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    1. 2016
    2. 2017
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Public International Law

LLM |
The Specialist LLM course in Public International Law provides a critical understanding of the principles within which public international law operates, raising issues of treaty interpretation and enforcement across a range of sub-disciplines.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016
January 2017

Duration

Full-time: one year

Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £11,000

Part-time: £5,500 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

This course will be of interest to individuals who seek a deeper understanding of the many dimensions of public international law from both a theoretical and practical perspective. As this course has an international dimension it will appeal to students from around the world and at all stages of their legal education and professional experience.

Objectives

The Specialist LLM in Public International Law concentrates on the development of a thorough and critical understanding of Public International Law, the law governing the interaction of states. The last decade or so has seen tremendous challenges for International Law including matters relating to armed conflict, commercial relations and human rights. This course gives you the opportunity to trace and evaluate some of these practical and theoretical developments guided by leading academics and expert practitioners.

City's LLM in Public International Law takes a contemporary approach to the study of international law; you may choose from an extensive list of electives including the law of treaties, human rights, economic law, law of the sea and others.
All electives adopt a curriculum that is cutting edge in its theoretical approach and a skill-based methodology to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the subject in the best manner possible.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.

We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.

How do we make our decision?

In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:

  • Academic performance
  • Reasons for choice of courses / career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • References
  • Relevant work experience / activity

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London, offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7 with a minimum of 6 in each area.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications are now open for January 2017 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.

January 2017

If you require a visa to come to the UK, please apply by Friday 9th December 2016.

We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:

The City Law School Admissions
City, University of London
4 Gray's Inn Place
London
WC1R 5DX

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Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

For further information and ideas about how to fund yourwa course, visit Financing your study.

Placements

Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything the institution has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus -  with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

Assessment

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle. Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

To qualify for this specialist Master in Public International Law, you must complete a total of 180 credits.

You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

  • 10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
  • 20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Specialism modules

Choose from the 30-credit modules:

  • Air and Space Law 
  • Comparative Constitutional Law 
  • International Law of the Sea 
  • Public International Law 
  • Law of Treaties 
  • International Human Rights in Law and Practice 
  • International Investment Law
  • Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law 
  • International Dispute Settlement 
  • International Responsibility of States and International Organisations 
  • Law of International Organisations
  • International Law and the Global Economy 
  • International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective 
  • International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions 
  • Law and War 
  • World Trade Law.

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the The City Law School.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in the field of Public International Law.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

Postgraduate experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

Master and research students are encouraged to play an active role in our activities, which include a series of seminars organised by the International Law and Affairs Group at the City Law School.


Applications are now open for January 2017 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.

January 2017

If you require a visa to come to the UK, please apply by Friday 9th December 2016.

We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:

The City Law School Admissions
City, University of London
4 Gray's Inn Place
London
WC1R 5DX

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