LLM in Islamic Law

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time


The SOAS LLM in Islamic Law offers a world-leading specialisation in a rapidly developing area of law that has increasing significance in Muslim majority countries as well as in the lives of many Muslims living elsewhere. The LLM deals in depth with issues such as those relating to families, financial markets, philanthropy, inter-state and international relations and globalisation. It offers a platform for viewing and understanding different parts of the Muslim world from multifaceted and diverse perspectives. Modules included in the programme investigate the meanings and applications of principles of Islamic law in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and transnationally. They explore jurisprudence and methodologies, family law, criminal law and financial law, and consider critical areas of intersection with international human rights law. Law and society more generally is a focus for the region-specific modules, interrogating the place and role of law in and its relationship with society, including but not limited to issues of gender, colonialism, constitutional law and plural legal systems.

Why SOAS?

The LLM in Islamic law offers wide-ranging insights into the operation of norms and principles of Islamic law particularly in the global South and in its interaction with emerging international norms and regional mechanisms. Those who convene and teach these modules are acknowledged experts in their particular fields and usually also accomplished linguists.  The teaching is thus closely informed and research-led, providing dynamic engagements in class on issues of immediate contemporary interest.  Staff have years of experience advising governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, philanthropic foundations, law firms and financial institutions. Some have been or are legal practitioners in their specialised fields. The modules attract students from across SOAS as well as from the School of Law, leading to vibrant, cross-fertilising discussions and exchanges that often add unexpected value to the learning experience.

Why You?

The programme provides required expertise for anyone interested in pursuing a career in Islamic law or in law-related careers focused on Muslim majority countries or contexts. This expertise is much sought after in law, finance and media, international organisations and government.

Many students in the SOAS School of Law take at least one of the modules in this programme because of the way in which the substance of core modules engages with critical areas of law that are increasingly a focus of practitioners and policymakers. The LLM in Islamic Law offers a unique insight into the richness of the subject matter that will compel your attention to the complexities of historical and current interpretations, usages and repertoires of this most exciting set of laws, legal systems and legal processes.

 Each LLM student is required to successfully complete 180 credits, which comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit 12,000-word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialisation.

Structure

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialisation.

There are no compulsory modules in the LLM Islamic Law.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year.

Dissertation

Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree.

  • LLM Dissertation in Law

Taught Component

  • Guided Option
    Choose modules from the List A below to the value of 60 credits

and

  • Choose a module(s) from List A or General Law PGT Options below to the value of 30 credits.

and

  • Choose a module(s) from the List of General Law PGT Options below or from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

List A

  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM)
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets
  • Gender, Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa

General Law Options

  • Gender, Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Investment Law
  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM)
  • Law and Development in Africa
  • Law and Society in Southeast Asia
  • Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Law, Rights & Social Change
  • Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods
  • International Migration Law
  • International Refugee Law
  • Law and Society in South Asia
  • Law, Environment and Social Justice
  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Colonialism, Empire and International Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Foundations of International Law
  • Human Rights of Women
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies
  • Law and Natural Resources
  • Law and Postcolonial Theory
  • Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets
  • Israel, Palestine, and International Law
  • The Law of Armed Conflict
  • Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements (Law)
  • Intellectual Property Law (PG)
  • Law and Global Commons
  • International Environmental Law I
  • Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Law)
  • Multinational Enterprises and the Law I
  • Multinational Enterprises and the Law II
  • Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy
  • Israel, Palestine and International Law
  • Palestine, Resistance, and the Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution I
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution II
  • International laws on the use of force
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law

Open Options Note
Open options will need the approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA).

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Dec 2020

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