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LLM Master of Laws (1 year)

Southampton Law School has strong research and teaching profiles in commercial and corporate law, maritime law and international and human rights law, and our LLM Master of Laws builds on this diversity of strengths. This LLM programme is designed to be highly flexible, allowing you to customise your degree to your particular interests and career plans, and mix and match from our wide range of modules.

The LLM Master of Laws programme will give you the specialized knowledge and practical know-how that will enable you to pursue a wide range of legal and non-legal careers. You will be able to tackle contemporary legal problems as well as complex legal issues arising from practical scenarios, to critically evaluate the principles of the areas of law you have chosen to study and their effectiveness. You will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, to analyse complex texts, construct arguments and communicate these effectively. 

Introducing your degree

On this rigorous but exciting LLM programme you’ll gain the knowledge and professional skills required to advise, litigate and negotiate, based on a sound knowledge of the legal frameworks in areas that interest you. The course is completely flexible, enabling you to study subjects you are passionate about and that reflect your career aspirations. You’ll choose from a broad range of modules, including some that are unique to Southampton Law School. The options reflect our world-leading expertise in areas such as maritime, corporate and commercial, international business, information technology and insurance law. You’ll be taught by world-renowned academics who are at the forefront of cutting-edge research and high-profile law reform and advisory work, and who bring the latest legal developments to your learning. A close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential. In addition, our strong links with the legal profession and extensive career support will enable you to grow your networks and enhance your employability in preparation for a successful legal career.

The LLM Master of Laws programme develops your practical legal skills required to advise, litigate and negotiate, within a module structure that allows you to shape your degree towards your particular interests.

The programme draws on the diverse research strengths of the School’s academic staff who are active at the forefront of international and national legal reform and development. The expertise of the staff has been recognised as being of international excellence, and in the School of Law we are strongly committed to providing the very best learning experience for all our students in a friendly, stimulating and research-led environment.

This challenging degree attracts talented students from around the world. Some already have legal training, while others come from industry backgrounds. All are looking to gain specialist expertise that will help them stand out from the competition.

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

Start date: end of September

Closing date: 31 July (but early applications are encouraged especially for international students needing to obtain visas)

Visit our Postgraduate Application page for more information.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of a taught part and a Dissertation.

You will begin by taking an intensive, week-long introductory legal course on the common law, which ensures that students from different countries understand the workings of this important legal system.

For the taught part you have to complete modules worth 120 CATS, all of which are optional. Our modules range from maritime and commercial law, to human rights and international law, including international criminal law, as well as IT law modules.

The Dissertation module is worth 60 CATS and core to the degree.

The programme can be studied either full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months. For full-time study you will complete the taught modules between October and June and then you will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice between June and September. For part-time study you will generally take 60 CATS in each year and also complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice in your second year.

Key Facts

Design your own degree by selecting modules from a wide range and choosing a topic that interests you for in-depth dissertation research.

Learn from world-leading academics, many of whom are authors of key law text books.

Modules are informed by the latest studies being undertaken in our prestigious research centres, in areas including maritime, commercial, internet, health and insurance law.

An intensive introductory course on common law provides the essential foundations for your studies.

You’ll develop a global network of contacts that will be invaluable during your career.

The most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework rated 100 per cent of our research as world leading or internationally excellent for the research environment we provide to staff and students.

Our alumni are enjoying career success all over the world, in law firms and companies such as Ince and Co, Hogan Lovells, Campbell Johnston Clark Ltd, Holman Fenwick & Willan, PSP Law, Linklaters LLP, Interport Maritime Ltd and Van Traa.

As an LLM Master of Laws student, you are invited to attend special lectures and seminars organised  by our research centres, in particular:

  • Institute of Maritime Law (Wednesday Practitioner Seminar programme)
  • Centre for Law, Policy and Society
  • Centre for Private and Commercial Law
  • Stefan Cross Centre for Equality Women and the Law
  • Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)
  • iCLIC Centre on IT law

All of these regularly invite academics and legal practitioners to reflect on current legal issues. This provides an exceptional opportunity for you to speak to, learn from and network with practitioners in the field.

