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LLM Courses

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.

UK LLM Universities

UniversityQualification2020 Entry RequirementsFees (Annualy)Start Date
Abertay University, Dundee LLM research degree2:1 in relevant subject and/or masters£4,389 February, June, October
Anglia Ruskin University Anglia Law SchoolInternational Business Law2:2 (hons) in a relevant subject£8,900January, September
Aston University, Aston Business School, BirminghamInternational Commercial Law2:2 (hons)£10,550September
Bangor University, Bangor Law SchoolVarious options2:2 in relevant subjectDepends on course January, September
Birmingham City University School of Law, BirminghamVarious optionsMinimum 2:2 class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject areaFrom £7,100-£7,400Depends on course
Bournemouth University, PooleVarious optionsA Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject (check university website)From £5,750-£11,500January, September
BPP Law School, LondonVarious optionsSee university website£11,500January, May, September
Bradford University School of ManagementVarious options2:2 or above in any subject, or relevant work experience at graduate level£7,190January, September
Brunel University Law School, UxbridgeMaster of Laws2:2 or above£10,440January, September
Buckinghamshire New University, High WycombeInternational and commercial LawFirst or second class honours LLB£7,600January, September
Cardiff University Law (LLM)2:1 class degree or equivalent in Law£8,450Check university website
University of DundeeVarious optionsGood honours degree in law£7,650Check university website
University of London City Various optionsCheck university website£13,010January, September
Coventry University Various optionsA good undergraduate degreeFrom £9,200September
Huddersfield University Business SchoolVarious optionsAn Honours degree (2:2 or above), or equivalent qualification, in any Social Science, Arts or Humanities discipline£8,500January, September
Keele University Various optionsFirst or second class honours degree£7,750September
Kingston UniversityGeneral Law LLMVarious options (see university website)£9,600September
Leeds Metropolitan University, LeedsVarious optionsVarious options (see university website)TBCJanuary, September
Leicester De Montfort University Law SchoolVarious optionsDepends on courseTBCSeptember
Liverpool John Moores University Various optionsDepends on course£7,250Depends on course
London South Bank University, LondonVarious options2:2 (hons) degree. Degree must be in Law or related subject for the Crime and Litigation courseTBCSeptember
Middlesex University LondonVarious optionsVarious options (see university website)£9,700September/October
Northumbria University Various optionsA minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject£8,190September
Oxford Brookes UniveristyMaster of LawsA good, relevant honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom£6,710September
Queen's University of BelfastVarious optionsA relevant 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification£6,900Check university website
SOAS, University of London,Various optionsMinimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law or a 2:2 with relevant work experience or other qualifications£15,615Check university website
Swansea University College of LawVarious options2:2 honours degree, ideally in a cognate disciplineFrom £7,850October
The University of LawVarious optionsundergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject at 2:2 or above£8,750January, September
University of Birmingham Various optionsA good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination£9,250September
University of BristolVarious optionsDepends on course£10,100September
University of CambridgeGeneral Law LLMFirst Class degree in law from a UK University or its equivalent from an overseas institution£16,650October
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 creditsJanuary, September
University of Durham Various optionsA good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component£11,000October
University of East AngliaVarious optionsGood 2.2 pass or international equivalentFrom £7,700Check university website
University of EdinburghVarious optionsDepends on course£13,000Depends on course
University of Exeter Various optionsA good second class honours degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required.£9,000September
University of Glasgow LLMA 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in law or other subject with at least 50% of the credits in law.£8850September
University of Leeds Various optionsDepends on courseDepends on courseSeptember
University of Liverpool Various optionsA minimum of a 2:1 class Honours Degree in Law (BA or LLB), or in a relevant degree subject£7,800September
Birkbeck College School of Law, LondonVarious optionsTBCTBCTBC
King's College London (KCL), LondonVarious optionsDepends on courseDepends on courseDepends on course
Queen Mary (QMUL,) LondonVarious optionsA 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Law or a degree with substantial law content£15,950September
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)TBCTBCTBCTBC
University of Manchester Various optionsA minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law£9,500September
University of Newcastle upon TyneVarious optionsA 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject£7,800September/October
University of Nottingham Various options2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences£9,945September
University of Portsmouth Various optionsA second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualificationsDepends on courseSeptember
University of Reading Various optionsA good first or upper second class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK)£7,735January, September
University of SheffieldVarious options2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or a subject with a sufficient legal component£8,000TBC
University of SouthamptonVarious optionsAn upper second class bachelor’s degree in Law (or a degree with some legal components)£9,250September
University of Warwick Various options2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject£8,580TBC
University of WestminsterVarious optionsAn 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£12,000January, September
University of YorkVarious optionsDepends on courseDepends on courseSeptember

How to Choose an LLM Course

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.

Types of LLM Courses

LLM Commercial Law

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.

Relevant LLM Courses

InstitutionInfo
University of BristolThis 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 DurhamDoes 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 UniversityBPP offers several options: LLM in Chinese business and investment law, LLM commercial law, LLM comparative commercial law, LLM international business law
New York UniversityThis university offers a Specialised LLM in corporation law, designed primarily for foreign-educated lawyers

Criminal Law LLM

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.

Relevant LLM Courses

InstitutionInfo
University of OxfordHere, 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
LSELSE 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 LuxembourgThis 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 TorontoModules in this course include: crime & punishment, criminal procedure, evidence law, financial crimes and corporate compliance and sentencing and penal policy

Immigration Law LLM

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.

Relevant LLM courses

InstitutionInfo
University of OxfordOne of the best LLM programmes (as an MSc) in which a candidate can specialise through the immigration law modules
Queen Mary University of LondonThis immigration law LLM offers modules which concern immigration law from a domestic, comparative, European and international perspective
University of Kentthis 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 RightsCore courses of the LLM here include: International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Refugee Law
Radboud UniversityOffers an LLM in Human Rights and Migration, specialising in European law

Sports Law LLM

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.

Relevant LLM Courses

InstitutionInfo
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 UniversitySheffield 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 LawHere, 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

Want an insight into studying an LLM? Read our KCL LLM case study!

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