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Public International Law  LLM

Overview

Our LLM in Public International Law concentrates on the development of a thorough and critical understanding of Public International Law (PIL). The course is designed to provide you with expert knowledge of the principles within which international law operates.

The City LLM in Public International Law offers two major programme options. First, students can take an LLM in Public International Law. Students are able to choose from approximately 15 different module subjects. You can then complete a dissertation in any one of the four modules you have already undertaken.

Alternatively, you can choose to add a specialism to your LLM in Public International Law by taking two modules and a dissertation in a chosen specialist area of law. We offer specialisms in: International Human Rights, International Dispute Resolution, International Law and the Global Economy, International Criminal Law and Justice and International Law and Armed Conflicts.

Why the City LLM in Public International Law?

  • Opportunity to study a rich range of cutting edge subjects in Public International Law
  • Obtain specialist knowledge from acknowledged experts in the field of Public International Law
  • Gain transferable skills by taking part in mooting, workshops, networking events and pro bono activities organised by the School
  • Enhance your career prospects with an internationally recognised postgraduate degree
  • Benefit from the School's international and national partnerships, including the opportunity to undertake an internship

 

 

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £10,000 (2014 entry)
  • Full-time Non EU: £10,000 (2014 entry)
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Start Date:

22nd September 2014

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a very strong academic profile and good English. The entrance requirement is normally a first degree in law, social science, humanities or related field or an equivalent professional qualification and experience. Evidence of at least upper second-class honours ability will be looked for, but full credit will be given for professional experience.

Students do not need to have previously studied Public International Law, however if they have not they will be required to take the general PIL module.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

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

English Requirements

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

  • IELTS: 7 with a minimum of 6 in each area.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University 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.

English for Postgraduate Study
Pre-sessional English

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

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 at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
22nd September 2014
Duration:

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Course Content

The course aims to enhance your ability to analyse, interpret and criticise the laws, rules, policies and practices that underpin public international law. You must complete four modules - you can choose from approximately 15 different module subjects. You must also complete a dissertation in any one of the four modules you have already undertaken.

You can choose to add a specialism to your LLM in Public International Law by taking two modules and a dissertation in a chosen specialist area of law. We offer specialisms in: International Human Rights, International Dispute Resolution, International Law  and the Global Economy, International Criminal Law and Justice and International Law and Armed Conflicts.

Course Structure

Specialisms:

International Human Rights

International Dispute Resolution

International Law and the Global Economy

International Criminal Law and Justice

International Law and Armed Conflict


List of all Modules


The range of modules available are subject to availability and demand.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

The LLM team has considerable experience of professional training for lawyers and, between them, many years in practice. They are specialists in their respective fields and are at the forefront of recent developments in the interplay between domestic and international systems. This unique mix of practice and teaching experience is fully utilised on the LLM course for your benefit.

There are ten two-hour seminars for each module. One of the core values of the LLM is that we try and provide a strong level of support to our students and this means that we keep our classes small. All our classes run on the basis of a minimum of five students and a maximum of 30, which provides you with a positive and interactive learning environment to study in.


You will have an allocated personal tutor who will support you throughout your time at City. In addition to your allocated personal tutor we have tutors who can offer you individual careers support reviewing CVs, including providing advice on gaining a career in international law.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in mooting, practitioner workshops and will be given an introduction to practising  lawyers.

Assessment

You must complete four modules and a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation. The modules are assessed by a course essay of 6,000 words and the dissertation must be completed during the summer term.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £10,000 (2014 entry)
  • Full-time Non EU: £10,000 (2014 entry)

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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

Career Prospects

The LLM in Public International Law provides a good academic grounding in this increasingly important area of legal practice. On completing the LLM students will be well placed to obtain employment with governmental and non-governmental agencies,commercial law firms, NGOs and in house legal departments of multinational corporations with concerns about corporate responsibility at an international level. Overseas students who are seeking employment with their foreign and development offices in their home country will benefit from the programme. The course will also assist British students seeking to practice in international law either at the Bar or as solicitors.

Postgraduate Experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil 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 School's research group on International Law and Affairs.

 


Applications can be made directly to The City Law School. Applications open in September each year for enrolment the following September. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.

Don't miss out, make sure you get yours in early!