There is more to LLM specialities than Human Rights Law or Taxation Law – nowadays there is an abundance of different LLM paths that you can follow, and some of the more niche ones could really help increase your job prospects.
Choosing an unusual LLM specialism could be the key to career success and happiness. The numbers of practising solicitors are increasing in England and Wales every year, making your choice of speciality all the more important.
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Here we take a look at five niche LLM specialisms that you might want to consider.
The final frontier, Space Law is a look at the complex rules and regulations governing space exploration. Who will be in charge of the Moon when the time comes? All very exciting stuff, but Space Law has been around since 1919 with the introduction of Airspace Law and the laws governing the control of the airspace directly above each country. Leiden University has a highly respected Space Law LLM course, as does McGill University, Bond University, University of Mississippi and the University of Nebraska.
Admiralty Law differs from Maritime Law as Admiralty Law concentrates on the private law governing the sea and shipping, whilst Maritime Law concentrates on the public international law governing the sea and shipping. Admiralty Law can trace its links back to the 6th Century AD and Rhodian Law, which is the law of the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Southampton University offers an LLM in Admiralty Law as does University College London in the UK, and the University of Miami in the US offers an LLM in Admiralty Law as well.
Gaming Law is a very limited LLM speciality as the only place in the world that offers an LLM in Gaming Law is in Las Vegas. The state of Nevada has complex gambling and gaming laws, and if you fancy living and working in Nevada, then you should definitely consider heading to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Canon Law or Ecclesiastical Law are the rules and laws that govern a religious organisation and churches like the Catholic Church or the Church of England, and these are often complex ancient laws. LLMs in Canon Law are aimed at those lawyers who are involved in the administration of the Church of England or the Catholic Church and how the laws of the state impact on their work. In the UK, students can study an LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff University.
The diversification of oil companies into other areas of energy production means that LLMs in Energy Law now often encompass all types of energy production. It might seem obvious, but areas where energy production is a large part of the local economy have law schools that offer LLMs in Energy Law. In the UK try the University of Aberdeen or the University of Dundee if this is your field of interest, in Norway at the University of Bergen has a good option, whilst in the United States the University of Texas offers a selection of Energy Law courses.
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