SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLM in Law, Development and Globalisation

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.

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£14,585
Overseas fees:
£20,450

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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

2018 Entry requirements

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

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The LLM 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. 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.

Please note that in 2017-18 Dr. Gunnar Beck will convene the programme in Term 1, and Dr. Scott Newton in Terms 2 & 3.

Convenors

Structure

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialisation.

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

Specialism Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anatomy of a Human Rights Emergency: Case Study of Darfur 15PLAH060 15 Term 2
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Comparative Constitutional Law 15PLAH046 15 Term 2
Comparative Commercial Law 15PLAC175 30 Full Year
EU Law in Global Context 15PLAH051 15 Term 1
Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 15 Term 1
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 30 Full Year
International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 30 Full Year
International Investment Law and Arbitration 15PLAH063 15 Term 2
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 15 Term 1
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 15 Term 2
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 1
Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 30 Full Year
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 30 Full Year
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 1
Water Law and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice 15PLAC177 30 Full Year
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
General Law Postgraduate Module List

An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.

Postgraduate Open Option Modules

A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.

Dissertation

Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

Module Code Credits Term Availability
LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 60 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Students will acquire specialist knowledge in the area of law, development and governance.
  • This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:
    1. the theoretical and practical underpinnings of law, development and governance;
    2. the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;
    3. the role played by law in different social and economic environments;
    4. the role and function of legal institutions;
    5. 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 specialised 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.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time  Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years LLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU Students Overseas Students UK/EU Students Overseas Students UK/EU Students Overseas Students UK/EU Students Overseas Students
£14,585 £20,450 £7,293 £10,225 £4,862 £6,817 £3,646 £5,113
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

William Ross Murray Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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