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General Legal Studies LLM

Course Description

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

This programme offers one of the widest choices of units available in any UK postgraduate law programme. Students may choose from any of the units that are offered within the specialist LLM programmes. Certain units may, however, require prior or contemporaneous study of some other unit(s).

Programme structure

Part one - You will study four units from any of the specialist LLM programmes, for example:
-Banking Law
-Company Law
-Corporate Governance in the UK and US
-Environmental Law
-European Human Rights Law
-General Principles of International Law
-Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
-Individual Employment Rights
-Information Technology Law
-Intellectual Property
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Commercial Litigation
-International Corporate Finance
-International Law and Human Rights
-International Law and the Use of Force
-International Law of Trade and Aid
-Legal Perspectives on Sustainability
-Maritime Security
-Migration and Work
-Migration Law and Policy
-World Trade Law

If you are from a non-common law background, you may choose one of the following core units:
-Constitutional and Substantive Law of the EU
-Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
-Land Law
-Law of Contract
-Law of Personal Property and Trusts
-Law of Tort
-Public Law

Taught units are assessed by examination and/or essay. Please view our programme catalogue for further information on the course structure and units available. Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of your LLM programme for approval by the Law School. After passing part one, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.


The programme gives you the chance to explore a broad range of legal areas and opens doors to a variety of legal and other careers within the UK and in the rest of the world.

Visit the General Legal Studies LLM page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law component. International students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

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