SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLM (Master of Laws)

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two, three or four 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.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£13,230
Overseas fees:
£18,550

This is a Band 5 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four full units.  The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision.

With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s module at SOAS including appropriate language module. A complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject.

Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary according to the extent to which the research component of each module is to be stressed.

It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more modules from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.

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Structure

Students take taught modules to the value of 4.0 full units, one of which will be assessed by a 15,000 word dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with an LLM (Master of Laws) must select a minimum of 3.0 units from the Law postgraduate modules list.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Three courses must be chosen from the following SOAS LLM course list:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 1 Unit Full Year
Banking Law 15PLAC105 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese Constitutionalism 15PLAH043 0.5 Unit Term 2
Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 1 Unit Full Year
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 0.5 Unit Term 2
EU Law in Global Context 15PLAH051 0.5 Unit Term 2
Feminist Legal Theory 15PLAC155 1 Unit Full Year
Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 0.5 Unit Term 2
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights in The Developing World 15PLAC111 1 Unit Full Year
International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 1 Unit Full Year
International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 1 Unit Full Year
International Commercial and Investment Arbitration 15PLAC153 1 Unit Full Year
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 0.5 Unit Term 1
Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 1 Unit Full Year
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 1 Unit Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Human Rights in China 15PLAH054 0.5 Unit Term 1
Law and International Inequality:Critical Legal Analysis of Political Economy From Colonialism to Globalisation 15PLAC131 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 0.5 Unit Term 2
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 1 Unit Full Year
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 1 Unit Full Year
Law of International Finance 15PLAC135 1 Unit Full Year
Law of Islamic finance 15PLAC159 1 Unit Full Year
Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond 15PLAH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 1 Unit Full Year
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 0.5 Unit Term 1
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 0.5 Unit Term 1
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Unit Term 1
Optional Course In Development Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Water and development:conflict and governance 15PDSH049 0.5 Unit Term 2

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge & Understanding
  • Students will acquire specialist knowledge of the chosen subject areas of law.
  • This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:

              a. the theoretical and practical underpinnings of law;

              b. the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;

              c. the role played by law in different social and economic environments;

              d. the role and function of legal institutions;

              e. the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies.

  • Students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.
 Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Students should develop rigor in analysis and assessment of legal arguments.
  • Students should develop the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates.
  • Students should develop independence of thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom.
  • Students should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring to bear their own previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner.
Subject-based Practical Skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

  • Write clear research essays and dissertations.
  • Research in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes and online, and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
  • Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
  • Present legal arguments in moots and debates.
Transferable Skills

The programme will enable students to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend significant quantities of reading rapidly and effectively and develop critical faculties.
  • Find and use a variety of written and digital materials, especially legal materials, in libraries and research institutes.
  • Present (non – assessed) material orally.
  • Develop teamwork skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 5 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 YearsLLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas Students
£13,230 £18,550 £6,615 £9,275 £4,410 £6,183 £3,308 £4,638

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