The Russell Group is a collection of 24 UK universities that are all well known for their excellent educational facilities and robust research reputations.
They are a self-selecting group who lobby the government to create the ideal conditions for universities to thrive in the UK. There are around 417,000 undergraduate students studying at the Russell Group universities each year and 192,500 postgraduate students. If you are looking for an LLM program in the UK, then there are plenty of reasons to choose a Russell Group university for your studies.
Range of LLM specialities
There are lots of options when it comes to LLM programs at Russell Group universities. Most of the Russell Group offer the traditional General LLM – as the University of York does – which allows students to focus on areas that interest them. Alternatively, the University of Manchester has an LLM program in Healthcare Ethics, Security and International Law, and Intellectual Property Law. The University of Nottingham offers LLM specialities in European Law, Human Rights Law, and Criminal Justice. Finally, the University College London has a range of specialities for its LLM program including Environmental Law and Policy, Maritime Law, and Legal History.
Opportunities for relevant legal experience
All of the Russell Group universities' law schools offer a range of ways for their students to gain legal experience and to help the wider community. Law schools have close links to their local legal institutions and firms, and volunteering legal advice plays a large part in many lawyers working lives. For example, the University of Leeds has a range of ways that students can volunteer to help local people and many of their students were involved in the Leeds City Council’s Welfare Rights Unit voluntarily. By offering your time as a student to organisations like these you will gain an understanding of how to work with clients as well as helping people and meeting local legal contacts.
Law schools offering world-class education
Many Russell Group universities feature high on the rankings list for most subject areas and law is no exception. The only Russell Group university not to offer Law is Imperial College London as this institution focuses on Engineering, Medicine, Science and Business. The University of Oxford has an excellent reputation for Law, but they do not offer an LLM in Law, instead they offer a range of taught masters courses, an MPhil and DPhil options for research into the Law.
Russell Group Universities by World Ranking in Law
This table shows how well the Russell Group universities rank for law in world rankings.