Southampton Law School also organises an annual debating competition, the LLM Challenge, where teams of postgraduates compete against each other on a diverse range of current legal topics.

Did you know?

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters. You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.

At Southampton Law School we are proud of our worldwide reputation for research excellence in many fields. Research is of key importance within the School and is embedded in everything that we do, including our teaching. Please click here for more information about our Centres of Research.

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Academic Prerequisites

An Upper Second Class Bachelor’s Degree in Law (or a degree with some legal components) is normally required, BUT account may also be taken of practical work experience or professional qualifications within a relevant field of study.

We welcome applications from international students.

Mature applicants without formal qualifications but relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. Access to the internet, Word Processor (MS Word compatible) and an email address are also required; webcams desirable.

English Language Prerequisites

Band F, IELTS7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

For more information see our English Language Proficency page.

Progression to this LLM programme

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-Masters (LLM) course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Overall, you are required to complete 180 CATS:

  • For the taught part you have to complete modules worth 120 CATS, consisting entirely of optional modules. 
  • The Dissertation on any legal topic of your choice is worth 60 CATS.

Year 1

Semester One

In each Semester you will be studying four subjects, and for each of these you’ll have a two-hour class per week.

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional

You may choose any of the following modules (totalling 120 CATS); some of these are year-long, others are semester long modules:

LAWS6062Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

International Sale of Goods and Finance (15 CATS)

LAWS6065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Law of the World Trade Organisation (15 CATS)

International Competition Law and Policy (15 CATS)

Intellectual Property Law in a Global World (15 CATS)

LAWS6130Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Cross Border Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring (15 CATS)

LAWS6099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Business Finance (15 CATS)

Advanced Commercial Arbitration (15 CATS)

LAWS6140Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Fundamentals of Public International Law (15 CATS)

Human Rights in Context (15 CATS)

International Criminal Justice (15 CATS)

Armed Conflict in International Law (15 CATS)

Free Speech and Privacy on the Internet (15 CATS)

International Environmental Law (15 CATS)

LAWS6143Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

The running of any option module within the programme depends on availability of staff and occasionally some modules may not be offered.

Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory

LAWS6054 - TT LLM Wednesday Seminars (0 credits)

Optional
LAWS6062Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6140Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6143Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
LawLLM 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
LawLLM 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

In-depth, practice-focused teaching

Our small-group approach to teaching through seminars and tutorials offers an unrivalled level of analysis, enabling you to explore your chosen topics in depth. Seminars and tutorials are usually structured around facts or issues relating to a particular case, or a relevant piece of research. You’ll be encouraged to explore and debate these topics, prepare presentations and sometimes argue a case in a moot. Some modules may incorporate preparing a response to a public consultation, or examining the legal implications raised by a new Convention and drafting a clause to tackle potential problems.

These activities will enhance your legal skills and understanding, but will also help you to develop transferable skills such as team working, communication, critical appraisal and logical reasoning. Working with a diverse group of students also means you will gain an insight into other cultures and professional practices that will be crucial in the workplace.

You will receive immediate feedback on your work during class, enabling you to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Formal assessment varies by module, but will include exams and coursework as well as your dissertation.

LLM Challenge

The LLM Challenge offers an additional learning experience. Students across all our LLM pathways are assigned to a team and given a current topic to debate, competing for a small monetary prize. As well as exercising your intellectual capabilities, the LLM Challenge will help you to develop your collaborative working and leadership skills.

Specialist facilities and resources

You will have unlimited access to an extensive range of specialist journals and online databases held by our excellent library service. Library seminar rooms are available for group work and peer discussion, and

Student support

The Law School is a friendly, informal learning community; we get to know students well and can provide support to help them realise their potential. Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters, and you’ll be able to talk to your module tutors about any subject-specific queries. In addition, the University offers a wide range of language, academic and welfare support services should you need them.

Study locations

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