Master of Laws

The Open University

Program Description

Master of Laws

The Open University

This qualification is designed to consider the role and place of law in an increasingly globalized world and is suitable for law and non-law graduates as well as lawyers wanting to develop their interests.

Our LLM takes a critical legal approach to study, using different perspectives and case studies to illustrate, explore, compare and contextualize topical legal issues.

You will explore the interaction of law, lawmaking bodies, institutions and regulators in an international context, the role and function of law in an increasingly global society, and the role of states, international institutions, and multi-national companies. You will also consider contemporary legal issues such as corporate social responsibility, trans-national crime, humanitarian aid, and security.

Key features of the course

  • Explores methods of reasoning and analysis in law, and evaluates the complexities inherent in law, regulation and legal study
  • Develops a range of transferable skills, including advanced legal research, that is attractive to employers
  • Concludes with an in-depth piece of independent research on a topic within your chosen specialist subject area.


There is a choice of routes through the qualification. You can start your studies with any of the compulsory modules. If you are claiming credit transfer from another postgraduate provider you may not need to study an optional module. Your final module to complete this masters degree will be The law dissertation (W800).

Entry requirements

You should hold a UK honors degree (or equivalent or recognized overseas qualification) or relevant professional legal experience. Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to an honors degree.

If you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level of a UK honors degree or if you lack formal academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, please speak to an adviser.

The modules are taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

How long it takes

Each module will involve around 12 hours of study per week. Most students study this qualification in 3 years. The minimum time to complete is three years, the maximum time to complete is seven years.

Career relevance

There is a growing demand for professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the role and purpose of law in our increasingly global society, and the associated advanced legal research and reasoning skills.

This degree will contribute to your career development by providing transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Typically, holders of the LLM will:

  • deal with complex legal issues both systematically and creatively
  • communicate their subject knowledge clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks
  • reflect on the responsibilities linked to the application of knowledge
  • demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, implement and adopt a substantial piece of independent research with scholarly integrity
  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility
  • be able to develop a persuasive legal argument based on evidence
  • demonstrate independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

If you are interested in becoming a lawyer (solicitor or barrister) you need to study our undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated September 20, 2018
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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