SOAS University of London

School of Law

Taught LLM programmes

The LLM programme is designed for students who already possess an undergraduate law degree and wish to study law at a post-graduate level. The programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme, but have the option of pursuing a specialised LLM in one of 12 different areas.

All 12 LLM programmes have a common structure. Each LLM student is required to successfully complete four (4.0) units of coursework and a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialisation. Year-long modules are worth 1.0 unit, while single-term modules are worth 0.5 units. A student will thus complete between four and eight taught modules during his or her LLM programme.

A student who wishes to graduate with a specialised LLM is required to take at least three (3.0) units and write their dissertation, which will be worth two (2.0) units, within their chosen specialisation. The fourth (4.0) unit can be taken outside of the LLM specialism or, with the LLM tutor’s permission, outside of the School of Law.