Law LLM

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Enhance your understanding of the complex frameworks of international law-making and governance. Investigate and apply theories, principles and rules of international law. Graduate and embark on a rewarding career.

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Overview

This Law LLM will set you on track for a successful career in law and help you develop valuable skills employers look for, including ‘Advanced Legal Skills’ and ‘International Perspectives in Law’.

The course mixes taught elements with independent research, and you can negotiate the topic of your dissertation project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.

Why us?

  • 95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • LLM Law achieved a 100% overall satisfaction rating (from 11 respondents) in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019 (PTES)
  • Research in Law at Sunderland has been described as ‘internationally excellent’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include weekly three-hour workshops. These are interactive and require a high level of preparation. You’ll also undertake a research project and dissertation which are supervised by your tutor.

Your progress will be assessed by written coursework, usually a 6,000 word essay for each taught module.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Semester 1

  • Advanced Legal Skills (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law & Justice or Commercial Law & International Trade or International Human Rights (30 credits)


Semester 2

  • Applied Legal Methods (30 credits)
  • Legal Research Project (30 credits)


Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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Facilities

You’ll be based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s on the banks of the River Wear, within walking distance of the coast.

 

 

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in law or a related discipline. We also welcome applications from those with an appropriate level of relevant professional experience.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,000 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £12,500 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Employment

This LLM course equips you with advanced skills and knowledge in a specialised area of law. As a result, you’ll have an important edge when applying for roles in the Crown Prosecution Service, police, and prison or probation services. Salaries of law graduates are among the highest of all graduates.

You’ll also be better equipped for applying for training contracts or pupillages, if this is appropriate to your career stage.

In addition a Masters degree will enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

Tel: 0191 515 3751

Email: enterprise@sunderland.ac.uk 


Meet the students

  • The best aspect of the Law course was the standard of teaching.
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    Syed Ahmed

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