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General Law Masters (LLM)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Mixture of daytime and evening classes depending on choice of modules September 2019
Part time 2 years Mixture of daytime and evening classes depending on choice of modules September 2019

Choose Kingston's General Law LLM

Kingston's LLM offers you an exciting opportunity to gain a solid postgraduate education in law at the same time as boosting your professional career, through development of your research, analytical and practical skills

This course is a flexible, rigorous masters programme: you can take modules at a high academic level in any area of law that interests you. We combine excellent, rigorous academic teaching with opportunities to engage with the professional world and to develop your professional network.

In addition to the Department of Law's team of highly skilled academics - some of them also combining teaching with legal practice - lectures are taught by experienced practitioners. 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.

During the course, you will complete work worth 180 credits by studying four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit dissertation module.

Assessment

Written coursework, examinations and dissertation.

About Kingston University's LLM course

Kingston University's LLM course allows 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 Department of Law'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.

The Department of Law has strong links with The Law Society, the professional body that represents practising solicitors in England and Wales.

Course structure

The General Law LLM allows you to tailor your programme to your interests and career goals, with no named specialisation. You will select four modules from a range of topics, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Commercial Law and Employment Law. This ensures your degree is transferable to any career path upon completion. However, you will have the opportunity to develop expertise in a specific area of law through your final dissertation, under the supervision of expert academics.

You can choose to take the full-time programme (one year) or the part-time one (two year).

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Option modules

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly important within the civil justice system. This module teaches you about:

    •  theoretical and practical ways of resolving disputes, with a strong emphasis on negotiation and mediation;
    •  the methods available for resolving conflicts, including conciliation, mediation, negotiation and adjudication; and
    •  the rationale for the various forms of ADR and the circumstances in which they might be successful, giving you the confidence to advise on different forms of dispute resolution.

    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:

    •  the characteristics of arbitration;
    •  domestic arbitration; and
    •  how it operates in various international forums.
     
  • 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:

    • witnesses of both fact and expert opinion, giving you the competence and confidence to prepare evidence for use in dispute resolution;
    • how to assess evidence and argument; and
    • how to use these when you are making decisions in dispute resolution processes.
     
  • This module examines the law relating to the individual relationship between an employer and a worker from its inception to its termination. Employment law is a dynamic amalgam of common law principles with significant statutory overlay.  International law, EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights are other important sources of employment law standards. This module explores the respective rights and duties of the parties to the employment relationship from a number of critical perspectives. There will be an emphasis on the most topical issues of the moment.

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  • This module examines:

    • international sales contracts and transportation documents, and how the sales contracts that are involved in international trade transactions are financed;
    • arrangements for the transporting goods by sea, the carrier's liabilities for any loss or damage to the goods, and the importance of insurance contracts when goods are lost or damaged.

    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.

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  • Labour Law in the Global Economy
  • Energy and Climate Change Law

Core modules

  • 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:

    • define a problem and its scope;
    • design a research project;
    • apply appropriate research methods;
    • collect and analyse data; and
    • present your results.

    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.

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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.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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Contact our admissions team

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020 3308 9929*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps
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