The LLM International Law is specifically designed for those candidates who seek a broader based qualification, which embraces all of the options offered on the LLM programme involving any aspect of law that is of an international character, whether public or private.
This is reflected in the diversity of modules on offer, which candidates may choose to study and which draws on existing specialisms in international commercial law, European law, criminal justice, human rights and general public international law.
Given the choice of options available to candidates across a broad range of subject matter, this degree may be of particular interest to those who wish to advance their careers in any number of professional settings, from private practice to government service or academia.
The aim of this degree is to deliver a well-rounded international lawyer who has benefited from exposure to a range of private and public international law sources and who has gained a greater awareness of the possibilities for applying their knowledge of international law in future practice areas.
You will take 120 credits´ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.
Currently, some of the subjects offered in relation to International Law include:
* Biodiversity and International Law
* Commercial Conflict of Laws
* EU Defence Law
* European Law of Human Rights
* Foundations of International Criminal Justice
* Governance of the EU
* International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
* International Consumer Protection
* International Criminal Law: Institutions
* International Criminal Law: Substantive Law and Process
* International Human Rights Law I
* International Human Rights Law II
* International Humanitarian Law
* International Investment Law
* International Law of the Sea
* International Law of Transboundary Pollution
* International Law of Treaties*
* International Law on the Use of Force
* International Refugee Law
* International Relations Law of the EU
* International Sale of Goods
* Issues in International Refugee Law
* Law Development and the International Community
* Law of International Organisations*
* Law of International Trade Finance
* Mental Disability and International Human Rights
* Principles of Public International Law
* Public Procurement in EC and International Trade Law
* Public Procurement Law
* Settlement of International Disputes
* The World Trading System
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
You will conclude the LLM in International Law by undertaking a 60-credit dissertation; this is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, the School of Law´s Skills Programme, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University´s Graduate School.
The LLM International Law can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 to 4 years.
In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.
All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student´s doctoral research.
The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes. In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.
To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation. Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, "free" option.
In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism. The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.
Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.