LLM - Public International Law

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The LLM in Public International Law at The City Law School concentrates on the development of a thorough and critical understanding of Public International Law (PIL). The course is designed to provide expert knowledge of the principles within which international law operates.

It provides a solid academic grounding in this increasingly important area of legal practice and enhances students’ ability to analyse, interpret and criticise the laws, rules, policies and practices that underpin PIL.

Students can choose from two major options: either to take an LLM in Public International Law or to add a specialism to the LLM in Public International Law by taking two modules and a dissertation in a chosen specialist area of law.

We offer specialisms in:

  • International Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law and Justice
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Law and the Global Economy
  • International Law and Armed Conflicts

On completing the LLM, students will be well-placed to obtain employment with governmental and non-governmental agencies, commercial law firms, NGOs and in-house legal departments of multinational corporations with concerns about corporate responsibility.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold an upper second class Honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in law, social sciences, humanities or a related field. However, credit is given for an appropriate professional qualification and/or relevant work experience.

Students do not need to have studied Public International Law. Students who have not studied Public International Law before will be required to take the general PIL module.

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 or above
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 107 or above
  • Full-time EU/ Non EU: £10,000
  • Part-time EU/Non EU: £5,000 per year

Postgraduate study at City University London is an affordable option for students from wide-ranging backgrounds. Although you will usually have to pay for postgraduate study yourself, many sources of funding exist, including scholarships, studentships and professional development loans. And during your time at City you can get financial advice and support from our award-winning Student Centre.

Rewarding excellence

Investing in your future through education and training is important and at The City Law School we understand how difficult it can be to make ends meet whilst studying.

Our range of scholarships, prizes and gifts are there to make things just that little bit easier for you. We offer a total of 17 full fee scholarships and 18 part fee scholarships, along with more than £35,000 worth of cash prizes.

Masters of Excellence Award

Our Masters of Excellence Award gives students the opportunity to apply for eight full fee scholarships when they accept their place on the following courses:

  • International Commercial Law LLM, International Commercial Law MJur, EU Commercial Law LLM, International Banking and Finance LLM, International Competition Law LLM or Maritime Law LLM (UK)
  • Criminal Litigation LLM
  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM
  • Public International Law LLM.

The City Law School Prize for Excellence

Two prizes worth £1,500 are awarded to the students with the best overall result on the Maritime Law (Greece) LLM.

Three prizes of £1,500 each are awarded to the students that achieve the best overall result, best module performance and best dissertation in the following courses:

  • Criminal Litigation LLM
  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM
  • Public International Law LLM.

Future Lawyer Advancement Reward – £1,500 off your next course!

Once you have studied at City we are sure you will want to stay with us to progress to the next stage of your legal training. As an added incentive, we offer City students a loyalty reward upon enrolling on a second course here at the School (Taught LLMs, PhD/MPhil).

City University London is proud to have a large population of international students. We are a truly global University, located in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, and we benefit from the diverse cultures, skills and experiences of our students. Our students benefit from our internationally recognised research and the quality of education that keeps us in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

Entry qualifications

To gain a place at City, you will need to meet the University’s general requirements and the specific requirements of the course. Our Admissions Office is experienced in dealing with international qualifications and can help you with any queries you may have.

English language courses and support

As City’s courses are taught in English, you will need to provide proof that you are competent in English before admission. We run full-time courses in English during the summer to help students improve their English before their course starts.

Visa requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course.

For further information, please visit: www.city.ac.uk/international

Career opportunities

 The LLM in Public International Law provides a good academic grounding in this increasingly important area of legal practice. On completing the LLM students will be well placed to obtain employment with governmental and non-governmental agencies, commercial law firms, NGOs and in-house legal departments of multinational corporations with concerns about corporate responsibility at an international level.

Overseas students who are seeking employment with their foreign and development offices in their home country will benefit from the programme. The course will also assist British students seeking to practice in international law either at the Bar or as solicitors.

Career development

You will be given a personal tutor who will guide your academic and professional progress. City University London's Career Skills and Development Service provides a range of events and advice services that may help to make you aware of career options.

Postgraduate experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.

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