This qualification is designed to consider the role and place of law in an increasingly globalised 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 contextualise topical legal issues. You will explore the interaction of law, law-making 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.
You must complete your study by 31 December 2027.
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 are attractive to employers
- Concludes with an in-depth piece of independent research on a topic within your chosen specialist subject area.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
You must start your studies with one of the compulsory law modules. Your final module will be The law dissertation (W800).
To gain this qualification you need 180 credits as follows:
90 credits from the following:
- Exploring legal meaning (W820)
- Exploring legal boundaries (W821)
- *Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility (W822)
*Or the discontinued module Continuing professional development in practice (UYA810) if previously studied as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice (Employment Law Advice) which is only available to those working for ACAS.
Plus either 30 credits from the following:
- European Union law (W330)
- Exploring legal boundaries (W350)
- Law, society and culture (W340)
Or 30 credits from the following:
- Contemporary issues in organisations (BB853)
- Entrepreneurship in context (BB851)
- Leadership and management of public services (BB852)
- Advance your independent learning (YXM830)
- Continuing professional development in practice (U810)
- Employment relations and employee engagement (B866)
- Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)
- Making environmental decisions (T891)
- Managing for sustainability (T867)
- Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules D864, D867, D872, D873, T863, T877, T878, T879, TD866, TU870, TU871, TU872 and TU875
plus 60 credits from the following:
- The law dissertation (W800)
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.