A Master of Laws (LLM) is an internationally-recognized, second-level law degree offered in many countries around the world. LLMs are offered at the graduate level and in many countries an LLM, or equivalent degree, is required before a graduate can practice law. The term ‘Master of Laws’ derives from the Latin Magister Legum or Legum Magister. Like the LLB, the two ‘Ls’ refer to the study of both canon and civil law.
LLMs are usually conferred by Law Schools, or the school of law at an accredited university. Students wishing to pursue an LLM are normally required to hold an undergraduate degree in either a related subject or in a law degree like an LLB or a JD. LLMs may be specialized and can be undertaken by students wishing to concentrate or develop expertise in a particular field like tax law, international law, or human rights law. In some countries, LLMs are considered a supplementary degree similar to the MLS. LLMs may also be completed by a student with a law degree who wishes to pursue a legal career in another country.
LLM degrees vary in length and intensity. In most countries, the Master of Laws degree is awarded after one year of intensive study; however, it may also be the culmination of a lengthier course of study that included an undergraduate degree in Law. In most countries, LLM graduates will have completed significant research and a written thesis in addition to any coursework required by the program of study. LLM programs are often international in nature and you may study with students from around the world who are working to expand their legal expertise.
If you studied law as an undergraduate, or would like to pursue a career in law you may wish to consider an LLM. You can use the list below to find LLMs in many countries around the world. Each program page is connected directly to the school’s admissions office. Use the form to contact them and find out more about enrolling in an LLM.
This master's degree is designed for modern lawyers and managers and explores the legal and commercial aspects of intellectual property. The programme is designed in partnership with major law firms and industry leaders. [+]
This master's degree is designed for modern lawyers and managers and explores the legal and commercial aspects of intellectual property. The programme is designed in partnership with major law firms and industry leaders. The University of Law is an international leader in legal education with a 140 year old history.Course Requirements UK entry requirements: Students should possess a UK bachelors degree in any subject at 2:2 or above or equivalent qualifications. International entry requirements: An English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. Duration
18 months (up to 5 years)[-]
The LL.M Advanced Information Technology Law meets the current demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the rapidly expanding fields of international commercial and business law with a special focus on the application of law in the IT sector. It provides students with the opportunity to explore, in-depth, the legal regulation of the world of international business. Academically rigorous, the LL.M will expose students to a practical real-world application of the law. [+]
Giving you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the law and develop advanced legal research skills, the taught LL.M will give your future prospects a significant boost by adding an internationally recognised postgraduate legal qualification to your existing skills and experience. [+]
Giving you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the law and develop advanced legal research skills, the taught LL.M will give your future prospects a significant boost by adding an internationally recognised postgraduate legal qualification to your existing skills and experience.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of how and why the law is formed, how it is applied and its relationship with policy and policy-making processes at national, European and international levels.
The programme is designed to provide you with the flexibility to tailor your study to meet your own professional or academic goals. You specialise in a specific area of the law that interests you, whilst developing advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills.... [-]
The University of South Wales’s LLM course offers you a flexible approach to postgraduate study, where you can tailor your Master’s programme to suit your specific needs and career aspirations. You can explore a broad range of legal subjects, including commercial law, international trade law, competition law, employment law and intellectual property law. [+]
Human rights and international law have always been at the heart of teaching and scholarly work at Regent's for many years. This innovative postgraduate programme, developed in collaboration with the renowned human rights barrister, Geoffrey Robertson, QC, of Doughty Street Chambers, examines some of the key challenges in the field of International Human Rights. [+]
Human rights and international law have always been at the heart of teaching and scholarly work at Regent's for many years. This innovative postgraduate programme, developed in collaboration with the renowned human rights barrister, Geoffrey Robertson, QC, of Doughty Street Chambers, examines some of the key challenges in the field of International Human Rights.
The programme informs those already in pratcice, or aspiring to work in this field, with the knowledge and skills to introduce changes that will improve human right policies at an international, regional and domestic level.
You will be introduced to a range of topics in the field including, a history of human rights law, international relations, humanitarian intervention, free speech, prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment and international criminal law, with all theory supplemented by cutting edge research and case studies.... [-]
Key features 2 years programme (3 semesters full-time/in-class courses + 1 semester of dissertation preparation) [+]
Located in the heart of the original Indian Territory, OU Law provides an ideal environment for the study of Native American law and issues concerning indigenous peoples [+]
With a one-year Master of Laws qualification from the University of Waikato you can tailor your programme through a selection of taught papers and/or research thesis. [+]
The LLM offers an extensive training in theoretical and practical aspects of arbitration and dispute settlement. The core matter of the program will be the study of transnational arbitration in all its forms. The program will also cover other mechanisms of international dispute settlement. These include judicial and non-judicial means of dispute resolution such as litigation before the International Court of Justice, at the World Trade Organization (Panel and Appellate Body), Human Rights Litigation (e.g. European or American framework). [+]
One of the most attractive and important international arbitration venues worldwide thanks to the presence of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of International Arbitration.
The most important law firms specialized in International Arbitration and many of the most renowned specialists are based in Paris.Why study arbitration at Sciences Po Law School?
Founded nearly 150 years ago, Sciences Po stands out as a world-class university with internationally-recognised degrees and research, a multicultural community and a worldwide network of partners.
Sciences Po Law School (SPLS) has developed a strong reputation in matters related to international economic law, with a particular focus on all mechanisms of international dispute settlement.... [-]
1 year LLM program taught in English on a part-time basis [+]
Master of Laws in Private Law
In today’s world, where there is a growing need to adopt legal approaches to cope with local as well as global issues, resolving legal controversies require a multi-dimensional perspective based on a conception of different legal disciplines; hence, the lawyer profile who is able to add to the development of society, economy, politics and the legal profession has been changing.
With this respect, Koç University Institute of Social Sciences targets to contribute to the molding of this new lawyer profile, with an understanding based on reliable academic research, as well as practicing experience.
The program with thesis is composed of 3 core courses followed by 4 elective courses and is concluded with a thesis.... [-]
Courses in either the 24-credit LL.M. program or the 12-credit Certificate Program include practical, “hands-on” instruction in the following areas: global risk compliance, contracting skills (both domestic and international), personnel matters and labor relations, international trade and business transactions, fines and penalties, transportation insurance, maritime law, and trucking, railroad, and aviation liability and litigation. [+]
Our Wealth Management program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to advise wealthy clients and help manage their assets. Because wealth management involves professionals with various backgrounds, we’ve designed the program with both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals in mind. [+]
Understanding the development and functioning of environmental law across different levels of environmental governance is an important issue of our time. This requires moving beyond the traditional approach to teaching international, regional, EU and national environmental law in isolation from one other. [+]
The number of students who wish to study law in the UK continues to grow and we are proud to be partnered with some of the best law schools in the country. Whether you are looking to study an LLB (qualifying law degree) or an LLM (Master of Laws), our UK partner universities offer plenty of excellent programs. [+]
For 20 years the LL.M. International Business Law has offered a unique and valuable experience to law graduates from around the world wishing to pursue an executive LL.M. program. With almost 200 years of experience the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich is known worldwide for the excellence of its faculty and its legal education programs. [+]