Top 10 LLMs in Jurisprudence in the UK and Europe

An LLM in Jurisprudence can lead to a future academic career in legal research or to work with a practice who advise on Legal Theory.

Jurisprudence is sometimes described as the Philosophy of Law or as Legal Theory and some universities offer LLMs in pure Jurisprudence or Legal Theory. Others offer Jurisprudence as modules in their general LLM or you can gain an LLM by Research and attend a university with a Law School that has academics who focus on Jurisprudence. It's important to research both the university and the Law School thoroughly when choosing your LLM.

Here are 10 of the best LLM programs in Jurisprudence that are available to study in the UK and Europe*.

LLM in Jurisprudence Law – University of Cambridge

Duration: 1 year full time. 
Cost: £16,650 for UK and EU students / £30,681 for international students. 
What you will study: This LLM in Jurisprudence Law at the University of Cambridge concentrates on the Philosophy of Law and the history of Legal Theory. Students who are new to Jurisprudence are recommended to attend the undergraduate classes on Jurisprudence. 

LLM in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory – University College London

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 to 5 years on a part-time or flexible basis
Cost: £16,610 total cost for UK and EU students / £26,160 total cost for international students. 
What you will study: Modules at UCL include topics like Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Gender, Law and the State: Current Legal Issues and Constitutional Theory.

LLM in Legal Theory – Queen Mary University of London

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
Cost: £15,950 total cost for UK/EU students / £23,950 total cost for international students.
What you will study: Part of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context the LLM in Legal Theory and includes modules on topics such as Critical Jurisprudence and Sociological Jurisprudence.

LLM in International and European Jurisprudence – KU Leuven

Duration: 1 year full time
Cost: €6,000 for all students. 
What you will study: This course's modules at KU Leuven in Belgium include Philosophy of Global Law, European Legal Theory, and Law and Conflict Analysis. The course is conducted in English. 

LLM – University of Birmingham

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time. 
Cost: £9,250 total cost for UK and EU students / £19,170 total cost for international students. 
What you will study: This LLM at the University of Birmingham includes a module on Socio-Legal Theory as part of the wider LLM course.

LLM in Governance and Devolution – Cardiff University

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.
Cost: £8,450 total cost for UK and EU students / £18,200 total cost for international students. `
What you will study: As part of this LLM at Cardiff University which concentrates on the devolved governments and law of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there is a module on Socio-Legal Theory.

LLM – Trinity College Dublin

Duration: 1 year full time. 
Cost: €10,402 for EU students / €20,204 for international students. 
What you will study: The aim of the course at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland is for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of Jurisprudence and Legal Theory. 

LLM by Research – University of Aberdeen

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time. 
Cost: £4,375 total cost for UK and EU students / £16,500 total cost for international students. 
What you will study: This LLM by Research at the University of Aberdeen has a number of different research areas currently being studied including Legal Theory, History of Legal Ideas and Paideic or Imperial Legal Theory. Students can go onto a PhD in Legal Theory after completing the course. 

LLM – University of Leicester

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time. 
Cost: £8,190 total cost for UK and EU students / £16,825 total cost for international students. 
What you will study: The General LLM at the University of Leicester allows students to shape the course to their own interests and you can study modules on Jurisprudence as well as work with academics who are researching Legal Theory and Jurisprudence.

MPhil Socio-Legal Research – University of Oxford

Duration: 10 months full time. 
Cost: £7,970 for UK and EU students / £22,050 for international students. 
What you will studyThis course is actually an MPhil rather than an LLM, offering the chance to research into Social-Legal studies and delve deeper into issues of Legal Theory and Jurisprudence at one of the worlds most prestigious law schools. The course can lead to a DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies. 

*SOURCE: TOP UNIVERSITIES

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2 comments

Abdulelah Alsaleh June 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

I have a JD from the US I reside in Saudi Arabia .. I would like to attempt an LLM in the UK .. thinking of the subject of Evidence .. please advise

Charlotte King June 10, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Hello Abdulelah. There are many great LLM programs available to study in the UK - although none of them are specifically about Evidence. If you opt to study a General LLM you may be able to specialise your LLM dissertation in this area though.
Here is a list of all the general LLM programs you can choose from in the UK:
https://www.llmstudy.com/courses/law/uk/
Good luck - and please let us know what you end up studying.
Charlotte

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