LLM Advanced Legal Studies

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About LLM Advanced Legal Studies

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time     Course starts: October or January 

LLM Advanced Legal Studies at the University of Reading offers a dedicated programme for the study of law at an advanced level in the areas of both public and private law.

The programme affords you maximum flexibility allowing you to tailor your studies to meet your own interests and ambitions in a broad range of areas, including several aspects of international law, human rights law and EU law.

As well as specific knowledge of public and private law, this programme will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing policy, existing practice and knowledge at an advanced level. It will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, both online and offline; time management, verbal and written communication, presenting and planning.

LLM course content

LLM Advanced Legal Studies features core and optional modules spanning a broad range of areas. A total of 180 credits must be completed, with taught modules accounting for 120 credits and a dissertation for the remaining 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (60)
  • Research Methods for LLM students (10)

Optional modules

Optional modules totalling 110 credits must be chosen from within the School.

Staff teaching on this LLM law course

Career prospects for LLM law graduates

This LLM programme is especially suited to applicants planning to take professional exams and continue on to practise law, either in the UK or overseas. However, the skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate law degree such as the LLM Advanced Legal Studies are in high demand across many other areas, with potential destinations including the public sector, European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, and the media.

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