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LLM Law

Get to grips with key legal principles

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Department

York Law School

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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Graduates of Law in the 21st century need more than a thorough knowledge of legal rules.

Study theoretical and economic contexts of law and gain the solid foundation you need to further your career. Our LLM Law gives you the flexibility to delve into a range of specialisms, meaning you'll be able to study the things that really interest you. This course allows you the flexibility to specialise in what you study, and benefit from our international outlook, interdisciplinary approach and research and learn from academics whose research is making a real impact in their field.

Leading research

The Department was equal fifth in the Times Higher Education's rankings of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment results and had the highest overall proportion of research designated as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Course content

Through our combination of core and option modules, you'll develop a solid knowledge base in legal theory and practice whilst also tailoring the course to your own interests.

By choosing from a range of option options, you can focus your studies on what interests you most.

All of our modules are informed by research, including areas such as intellectual property law and international human rights law.

Modules

You'll study two core modules:

Option modules

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of staff from the York Law School. You'll prepare your dissertation proposal during the "Research Skills and Methods" module.

There is wide flexibility in choosing your topic.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Discuss and critically evaluate the fundamental principles and theories of common, civil and international law systems.
  • Apply and adapt problem-solving skills, working efficiently and effectively to develop solutions to diverse, complex and integrated legal, practical or societal problem scenarios.
  • Influence debate in chosen areas of interest, by developing well-reasoned and critical arguments, theories and solutions to broader legal issues within society.
  • Draw upon and apply a broad awareness of perspectives and interests in their work, capable of taking into account ethical, social, political, professional, commercial, financial, business, international, policy, human rights, ethnic, gender and client interest considerations when evaluating propositions and solving problems.
  • Record, reflect on and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and progress in their own personal learning and professional development.
  • Develop legal research skills including: the use of computer databases and search strategies; critical evaluation of normative research questions, determine research methodologies which can be used to successfully address such questions, apply the skills and knowledge developed on the programme to a selected problem, and plan, project manage and implement a substantial project with minimal guidance.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
£3,905
year 1 fee
£8,685
year 1 fee

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll receive innovative, practical and relevant teaching integrating problem-based learning, simulations, student law firms. You'll also attend masterclasses from legal practitioners and academics.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

A core teaching method employed in most modules is problem-based learning (PBL). This will involve you working in a “student law firm” in which you will work on simulated, real-life corporate and commercial law problems brought to you by virtual clients. You will learn to identify the relevant legal principles, the known facts and facts which need to be ascertained, and through this process unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of the problem. As in real life, the problems are messy, and typically involve several legal topics interacting and overlapping.

Additional learning resources

Alongside PBL you will also learn through a range of other resources including: seminars, written subject guides, and a variety of relevant material in our virtual learning environment.

Teaching location

York Law School is located on Campus East. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Law and Management building or nearby on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop different transferable skills. These include presentations, posters, participation in seminars, client advice, coursework and your dissertation. For certain modules, you will be assessed through a reflective portfolio.

Careers and skills

Throughout your time at York, you will receive active support in careers and development planning from the York Law School employability tutor.

We encourage you to get involved with our Careers and Development Programme. The programme includes several employers, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes.

There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non-legal employers or academic routes following your LLM. 

Career opportunities

  • Lawyer 
  • Litigation Paralegal Solicitor
  • Commercial in-house lawyer
  • Attorney-at-law

Some of our students also go onto work in sectors not directly related to law such as:

  • Finance
  • Health and Social Work
  • Public Administration
  • Retail

Transferable skills

  • Research skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Project management
  • Reasoning and judgement
  • Document and case analysis
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Advocacy

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

Minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Law, Management or a related Social Science.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. 

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing and no less than 61 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and no less than 176 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96 with a minimum of 24 in Writing and no less than 23 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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