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School of Law

LLM (Master of Laws)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two/ three/ 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.

Overview

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

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 courses 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 course offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the course 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 course at SOAS including appropriate language courses. A complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject.

Examinations for all taught courses will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission by 15th September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each course may vary according to the extent to which the research component of each course 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 courses from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.

Structure

Overview

Students are required to take four taught courses, one of which will be assessed by a 15,000 word dissertation. Three courses must be chosen from the LLM course list (below) or may be an approved language. The fourth option may be chosen from the LLM course list below, an approved language or an appropriate SOAS non-law option (with the approval of the LLM convenor). There is also an optional pre-sessional course.

Three courses must be chosen from the following SOAS LLM course list:
Optional Course In Development Studies

Teaching & Learning

A Student's Perspective

SOAS is a unique British university, as it adopts a global view, but specialises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: something it is very good at. This is evident in the passion and expertise of the teachers, the interests of the students and the many colourful exhibitions and cultural events regularly hosted here.

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