LLM

General Law

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  • UCAS code(s): GENE
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Our LLM Law (General) provides an exciting and flexible approach to postgraduate study, allowing you to build an LLM course to suit your specialist interests and requirements.

About the LLM Law

This course is ideal for those who do not wish to specialise in a particular area of law, but would rather demonstrate ability in a range of subject areas. You are given complete choice over which modules to study from our wide range of subject areas including International Trade and Commerce Law; Corporate and Insolvency Law; Intellectual Property Law; Sports Law; Human Rights and Justice; and Health Law and Ethics.

Why choose this course?

  • Choose to study combinations of modules from our varied range of subject areas.
  • Ideal for those who want to keep their study of Law broad-based.
  • Tailor your LLM to suit your career needs.
  • Full-time and part-time study routes.
  • Attend an International Summer School and explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.
  • 99% of our postgraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, postgraduate leavers 2016/17).

What you'll study

Choose any six modules from those available across our LLM portfolio in the following subject areas:

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

Your dissertation will be assessed through a research based written assignment of 12,000 words. The topic that you choose for your dissertation should be relevant to the course specialism and the chosen title will be subject to approval by the Course Leader.

Additionally, you will complete a reflective report consisting of pre-set questions, each with a maximum word count attributed to it; approximately 250 words, i.e. 1000 words in total. Your reflective report will be assessed by way of competence or non-competence.

How do I study?

The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.

Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.

Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.

Expert teaching staff

Whichever modules you choose you will be taught by expert teaching staff with a wealth of practical and research experience.

Visit our academic staff page to view staff profiles.

Research expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. To find out more visit our research page.

  • Course modules

    Choose any six modules from those available across our LLM portfolio in the following subject areas:

    Corporate and Insolvency Law

    Business Organisations

    Examine the key business models available to small and medium sized businesses in the UK. Compare their various legal features, and explore the legal expertise required for setting up, running and closure of a business.

    Corporate Liquidation

    Develop a critical insight into the structure and objectives of corporate insolvency law in England and Wales. You’ll gain an evaluative appreciation of the regulation of insolvent companies, and a high-level understanding of the role of traditional liquidation against the modern preference for corporate rescue.

    Corporate Rescue

    Gain an insight into assisting struggling companies to recover from their difficulties, with the use of formal insolvency laws and by other means.

    Cross Border Insolvency

    Consider global insolvency law-making initiatives, from institutions such as the EU and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Engage with the issues of cross-border insolvency that arise when the insolvent debtor has assets and creditors in more than one jurisdiction.

    Intellectual Property

    This module aims to introduce students to a critical and detailed understanding of intellectual property rights within the EU and UK regulatory framework. It is mainly aimed at those who have little or no background in intellectual property and provides an introduction to the IPR through copyright, patents, registered designs and passing off.

    International Carriage of Goods

    Understand the core common law principles, and the main international customs and conventions, applicable to contracts for the international carriage of goods by land sea and air.

    International Competition Law

    This module aims to support students in acquiring a critical understanding of the role, significance and basic structure of competition law in the context of increasing global trade and international economic integration. Competition law, (also called antitrust law), exists at national and regional levels. Laws in two leading competition law jurisdictions in the world, the United States of America (Federal) and the European Union, are focussed on with the aim of fostering critical analysis of the aims of competition law, the principal concepts underpinning competition law, how competition laws are structured and key practices (such as leniency or amnesty programmes) of agencies tasked with enforcing competition law.

    Corporate Rescue (International and Comparative)

    This module supports students in gaining insightful awareness of what may be done to assist struggling companies to recover from their difficulties, both through the use of formal insolvency laws and by other means.  An advanced appreciation of current UK laws in this area, and suggestions for reform of these laws, will be fostered.

    International Commercial Transactions

    Gain a critical appreciation of the essential functional elements of any business-to-business contractual relationship, concluded across international borders in the so-called global village.

    International Sale of Goods

    Critically evaluate the law relating to contracts for the sale of goods across international borders from the contrasting standpoints of buyer and seller and focus on the core legal components of international sale agreements under three distinct legal codes.

