Course description Manchester Law School has a long and distinguished reputation in the area of international law in the United Kingdom and in Europe. As early as the 1920s when the renowned James Leslie Brierly was teaching at the Law School, Manchester established itself as a centre of excellence for the teaching and research in International Law. The LL.M.s on offer draw on this tradition of excellence and provide cutting-edge knowledge and research skills for anyone interested in a career in international law. Manchester University, which is the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom, offers amazing facilities at the heart of a bustling and cultural centre. Manchester is the place cherished by students aiming at both excellence in legal education as well as memorable cultural and social life. The LLM in Public International Law (the so-called PIL-Track) draws on the long reputation of Manchester Law School in the area of International Law to provide advanced knowledge on a wide array of subjects of international law as well as the tools necessary to understand and critically apprehend contemporary legal issues. It is a high-level postgraduate degree which prepares students for a wide range of career paths, including advocacy, civil servant in international organisations, legal adviser, academic or researcher. The course is structured around a set of 4 compulsory subjects and a wide variety of optional courses. After taking courses on the core and foundational subjects of international law, you will be able to choose between many optional courses in the second semester. Optional courses comprise classical subjects (e.g. international courts and tribunals, human rights, law of armed conflicts, international criminal law, WTO Law) as well as unique subjects such as legal theory and global governance, law and ethics in war and warfare, argumentation before courts, security of investment and transactions, democratic transformation). You will be allowed to customize the curriculum according to your career ambitions, needs and areas of interest. The course is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by eminent scholars with a worldwide reputation as well as invited external experts. Some courses are taught intensively. It is our intention that some courses are taught in the evening so as to allow students having a professional occupation to follow the course. It is anticipated that the best students on the course will have the opportunity of an internship with a renowned law firm or international organisation.
Coursework and assessment Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website. Students must also submit two research papers for the LL.M degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).
English language Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications: - IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories; - TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories; - Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C; - Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.