LLM Laws

The LLM Laws course offers a flexible approach to postgraduate study, where you can tailor the programme to suit your specific needs and career aspirations. You can choose to study the core LLM Laws, or specialise through pathways in Civil and Human Rights, Criminal Justice and International Commercial Law.

The LLM Laws is suitable for individuals already working in the legal sector, as well as those looking to increase their knowledge in this area. Outside of term time you will have the opportunity to volunteer in the University’s Legal Advice Clinic. There you will have the chance to put the knowledge and skills you have gained on the course into practice. The Clinic will allow you to engage directly with the legal profession, and work with a number of reputable law firms.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

The LLM Laws degree structure allows you to choose three modules from the following:

  • Equality, Rights and Society
  • International and Comparative Media Law
  • International Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Criminal Evidence and Forensics
  • Law and Order
  • Transnational Criminal Law
  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Independent Study

All students will also study the core modules Law of Obligation, Frameworks of International and European Law and Research methods. Finally, students will complete a written dissertation which is submitted at the end of September in the year following entry onto the degree.

Students choosing to study on one of the three dedicated pathways will be required to complete the following in addition to the core modules and dissertation:

LLM Laws (Civil and Human Rights)

  • Equality, Rights and Society
  • International and Comparative Media Law
  • International Human Rights Law

LLM Laws (Criminal Justice)

  • Criminal Evidence and Forensics
  • Law and Order
  • Transnational Criminal Law
  • Independent Study

LLM Laws (International Commercial Law)

  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Independent Study
  • International Sports Law

 

Why Study Law at USW?

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying law at the University of South Wales. From first-rate facilities to opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice and the possibility to work at our Legal Advice Clinic providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with the profession.

  • We work with a range of national and local law firms to provide placement opportunities.
  • You will be taught by leading experts who use innovative teaching tools and virtual learning environments to share their knowledge and expertise.
  • We go the extra mile to support graduate employability; you will be offered the opportunity to get involved in initiatives such as, industry-led guest lectures and employability conferences.
  • Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. Teaching The LLM is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-directed learning. Assessment There are no examinations on this degree; all taught modules are assessed by course work. During the dissertation stage, which runs from late May until the end of September, you will complete an 18,000-word dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Teaching

The LLM Laws is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-directed learning.

 

Assessment

There are no examinations on this degree; all taught modules are assessed by course work. During the dissertation stage, which runs from late May until the end of September, you will complete an 18,000-word dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any discipline, or a relevant professional qualification such as the Institute of Legal Executives and others that include some element of law.

For applicants who do not possess formal qualifications, relevant professional experience may be taken into account via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (University regulations will apply).

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000 
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other: Travel costs if working in the Clinic £69
Legal Clinic is based in Cardiff. All years.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

The discipline of law and the knowledge and skills it offers present a number of career paths. These include legal practice and various positions in industry, local and central government, banking or finance.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.