• Online Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Practice

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  • Broaden your career horizons and enhance your legal skills in a specialised practice area

    Whether you are a law graduate or qualified lawyer, a Master of Laws (LLM) is an excellent way to develop in-depth knowledge and specialist skills you need to make you stand out in a competitive job market.

    In response to the changing legal landscape, we have designed two online Master of Laws programmes:

    • LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)
    • LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)

    Each programme will deliver a Master’s level insight into the different aspects of your chosen specialist area, combining online modules, research methods and related commercial topics.  You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your expert knowledge to potential employers through your own bespoke dissertation on a specific area of current legal practice in your chosen specialist area.


    • The current LLM in International Legal Practice (i-LLM) is still available to book for students who have already started the programme.

      If you are a continuing student, please go to “All LLM students” on ELITE to find the booking form, and contact the i-LLM management team if you have any queries.

      It is no longer possible to book on to the current i-LLM if you have not yet started this programme.

      Please note that if you have started our current i-LLM programme, due to differences in credits and the validation of the awards, you will not be able to book any of the modules from the new LLMs. However, all of the law subject areas covered by the modules in the new LLMs are also covered on the i-LLM.

      • Broaden your career horizons with a valuable Masters qualification in the specialist fields of conflict resolution or intellectual property
      • Learn professional skills to make you stand out to potential employers
      • Gain an up-to-date knowledge of law and practice in this area and the impact of those developments on commercial and legal practice
      • Online supervision delivered by professionally qualified faculty of legal experts 
      • One-to-one tutor support and feedback on your work from a fully-qualified lawyer
      • Develop a portfolio demonstrating the law in practice
      • Study online, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments, such as work or family
      What core skills will I learn on the course?

      Study one of our LLMs and you will gain experience in:

      • drafting of professional-standard legal and commercial documentation
      • conducting legal research
      • legal writing and presenting of research findings
      • research and reflection on current developments within the law
      • analysis of the law and application to a range of commercial problems to determine client- focused solutions
      • development of a portfolio to demonstrate the law in practice

      The course will prepare you to advise on a range of scenarios in your chosen field of study:

      • LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution): drafting arbitration agreements, the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution and choice of forum in resolving conflict, looking particularly at the resolution of commercial disputes in the international commercial arena

      • LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property): distinguishing different types of right, registration of rights and enforcement of infringement of rights, looking particularly at issues of intellectual property rights protection and infringement in the international context
      What future opportunities will the LLM offer me?

      Whether you’re a recent graduate or already work in the conflict resolution or intellectual property sector, this course will assist law graduates in gaining employment in a legal or commercial capacity in your chosen field. If you’re already working within the sector, it can also help you progress into a more senior role.

      Complete in up to five years - via supported online learning

      You can study either of our LLMs over a period of up to five years: no attendance is required at our centres. 

    • To be eligible to take up your place on our LLMs, you must comply with the following requirements:

      UK Entry requirements

      Students should possess a UK bachelors degree in any subject at 2:2 or above or equivalent qualifications.

      • You should possess a bachelor’s degree or the GDL or LPC
      • Overseas graduates: an English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
    • LLM in Legal Practice(Conflict Resolution)

      The course will deliver a Master's-level insight into different aspects of the conflict resolution process, combining taught modules on dispute resolution, research methods and related commercial topics with a dissertation on an aspect of conflict resolution of the student's own choice.

      LLM in Legal Practice(Intellectual Property)

      The course will deliver a Master's- level insight into different aspects of intellectual property law, combining taught modules on intellectual property, research methods, and related commercial topics with a dissertation on an aspect of intellectual property law and practice of the student's own choice.

    • Our LLM programmes are assessed by:

      • Two compulsory modules (30 credits each)
      • A choice of two optional modules (30 credits each)
      • A 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your own choice within the field of international commercial conflict resolution or intellectual property practice (60 credits)
      LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)

      Compulsory Modules:

      • International Dispute Resolution Practice
      • Professional Practice Research Methods

      A choice of two optional modules from:

      • International Intellectual Property Practice
      • International Commercial Law & Practice
      • International Competition/Anti-Trust Practice
      • International Joint Ventures

      In addition you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your own choice within the field of international commercial conflict resolution.

      LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)

      Compulsory Modules:

      • International Intellectual Property Practice
      • Professional Practice Research Methods

      Choose two of the following optional modules:

      • International Dispute Resolution Practice
      • International Commercial Law & Practice
      • International Competition/Anti-Trust Practice
      • International Joint Ventures

      In addition students will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of their own choice within the field of international intellectual property practice.

      Examination and assessment

      For each of the modules, there will be a take-away Module Assignment requiring completion of a series of drafting tasks, and also the completion and submission of a portfolio in the subject area. The Research Methods module will be assessed by submission of a detailed written dissertation proposal. The dissertation is assessed by submission of the dissertation itself.

    • Both our LLM programmes commence on 05 September 2016.

      No attendance at our centres is required.

      For future start dates, please check back later.

    • The total course fees for each of our LLMs are £8,500.

      If you wish to pay separately for each module, the fees are £2,500 for the dissertation and £1,500 for each of the other modules. You must complete all module study, and pass the Research Methods module, before commencing the dissertation.

    • Applications for our LLM programmes are now open.

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