LLM in Law, Development and Governance
Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three or for 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 who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least three (3.0) units within their chosen specialisation. The following courses are associated with the Law, Development and Governance specialisation:
- Affirmative Action Law - 15PLAH024 (0.5 Unit)
- Colonialism, Empire and International Law - 15PLAH025 (0.5 Unit)
- Comparative Commercial Law - 15PLAC175 (1 Unit)
- Economic Approaches to Law - 15PLAH030 (0.5 Unit)
- EU Law in Global Context - 15PLAH051 (0.5 Unit)
- Foundations of International Law - 15PLAH021 (0.5 Unit)
- Human Rights in the Developing World - 15PLAC111 (1 Unit)
- Indigenous Land Rights - 15PLAH048 (0.5 Unit)
- Intellectual Property Rights and Development - 15PLAC113 (1 Unit)
- International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in the global village - 15PLAC115 (1 Unit)
- International and Comparative Corporate Law - 15PLAC116 (1 Unit)
- International Commercial Arbitration - 15PLAC153 (1 Unit)
- International Economic Law - 15PLAH033 (0.5 Unit)
- International Environmental Law - 15PLAC118 (1 Unit)
- International Labour Law - 15PLAH029 (0.5 Unit)
- Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies - 15PLAC123 (1 Unit)
- Law and Governance in the Developing World - 15PLAH047 (0.5 Unit)
- Law and Human Rights in China - 15PLAH054 (0.5 Unit)
- Law and International Inequality: Critical legal analysis of political economy from colonialism to globalisation - 15PLAC131 (1 Unit)
- Law and Natural Resources - 15PLAC126 (1 Unit)
- Law and Society in Southeast Asia - 15PLAH049 (0.5 Unit)
- Law, Institutions and Political Economy of Transition - 15PLAC134 (1 Unit)
- Migration, Gender and the Law in South East Asia and Beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit)
- Multinational Enterprises and the Law- 15PLAC140 (1 Unit)
- Sociological Approaches to Law - 15PLAH032 (0.5 Unit)
- World Trade Organisation Law - 15PLAH038 (0.5 Unit)
Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.
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Application Deadline: 2015-01-30 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-02-27 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
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