Master of Laws is a postgraduate course designed for law graduates and practising lawyers to specialise in a particular area, such as tax, environmental or employment law. Courses generally last one year full-time and 24 months part-time and students will select the module or area they wish to study and complete a dissertation over the learning period.
Most law schools have limited places available, so it is important to have a clear idea of what you wish to focus on during the application phase. An LLM qualification will provide graduates with a competitive edge in a crowded job market, and also offer the chance for a change in direction for those currently employed.
Master of Laws graduates will move into legal or corporate practice and also take on roles in management, business, banking, non-governmental organisations, research and teaching. Traditional legal roles include lawyer, risk analysis and litigation. If LLM graduates wish to remain in study, a number also choose to study a PhD.
A first or second class honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law and an understanding of the basic principles of public and private law. Other degrees will be considered if substantial legal knowledge and experience can be proved.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
To learn more about the best Master of Laws courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Law universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:
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