International Law LLM
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.
Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.
We also offer LLM pathways in the areas listed below, as well as a more general LLM (Master of Laws) qualification:
- LLM Criminal Justice
- LLM Environmental Law
- LLM European Law
- LLM Human Rights Law
- LLM International Commercial Law
- LLM International Criminal Justice & Armed Conflict
- LLM International Law & Development
- LLM Maritime Law
- LLM Public International Law
- The School of Law is rated as ‘internationally outstanding’ (Grade 5A on a scale of 1-5) for its research and as ‘Excellent’ for its teaching quality.
- The School enjoys important professional relationships with international institutions; leading firms in the City of London and the provinces; private industry and consultancies; and non-governmental organisations.
- Students at the School of Law have exclusive access to the Slaughter and May Computer Room.
- Excellent Law Library has in excess of 60,000 volumes, immediate access to a very wide range of electronic materials and resources and dedicated Law Librarian.
You will take 120 credits’ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.
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.
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.
Postgraduates in Law find themselves faced with a range of choices when it comes to selecting a career. Some will have a very clear idea from an early stage as to what employment path they wish to pursue, while others may take some years to find the role that is right for them. No matter what your initial choice may be, you will find that the abilities that you have developed during your time at the University of Nottingham will have equipped you well for the demanding and often highly changeable nature of the twenty-first century workplace.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the School of Law.
Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number work with NGOs or return to their countries with the skills and experience that will help them add to the future development of that country.
Of course, some students decide to remain in academe and begin a PhD programme, often remaining at the University of Nottingham, and some use the skills they have acquired to teach.
Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Law/Humanities/ Social Sciences subjects
Other requirements:Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (no less than 67 in writing, 62 inreading, and 55 in listening and speaking)
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Last updated September 9, 2015