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How you'll learn

We are passionate about your academic development and success. By creating an inclusive, supportive environment for our students, you will be well-placed to access all facets of your legal study. 

Thrive in our dynamic and international learning environment, underpinned by ground-breaking research and the support and guidance of expert academics and practitioners. 

taught by experts

Our teaching is supported by first-class research conducted by renowned experts across the main fields of national, European and international law. You will be taught by highly regarded academics who research and publish internationally in their fields, and we also welcome guest speakers with a wealth of expertise and experience in the law profession.

pro bono opportunities

You will be exposed to a wide range of pro bono opportunities during your time with us, presenting you with the chance to put your legal skills to use in real-life situations. This experience is not only a valuable addition to your CV when it comes to applying for training contracts and placements, but also provides a valuable community service.

a hub of cutting-edge research

100% of our research is judged to be world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (REF, 2014 - Law). This ground-breaking research feeds into your teaching, as your programme exposes you to the latest thinking and developments in the field.

For those interested in commercial law, our Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR) is a forum for conducting research and disseminating knowledge on international commercial law. You will also benefit from our strong links with the Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies, Henley Business School, and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre.

For those interested in our global law courses (International Law, Human Rights, and Disaster Law), Global Law at Reading (GLAR) is a research hub that offers networking, conference and work experience opportunities.

modules to suit your interests

You will have the freedom and autonomy to choose from a wide variety of specialist modules offered by different schools and departments across the University. For larger, core modules, you will normally be taught the principles of the subject through traditional lectures, which is then revisited and discussed in a more informal setting through seminars and guided independent learning.

Alongside your core subjects, there will be career development and co-curricular opportunities and a series of guest lectures by practitioners.

"Study at Reading was an incredibly enriching and intellectually stimulating experience. The depth of discussions, small class sizes, development of important skills and the guidance and insights imparted by supervisors proved exceptionally helpful."

Tom Innes

MRes graduate

flexible assessment methods

We utilise a variety of assessment methods, depending on your chosen modules. Some feature exams, while others consist of coursework, from essays and dissertations to portfolios and presentations. You will benefit from opportunities to practise each kind of assessment in a non-assessed form and receive valuable feedback before undertaking the final assessment.

Whether preparing a portfolio of work from dealing with legal clients at our law clinic, providing a letter of legal advice or briefing to a client, or undertaking a moot or presentation, assessments challenge the skills and experiences you have developed as a lawyer, not just your academic knowledge.

a supportive study environment

We recognise that our students' learning styles vary greatly, so we ensure that you are exposed to a range of teaching methods, learning styles and opportunities to give you the best possible chance to excel during your studies. A thorough induction will demonstrate how you can prepare for legal study—introducing you to useful legal and study skills—and we will explain how you can maximise your time with us, including wider opportunities available within the School of Law.

Throughout your studies, you will receive a high level of ongoing support from your academic tutor. We carefully monitor your progress at every stage to ensure that you can reach your potential.

Our course on "Academic writing for LLM students", run in conjunction with the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI), will help you to enhance your skills in essay writing, with the addition of language support if you are an international student. 

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Find out more about the School of Law and what opportunities are available to you as a postgraduate.

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