University of Southampton: Southampton Law School

University of Southampton 
Law School 

Southampton Law School has an international reputation for excellence in education and research. The Law School is part of the University of Southampton, a leading research-intensive Russell Group University, ranked in the global top 100 Universities (2020) QS World University Rankings).

Southampton Law School has been delivering high-quality legal education for over 60 years. In that time, we have welcomed, engaged and challenged generations of international students, and watched with great pride as they have progressed to successful careers in countries around the world. Our graduates have gone on to work in top law firms and industry, in government, professional services and in education.  LLM degree, while taught, also promotes excellent legal research skills, and provides a solid foundation for further study at PhD level.

The University has a vibrant and diverse international student community of over 6,500 students from more than 135 countries. Support for our students is available from the beginning of the semester, from our intensive international welcome programme, and continuing with the year-round international student support provided by the Law School.

Our teaching is research-led which means that the academics teaching you are actively researching the current legal issues arising in their field of expertise, ensuring that your modules are not only well taught, rigorous and challenging and but are also fully engaged with contemporary problems and legal solutions.

Our academics are shaping the legal discourse and developments across the discipline in fields such as maritime law, commercial and corporate law, international law and human rights as well as technology law, amongst others. Our modules are about more than law ‘in the books’ and are concerned with exploring and understanding law in practice, as it impacts everyday society, both nationally and across the globe.

Our LLM students are encouraged to fully integrate into the Law School community, through attendance at and participation in its research seminars, invited lectures, workshops and conferences, some of which are generated by the various journals we edit. These events are led by academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, giving students the opportunity to network with key players from academia, legal practice and industry.

You will also benefit from our excellent facilities including the law collection at the Hartley Library, the Philippa Kaye law library within the Institute of Maritime Law, a active mooting programme and a dedicated Moot Courtroom.

Meet our Law academics and hear them talk about the modules they teach on the LLM.

The majority of the teaching is in seminars, offering you the chance to participate actively in your modules and making for a vibrant learning environment.  Overall, the School provides a welcoming, supportive environment fostering strong engagement between academics and students. We also offer a range of pastoral and academic support services.

Southampton Law School Postgraduate community:

Southampton Law School offers three specialised LLMs – LLM Maritime Law, LLM International Commercial and Corporate Law, LLM International Law and Human Rights - and the LLM Master of Laws through which you can tailor your study to your interests or career aspirations by choosing from a wide range of modules. Students study four subjects per semester from a range of modules and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice within the subject area of the LLM.

You will have access to a range of careers events and workshops organised by the Law School’s dedicated careers team and the University careers service.  These include an annual Law Careers Fair, bespoke CV writing and job application workshops and an employability skills programme.  Our strong relationships with commercial practice mean that you can also compete for placements with major firms operating in your field of interest.

Our programmes include:
LLM Maritime Law (1 year)
The LLM Maritime Law is a challenging and prestigious qualification attracting ambitious students from around the world who wish to specialise in, and engage with, the shipping sector. Our world-wide reputation in maritime law means that you will be studying with like-minded students, on a rigorous and stimulating programme, immersed in this vitally important area of the law. The programme also often attracts some masters and shipping professionals who enhance the student experience by bringing practical experience and an industry-orientated perspective.

LLM International Law and Human Rights (1 year)
If you are interested in the global problems facing the world and hoping to pursue a career within relevant areas, join our growing team of internationally recognised experts in human rights and international law.  The LLM International Law and Human Rights gives you the essential legal toolkit within which the intensification of globalisation and associated global challenges can be understood and critically analysed. Academic staff working at the forefront of international criminal law, environmental law, human rights and IT law will lead you through the challenges that the world community faces, and how law hinders or helps in their resolution. Modules available for you to choose from reflect the breadth and depth of contemporary international law, and deal with key issues ranging from environmental protection, United Nations peacekeeping, international dispute resolution, international criminal law adjudication and human rights litigation before national or international courts.

LLM International Commercial and Corporate Law (1 year)
Southampton Law School has a strong reputation for its commercial and corporate law expertise, and our LLM International Commercial and Corporate Law builds on this. The programme gives you access to the specialist legal knowledge and practical know-how that will be essential for developing your professional life, from academics working at the cutting edge of research and scholarship in a range of commercial and corporate law disciplines. Given the essential role of commercial law to global trade, commercial law practice remains a strong legal sector that offers an excellent foundation for a range of career opportunities.

LLM Master of Laws (1 year)
The LLM Master of Laws is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree. The programme reflects the diverse research strengths of our academic staff across a wide range of cutting-edge national and international legal developments. This LLM gives you the freedom to choose from the whole range of PG law modules to construct an individually tailored programme that matches your interests and career aspirations.

Southampton Law School

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SO17 1BJ

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