Are you keen to deepen your knowledge of the law? Embarking on an LLM course means you are able to do this by focusing your learning on a specific area of legal practice. You can also opt for a general Master of Laws if you haven’t decided which area you’d like to specialise in.
When choosing a course, there are several things to bear in mind which we will go into more detail below. They include: whether it specialises in a specific area, course structure and reputation of the institution offering it. See below for a table of some of the top LLM courses in the country.
Please note, this table has been compiled using university websites as a guide, but is not a definitive list. There are other LLM universities in the UK that are not included below.
|University||Qualification||Entry Requirements||Fees (Annualy)||Start Date|
|Abertay University, Dundee||LLM research degree||2:1 in relevant subject and/or masters||£4,389||February, June, October|
|Anglia Ruskin University Anglia Law School||International Business Law||2:2 (hons) in a relevant subject||£8,900||January, September|
|Aston University, Aston Business School, Birmingham||International Commercial Law||2:2 (hons)||£10,550||September|
|Bangor University, Bangor Law School||Various options||2:2 in relevant subject||Depends on course||January, September|
|The University of Birmingham||Various options||See university website||£9,250||September|
|Birmingham City University School of Law, Birmingham||Various options||Minimum 2:2 class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject area||From £7,100-£7,400||Depends on course|
|Bournemouth University, Poole||Various options||A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject (check university website)||From £5,750-£11,500||January, September|
|BPP Law School, London||Various options||See university website||£11,500||January, May, September|
|Bradford University School of Management||Various options||2:2 or above in any subject, or relevant work experience at graduate level||£7,190||January, September|
|Brunel University Law School, Uxbridge||Master of Laws||2:2 or above||£10,440||January, September|
|Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe||International and commercial Law||First or second class honours LLB||£7,600||January, September|
|Cardiff University||Law (LLM)||2:1 class degree or equivalent in Law||£8,450||Check university website|
|University of Dundee||Various options||Good honours degree in law||£7,650||Check university website|
|University of London City||Various options||Check university website||£13,010||January, September|
|Coventry University||Various options||A good undergraduate degree||From £9,200||September|
|Huddersfield University Business School||Various options||An Honours degree (2:2 or above), or equivalent qualification, in any Social Science, Arts or Humanities discipline||£8,500||January, September|
|Keele University||Various options||First or second class honours degree||£7,750||September|
|Kingston University||General Law LLM||Various options (see university website)||£9,600||September|
|Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds||Various options||Various options (see university website)||TBC||January, September|
|Leicester De Montfort University Law School||Various options||Depends on course||TBC||September|
|Liverpool John Moores University||Various options||Depends on course||£7,250||Depends on course|
|London South Bank University, London||Various options||2:2 (hons) degree. Degree must be in Law or related subject for the Crime and Litigation course||TBC||September|
|Middlesex University London||Various options||Various options (see university website)||£9,700||September/October|
|The University of Hertfordshire||LLM Legal Practice||Qualifying law degree at a minimum of 2:2 or a non-law degree and GDL/equivalent||£13,750||Check university website|
|Northumbria University||Various options||A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject||£8,190||September|
|Oxford Brookes Univeristy||Master of Laws||A good, relevant honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom||£6,710||September|
|Queen's University of Belfast||Various options||A relevant 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification||£6,900||Check university website|
|SOAS, University of London,||Various options||Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law or a 2:2 with relevant work experience or other qualifications||£15,615||Check university website|
|Swansea University College of Law||Various options||2:2 honours degree, ideally in a cognate discipline||From £7,850||October|
|The University of Law||Various options||undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject at 2:2 or above||£8,750||January, September|
|University of Birmingham||Various options||A good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination||£9,250||September|
|University of Bristol||Various options||Depends on course||£10,100||September|
|University of Cambridge||General Law LLM||First Class degree in law from a UK University or its equivalent from an overseas institution||£16,650||October|
|University of Derby||LLM (Including Specialist Pathways)||An honours degree in any subject at least 2.2 classification||£735 per 20 credits (postgraduate certificate: 60 credits, postgraduate diploma: 120 credits, MA/MSC: 180 credits||January, September|
|University of Durham||Various options||A good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component||£11,000||October|
|University of East Anglia||Various options||Good 2.2 pass or international equivalent||From £7,700||Check university website|
|University of Edinburgh||Various options||Depends on course||£13,000||Depends on course|
|University of Exeter||Various options||A good second class honours degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required.||£9,000||September|
|University of Glasgow||LLM||A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in law or other subject with at least 50% of the credits in law.||£8850||September|
|University of Leeds||Various options||Depends on course||Depends on course||September|
|University of Liverpool||Various options||A minimum of a 2:1 class Honours Degree in Law (BA or LLB), or in a relevant degree subject||£7,800||September|
|Birkbeck College School of Law, London||Various options||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|King's College London (KCL), London||Various options||Depends on course||Depends on course||Depends on course|
|Queen Mary (QMUL,) London||Various options||A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Law or a degree with substantial law content||£15,950||September|
|The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|University of Manchester||Various options||A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law||£9,500||September|
|University of Newcastle upon Tyne||Various options||A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject||£7,800||September/October|
|University of Nottingham||Various options||2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences||£9,945||September|
|University of Portsmouth||Various options||A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications||Depends on course||September|
|University of Reading||Various options||A good first or upper second class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK)||£7,735||January, September|
|University of Sheffield||Various options||2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or a subject with a sufficient legal component||£8,000||TBC|
|University of Southampton||Various options||An upper second class bachelor’s degree in Law (or a degree with some legal components)||£9,250||September|
|University of Warwick||Various options||2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject||£8,580||TBC|
|University of Westminster||Various options||An honours degree (Upper or Lower Second Class Honours degree, with average of 55 per cent or above) in Law, or a degree with a skills profile which shows an aptitude for legal study||£12,000||January, September|
|University of York||Various options||Depends on course||Depends on course||September|
1. Area of specialism
Before choosing your LLM course, decide whether you want to specialise in a specific area of the law or whether you’re more interested in a general LLM.
