|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||
This course is a flexible, rigorous masters programme. It allows you to take modules at a high academic level in any area of law that interests you, and will help boost your career by demonstrating your research, analytical and practical 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
Written coursework, examinations and dissertation.
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.
The General Law LLM allows you to select modules from a wide range of topics with no named specialisation, making it flexible and easy to adapt to your interests and career goals.
For the General Law LLM you need to select any four modules from the wide range below and complete the Legal Research and Dissertation module (worth 60 credits) on any topic of your choice.
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 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 is an introduction to environmental law and regulation that is suitable for both lawyers and non-lawyers. It covers:
You will examine and evaluate:
This module examines environmental policy and regulation in the European Union. It looks at:
This module looks at civil evidence in a detailed and systematic way. It explores various ways of assessing evidence, and teaches you how to draft arbitral awards.
It also looks at:
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 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 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:
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:
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.
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.