Master of Laws

LLM Online

The online Master of Laws (LLM Online) are postgraduate degrees for law graduates that offer a great way to focus and specialise in a key area of law to boost your skills and knowledge, and kick-start your career progression. Designed and delivered by experienced professionals, you will gain expert insight into your chosen area of study, including learning the key transferable skills that employers are looking for. We offer two LLM Online courses that focus on distinct, specialist areas of law: Conflict Resolution or Intellectual Property.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

Minimum second class honours UK undergraduate degree

Full requirements

Duration options

Up to 5 years

Next start date

January 2021

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You can apply directly with The University of Law to study one of our online courses.


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Course Details

LLM Online

Our LLM Online courses have been designed to meet the demands of rapid globalisation that have fostered the requirement for professionals who can master the challenges of working in an environment where business meets law.

Combining taught modules on legal and commercial topics, our LLM Online opens many doors. With a strong focus on employability and the production of client-facing documentation, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Practice will equip you with practical skills you can take with you directly into the workplace.

You can study your specialisation over a period of up to five years. Although this course is studied entirely online you will have access to our facilities, libraries and resources should you wish to use them, and your degree certificate will not state ‘distance learning’.

You can choose between Conflict Resolution and Intellectual Property as your specialisation for this course, with varying outcomes for each. Each specialisation combines online modules, research methods and related commercial topics. By studying one of our LLMs, you will be able to demonstrate your specialist knowledge to potential employers through your own dissertation on a specific area of current legal practice.

When you study the LLM Online with us you will:

  • Broaden your career horizons with a valuable Master’s 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
  • Receive one-to-one tutor support and feedback on your work from a fully-qualified lawyer
  • Develop a portfolio demonstrating the law in practice
  • Get online supervision delivered by a professionally qualified faculty of legal experts

Conflict Resolution

  • International Dispute Resolution Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation: 15,000 words on a subject of your choice within the field of International Commercial Conflict Practice

Choose two:

  • International Intellectual Property Practice
  • International Commercial Law and Practice
  • International Competition/ Anti-Trust Law and Practice
  • International Joint Ventures Law and Practice
  • Advise clients on arbitration methods and evaluate the procedural and substantive law governing an arbitration
  • Draft common types of clauses in an arbitration agreement in accordance with the client’s instructions and so as to protect a client’s interests
  • Explain the confidentiality obligations owed by the lawyers, parties and arbitral tribunal
  • Advise a client on the grounds and procedure for challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal and for enforcing an arbitration agreement
  • Assess the issues in dispute between the parties to an arbitration and the evidence which the tribunal will need in order to determine those issues.
  • Analyse the powers and duties of the tribunal and the procedure which the tribunal can or should adopt in order to progress an arbitration to the final hearing.
  • Manage a client’s expectations throughout the arbitration process and ensure that the client is in a position to make informed decisions about the services they need in the context of arbitration

Intellectual Property

  • International Intellectual Property Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation: 15,000 words on a subject of your choice within the field of International Intellectual Property Practice

Choose two:

  • International Dispute Resolution Practice
  • International Commercial Law and Practice
  • International Competition/ Anti-Trust Law and Practice
  • International Joint Ventures Law and Practice
  • Identify the correct intellectual property rights which may help protect a client’s products
  • Be able to apply the correct criteria in deciding whether such rights exist, whilst being sensitive to the confidential nature of the subject matter of such rights
  • Identify and be able to make a comparison of the different ways in which such rights are protected and applied in various jurisdictions worldwide
  • Be familiar with the basic provisions of international agreements for the protection of intellectual property rights worldwide
  • Be familiar with typical online search facilities which can be used to search for worldwide or nation-based registrations for intellectual property rights
  • Be able to conduct research into cases on unregistered intellectual property rights, and be able to write a report to a partner in a firm on the result of the research
  • Be aware of, and act accordingly to, the potential for conflicts of interests between clients and their employees/employer in relation to the ownership and exploitation of IP rights

Course Start Dates

  • LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)
    • Part-time: Online
  • LLM Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)
    • Part-time: Online
  • LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)
    • Part-time: Online
  • LLM Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)
    • Part-time: Online

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Study On Campus

You can also study these courses at one of our campuses across the UK. If you’re looking for a more traditional university experience, why not consider studying on campus?

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how studying these courses works during the year, take a look at our course date breakdowns.



Modules: Assignments requiring completion of a series of drafting tasks and the completion and submission of a Portfolio Report in the subject area.

Research Methods: Submission of a detailed written dissertation proposal.

Dissertation: Submission of the dissertation


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Each of our LLM study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.

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Fees and Applying


You can apply for this course directly with the University.

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Domestic students: £8,750 (February 2021), £9,200 (September 2021)
Non-domestic students: £12,000 (February 2021), £12,360 (September 2021)

By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan worth up to £11,222.

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available which make studying with us more affordable than ever. 



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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