    Public Companies: Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance

    This module is orientated around a UK public company with a premium listing and trading its securities on the London Stock Exchange. The first part of the module examines the core company law and securities law and regulation underpinning such a company (including the detailed rules in the FCA handbook), centring on its initial public offering of securities and subsequent continuing obligations as a listed company and including the UK regulation on market abuse. The final part of the module is concerned with the corporate governance framework pertaining to such a company with a particular emphasis on the core directors’ duty, 172 Companies Act 2006, and the UK Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code. The module seeks to develop an ability to apply and analyse the complex technical provisions as well as to place them within the context of a broader critical theoretical framework.

    Principles of Business Regulation

    This module seeks to develop a critical appreciation of the role of law and regulation in the contemporary business environment. This first involves developing an understanding of the theoretical nature of regulation (in particular through a critical interrogation of the relationship between the role of the state and the role of self-regulation) and the theoretical explanations for the adoption of regulation. The module then evaluates different regulatory techniques, different styles and models of regulatory enforcement, and the increasing need for accountability in regulatory systems, in both a UK and an international context. Whilst the module draws upon case studies from the business environment and makes reference to contemporary UK policy in the particular domain of business regulation, the substantive principles that are subject to critical examination are eminently transferable across a wide range of traditional cognate legal and socio-legal fields.

    Securing Corporate Debt

    This module examines formal and informal methods by which creditors are able to use property law to secure repayment of debts and acquire priority in insolvency. Students are introduced to common law concepts of property law and the process of legal development through case law. The transactional aspects of the area are given more emphasis than the doctrinal. Both institutional and procedural aspects of the law are considered: e.g. title retention, and the floating charge; constructive notice and undue influence. Students are encouraged to adopt a series of evaluative viewpoints and are supported in developing their own analysis of the law and its development.

    The Corporate Employer

    This module is concerned with the formation of a contract of employment, including an examination of express and implied terms; specific issues such as discrimination and industrial action and the legal issues surrounding the ending of the contract. The module will explore changes that take place during the currency of the contract, such as the consequences of mergers, takeovers and transfers and the impact of the Acquired Rights Directive of 2001 and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations 2006).

    Health Law and Ethics

    Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

    An introduction to patent law and the importance and effectiveness of intellectual property regimes, both nationally and internationally, to stimulate research and the creation of new medicines and medical innovations and to facilitate access to them in a public health context.

    Mental Capacity Law

    Explore the key features of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, such as the test for assessing capacity and the concept of acting in the best interests of those who lack capacity. You will also look at the provisions of civil detention under the Mental Health Act 1983.

    Beginning and Ending of Life

    Critically appreciate the ethical and legal issues at the beginning and ending of life as they arise in the medical context. You will explore assisted reproduction and related technologies and issues related to abortion and the broader control of pregnancy. In terms of ending of life the focus is principally on contexts in which life has been purposefully foreshortened and those in which life maintaining medical intervention has been withdrawn or withheld.

    Medical Use of the Human Body

    Critically examine the phenomenon of medical use of the human body and the key ethical and legal issues raised by it. You will explore the implications of philosophical theories, ethical principles and legal norms in areas such as transplantation, medical research and bio-banking.

    The Employer and Health Law

    Understand the obligation of employers to care for the health of their employees, particularly in the context of employees in a health care setting. You will assess the effectiveness of the English common law, UK legislation and European Union provisions governing health and safety in the workplace.

    The Legal Structure of Health Law

    Examine the key areas of law relating to the practice of medicine and other health care specialisms in the UK, taking into account EU legislation. You’ll focus on the law relating to medical malpractice, law and regulation by professional bodies, as well as the Tort of Negligence and its application to clinical practice.

    Human Rights and Justice

    Public International and Humanitarian Law

    Gain a critical understanding and awareness of the contemporary international legal order, by considering both the international laws of peace and of war in their historical and contemporary contexts.

    Terrorism and International Response

    This module encourages a critical understanding of the term “terrorism” in its historical and contemporary political contexts. A key aim is to enable students to think comparatively and analytically about the legal approaches to prohibit terrorism at the international and regional levels.

