The LLM at UCLan Cyprus will enable students to focus on a range of various different subjects of use in their professional careers but also specialise in a range of exciting fields of law for those preferring a narrower focus. By introducing new, special option modules, five areas of concentration have been developed in the fields of:
International Energy Law
European Union Law
Law and International Security
International Business Law (offered also as specialised LLM)
Financial and Commercial law (offered also as specialised LLM)
The LLM Master of Laws is available to students with legal and non-legal backgrounds. Seminars are delivered during the late afternoon and evening to facilitate both working professionals and recent graduates. The language of instruction is English. The course does not have any examinations but is assessed through written Assignments, Presentations and a Dissertation. Emphasis is placed on private study and research, assisted by the University’s outstanding law resources and databases as directed by tutors. Therefore, class contact time is limited reflective of a desire to offer a world-class course of interest to the talented, serious and dedicated student, whilst providing the necessary flexibility for anyone juggling other professional and personal commitments.
The different areas of concentration and module offering could not be more relevant to the increasingly globalised and transnational marketplace. There are considerable career opportunities for those with specialist knowledge in the field of law in general such as advocates, in house lawyers or legal consultants, internal auditors, entrepreneurs, business creation at the national and international level, work at European and international institutions or organisations but also security personnel, criminology and the general public sector including diplomacy. Past UCLan graduates have gained or developed careers in diverse legal, professional, commercial and regulatory fields.
As the School of Law recognises the importance of helping postgraduate students further develop and acquire additional skills including employability skills, various extra-curricular activities are available for all students including postgraduate students such as the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna), the Model United Nations events, as well as multiple networking activities, which have proved to be of great benefit to the students in gaining significant knowledge and understanding of the practical implications of the law. Professional activities are also available to postgraduate students who are active professionals, such as short courses in Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing as well as in Dispute Resolution Methods (arbitration, mediation) for purposes of continuous professional development (CPD). By organising and/or participating in such activities/events, the School of Law aims to provide students with multiple professional and networking opportunities that could benefit their future careers. Moreover, all students also have access to the social enterprise vehicle called ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods) created by academics of the School of Law at UCLan Cyprus so that they can develop their practical and entrepreneurship skills and projects in collaboration with the industry.
The School benefits from collaborations for certification and/or professional recognition for short courses or specialised modules, leading to academic or professional credits:
The LLM module in International Commercial Mediation leads to the professional qualification of mediator recognised by the UK Civil Mediation Council (through the course provider) and the Ministry of Justice and Public Order of the Republic of Cyprus, subject to applicable requirements.
The LLM module International Commercial Arbitration is yet another specialised module recognised professionally by the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at Associate level, allowing successful participants to use the post-nominal letters ACIArb.
UCLan Cyprus is a CISI University Partner. Specific LLM modules lay the ground for certification by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI)
Since 2018, the School of Law is duly accredited by the Cyprus Bar Association and issues CPD units directly to professionals for short courses and events attended. A range of professional courses at the School are offered to professionals, practising lawyers, accountants and professional service providers, management and senior employees at small and medium-sized businesses but also advanced students in law, finance and business, accountancy, and cognate academic disciplines.
Some examples of School of Law activities/events of relevance to the LLM are:
Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna
CPD training and professional courses (arbitration, mediation, anti-money laundering (AML) and compliance, law and technology)
Guest Lecture Series on various areas of law (EU law, Cyprus law, public international law and security)
Field trips to local institutions and international organisations
Shipping Symposium and Intellectual Property Symposium
UCLan Cyprus Law Blog
Annual Law School Dinners with prestigious professionals as keynote speakers
Law Society membership and activities
Public outreach activities such as public lectures as well as symposia with the industry
Roundtables of experts with the judiciary in Cyprus as well as European judges for the promotion of fundamental principles of the law
Biannual UCLan Cyprus Model United Nations in association with the Cyprus UN Association
Jean Monnet Modules (under the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020) and other EU funded programmes
ICLAIM Human Rights, Entrepreneurship and social mediation trainings
ICLAIM resources on Well-being for professionals