommend King’s to any prospective student.

(Student Profile)

Wenjing Geng

992.jpg Before I enrolled on the LLM programme, I took the pre-sessional course at the King’s English Language Centre. It was an amazing experience for me. Not only could I improve my English language ability through tutorials, but also I could learn things related to law in the workshops. The teachers were really professional and kind. They taught me how to prepare a research essay and a presentation based on British academic rules. It was quite useful for my following studies. In addition, I could make a lot of motivated and wonderful friends.

By studying at King’s and meeting the people who have high aspirations for the future of various branches of law, I am convinced that I can enhance the perspectives of my research and broaden my horizons.

After graduating from King’s, I plan to take the bar exam in China. Based on the knowledge and experience gained at King’s, I am sure that it enhances my legal understanding and thinking, which may aid in my way of becoming a lawyer.

(Student Profile)

Sara Bonini

993.jpg Before coming to King’s I have been working as a qualified lawyer for four years for one of the major Italian international law firms focusing on corporate and financial issues. Although my working experience has been highly valuable, I felt that it was important for me to consolidate the information accumulated so far and reanalyze them from a global perspective. Thus, I applied to King's College London because of its strong reputation for excellence in international financial and commercial law, as well as for the eminence of its academics and its international and cosmopolitan environment.

Attending an LLM programme at King’s has been an ideal choice to explore both the practical and theoretical sides of financial and commercial law. It helped me to learn more about the UK legal system and to compare it with different legal systems. It was also a unique occasion to share my ideas and expertise with those of professors and students coming from different countries and to give my contribution to the international arena. I am certain that my career will benefit immensely from this course of study and I strongly believe that the LLM I pursued at King’s helped me to become a more balanced business lawyer.


Entry Requirements

The basic requirement for admission to the LLM programme is a recognised first degree in law (or a degree with at least 70% law content) of at least high upper second class honours standard or an equivalent overseas qualification. Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies and where work or experience has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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