Options will vary depending on the institution, and if you’re looking for a more niche area of focus, your options may be limited.
2. Course structure
Each university will offer different modules and course structure, so make sure you read the course overview thoroughly before making your decision. If you’re unsure of any of the information, admissions officers are on hand to answer your questions.
3. University reputation
Going to a respected university might improve your job prospects after graduation. If you’re doing an LLM to increase your chances of getting a training contract, many prefer graduates from specific law schools like BPP.
Commercial law is very broad and covers the conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade and sales.
Commercial law can be broken down into themes: corporate law, company law, competition law, contract law, the law of international trade, Mergers and Acquisitions law, courses related to oil and gas contracts, banking law etc.
There are a number of commercial law summer schools including a module at the Oxford Summer Law School and a whole programme at the European Commercial Law Summer School. However, these only offer a small insight into Commercial Law, given the breadth of the subject.
Some institutions provide a straight-forward LLM in Commercial Law, whilst others offer a course which covers one or a combination of the sub-topics.
|University of Bristol||This a one year full-time/two years part-time LLM.
Module choices are fairly flexible: European commercial issues, international trade or domestic commerce
|University of Durham||Does not offer a straight commercial law LLM, but offers the following: LLM international trade and commercial law and LLM European trade and commercial law
|University of Edinburgh||Core courses include: company law, contract law, European labour law, insolvency law, the law of international trade, principles of corporate finance law, principles of insurance law|
|BPP University||BPP offers several options: LLM in Chinese business and investment law, LLM commercial law, LLM comparative commercial law, LLM international business law|
|New York University||This university offers a Specialised LLM in corporation law, designed primarily for foreign-educated lawyers
An LLM in Criminal Law is fairly broad, offering physical and financial crime modules. Topics studied include: regulation and enforcement of the law, criminal procedure and financial crime. A common focus is on sentencing and the theoretical justifications for punishment alongside an in-depth study of the death penalty.
An LLM in criminal law is one of the most popular LLM types and is offered at many UK institutions. There is a broad range of module combinations on offer, allowing for a more general Criminal Law LLM or a heavily specialised one, depending on the student’s career motivations.
|University of Oxford||Here, you can study an MSc in criminology and criminal justice
Optional modules include: sentencing, public and private policy, prisons, politics of crime control, crime and the family, transnational justice and the death penalty
|University of Birmingham||You can do an LLM in criminal law and criminal justice
modules include: criminal evidence and proof, international and European legal reponses to terrorism, restorative justice, socio-legal theory and transnational criminal law
|LSE||LSE offers an LLM Masters of Law in which a student can focus their modules on criminology and criminal justice.
Options include mental health law: the criminal context, explaining punishment, security and criminal law, financial crime and International criminal law
|University of Luxembourg||This degree focuses on regulation and enforcement within the EU, European criminal law and criminal procedure, corporate criminal law and compliance as and Judicial cooperation and European law enforcement agencies|
|University of Toronto||Modules in this course include: crime & punishment, criminal procedure, evidence law, financial crimes and corporate compliance and sentencing and penal policy|
The University of Birmingham is offering a fully online course exploring the earth’s most pressing issues. This LLM allows you to learn the core principles of energy supply, considering the impact of climate change.Find out more
An LLM in Immigration law is a very specialised course. It involves the study of legal cases such as immigrant mistreatment, political asylum, visas and extradition, business immigration and human rights.
Immigration law may also involve the study of international relations including reference to the United Nation’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the more focused look at an individual country’s immigration law.
|University of Oxford||One of the best LLM programmes (as an MSc) in which a candidate can specialise through the immigration law modules|
|Queen Mary University of London||This immigration law LLM offers modules which concern immigration law from a domestic, comparative, European and international perspective|
|University of Kent||this university's LLM in Human Rights has a heavy focus on the rights of refugees|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||Offers and LLM Masters of Laws but there are many modules which focus on immigration law, particularly business immigration topics|
|Washington College of Law||LLM in Law and Government – which has a specialisation in Immigration Law and Policy
This includes modules on Immigration and Naturalization, Asylum and Refugee Law, Immigration Law Enforcement, Trafficking in Persons and Human Rights
|Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights||Core courses of the LLM here include: International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Refugee Law|
|Radboud University||Offers an LLM in Human Rights and Migration, specialising in European law|
An LLM in Sports Law is fairly niche. There are only four programmes offered in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
A Sports Law LLM is suitable for aspiring lawyers who wish to work in sports regulation and or governance. Other popular career destinations include representatives of sports governing bodies, sports broadcasting and those who are responsible for individual athletes.
|Leicester De Montfort University||This university offers an online fully flexible LLM in Sports Law and Practice.
There is also an accelerated programme
|Nottingham Trent University||This institution offers a distance-learning LLM in sports law in practice|
|Sheffield Hallam University||Sheffield offers a part-time LLM in international sports law
|University of London||This uni is ranked as offering the best LLM sports law course globally.
Topics covered include Intellectual property and sport such as branding and sponsorship in sports as well as broadcasting rights and ticketing restrictions
|University of Miami School of Law||Here, you can study a part-time LLM in entertainment, arts and sports law. The sports law element covers International sports law, modules look at representing professional and pre-professional athletes as well as the wider representation of the professional sports franchise|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Pepperdine offers a very flexible LLM in entertainment, media and sports Law|
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