The LLM International Legal Studies is designed to provide a challenging and stimulating programme of study which considers law in its international social, economic and political contexts. The four core modules studied provide you with a detailed understanding of key global issues in law and focus on developing your skills to research; analyze and discuss important issues in international law, in human rights, and in legal theory. They also prepare you for the final part of the Master’s programme which is your dissertation through which you have the opportunity to study a particular topic of your choice in detail. The optional modules allow you to follow a particular interest with a focus on global or EU related legal issues.
The programme is taught by research-active staff at Bradford University Law School who have a particular interest and expertise in the issues you will study and you will, therefore, have access to cutting-edge research and thinking. The LLM International Legal Studies is not aimed at preparing you for a particular professional path, instead, it seeks to develop your critical thinking, research, analytical and communication skills which will help you succeed in your chosen field. The programme is therefore of interest to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the law in a global context and graduates are likely to go on to pursue a variety of paths including careers in; business, legal practice, teaching, and academia.
If you have not previously studied law, you will be required to complete and pass a two-week introduction to law programme before the start of the LLM modules to ensure that you are familiar with the basic legal institutions and sources and are able to participate in the LLM programme from the start. We, therefore, welcome graduates from non-law backgrounds who want to gain an understanding of legal issues in their global context as well as law graduates who want to deepen that understanding and develop their knowledge further.
The LLM International Legal Studies is made up of two distinct parts. First, you will study 6 taught modules which cover Semesters 1 and 2, then you will undertake a research project which culminates in the writing of your dissertation. However, there are several exit points should you decide that studying for the full LLM is no longer possible. Although there are possible exit points once you have studied 60 credits (Postgraduate Certificate) or 120 credits (Postgraduate Diploma) most students enroll in the programme with the intention of completing the entire LLM.
You will study 4 core modules and two optional modules. The 4 core modules are Global Questions in Legal Theory, Human Rights Law in a Global Context and Advanced International Law, all studied in Semester 1; and Advanced Legal Research studied in Semester 2. Global Questions in Legal Theory acts as a context module providing the knowledge and skills you will need to be able to think about legal problems, legal principles and legal theories in a global context and to evaluate the impact of geography, history, and culture on our understanding of law and concepts such as justice. Human Rights Law in a Global Context considers different Human Rights instruments and their application in different contexts as well as the theoretical debates about them and grapples with the question of what Human Rights are and whether there is a globally accepted definition of such rights. Advanced International Law considers both Public and Private International Law issues, the institutions and actors involved in making, administering and implementing international law and addresses questions about the place of international law in domestic legal systems and whether the international law itself is biased towards powerful western nations to the detriment of others. The Research Methods module Advanced Legal Research focuses on paper-based research using primary and secondary sources of law and related materials. It also introduces you to a variety of empirical material and the methods used to gather empirical data. While you are not expected to carry out empirical research to underpin your dissertation, you are expected to be able to understand and evaluate empirical work undertaken by others. As such a working knowledge of issues in social research and issues in research methodology is important.
You should then pick 2 of the optional modules offered on this programme, to study a total of 120 credits. The modules studied provide you with detailed subject knowledge and the skills you will need to successfully complete the final part of the LLM programme which is your dissertation. You will complete the dissertation in Semester 2b which begins in April and runs through the summer. The Research Methods module, in particular, will help you prepare for the dissertation.
|Module title||Type||Credit||Study period|
|Global Questions in Legal Theory||Core||20||Semester 1|
|Human Rights Law in a Global Context||Core||20||Semester 1|
|Advanced International Law||Core||20||Semester 1|
|Module title||Type||Credit||Study period|
|Advanced Legal Research||Core||20||Semester 2|
|International Trade Law||Optional||20||Semester 2|
|International Competition Law||Optional||20||Semester 2|
|International Intellectual Property Law||Optional||20||Semester 2|
|Global Health Law||
|European Union Social Law and Policy||Optional||20||Semester 2|
|The Internal Market of the European Union||Optional||20||Semester 2|
|Global Finance Law||Optional||20||Semester 2|
|Module from another School*||Optional||20||Semester 2|
*Module information is subject to change.
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Last updated February 8, 2018