There are many different LLM specialisms that you can consider – from the traditional to the obscure!
If you want to live somewhere warm or very, very cold, there is a bunch of unusual LLM courses that you could consider with study options in far-flung regions such as the Arctic and the Pacific Islands. Alternatively, there are other LLM programs that can lead to an exciting career in the glamorous worlds of fashion or international competitive sports.
In this blog we’re going to take a look at five of the more unusual LLM specialisms.
LLM in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples Law
The University of Waikato in New Zealand has an amazing LLM program for those lawyers who want to understand the law of the indigenous people of the Pacific Islands and the Maori people of New Zealand. The LLM program looks at how the law operates across the Pacific and the interaction of Pacific Islanders and international organisations like the United Nations.
LLM in Polar Law
For those students who are interested in how the law operates in the Arctic and the Antarctic, the LLM in Polar Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, studies this fascinating area of the law. The Arctic is home to different groups of indigenous people, as well as being shared between several countries. The Antarctic has different legal challenges and both parts of the world are suffering from the environmental impacts of global warming.
LLM in Tribal Law, Policy & Government
Arizona State University offers students the chance to look into how the state and federal laws impact on Native American Tribes and people. Students learn about the difficulties Native-American-owned businesses have in interacting with different levels of government, and the problems that many Native American people have in accessing sufficient health care.
LLM in Fashion Law
Like any other area of business, the fashion industry has its own specific needs and requirements. Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law are both areas covered in Fashion Law courses, along with the difficulties of using trends and artistic inspiration as part of a fashion company's collection of clothes and accessories. Consumer Rights and Protections are different depending on the country the fashion business operates in, this means that lawyers with specialist knowledge are popular advisors for these businesses. Fordham University has an LLM program in Fashion Law that can help gain an understanding of these issues.
LLM in Sports Law
Focusing on Sports Law is a great LLM option for those with an interest in this field. The University of London has an interesting course on the legal issues and regulations governing international and national sports fixtures. The sports industry has many large multi-national companies involved in both the playing of sport, the distribution of broadcasting rights and sponsorship deals. These are worth millions of dollars and require lawyers who are proficient in both Business Law and the more specialist aspects of Sports Law.
Where to study them
Here are the locations of law schools that offer some of the more unusual LLM specialisms.