The LLM programme is designed for students who already possess an undergraduate law degree and wish to study law at a post-graduate level. The programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme, but have the option of pursuing a specialised LLM in one of 14 different areas.
An LLM student is required to successfully complete four (4.0) units. Year-long courses are worth 1.0 unit, while single-term courses are worth 0.5 units. With permission of the LLM tutor, a student may include up to 1.0 unit of non-law SOAS postgraduate courses in their LLM, such as a relevant language course.
Within their 4.0 units, LLM students are required to write a 15,000 word dissertation. That dissertation will serve as the assessment for any one of the 1.0 unit courses in law chosen by the student. The dissertation topic will be determined by the student, but must be relevant to the course for which it serves as assessment.
A student who wishes to graduate with a specialised LLM is required to take at least three (3.0) units and write their dissertation within their chosen specialisation. Associated courses are listed in the “Structure” section of each specialised LLM programme.