|Full time||1 year||Mixture of daytime and evening classes depending on choice of modules||
|Part time||2 years||Mixture of daytime and evening classes depending on choice of modules||
The Dispute Resolution LLM gives you a detailed understanding of the law on dispute resolution, covering advocacy, arbitration, conciliation, mediation, negotiation and adjudication. You will have the opportunity to look closely at family mediation and conflict, assess the merits of different dispute resolution methods, examine case studies and practice your advocacy skills.
"A specialised Kingston LLM helps students acquire the necessary experience and gives them a named masters course title to demonstrate that they are specialists in their field." – Siri Harris, senior lecturer in law.
Kingston University's LLM courses allow you to specialise and tailor your degree to a topic of your choice, while also giving you the flexibility to take modules on other subjects, making it flexible and easy to adapt to your interests and career goals.
You will complete work worth 180 credits by studying four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit dissertation module.
In addition to the Law School's team of highly skilled academics, courses are taught by experienced practitioners, and many of our lecturing staff combine teaching with legal practice. This helps to ensure that the courses are constantly refreshed with the latest industry thinking and practice, and provides you with the opportunity to mix with people who can provide hands-on experience and insight into their area of legal work.
Kingston Law School has strong links with The Law Society, the professional body that represents practising solicitors in England and Wales.
Written coursework, examinations and dissertation.
You must select at least two 'core' modules and take the Legal Research and Dissertation module on any topic of your choice related to dispute resolution. You then select a further two modules from either the core or option lists.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
This module considers all aspects of presenting an argument in a variety of different contexts. It develops the practical skills you need to:
The module draws on pure legal issues and practical case studies, including any previous training and work experience. You will learn to:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly important within the civil justice system. This module teaches you about:
You will develop practical skills in a range of activities used in resolving legal disputes and entering into legal transactions, including simulated mediation and negotiation role-plays during class.
Arbitration has been one of the most important ways of resolving disputes for several centuries and, although other methods of dispute resolution have evolved in recent years (for example, mediation and conciliation), arbitration continues to retain its importance in both domestic and international contexts.
This gives you a critical understanding of arbitration, exploring:
This module covers the theoretical, practical and legal aspects of the mediation process used to resolve family disputes and conflicts.
The module will compare and contrast family mediation with other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods and traditional approaches to resolving family, financial and other disputes. Students will learn about:
This module helps you develop the skills you need to work with the dynamics of conflicts and disputes in human relationships. You will critically assess the role of the mediator and the relationships between the law, lawyers and mediation.
This module is a core requirement and a culmination of your learning on this masters course, making up a third of the LLM programme. You will research an area that interests you in order to develop your skills in advanced legal research and your appreciation of its theoretical underpinnings.
You will research your chosen area in depth, and produce an extended piece of academic writing (12,000-15,000 words) that demonstrates your skills in research and analysis. You will show that you can:
You will also develop your legal writing skills, and you critical and analytical skills. The module is taught using a mixture of seminars, personal research and one-to-one supervision.
This module is an introduction to the process of civil procedure and litigation. To take this module, you will need a background in the English Legal System and undertake practical case management using core knowledge in the areas of contract and tort law.
You will learn about:
This module looks at the problems that can arise as a result of those in control of large companies wielding extensive power, and how society can control them.
This module compares the French and German law of tort and contract to the English law. It analyses the theoretical underpinning and systematic structure of law obligations in these countries and examines the different ways in which civil wrongs and aspects of contract law are handled.
You will learn about:
This module is an introduction to environmental law and regulation that is suitable for both lawyers and non-lawyers. It covers:
You will examine and evaluate:
Legal enforcement of competition policy has been an important part of European Union law since 1957 and it remains a significant and rapidly developing area of regulation.
The course will cover three major areas of European Union competition law:
The module will also look at how European Union competition law is enforced by the Commission and the National Competition Authorities.
This module examines environmental policy and regulation in the European Union. It looks at:
This module provides detailed and systematic knowledge and understanding of the nature and forms of civil evidence. It explores the various techniques required in the assessment of evidence, and in the analysis and drafting needed to prepare and write arbitral awards.
This module aims to enable you to fully to understand the functions and necessary attitudes of being a witness, whether a witness of fact or expert opinion, in order to advise with competence and confidence on the preparation of evidence for use in the course of dispute resolution. It will also cover techniques for the assessment of evidence and argument and the use of those skills and techniques in decision making in the context of dispute resolution processes.
This module examines the UK law on the control of immigration and the regulatory framework surrounding it. You will study how the legislation has evolved and the issues surrounding deportation and removal from within national borders.
You will also learn about:
This module focuses on both practical and theoretical aspects of the individual employment relationship and how it is regulated in a modern competitive economy. You will study the formation, content and day-to-day operation of employment relationships. You will look at:
As well as considering contractual principles in depth, the module also teaches you about equality and discrimination law, which pervades the employment relationship from recruitment to post-employment discrimination and victimisation. You will also explore the legal implications of different forms of employment relationship in detail.
This module covers the legal rules, policy and theoretical underpinnings that deal with insolvent juristic and natural persons. It critically examines:
You will study the use of each procedure, case law and statute and academic and practitioner comment so that you can understand each procedure in practice.
This module will help you to:
This module explores various types of intellectual property rights and laws such as patents, trademarks, copyrights and designs in the context of UK and EU laws. You will also study breach of confidence and passing off/unfair competition as well as learning about the justification of intellectual property rights.
You will develop a critical understanding of:
This module examines the role of the principal institutions and structures of international economic law. The focus is on how the IMF, World Bank and WTO in advancing normative solutions to the changing dynamics of international economic relations solutions to the changing dynamics of international economic relations. More specifically, against the background of globalization and the 'rule of law' framework increasingly favoured by the advocates of liberalisation, it examines the basic tenets advanced by these institutions.
In particular, the module addresses the overall intellectual and theoretical bases of these institutions, presenting theories of liberalism and discussing:
It also assesses the way the institutions of international economic law work in practice, as opposed to their theoretical remit.
This module gives you an overview of environmental protection and regulation at an international level. It examines the fundamental legal principles and rules underlying international agreements, and assesses their application and implementation. You will learn about:
This module examines the law on international contracts of sale. You will be introduced to a range of legal issues that arise in international transactions and how standard trade terms are used, as well as the rights and remedies available to buyers and sellers at common law (for example, the Sale of Goods Act) and under the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods.
You will develop a detailed and critical understanding of:
You will critically examine the regulation of collective labour relations in both a domestic and international context, examining the scope, function and effectiveness of international labour standards and their impact on domestic systems of labour law.
You will learn about:
This module examines:
You will study and evaluate aspects of these topics and develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the law relating to transporting goods by sea and marine insurance.
This module looks at the legal aspects of business finance, making it an ideal choice for students interesting in pursuing a corporate career. It will help you understand the ways businesses can raise finance, and looks at the financial consequences of different business forms.
You will learn about fixed and floating security, share capital and corporate finance. When you have completed this module, you will be able to:
This highly topical module is relevant to everyone who is an employee or employer, providing the tools to deal with this fast-changing area of law. It explores the common law and statutory provisions relating to terminating a contract of employment, giving you the opportunity to focus on the interplay between these. These will be considered within the context of a job security and flexibility framework. The module will also cover the ways of resolving disputes that lead to termination of employment, including the work of ACAS.
This module will help you to acquire a detailed and critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the law governing termination of the employment relationship. You will study and analyse:
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.