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LLM (Master of Laws) in Employment Law 

An LLM in Employment Law (or an LLM in Labour Law as it is sometimes referred to) will explore the laws and legal rights of, and restrictions on, working people and the organisations that they work for. Employment Law Courses and their content can be divided up into two broad categories, the first being an individual employees' rights at work and the second being the tripartite relationship between employee, employer and trade union. Areas of study likely to be covered by an LLM in Employment Law include the terms and conditions of employment; regulation of compensation; regulation of leave time; employee privacy in the private workplace; whistleblower protections; employee duties during and after employment; mediation skills between employee, employer and trade unions. An Employment Law Course may also study elements of company law such as: corporate personality; limited liability; corporate capacity and the authority of officers; shareholders' rights; directors' duties and their enforcement; takeovers and mergers. An LLM in Employment Law will give its students the skills and knowledge to deal with legal issues that arise in the workplace.

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LLM in Employment Law – who’s it for?

Employment LawAn LLM in Employment Law is for those people who want to supplement their postgraduate degree in law with a higher degree in this specialist area to increase their chances of employment. A Master of Laws in Employment Law is a significant asset on a CV. For practicing solicitors or barristers, this LLM would enable them to introduce an extra level of expertise into their firm. Other professionals studying LLMs in Employment Law could include advice workers and employment consultants.

Where can you study an LLM in Employment Law?

The number of higher education establishments in the UK offering an LLM in Employment Law is about 15. These include some very esteemed institutions such as The London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL).

There are also several universities in the United States that offer LLM programs in Employment Law. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in the United States offers its LLM in Employment Law exclusively as an online postgraduate program, and online study is an ideal option for busy practitioners who want to continue working while gaining their qualification.

What qualifications do you need to study an LLM in Employment Law?

Most law schools will expect prospective students to already hold at least a 2.2 Bachelor of Law honours degree or a good joint honours degree where law is the major component. However in some cases people can study an LLM degree without an undergraduate degree if they can provide enough evidence to show they have relevant experience of working in Employment Law. It is important to note that a person cannot practice as a solicitor or barrister by holding only a Master of Laws qualification. Graduates whose first language isn’t English are required to have high IELTS (or equivalent) scores of 7 or above or TOEFL: 107 or above. Because of ongoing changes in the law we advise international students to regularly check the UK government's visas and immigration website to make sure they can fulfil the necessary requirements. Most individual institutions also have useful information on the Tier 4 requirements for international students, and can offer assistance in terms of student queries about their specific English language requirements. Click here to find out more about English Language requirements for International Students.

Student case studies

Jennifer from Lancashire always wanted to run her own employment agency, she explains, “Studying my LLM in Employment Law really put the gloss on my first degree. I know what I can and can’t do and am able to make sure my clients are treated properly by employers. I’m now running my employment agency with my husband and living the dream.”

Michael a solicitor from Kent says, “The work I did for my LLM has provided me with the tools to better advise and develop solutions for my business clients.”

LLM in Employment Law advances careers in…

There are many interesting careers that could benefit from gaining an LLM in Employment Law, these include:

Barrister looking to undertake employment work;

Solicitors aiming to take employment related cases;

Employment agency personnel;

Advice workers employed by third sector organisations;

Local Authority legal department officials.

A famous LLM shooting star!

Bob Mortimer of Reeves and Mortimer fame studied law at the University of Sussex before moving to Leicester to gain his LLM When he first met Vic Reeves he was working in the legal department of Southwark Council, the rest is history.

Recommended reading

Writing Law Dissertations. An introduction and guide to the conduct of legal research, concepts and key legislation by Michael Salter and Julie Mason

Employment Law by David Cabrelli

Textbook on Employment Law by Simon Honeyball and John Bowers


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