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Master of Laws (LLM) Postgraduate Pre-sessional Programme

Programme overview

Accommodation

Dates and entry requirements

Course content

Learning and assessment

The University of Southampton offers the 6 week LLM (Master of Laws) Pre-sessional Programme to international students who plan to follow the LLM programme at the University but have not yet met the University’s English language requirements.

The aims of this programme are:

  • to consolidate and extend previous English language knowledge and skills in order to facilitate post-graduate academic legal study
  • to develop the academic legal study skills required for study in higher education in the UK and familiarise students with learning and teaching strategies in Law in the UK
  • to allow students to familiarise themselves with the Law building and the Highfield campus and to meet Law lecturers
  • to aid the acculturation process with regard to life in Britain both within and beyond the academic environment.

Tutition Fees for 2016/17

Course fees: £2300*

*Fees include learning materials, handbook, syllabus, and access to the online EAP tool kit and campus facilities such as the University libraries.

The course takes place in the Law building and lecturers from the Faculty of Business and Law will present case readings and lectures throughout the course.

To apply

To apply for your Pre-sessional course, please complete the online application form.

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ

 

 

 

Pre-sessional accommodation fees for 2016/17

 

Wessex Lane Non Ensuite Category 2 £769.44

Glen Eyre Non Ensuite Category 3 £927.26

Mayflower Ensuite Category 1 £1,075.20

Wessex Lane Ensuite Category 1 £1,075.20

City Gateway Ensuite Category 1 £1,075.20

Glen Eyre Ensuite Category 1 £1,075.20

 

All Pre-sessional students are guaranteed accommodation in University Halls of Residence for the duration of the programme.

We offer Pre-sessional students a Meet and Greet collection service from London Heathrow Airport the day before the start of the course.

For more information on our halls of residences please see our residences website.

Dates: 29 July to 8 September 2017

Minimum Entry requirements for the LLM Pre-sessional Programme: Minimum entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The Pre-sessional entry requirements are shown above.  The English Language level that must be achieved by the end of the pre-sessional EAP course is set out in your offer letter from your admitting Faculty Recruitment and Admissions Team. 

Please contact our Admissions Team for advice on your entry requirements. For a full list of English language qualifications accepted by the University of Southampton, please visit our English language proficiency website.

To apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Application Deadlines

The number of places on the pre-sessional course is not limited. However applicants should consider that an application process can take time especially in April and May when the number of application is at a peak. All applicants are encourage to apply and complete the application process as soon as possible.

Additionally applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should allow sufficient time for the processing of a visa application. Therefore the deadline for applications for applicants who require a visa is as follows:

Course B for LLM - Thursday 1 June 2017

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ

 

  • The LLM Pre-sessional Programme is intensive with approximately 24 sessions of supervised work per week, plus assignments to be completed outside of class.
  • This programme is for international students who plan to follow the LLM programme at the University but who have not yet met the University’s English language requirements. 
  • Students are deemed to have passed the course provided they reach the level required for entry onto their chosen LLM programme.

Areas of study focus on the following:

Academic writing

In which you:

  • practise writing two types of written assignment (the discuss essay and problem question) for which you will be taught appropriate discourse structures and style and the referencing protocol used by Law
  • analyse titles of past Law assignments and study past LLM student essays to note how all aspects were marked (i.e. content, structure, and language elements)
  • learn how to summarise and paraphrase effectively to avoid plagiarism and to understand the degree of critical thinking which is required on the LLM degree programme

Academic reading and critical thinking

In which you:

  • learn how to read and summarise cases effectively
  • work through other reading material based on cases, statutes and materials from non-binding sources in order to improve your reading skills and your understanding of complex legal sentences
  • undertake vocabulary exercises on key legal terms.

Academic listening and note-taking

In which you:

  • practise listening and note-taking skills during a series of twice-weekly lectures from Southampton Law professors and lecturers on a range of subjects, where you will receive an introduction to some of the concepts, paradigms, themes and issues which you will encounter on LLM programme modules.

Academic speaking

In which you:

  • learn how to give effective presentations and how to participate effectively in seminar discussions.

Grammar and pronunciation


In which you:

  • focus on areas of grammar which are particularly problematic in academic writing
  • focus on and diagnose personal pronunciation problems and areas to work on.

Independent study

In which you:

  • use OLMs (online learning materials) in order to become more independent learners.

IT skills for law

In which you are introduced to:

  • Blackboard Online resources
  • Online English Language Materials 
  • Independent Study techniques
  • Electronic Law resources.

To apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ

 

How will you learn?

  • The LLM Pre-sessional Programme is taught by our qualified and experienced teaching staff, who follow the University of Southampton LLM Pre-sessional Programme syllabus.
  • You will normally follow 24 hours of classes per week (some of which will take the form of guided self-access, tutorials and project work) and will be expected to carry out further independent learning outside the classroom. 
  • You are also expected to attend occasional case reading sessions.

Learning activities include:

  • academic writing tasks
  • academic reading tasks 
  • short oral interactions, giving presentations and taking part in seminar style discussions
  • grammar and vocabulary work
  • listening and note-taking activities
  • pronunciation activities
  • information gathering activities.

Assessment

You will:

  • write two essays (a discuss essay and problem question)
  • complete a number of short writing tasks
  • complete a number of case summaries
  • take notes at up to nine Law lectures, write these up and receive feedback from tutors
  • take part in seminar discussions each week
  • make a number of oral presentations 
  • work on online learning materials to focus on problematic linguistic areas

You will select your best work from amongst these assessments to form a portfolio of coursework, which counts for 60% of the final mark. The remaining 40% comprises the end of course assessment of listening and note-taking, reading, writing and a final oral presentation.  

 

To apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ

 

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