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LLM (Master of Laws) in Legal Studies

An Master of Laws in Legal Studies covers many different areas of law, making it a good foundation for law students and includes the following topics: Public Law; Private Law; Competition law; Environment law; Human rights law; and International law.

Students undertaking a LLM in Legal Studies will gain many skills in analysis, research, legal management and presenting. Graduates may go on to a variety of professions within the legal industry as well as other industries across the world.

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Number Crunching an LLM in Legal Studies

Legal Studies33,790 Approximate number of students who will graduate in 2017 according to The Faculty Lounge online.

60 LLMs in Legal Studies available worldwide

£10,000 to £12,000 Cost of full-time LLM course fees for UK/EU students

Where Can You Study An LLM in Legal Studies?

There are many different places to study an LLM in Legal Studies and some universities specialise in certain areas of law. According to the online site, The Complete University Guide, the top five schools offering an LLM in legal studies are:

University of Connecticut – US legal studies

Hofstra University – American legal studies

Vanderbilt University – International legal studies

University of Bristol – Law (General legal studies)

National University of Singapore – Asian legal studies

However there are many other law schools in the UK and worldwide offering LLMs in Legal studies and each university will have different benefits. And there is even the chance for online study, for example Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School an LLM in American Legal Studies via distance learning.

What Qualifications Do You Need To Study An LLM in Legal Studies?

Students interested in pursuing an LLM in Legal Studies Law are required to hold a bachelor degree in law of a grade 2.1 – although some universities will consider a grade 2.2 with other supporting qualifications, skills, or work experience. Proficiency in English is paramount to this type of degree, due to the amount of self-regulated study students undertake, with particular attention to analysis and debate of complex legislation. Students who do not have English as a first language therefore must have IELTS scores of 7 or higher or TOEFL of 107 or higher. You can find out more about English proficiency requirements here.

An LLM in Legal Studies Advances Careers In…

Corporate law firms

Government legal offices

Probation work


Law enforcement

Social work

Educational environments

Legal aid offices

Charity organisations

Fascinating Facts About Legal Studies

1.The first known ‘lawyers’ practised in Ancient Greece approximately 2,500 years ago!

2. Every faculty member of the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida holds a Juris Doctor or law degree.

3. Studying law is now all about gender equality – in fact Harvard’s LLM Class of 2016-2017 was 48% women and 52% men.

Recommended Reading

LLM Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to US Law School Programs by G E Edwards

Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by N J McBride

How to Study Law by A Bradney, F Cownie, J Masson, A Neal and D Newell

Learning the Law by G Williams


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