LLM (Master of Laws) Programme
“LLM students benefit from studying with world-leading academics and researchers, while also experiencing living in one of the world’s most exciting capital cities.”
– Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Dean, UCL Faculty of Laws
At UCL Laws, we offer a huge number of taught modules, covering a wide range of specialist subjects. The modules offered on the programme reflect the areas of research expertise within the faculty, and as an LLM student, you will be able to explore different areas of legal scholarship or choose to specialise in a particular field. A large number of our taught postgraduate students choose to obtain the traditional LLM Law degree, allowing them to choose any combination of taught modules and the broadest choice of Independent Research Essay topics.
To successfully complete the LLM Law programme, you will need to obtain 180 credits: 120 credits from your taught modules and 60 credits from your Independent Research Essay. If you are studying as a full-time student, you will obtain all 180 credits in one year (12 months). Part-time students obtain 180 credits over two years, or by choosing a flexible study option students can spread 180 credits over five years.
It is not possible to study for the LLM at UCL by distance learning or online. However, the University of London offers an LLM programme by distance learning: www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/llm-postgraduate-laws-llm-postgraduate-diploma-postgraduate-certificate
Once enrolled on the LLM Law programme, you may choose to orientate your study towards a particular specialism, and UCL Laws offers a range of specialist degrees in addition to the general LLM programme. Each specialist degree programme leads to the award of a Master of Laws (LLM) in a particular area of law, such as a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Commercial Law or a Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights Law. To receive a specialist LLM Law degree, you must obtain 60 credits from a selection of core modules relevant to that particular area of legal research. To find the list of core modules please select the area of specialism from the list at the bottom of this page. You will also be expected to obtain 60 credits from optional modules, and 60 credits from an Independent Research Essay related to your area of specialism.
All successful applicants are admitted to the general LLM Law programme, and upon arrival at UCL Laws in September, then register in the general programme or choose one of the specialist degree programmes. There are no additional qualifications required for admission to a specialist degree programme and every student admitted to the LLM programme is eligible to take one of the specialist degree programmes instead of the general degree programme.