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Legal History (MA by Research)

Course Description

This course draws on the academic networks and events facilitated and organised by the Forum for Legal and Historical Research at Reading.

The course is delivered through a combination of skills-focused training, guided research and writing. With its emphasis upon independent research the course is particularly suited to those considering legal practice, or who wish to pursue a PhD in history, law or related areas. Pursued as a part-time course, it would also be an asset to researchers and practitioners who would like to develop their knowledge and skills in new directions while undertaking structured independent research.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/law-pg/ma-res-legal-history.aspx

Modules include:

• Archival Internship
• Research Dissertation
• Research Seminar Presentation
• History and the Management of an Archive
• Sourcing the Past.

What career can you have?

Graduates from our LLM course have gone on to work for various national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs. A good proportion of our recent graduates are working with the European Union, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Police (INTERPOL), amongst others. A postgraduate law degree will open many doors not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.


The University of Reading School of Law is a leading UK law school with a world-class reputation.

Ranked joint 7th, along with Cambridge, for world-leading research and international excellence and 11th out of all UK law schools in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008).

A dynamic and international learning environment with teaching supported by first class research with renowned experts across the main fields of national, European and international law.

Active career development and co-curricular opportunities including an annual 'Working Internationally' career’s forum and a series of guest lectures by practitioners.

Collaborative teaching and research in our Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation and strong links with the Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies, Henley Business School, and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre.

Double Master’s courses offered with a wide range of leading partner universities worldwide, including Peking University and Renmin University in China, ALBA in Greece, MGIMO in Russia, Hanyang University in South Korea and CYCU and National Taipei University in Taiwan, amongst others.

Visit the Legal History (MA by Research) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply

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