LLM Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


Award Master of Laws Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LLM)
Locations Birmingham, London Bloomsbury, Leeds, Online
Duration 12 months
Next Start 16 September 2019 and 6 January 2020
Course Fees per year (Location)  £8,750 (UK/EEA) /  £12,000 (International)
Course Fees per year (Online) £8,750 (UK/EEA/International)

The LLM Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution is an innovative, flexible programme for law graduates who would like to gain in-depth knowledge of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Whether you want to progress within your current career or are considering a career change, mediation and alternative dispute resolution are an increasingly important part of the legal landscape.

The Award-Linked Module for this programme (Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution) is a hands-on, practical module which will simulate mediation and negotiation scenarios allowing you to develop the skills required in practice. For those unfamiliar with civil and criminal litigation, there is an additional award-linked module (Civil and Criminal Litigation) which will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the litigation landscape in England and Wales.

The programme structure is highly flexible, meaning that you can design a degree that meets your career objectives, whatever they might be. 

  •         Taught by subject matter experts. Across all of our academic Master’s Programmes in Law, you will be taught by a combination of former and current practitioners and research and teaching focused academics.
  •          Focus on legal practice, not just theory. We are committed to teaching the law in context, so that you understand the importance of legal rules as they are applied in the real world. 
  •         Benefit from strategic partnerships with firms, regulators and accreditation bodies which inform our programme development.
  •          Enjoy flexibility. Design your own degree pathway; transfer between courses and study modes.*
  •          Learn about Legal Technology. As a result of the embedded flexibility of the Master’s Programmes in Law, you can select to study modules in legal technology, gaining insight into this emerging area.
  •          Improve your employability. Gain those all important transferable skills and benefit from clear career mapping with our careers team
  •         You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan

*Subject to cut off dates and programme compliance

Course Content

Term 1:

Induction: in addition to a general induction to the programme, there is a two-week induction covering the foundations of the English Legal System. The general programme induction is vital for all students, however, the two-week English Legal System induction programme is optional for those students wanting a refresher in the fundamentals of the law of England and Wales. This would be useful for any student who has taken a considerable break from legal education.   

Taught Module Content (60 credits): typically, you will study your award-linked module (30 credits) and one other module (30 credits) in this term.

Research Methods Training: in preparation for the dissertation, there will be a series of optional and compulsory research methods training workshops delivered by academic faculty and the library team. These research sessions will help prepare you for the research and writing up phases of your dissertation.

Term 2:

Taught Module Content (60 credits): typically, you will study two 30 credit modules in this term.

Research Methods Training: As term 1 above.

Term 3:

Dissertation (60 credits): You will complete a 15,000 dissertation. This is an opportunity for you to explore an area linked to your award-linked module in further depth, producing a piece of independent legal research.  

Programme

Birmingham

Leeds

London Bloomsbury

Online

LLM Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Compulsory Modules

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Civil and Criminal Litigation*

Dissertation

Elective Modules (students must choose two or three modules)

Advocacy and Bar Skills

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Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in Law

 

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Board Dynamics and Strategy

 

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Civil and Criminal Litigation*

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Company Law in Practice

 

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Corporate Governance and Disruptive Technology

 

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Corporate Governance in Practice

 

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Finance, Accounting and Risk Management

 

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Cyberlaws (The Laws of Data and Digital Security)

 

x

 

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International Trade Law

 

 

 

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International Corporate Governance

 

 

 

x

International Criminal Law

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International Human Rights

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Investigative Legal Journalism

 

 

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Medical Law and Ethics

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Technoethics in Law

 

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The Internet of Things

 

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It is possible to complete three modules in order to gain an exemption from the University's BPTC Selection Event. To qualify for the exemption, you must pass all three of the following: 

Civil Litigation (30 credits)

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (30 credits)

Advocacy and Bar Skills (30 credits)

In addition, you would complete your award-linked taught module (30 credits) and your award-linked dissertation (60 credits). 

*Students with no prior knowledge of UK litigation are strongly encouraged to study Civil and Criminal Litigation. 


Course Structure

All Master’s Programmes in Law can be studied either face to face in one of our campuses or entirely online. The face to face, Campus based mode is referred to as Blended Learning as it combines classroom based workshops with preparatory and consolidation materials provided via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The online mode is entirely online, with all workshops taking place in an online classroom.

Blended learning (Face to face attendance)

The course is delivered through full-time attendance at our Birmingham, London Bloomsbury or Leeds campus over one year, divided into three terms. There is an induction at the beginning of the course which will be held at the Birmingham, London Bloomsbury or Leeds campus.

Each taught module is delivered over ten teaching weeks, with two hour workshops each week. All preparatory material, including any lecture content, is provided on the VLE, as is all consolidation material.

The dissertation is undertaken in Term 3. All taught modules must have been completed before students begin their dissertation.

Online

This course is delivered entirely online and is divided into three terms over one calendar year. There is an online induction at the beginning of the course.

Each taught module is delivered over ten teaching weeks, with two hour workshops each week. All preparatory material, including any lecture content, is provided on the VLE, as is all consolidation material.

The dissertation is undertaken in Term 3. All taught modules must have been completed before you begin the dissertation.

Flexibility Built In

Both modes run concurrently, meaning students can elect to study face to face and online at the same time. This means that if you wanted to study one of our LLMs at our Bristol campus but not all of your preferred modules are running out of Bristol, you could join our online classroom for those modules you wish to study online.*

*Not available for students studying on a Tier 4 visa


Assessment

Modules in terms 1 and 2 are either assessed by a three hour unseen written examination or 4,500 word coursework assignment.

For both blended (face to face) and online study modes, attendance at one of our UK campuses (or an approved overseas centre by prior arrangement) is required for examinations. 

The dissertation module will be assessed by submission of a thesis (15,000 words). The dissertation provides an opportunity for sustained, in-depth and intensive investigation into, and reflection upon, a specialist area of Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 


Course Fees

UK/EEA (Location) course fees per year: £8,750 

International (Location) course fees per year: £12,000 

Online course fees per year: £8,750 


Course Dates

LLM Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Course Dates September 19 Start
LLM Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Course Dates January 20 Start


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