    Victims’ Rights 

    Explore the normative and pragmatic role of victims at various stages throughout the criminal process and evaluate the extent to which existing criminal justice structures can protect the rights and meet the needs of victims.

    Human Rights in Europe

    Evaluate the international structures and mechanisms for the protection of human rights within Europe. You will also critically examine and evaluate the jurisprudence of the European Court and Commission of Human Rights.

    Theory and Principles of International Law

    An introduction to International Criminal Law, examining its origins and relationship with other areas of law. You will explore the evolution of legal principles and critically evaluate the institutions of International Criminal Law, including the different forms of tribunals.

    Expression Rights

    Examine the human right to freedom of expression in a variety of contexts: political and journalistic speech and broadcasting, hate speech, blasphemy, artistic expression, religious manifestation through dress and symbol, and public protest and assembly.

    Human Rights and Criminal Justice

    An introduction to contemporary human rights issues and debates in relation to the criminal justice system. You’ll develop a critical understanding of the extent to which the human rights of victims, suspects, defendants and prisoners are adequately protected within the legal system.

    International Criminal Court and International Crime

    Gain a critical awareness of the most serious crimes of international concern, including crimes of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

    International Human Rights

    This module aims to foster an understanding of the historical, theoretical and legal context of international human rights law. The key aim is to familiarise our students with universal and regional systems of international human rights protection, and cultivate an understanding of the various human rights organisations and mechanisms of monitoring and enforcement. You will develop a sound appreciation of key substantive rights and related issues and gain a critical awareness of emergent issues in the debate of international human rights.

    Intellectual Property Law

    Competition and Intellectual Property Law in the European Union

    Critically evaluate the justifications of intellectual property rights and explore intellectual property issues in the context of the European Union’s internal market.

    Intellectual Property and Innovation

    Gain a critical and detailed understanding of intellectual property rights within the EU and UK regulatory framework. You will be introduced to intellectual property rights through copyright, patents, registered designs and passing off.

    Intellectual Property, Public Health and Medical Innovation

    An introduction to patent law and the importance and effectiveness of intellectual property regimes, both nationally and internationally, to stimulate research and the creation of new medicines and medical innovations and to facilitate access to them in a public health context.

    Data Protection and Privacy

    An introduction to data protection rules within an interdisciplinary environment. You will identify and gain a critical awareness of the scope and effects of international, EU and UK mandatory regulation on data protection and privacy.

    Sport, Intellectual Property and Commerce

    An introduction to the intellectual property law framework, as it applies to the business of sport, sports events, sports equipment, and the image and personality rights of sportspeople. You’ll also learn about specific aspects of contract, employment and agency law in the context of sportspeople, their
    agents, and professional obligations.

    International Trade and Commercial Law

    Business Organisations

    Examine the key business models available to small and medium sized businesses in the UK. Compare their various legal features, and explore the legal expertise required for setting up, running and closure of a business.

    Corporate Liquidation

    Develop a critical insight into the structure and objectives of corporate insolvency law in England and Wales. You’ll gain an evaluative appreciation of the regulation of insolvent companies, and a high-level understanding of the role of traditional liquidation against the modern preference for corporate rescue

    International Competition Law

    Acquire a critical understanding of the role, significance and basic structure of competition law in the context of increasing global trade and international economic integration. Competition law, (also called Antitrust Law), exists at national and regional levels and you will focus on the two leading competition law jurisdictions in the world, the United States of America (federal) and the European Union.

    International Carriage of Goods

    Understand the core common law principles, and the main international customs and conventions, applicable to contracts for the international carriage of goods by land sea and air.

    International Commercial Transactions

    Study the essential functional elements of any business to business contractual relationship concluded across international borders in the so called global village.

    Securing Corporate Debt

    Examine the formal and informal methods by which creditors are able to use property law to secure repayment of debts and acquire priority in insolvency. You will also be introduced to common law concepts of property law, and the process of legal development through case law.

