LLM - Canon Law

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The LLM Canon Law is the first degree of its type at a British University since the Reformation. 

The programme provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of Ecclesiastical Law in the context of relevant national and international law. The course works out of an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a teaching staff drawn from the fields of legal studies, theology, philosophy and ethics. The LLM Canon Law is suitable for those who practise or are involved in the administration of church law and for those wishing to pursue an interest in this developing field of legal scholarship. 

The LLM Canon Law provides an opportunity for postgraduate study in the canon law of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, particularly that of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church and the law of the State applicable to these churches.

The programme provides academic training in the scholarly study of church law, with a substantial emphasis on practical application and the opportunity to study topics in depth and conduct research in areas of canon law of particular interest to you. 

Distinctive features

The LLM Canon Law is research-led and has strong links with the prestigious Centre for Law and Religion. The programme attracts a diverse student body including secular and ecclesiastical judges, university academics, barristers, solicitors and clergy from both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches. 

The programme is taught through lectures and seminars on residential weekends over a period of two academic years, held at St Michael’s College in Cardiff.

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With over 7,500 international students from more than 140 countries, you will be joining a diverse and inspiring academic community studying on courses that will help improve your career prospects along with access to specialist facilities and dedicated support.

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Students successfully completing the LLM Canon Law have the opportunity to continue their legal study through the School’s PhD programme or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programmes (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course). 

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