Master of Laws (LLM)

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The LLM is an advanced academic degree allowing you to explore a selection of legal issues in more depth

An LLM does not automatically strengthen applications for training contracts. Further study is likely to be the most fruitful where its subject is a specialism that you wish to pursue as a solicitor.

The part-time, two-year option is usually chosen by solicitors returning to work while recent graduates tend to opt for a full-time course over two years.

What does an LLM involve?

There are a number of LLM courses on offer in subjects including:

  • criminal litigation;
  • international business;
  • Islamic finance;
  • maritime law.

Students typically analyse complex legal issues with a view to problem solving or advising clients on how to structure their businesses.

Some LLMs might focus on the theoretical aspects of a certain subject such as constitutional law or administrative law.

In addition to a standard set of modules, students will choose a number of electives in subjects ranging from financial crime to international financial transactions. Generally, students will also do a dissertation on a chosen subject area.

How do I apply?

Applications are made directly to the chosen institution either online or via a paper form.

Students will generally need a minimum of a 2:2 degree result in law or a related subject such as criminology to get onto a course. In addition, certain courses require students to have relevant experience in areas such as the compliance industry or law enforcement.

In some cases you will have to submit a personal statement detailing why you want to study the LLM at that particular institution and where you plan to go in your career. This is your opportunity to beat the competition and guarantee your place so take your time and think carefully about what you write.


How much does the LLM cost?

The LLM costs vary between universities, and therefore it is difficult to provide a particular figure. For example, the fee for studying the BPP University LLM (Commercial Law) face-to-face at the London Holborn centre is £9,600.

While at the University of Birmingham the LLM (General) costs £6,210 when studied full time and £3,105 part time.