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LLM Law - Employment, Work and Equality

LLM Law - Employment, Work and Equality

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Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Equal Opportunities Labour Law Organisation & Methods

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

At a critical time for workers’ rights around the world, our LLM in Employment, Work and Equality Law offers you an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of relationships between law, regulation, policy and practice – and graduate to meet a growing demand for specialist lawyers with the knowledge and skills in this important field.

The LLM in Employment, Work and Equality has been well received by trade unions and NGOs as a distinctive programme that offers more than traditional courses in employment law. It provides an in-depth, intensive study of wide-ranging issues analysing domestic and international law, the role of human rights in regulating the labour market, the representative scope of trade unions, treatment of migrants at work and equality more generally.

Choosing our LLM in Employment, Work and Equality means you will be challenged and inspired by world-leading labour lawyers dedicated to progressive and innovative thinking around employment, work and equality law – with those teaching the course belonging to the Law School’s Centre for Law at Work. .

The intellectually demanding, research-rich curriculum they deliver makes our graduates stand out, able to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills and empowered to pursue top-flight careers in a variety of sectors.

University of Bristol LLM students have gone on to work with international law firms, in leading employment sets, as barristers in chambers or are involved in policy-making through trade unions, employers’ organisations and NGOs. Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol Law School.


Graduating from a world-leading law school* will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. The content and approach to teaching in this programme will develop and deepen your understanding of employment law, whilst building many transferable skills. This LLM can provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers - or boost the prospects for those already working in related fields.

This LLM will be of interest to recent graduates in law, policy, politics, sociology, human resource management and other cognate fields, or as a solid first step towards a research career.


This unit will enable students to examine various aspects of collective labour law, with reference to social and democratic theory, regulatory design, and the wider social and economic context. The focus will be on UK law, with additional reference to international and European labour standards. Where appropriate comparative studies from other common law countries will also be discussed, as will recent developments in continental Europe. Students will have the opportunity to analyse freedom of association, its relevance as a human (and constitutional) right and its implications for democracy and equality. They will consider different forms of worker voice and collective organisation, including social movement unionism. We will explore scope for trade union representation, with reference to current provision for access to the workplace and statutory recognition procedures, alongside tendencies to privilege non-independent and non-representative trade unions. We will consider trade unions? relationships with their members and regulation through the Certification Officer, including restrictions on the use of political fund. Access to information and consultation arising under European Union law will further be investigated. Opportunities for collective bargaining and enforcement of agreements reached (at workplace, enterprise and sectoral levels) will be investigated, alongside the statutory bodies established for their oversight: the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). Controversy regarding the status of the right to strike under international, European and domestic law will be considered, alongside UK restrictions on industrial action, including picketing. The scope for transnational organisation and trade union activity will also be examined.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law (or international equivalent). Exceptionally, we will also consider applicants who have: an upper second-class honours degree that included content relevant to the applicant's proposed field of study; or an upper second-class honours degree in any subject, along with relevant experience in a discipline closely related to the focus of this programme. Applicants in either of these two exceptional cases must make a case explaining why their qualifications or experience fall into category (1) or (2) in their personal statement.