    Public Companies: Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance

    This module is orientated around a UK public company with a premium listing and trading its securities on the London Stock Exchange. The first part of the module examines the core company law and securities law and regulation underpinning such a company (including the detailed rules in the FCA handbook), centring on its initial public offering of securities and subsequent continuing obligations as a listed company and including the UK regulation on market abuse. The final part of the module is concerned with the corporate governance framework pertaining to such a company with a particular emphasis on the core directors’ duty, 172 Companies Act 2006, and the UK Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code. The module seeks to develop an ability to apply and analyse the complex technical provisions as well as to place them within the context of a broader critical theoretical framework.

    International Sale of Goods

    Critically evaluate the law relating to contracts for the sale of goods across international borders from the contrasting standpoints of buyer and seller and focus on the core legal components of international sale agreements under three distinct legal codes.

    World Trade Organisation

    An introduction to International Economic Law through an examination of the institutions and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Dispute Settlement System is central to the WTO and this module examines selected Covered Agreements through textual analysis and dispute reports.

    Private International Law

    With increasing globalisation, cross border disputes, both commercial and personal, are becoming more common. This module aims to examine two key questions in cross border disputes, namely in which country should litigation be commenced and which country’s law should be applied (i.e. jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments).

    Transnational & Comparative Employment Law

    The module aims to identify and critically analyse the evidence for a meaningful concept of “transnational employment law”.  It will also critically examine the feasibility of a comparative exercise in the field of employment law, and to this end will look at the relevant law of the UK, the EU, the USA and Canada.

    International Dispute Resolution

    This module aims to allow students to understand technical legal, procedural, political and commercial aspects of international dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation in the commercial environment from the perspective of the courts of England and Wales, including the tactical decisions made by commercial clients in determining the forum for resolution of their disputes, the process of resolution of their disputes and enforcement of the results of the dispute resolution process.

    International Trade Risk Insurance Law

    The module aims to provide an introduction to the role and market practices of insurance in international trade and to promote a critical understanding of fundamental principles of such contracts, created at common law and by statute, relevant to international trade.

    Sports Law

    European Sports Law and Policy

    This module supports students in gaining a detailed, critical appreciation of the interaction between European Union Law and sport. In particular it considers the impact of free movement of persons law and competition law on the regulation of and participation in sport.

    Sport, Intellectual Property and Commerce

    The aim of this module is twofold.  Firstly, students are introduced to the intellectual property law framework as it applies to the business of sport, sports events, sports equipment and the image and personality rights of sportspeople. Secondly, students learn about specific aspects of contract, employment and agency law in the context of sportspeople, their agents and professional obligations.

    Sport Law and Regulation: UK and International Perspectives

    This module aims to support students in acquiring a critical appreciation of key issues impacting legal approaches to sport. A key focus is on the circumstances in and extent to which law and legal institutions will act to intervene in sporting matters. This includes analysis of the approaches across and within legal sub-disciplines in English law. The module also aims to foster critical insight of sport’s regulatory structures, in particular their international, global nature and the extent to which these characteristics impact on legal approaches.

    Sport and The Human Body

    This module aims to support students to critically appreciate human body issues arising in the course of participation in sport and how successfully or otherwise these issues are addressed through the making, interpretation and enforcement of sporting and legal rules. The module starts by focusing on the bodily interests of participants and explores the duties to protect these that are placed on other participants and those with special responsibilities (such as coaches, organisers, officials, governing bodies). The middle section critically examines inclusion and exclusion of participation, particularly as they relate to such issues as gender, race and disability. The final section considers drugs and doping. The module draws very extensively on comparative and international content.


    You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.

    Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Build an LLM course to suit your specialist interests and requirements.

How you’re taught

On completion of the taught modules you will begin work on your dissertation. The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge. 99% of our postgraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, postgraduate leavers 2016/17).

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

99% of our postgraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, postgraduate leavers 2016/17).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. For this course, we usually require one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019 entry

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)

International

Full-time (1 year)

£7,000£14,500

Part-time (cost per year of study)

£3,500 (for Year One*)£7,250 (for Year One*)

* Fees are payable for each year of your course. Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

** VAT may be payable on these fees.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2019 entry

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)

International

Full-time (1 year)

£7,000£14,500

Part-time (cost per year of study)

£3,500 (for Year One*)£7,250 (for Year One*)

* Fees are payable for each year of your course. Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

** VAT may be payable on these fees.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

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