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Maritime Law - LLM

Course Description

The LLM course in Maritime Law will give you the opportunity to acquire and develop the legal knowledge and skills vital to a career in the vibrant and fast growing sphere of Maritime Law.

Who is it for?

The Specialism in Maritime Law will appeal to students at all stages of their career and from around the world who have an interest in legal practice as it relates to maritime issues. It will enable students with this focus to develop their career in private commercial practice or in-house in this specialized sphere of commercial law.


The unique specialist LLM course in Maritime Law provides you with an opportunity to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills for this niche but important field of law. This course is unquestionably one of the more popular specialist programmes for law students at the City Law School. It is taught by academics and practitioners who have years of experience in the field. The emphasis of the programme is on understanding how the law works in relation to matters such as shipping contracts, insurance, admiralty practice, international sale of goods, and commercial arbitration.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything the Institution has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus - with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work. Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.


Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.


All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle. Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.


As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules you will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - each module is worth 30 credits.
-Admiralty Law
-Carriage of Goods by Sea
-Law of International Trade
-Marine Insurance
-World Trade Law
-International Law of the Sea
-International Commercial Arbitration

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in the maritime law sector.

Graduates from this specialist LLM course are well placed to pursue careers in:
-Professional legal and shipping practice
-International or EU organisations
-Non-governmental organisations
-Media and press
-Academia and research

The skills and knowledge you develop during your postgraduate study will help you in a wide variety of career options and you will acquire many transferrable skills. The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

Students who complete the LLM in Maritime Law may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by the City Law School.

Maritime law research is prominent at the City Law School - PhD research in maritime law is currently undertaken by students supervised by Professor Jason Chuah, director of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group.

Visit the Maritime Law - LLM page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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Elli Aidini Antonopoulou

Elli has successfully completed the specialist LLM in Maritime Law. She also took on two additional law modules in another field of interest

Elli Aidini Antonopoulou has successfully completed the specialist LLM in Maritime Law. Apart from taking on the necessary modules for the completion for the course, Elli also took on two additional modules in the field of Energy Law.

Why did you choose to study the LLM Maritime Law?

Coming from Greece, which has a strong and excellent tradition in shipping, I had a big admiration for the sea and I was keen on understanding how the shipping industry operates. Therefore and in order to pursue this goal that I had set, after graduating from Law School in Greece, I started working as a trainee lawyer in a law firm specialising in shipping law in Piraeus. One of my tasks was to perform a case law research on the subject of compensation awarded for salvage operations by English versus Greek Courts. It was at that moment the salvage bug bit me and I knew I wanted to acquire more specialised knowledge in Admiralty Law.

What made you choose City University London and The City Law School?

City University London was an obvious choice for me, since it has a long tradition, strong connections with the industry, as well as it is established in London, which is a vibrant, dynamic metropolis of the world. Moreover, City Law School has many advantages. To name a few, it offers a vast array of modules. In my case, Admiralty Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance & International Trade was part of the core programme.
Nevertheless, there were only some of the available modules that City Law School offered to someone interested in maritime law. In addition, it is the only University that offers specialized LLM but grants its students the opportunity to follow modules from other fields of law. For me, that meant I had the opportunity to delve with both marine and energy law modules.

Last, but certainly not least, the University has received excellent recommendations from former students.


The City Law School Postgraduate Scholarships - 10 Awards

The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards. They are open to students across all of our programmes and both home and international students are strongly encouraged to apply.While the primary consideration for the award of a scholarship is academic excellence, the School fully recognises that judging past academic performance must include consideration of the wider circumstances of the applicant's life experience. The City Law School's Scholarships Committee looks carefully at the full range of qualities possessed by each individual and it closely considers the broader context in which the academic excellence has been achieved.We also believe that it is important to value the potential of applicants to make a positive contribution to the School, the legal professions, and the community when we evaluate applications.The City Law School will offer up to 10 full fee Scholarships, for 2016/17. These will not be linked to any particular course and both UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply.The City Law School will offer up to 100 partial fee scholarships, again not linked to a particular course and both UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply. The partial fee scholarships will be worth £3,000 for all Postgraduate programmes listed above, with the exception of the BPTC where the partial fee scholarship will be worth £5,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Academic merit (2:1 or 1st)
- You must hold an offer of a place on one of the courses specified above at The City Law School. The offer can be conditional or unconditional, and you do not need to have accepted your place in order to apply for scholarship.

Application Procedure

Complete our online application form (https://webapps.city.ac.uk/forms/39036)There are 2 application rounds; one in February/March and one in June. Deadlines as follows:- GDL, GE LLB, LLM (excluding International Business Law) and LPC first round: 29th February 2016
- BPTC first round: 21st March 2016
- BPTC, GDL, GE LLB, LLM and LPC second round: 13th June 2016We expect to make award announcements on 10th March 2016 (first round, excluding BPTC) and 23rd June 2016 (second round). The first round of BPTC scholarships will be announced within 10 days of the deadline, date to be confirmed. All full fee scholarships will be allocated following the second round deadline of 13th June 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and be fluent in written and spoken English. Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered.

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