LLM Study: What to Expect

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Last Updated:

14th July 2014

First Published:

03rd June 2013

Law

The LLM is a postgraduate course of study that allows its graduates to train within the legal sector as a lawyer or barrister. If you’re considering applying for a place on an LLM course, then you will probably have many questions about the course and how it is taught. We’ve put together a brief guide so you know just what to expect…


What qualifications will I need?


If you are planning on studying for an LLM, you should ideally have an upper second class degree in law with strong skills in written English. If you do not have a law degree you may still be accepted on to a course, or you can study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (lasting a year) before accepting a place on the LLM course.


What will the course cover?


As with any course, an LLM qualification will differ depending upon where you decide to study and which area of law you decide to specialise in. There are a number of different LLM courses available to study specialising in a wide range of areas, from maritime law and commercial law to family and public law.


How much work will there be?


You’ll probably find that there is a lot more work on an LLM course than an undergraduate course. As the LLM is a higher qualification than an undergraduate degree, you will be expected to demonstrate a more in-depth knowledge of the subject matter through the dissertation of up to 15,000 – 20,000 words (which you’ll be asked to put forward in a proposal early on).


During the year, you may also be encouraged to partake in pro-bono work alongside course work, so although the LLM is the same length as other Master's courses, you may find the workload can get particularly intense during your study time.


However, while your tutor will always be there to assist your learning, you will be expected to conduct your own independent research to demonstrate your analytical and research skills as well as an extensive knowledge of the law within your specialist field of study.


 

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