Law – LLM
Bolton Business School’s LLM Law degree enables both law graduates and non-law graduates to pursue advanced legal study and gain sought after postgraduate legal skills in a challenging yet supportive environment.
You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules and focus your studies on areas of personal and professional interest. We offer knowledge and expertise in areas including medical law, EU and international law, employment law, corporate and financial law, and brand and marketing law. You will be able to customise your learning experience and learn to critically analyse and understand the complexities arising in the specialist fields you have chosen.
Our commitment to curriculum innovation and continuing quality enhancement means that our LLM responds to the national and international need for specialists that possess in-depth understanding of the role and purpose of law in today’s increasingly global society. You will learn to take a critical legal approach and look at issues from both comparative and contextual perspectives. You will also gain an impressive array of transferable skills that are in high demand in the international employment market.
About the course
We strive to create a positive learning environment for students, where you can gain academic and intellectual progression whatever your prior area of study.
Bolton Business School’s LLM is a professionally-focused programme that provides advanced legal knowledge and assists you to develop the associated research and reasoning skills that are highly valued by employers. Our dedicated team will deliver intellectually stimulating course content that is underpinned in many areas by internationally recognised research. We will equip you with a range of advanced legal research methods that will prepare you to complete a highly specialised piece of original research of your own. You will develop a keen appreciation for the value and significance of existing and emerging research in your chosen fields of law and the academic and project management skills that will allow you to utilise this knowledge to best effect in your future career.
- Teaching is conducted by a highly dedicated team, with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, and close links to the legal profession.
- You can draw from a wide variety of modules in order to customise your learning experience.
- Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and ensuring that in-class learning is highly interactive.
- You will be taught in small classes and receive excellent academic and pastoral support.
What you will learn
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including lectures, workshops, tutorials (group and individual) and guest speakers. We will use case studies to illustrate, explore and contextualise contemporary issues in each field that are challenging the international community. Critical knowledge of legal systems and a creative and systematic approach to understanding problematic legal issues are addressed in all modules.
This course will develop and enhance your ability to construct a persuasive legal argument based on evidence and communicate your ideas and subject knowledge clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. You will learn to deal with complex legal matters in a systematic yet creative way.
The core modules of Research Methods and Dissertation will help you to develop scholarly integrity and the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial piece of independent research. You will learn to work independently and exercise initiative; taking personal responsibility for the work you produce.
Completing your Dissertation will help you to synthesise the academic knowledge you have gained during the course and produce an evaluative and critical discussion of salient issues relevant to the subjects you have chosen. It will help you to develop originality in your application of knowledge and give you a clear practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
The learning and teaching strategy for each individual module is detailed in the module guides that you will receive at the beginning of each semester.
What you will study
The LLM programme offers a suite of contemporary modules which allow you to develop a detailed knowledge of specific areas of law.
There are two core modules that all students will complete. These are:
- Research Methods (LAW7021 – 20 credits);
- Dissertation (LAW7006 – 40 credits).
You will then choose four from the following list of option modules:
- International Business Law* (LAW7013 – 30 credits);
- Aspects of Medical Jurisprudence (LAW7001 – 30 credits));
- Corporate Insolvency (LAW7005 – 30 credits);
- Financial and Economic Crime (LAW7011 – 30 credits);
- Law of International Trade (LAW7017 – 30 credits);
- Medical Ethics, Reproduction and the Law (LAW7018 – 30 credits);
- Medical Negligence (LAW7019 – 30 credits);
- Public International Law (LAW7020 – 30 credits);
- Banking Law (LAW7002 – 30 credits);
- Collective Labour Law (LAW7003 – 30 credits);
- Corporate Governance (LAW7004 – 30 credits);
- Employment Tribunal Practice (LAW7007 – 30 credits);
- Equality Law (LAW7008 – 30 credits);
- EU Labour Law (LAW7009 – 30 credits);
- EU Public Law (LAW7010 – 30 credits);
- Globalisation, Brands and Marketing Strategy (LAW7012 – 30 credits);
- Individual Employment Law (LAW7014 – 30 credits);
- Trade Mark Law and Policy (LAW7023 – 30 credits).
*If your first degree is not in law or your first language is not English, we strongly encourage you to take International Business Law as your first option as this module will provide you with an overview/foundation of understanding of the principles of legal systems.
Modules will be available subject to student demand and staffing. Prior to enrolment you will be sent a module choice form so that you can list your preferences.
You should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in any subject (or a comparable qualification from a UK or overseas institution).
Applications from candidates offering other qualifications or appropriate experience are also welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
If your first degree is not in law or your first language is not English, we strongly encourage you to take International Business Law as your first option. This module will provide you with an overview/foundation of understanding of the principles of legal systems.
We are more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person please contact the programme director to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it is not our usual practice for this course.)
If you are interested in becoming a solicitor or barrister you need to study our undergraduate LLB (Hons) Law degree. Alternatively, graduates can consider one of the conversion courses for law that are offered by many other educational establishments.
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