LLM International Law and Development
The difficulties that many developing states are facing in terms of economic growth, the implementation of human rights, fighting poverty levels, and improving health or education standards, have become central concerns both at the international level and for policy-makers within developing states. The impact of legal standards and international rules in assisting developing states achieve their developmental aims has generated increasing interest from legal scholars and practitioners alike.
The LLM International Law and Development provides you with an opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of the issues faced by developing states. A specialist module on Law, Development and the International Community provides the basis of some of the key questions that need to be asked in relation to the position of developing states, such as human rights, environmental law, or international commercial law, whilst a wide variety of modules on this LLM mean that you can further specialise on particular aspects of the development debate.
- The School of Law is consistently ranked among the world’s top law schools, placing 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige and now attracts some 140 to 160 students each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading LLM programmes available
- Research-led teaching means that you will be exposed to current issues, advanced debate, and innovative thinking and regular guest seminars and lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners complement teaching in the school
- Dedicated resources for students in the school, including a Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions, a Law School computer room, and a Law Reading Room in the Hallward Library, contribute to a unique and positive learning experience
- The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, government departments, both foreign and domestic, and non-governmental organisations
You must complete at least 90 credits worth of modules from the qualifying specialist module options for the International Law and Development LLM. The remaining 30 credits required to complete the taught stage of the degree can be chosen from the full suite of modules offered across all of our LLM programmes.
In addition, you must choose a dissertation topic which falls within the field of international law and development. Guidance and support when deciding a dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.
The LLM programme operates small group seminar teaching wherever possible, allowing for an integrative and interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from these teaching sessions.
All taught courses are assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.
Practice assignments, workshops on issues such as exam technique and time management, as well as one-to-one sessions with the Legal Skills Advisor are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.
Qualifying module options
- Biodiversity and International Law
- Business and Human Rights
- Economic and Social Rights
- General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law
- International Financial and Monetary Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Investment Law
- International Law of the Sea
- International Law of Transboundary Pollution
- Law, Development and the International Community
- Minorities and International Human Rights
- Public Procurement in EU and International Trade Law
- Public Procurement Law
- Regional Human Rights Law
- Religion and International Human Rights
- United Nations Law
- The World Trading System
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. 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 also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.
A selection of graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current academics having completed both the LLM or Masters and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 93% of postgraduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,031 with the highest being £40,800.*
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.
Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
- 2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences
- IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening); if these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated March 16, 2017