LLM in Law, Culture and Society
Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two/ three 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.
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.
Students are required to take four taught courses and a dissertation as follows:
- At least three courses from the list below
- The fourth option may be chosen from the General Course list or an approved language.
- Dissertation (15,000 words), on a topic related to one of their chosen courses
There is also an optional pre-sessional course (15PLAC162).
- Affirmative action law - 15PLAH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Chinese Constitutionalism - 15PLAH043 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Comparative Constitutional Law - 15PLAH046 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Feminist legal theory - 15PLAC155 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Foundations of Chinese Law - 15PLAH045 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- 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 - 15PLAH035 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
- 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 Labour Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAC169 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- International law and global orders - 15PLAH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Islamic law (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC121 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Law and Governance in the Developing World - 15PLAH047 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Law and society in South Asia (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC129 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Law and society in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC130 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Law, institutions and political economy of transition - 15PLAC134 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Law, Multiculturalism and Intercultural Human Rights (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC109 (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
- Sociological Approaches to Law - 15PLAH032 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
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Application Deadline: 2014-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2014-02-28 17:00
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