LLM

Law

Choose to pursue your own specialities in law

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

This LLM Law is designed to provide a flexible educational experience that enables law graduates, non-law graduates and lawyers to develop their specialist legal interests at postgraduate level.

Develop your expertise in very practical and sought-after subjects through taught units and supervised research on a course that promotes individual choice for your future careers.

Find out more about this course, our facilities and generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Choose to take this course in full-time or part-time mode – whichever suits you best
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Focus on particular areas of academic interest or develop a wider range of skills and knowledge

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is offered as an option for law graduates on our LLM programmes, giving you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your postgraduate law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

The benefits are clear:

  • an opportunity to obtain relevant employment straight after graduation without the need for further study or a Training Contract
  • a recognised professional qualification in addition to your degree
  • as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, you have similar rights and opportunities of partnership as a solicitor.
Matthew Champ, LLM Law student

My tutors endorsed a practical approach to learning and if it wasn’t for their endless encouragement, I can safely say that I wouldn’t have won an Inns of Court Scholarship.

Matthew Champ, LLM Law student

Key Facts

Duration
1 year full time, 30 months part time
Entry
A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £5,200 part time: £1,730 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,700 part time: £4,230 p/a*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
pbs-studentrecruitment@port.ac.uk
+44 (0) 23 9284 2991
Department
School of Law
Programme specification
Accreditations & Endorsements

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The full-time mode of this course lasts for one year and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake a dissertation/professional practitioner project and four units from the following list:

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration 
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

  • Legal Approach to Business
  • Dissertation/Professional Practitioner Project

In addition, you will undertake three units from the following list:

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration 
  • Work-based Learning Unit

 

The part-time mode of this course lasts three years and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake two units from the following list:

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration 
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake two units from the following list (excluding units undertaken in the first year):

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation/professional practitioner project.

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory unit:

  • Legal Approach to Business

You will also undertake one unit from the following list:

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration 
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake two units from the following list (excluding units undertaken in the first year):

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration 
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation/professional practitioner project.


Teaching and Assessment

You will be expected to attend eight hours of class time per week if you are on the full-time course whereas for the part-time course you attend approximately four hours per week. You will be encouraged to undertake independent study with time also devoted to group problem solving, discussion and debate.

How are you assessed?

The majority of the units will be assessed via exams, however much of your time will also be spent researching and writing your dissertation which concentrates on a topic of your choice.

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Monitor Facilities & Features


Mock Courtroom

You can be part of our full blown mock trials and moots in our mock courtroom. The £1 million development is an exact replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview rooms. Gain firsthand experience of a realistic court setting.

Flexible Learning

Depending on your mode of study, you may not always be campus based. However, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Mentoring

We pride ourselves on the good reputation we have in the area. Maintaining good links with the Court Service in Portsmouth allows us to facilitate court visits, marshalling and even work experience. Our mentoring programme also brings in members of the legal profession who work in local solicitors’ firms, for the government and in a variety of other contexts and links them with you.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Finola Kilgallen, LLM Law student 2013

The course has a good relationship with ISCA and our course leader also passes on employment/work experience opportunities.

Finola Kilgallen, LLM Law student 2013

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Career prospects

The LLM in Law provides a springboard for many career paths. It allows potential law lecturers to develop expertise in a variety of subjects and provides the basis for a career in business or the public sector. It could also enable law practitioners to pursue new subject specialities.

Additionally, Law graduates who complete the CILEx option may apply for membership status of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Membership of CILEx and success on this LLM course will provide a real edge when competing for trainee legal executive opportunities.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • designated detention officer
  • legal clerk
  • paralegal assistant
  • business development executive

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2016 entry have now finished.

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If you are unable to visit us, why not contact the admissions team for your course of interest via our course pages.

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