General LLM

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Overview

Course options

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Degree

  • LLM General, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 12000 per year
  • LLM General, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 2000 per 30 credit module
  • LLM General, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 2 years
    • Pound 15960 per year

Degree with Placement Year

  • LLM General, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 2 years
    • Pound 12000 per year. Year 2 Industrial Placement Fee - £3,500
  • LLM General, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 2 years
    • Pound 15960 per year. Year 2 Industrial Placement Fee - £3,500

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

If you already have a law career then this course gives you the chance to specialise with focused, professional training in the fields that interest you.

The course provides the opportunity to undertake a work-based project so you can gain practical experience and build professional links, while our renowned Law Clinic enables you to work on real legal cases with local people to enhance your clinical skills.

You can also study this course if you are a professional working in related areas and would benefit from an understanding of contemporary legal issues in business, human rights, international law, and other fields.

A legal education is highly attractive to employers in any sector, as it demonstrates a huge range of transferable skills, analytical intelligence, and an understanding of the regulatory frameworks that would apply to any business or organisation.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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Other than learning valuable information in matters related to both, international law and business and financial law, I acquired skills in redaction, research, and referencing.
All this while receiving the continuous support of my professors, programme leader, and various departments at UEL. Due to the responsiveness and professionalism of everyone in the law department, COVID did not affect the quality of learning, and I received a lot more than I expected.”
Joelle Nassif

LLM Graduate

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

This general LLM is designed to give you freedom over the topics you study. As a result, the only core module is the 'Dissertation or Work-Based Project' and the rest of your course will consist of modules that you select from an extensive list.

The four available pathways (Business & Financial Law, Human Rights Advocacy, International Law & Legal Practice, Transitional Justice & Conflict) give you an indication of the prominent themes and specialisations in our law department, and this LLM enables you to place focus on the areas that interest you in this diverse field.

Modules range from those dealing with regulation in business and finance (Regulation of Financial Markets, Financial Crime, Corporate Criminal Liability, International Banking Law) to topics in human rights (Human Rights Practice and Advocacy, War and Human Rights, Minority Rights under International Law), issues arising from war and conflict (International Refugee Law, International Law and the Use of Force), and many at the intersection of these themes.

As well as choosing your optional modules, you can opt to either write a postgraduate dissertation or carry out a work-based project. Both of these options allow you to carry out independent study on a topic of your choice, developing your practical legal skills while honing your knowledge of a specific legal issue.

The programme also offers an optional placement year, following your first year. Placements will be provided and supported by the London-based NGO, Pro Bono Communities, where you'll gain valuable experience in handling issues relating to aspects of social welfare law. Training and supervision will be provided by Pro Bono Communities and a module leader at UEL will oversee the relationship and assess student performance.

How you'll learn

All our LLM courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops. We extensively use problem-based learning, class discussion, and case studies to ensure our teaching is brought to life, while all our lectures are issued as podcasts to give you greater access to learning resources and allow you to revisit specific classes.

The LLM Transitional Justice, LLM International Law and Legal Practice, and LLM Human Rights Advocacy pathways are supported by regular events at the Centre for Human Rights in Conflict. These involve presentations from prominent experts in the field of human rights in conflict. This year's speakers included Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University and Former Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

Other recent speakers at UEL have included Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the high-profile human rights lawyer (and UEL law graduate) Imran Khan.

All teaching on the programme takes place in the evening at our newly opened purpose-built building at University Square Stratford, which has cutting-edge facilities and includes a Mooting Room, Harvard Lecture Theatre and our newly re-launched Law Clinic provided to assist the local community. Students also have access to the new library that opened in 2013 on the Water Lane campus at Stratford.

If you go for the placement option, your degree will take an extra year as you will be placed in a workplace for ten months. Placement is not available to part-time students. Students wanting to do the Placement year must indicate so upon application.

How you will be assessed

All modules are research-based, involving coursework. You will take four modules of 30 credits each for which you will submit coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the term. The LLM dissertation, accounting for 60 credits, involves a 15,000-word essay. Full-time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part-time students complete the same in two years.

The work placement module for the additional second year of the is 120 Placement Credits but will not bear academic credits. The module will be taken by students after completion of their dissertation module and will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. The criteria for progression to the work placement module is the successful completion of the LLM taught modules (i.e. with a minimum of 50% pass mark). The University will work in close partnership with the students to help them secure work placements.

Campus and facilities

University Square Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the Royal Docks School of Business and Law

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.