• University of Cambridge Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses
  • Jacobs University Featured Masters Courses
  • Ulster University Featured Masters Courses
  • Goldsmiths, University of London Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
  • Swansea University Featured Masters Courses
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
SOAS University of London Featured Masters Courses
Ulster University Featured Masters Courses
University of Manchester Featured Masters Courses
University of Leicester Featured Masters Courses
Durham University Featured Masters Courses

Law - LLM

Course Description

The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal platform for students to acquire expertise in specialised subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching or who wish to pursue doctoral studies at a later date. An LLM is an ideal way to re-orientate a career in law.

Degree information

Students are equipped with advanced academic legal skills and knowledge which can usefully be applied in further study, the legal profession, public service or industry. They develop a knowledge and understanding of law in its context, the skills necessary for advanced issues in law and a capacity for individual research.

Students complete 180 credits (120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation). Full-time students complete all 180 credits in 12 months. Part-time students spread their credits over 2 years, or with flexible study, over 3-5 years.

Core modules
-Independent Research Essay

Optional modules - we have over 70 modules on offer, with specialisms in a range of subject areas, including:
-Comparative Law
-Competition Law
-Corporate Law
-Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare
-Energy Law
-Environmental Law and Policy
-European Union Law
-Human Rights Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-International Banking and Finance Law
-International Commercial Law
-International Law
-Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
-Law and Economics
-Legal History
-Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Maritime Law
-Public Law
-In addition to Laws module options, students may select up to 30 credits of taught Master's modules from another UCL department, providing the module is a coherent course of study for the award of Master of Laws (LLM) and has availability.

Independent Research Essay
All students undertake a 12,000-word independent research essay (60 credits) on a self-selected topic of law.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research exercises and guided self-study and research. Each module is supported by a dedicated website containing a syllabus, learning materials, reading lists and assessment information. Taught module assessment may be through unseen examinations, coursework essays, oral presentations or a combination of assessment formats, usually undertaken in term three. A 12,000 word independent research essay is submitted at the end of the programme.


Most graduates pursue a career in the legal profession. On completing the LLM some students choose to pursue a professional qualification in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of areas, including for human rights organistations and corporate law firms, whilst others choose to remain in academia as researchers or lecturers.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Environmental Lawyer, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
-Compliance Analyst, Schroder Investment Management
-Associate, Baker & McKenzie
-Trainee Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright
-Research Assistant, Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament)

The LLM enables graduates to develop skills which are highly sought after. While there is a large variety of content in the choice of modules on the course, graduates will enhance their abilities to think critically, use sound judgment, develop and deliver a cogent argument, research efficiently and comprehensively, and write for a legal audience.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's top universities. UCL Laws is based in the centre of London, embedded in the heart of the UK's elite legal community. UCL's LLM students are granted access to the renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies which has its own extensive library.

UCL Laws has a remarkable teaching and research community. We are deeply committed to the quality and relevance of our graduate education. Students are taught by internationally renowned academics, at the cutting edge of their fields, and leading legal practitioners from major City firms.

Visit the Law - LLM page on the University College London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Christopher O'Meara

"I would recommend UCL for all those thinking of a postgraduate degree in law. As a mature student, with a previous career in banking law, it has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made and goes to show that it is never too late for a change of direction!"


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a UK Bachelor's degree in Law, awarded with a clear upper second-class Honours and evidence of ability to succeed in a programme of advanced study, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Graduates whose first degree is not in Law will be considered for admission if they have an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree, or overseas equivalent, and at least a good Merit pass in the Common Professional Examination (Graduate Diploma in Law) recognised by the UK professional bodies

Email Enquiry

Recipient: University College London
Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.
Email Sent

Share this page:

Cookie Policy    X