What is an LLM?
The LLM - Master of Law - programme is a postgraduate degree which allows for deeper study into a specific area of law. As is the case with other Masters programmes in the UK and can be taken either by recent graduates or legal professionals alike. Many programmes will have either a full-time option which takes a year to complete, or a part-time programme over two years.
You’ll be enrolled at university, be expected to carry out research and write essays, and at the end of your programme submit a final dissertation on the topic of law you’ve focused on.
Where can LLM be studied?
There are 114 institutions which offer the opportunity to study the LLM, including The University of Law, in its various formats across the country, which you can take in order to delve deeper into a subject you’ve studied at LLB level that you were particularly interested in - although some LLM programmes are also open to non-law graduates.
Will it help me to qualify as a solicitor?
One advantage of the LLM is its international recognition, allowing you to seek out opportunities abroad. Nevertheless, you should bear in mind that administratively speaking, holding an LLM will have no bearing on your qualification as a solicitor - you’ll still need to complete the LPC and Period of Recognised Training, or from 2021 the SQE and Qualifying Work Experience.
However, it will allow you to stand out from a crowded field when applying for opportunities, not least those which cover the area you will have specialised in.
What law area can I take an LLM in?
There are a wide range of different LLM programmes, offered both as online courses or in-person. For example, you might choose to study at LLM in International Human Rights, Medical Law and Ethics, or take the general route for more flexibility.
Among the new programmes that are being introduced by The University of Law this upcoming academic year, you can find an LLM in International Arbitration, or one in Mental Health law. Other specialisations will be offered from the turn of the year, including an Executive LLM, or one in Data Protection and Intellectual Property.