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School of Law

LLM in Law and Gender

Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three of fours years (part-time, daytime only)
We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.


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Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The development of this LLM specialisation will capitalise on the Centre for Gender Studies as a multi-faculty centre from 2012, allowing students to engage with contemporary gender theories alongside existing PG Law modules that engage issues in gender and women's rights.

Students are required to take a core course in Feminist Legal Theory, alongside units on the human rights of women, gender and migration and gender and armed conflict.

Students combine the study of units specifically focused on gender and/or women's rights with the modules from the large list of law options available to LLM students at SOAS, allowing the student to tailor their programme to suit future goals.

In taking this course, students should hope to develop an understanding of the role of gender as a tool for analysis and critical analytical skills in feminist legal methods.

Students will also study the work of gender experts in contemporary institutions and situate contemporary legal reforms on women's rights and gender perspectives within feminist histories, while analysing the role of non-Western feminist actors and theories in leading future legal reform and gender perspectives.


Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM in Law and Gender must select their courses according to the following structure:

1. All students must take Feminist Legal Theory - 15PLAC155 (1 Unit) as a core course.

2. A minimum of 1.0 units must be taken from the list below:

3. Students are required to be assessed via a 15,000 word dissertation in either Feminist Legal Theory or Human Rights of Women.

Examples of possible non-law options:

Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS has a wonderful environment that encourages you to learn everywhere you go and from everyone you meet. There are always events and lectures taking place, covering social, cultural and academic interests. No matter how niche your interests may be, there is something for everyone to get involved with!

Seemin Zahid