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Law (LLM)

Course Description

About the course

To this end, all our LLM Programmes are assessed on the basis of coursework alone. Candidates choose the times of working. There are no examinations to sit.

We offer a dynamic range of fourteen different taught modules and there are eight named pathways, which you can opt to study:
- Chinese Commercial Law
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- E-Commerce Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
- International Financial Law
- Maritime Law

If you choose to study a named pathway then you will study two compulsory modules (one each semester) as well as two options (one each semester).There is also the option to study for a Joint Pathway, (where you study the two compulsory modules from the two named pathways) to give you a total of four modules of study. Or, you can study for a general LLM in Law, which allows you a completely free choice of four modules so that you can study areas of law of particular interest to you. Even more flexibility is built in to the programmes in that you can commence your studies in either September (Semester A) or January (Semester B) of each year.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/llm-in-law

- Semester C: Dissertation or Internship?
As well as taking the four taught modules you are also required to complete a 15,000 word dissertation (this counts as two modules) on a topic related to your chosen pathway. The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to carry out assisted research in area of interest to you. The assistance comes in the form of supervision by an expert member of staff and by regular research methods and skills sessions. The dissertation is submitted by mid-September in your final year.

However, our innovative and professionally facing ethos led to the validation of the Internship Module option to run in Semester C alongside the traditional dissertation.

Students have the option of pursuing either the dissertation or the Internship module (the Internship module is subject to an application procedure). If you choose the Internship, it will provide you with the opportunity to work in a law firm and/or the legal department of a business for one or two days per week over a period of about three months. The internships are organised by the School of Law to ensure that all students will gain a genuine and invaluable insight into the legal working environment. Assessment is carried out by means of an oral presentation, a reflective diary and a portfolio (in all totalling 15,000 words on submission).

Why choose this course?

Our LLM Programmes are designed to appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of interests ranging from recent undergraduates who wish to acquire specialist knowledge before starting their careers to practising lawyers who seek to compliment their day to day work with further study. Such a wide range of people require programmes to have flexibility to fit into busy lives.


The University has an extensive careers service available to all students, while the School has two academic members of staff, former solicitors, who hold regular 'surgeries' providing careers advice including CV writing, interview skills and suggestions for obtaining work placements during your studies at the School.

Teaching methods

Teaching takes the form of weekly lecture/workshop sessions. You are expected to come to these sessions prepared and ready to contribute to discussions. If you are studying full-time, you attend for two lectures and small group seminars per week and part-time for one lecture and small group session per week. You will be given comprehensive module guides and reading lists at the beginning of each module to enable you to read widely and research issues independently.

You are expected to approach issues of law critically and to consider law in its social, political and economic context. Each module is assessed exclusively by means of coursework and makes extensive use of our flexible, learner-centred managed online learning environment (StudyNet). Seminar tutors are specialists in their area of teaching and will be available and willing to help with any questions or concerns in the preparation for classes.

Professional Accreditations

This Programme is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/llm-in-law#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Law (LLM) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade C or above, or IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR An overseas equivalent qualification

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £6,100, Part time £510 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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