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Posted Feb. 11, 2024

What’s it like to study an LLM part time?

Edinburgh Law School StudentSarah is an LLM Law Student at The University of Edinburgh Law School.

In this blog article she reveals what it’s like to study a Master of Laws on a part-time basis.

“I am currently in the second year of a part-time, on-campus masters at the University of Edinburgh, on the general LLM program.

Edinburgh Law SchoolFor me, choosing to study part time was primarily a financial decision – it has allowed me to work alongside studying to fund both my studies and living costs. Whilst there is a huge range of online part-time programs available, I was really keen to study on campus. I wanted the experience of meeting other students from different backgrounds and interacting with different tutors in person, whilst also being able to experience a brand new city. The on-campus part-time LLM allows me to do just this!

Study is spread across two years as opposed to just one, but I still have seminars in person each week and study alongside both full-time and part-time students. It’s been a great way to experience both the city of Edinburgh and the university campus in person, whilst also having more flexibility in terms of time available to work.    

When applying to Edinburgh I was really torn as to which LLM program to apply for, having interests across a wide range of subject areas. This is why I ultimately decided on the general LLM course. This program has no compulsory courses, meaning I can pick modules from across all the different LLM programs, tailoring my studies to my own particular interests. Edinburgh has a huge range of topics to choose from, and I have taken modules in medical law, criminology, human rights and international law.

I’ve been able to delve deeper into aspects of law that I had studied in my undergraduate degree, such as the law around sexual offending, while also having the chance to look at areas that were completely new to me, like mental health law. This can be challenging sometimes, as the range of areas covered means there is not always a lot of overlap. But I have really enjoyed the variety and the flexibility of being able to build a course to match my own range of interests, and it’s been a really interesting learning experience!”

Find out more about studying a Master of Laws at Edinburgh Law School.

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