This programme is for individual’s seeking 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. Students may have backgrounds in legal practice, in multinationals, in NGOs, government and commerce but all that is needed is a genuine interest in global affairs. Students will be able to choose from International Politics modules as well as getting a rounded picture of law in our transnational world.
The specialist Master of Laws (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, financial and commercial relations, intellectual property and human rights. This programme gives you the opportunity to trace and evaluate some of these practical and theoretical developments against the backdrop of global affairs and students benefit from the practical experience of leading practitioners and academics. Global governance, human rights, the future of the planet and issues of war and peace will be addressed as will the impact of public international law on transnational finance, commerce and trade.
City, University of London’s Master of Laws (LLM) in Public International Law takes a contemporary approach to the study of international law. You may choose from an extensive list of modules including some which are unique to City including human rights in law and practice, economic law, trade law, maritime law, the law of armed conflict and minorities, aviation law, international law of the sea and international politics.
All modules adopt a curriculum that combines a theoretical approach with a skills-based methodology to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the subject in the best manner possible. The teaching is enhanced by talks and seminars given by leading practitioners.
We are interested in receiving applications from individuals with at least an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law (roughly equivalent to a B or B+) from a recognised international institution. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered.
Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Law.
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.
If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required:
Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
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:
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* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
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 Future Finance website.
We offer City students a loyalty discount upon enrolling on a second course at The City Law School. All you need to do is meet the entry requirements for your second course (postgraduate level) and we will automatically take 10% off of your tuition fees.
This can be received in addition to receiving a scholarship and will be applied to the second round of payments due.
The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards. Scholarships are available for all Master of Laws (LLM) courses at City.
In addition to the fee-based scholarships we offer, each course also has a number of memorial prizes available. Each prize is course specific and available to all students enrolled on that course in any given year.
We work very closely with the profession and other relevant bodies and organisations and as such can offer students on all courses a number of externally funded gifts and prizes. There are currently around 30 different prizes on offer varying in value from £50 up to £5,000.
This prize is awarded to the student achieving the highest Distinction level mark on the LLM module Commercial/High Value Litigation in London. The prize is worth £50, and the winner will receive an invitation to lunch at the firm.
This prize is awarded to the student achieving the highest Distinction level mark in the LLM (Master of Laws) Dissertation. The prize is £80 worth of books from Edward Elgar Publishing.
This prize is awarded to the student achieving the highest Distinction level mark on the LLM module World Trade Law. The prize is worth £200, and the winner will receive an invitation to lunch at the firm.
This prize is awarded to the student achieving the highest Distinction level mark on the LLM module International Corporate Finance. The prize is worth £50, and the winner will receive an invitation to lunch at the firm.
Find out from one of our students what it's like to study one of our LLM programmes.
While you are on the LLM, City Law School academic staff and the City Careers Service can advise you on career choices and options. The City Law School publishes a list of internships for which you may apply and hosts an external speaker programme which allows LLM students to hear from and network with practitioners active in their specialism.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
Assessment is generally by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. However there are a couple of modules which are assessed by filmed assessment. 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 them develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.
As with all Master of Laws (LLM) specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules you will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.
In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.
Choose from the following 30 credit modules:
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 40 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation.
With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this Master of Laws (LLM) is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career.
As a graduate of this specialist Master of Laws (LLM) programme 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 litigation and dispute resolution.
100% of graduates responding to the 2016/17 DLHE survey were in employment or further study six months after graduation.