LLM (Master of Laws)

The University of South Wales’s LLM course offers you a flexible approach to postgraduate study, where you can tailor your Masters programme to suit your specific needs and career aspirations. You can explore a broad range of legal subjects, including commercial law, international trade law, competition law, employment law and intellectual property law.

The LLM (Master of 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 and Financial 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 February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years February Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

You will study a compulsory module, Research Methods, to develop your postgraduate-level research skills. Other core modules include Rights, Obligations and Remedies, designed to allow you to develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the role of the civil law. You will also undertake a dissertation concerning law or law-related issues.

You will have a choice of four optional modules, covering a range of specialist areas, to complement your core studies and allow you to design a coherent programme of study. This high level of flexibility is of particular benefit if you want to gain Masters-level knowledge and skills, without limiting yourself to a particular area of law. Specialist advice is available when constructing your programme of study.

Why Study Law at USW?

From first-rate facilities supported by the latest state-of-art software to opportunities to provide members of the public and businesses with legal advice in our specialist legal and financial advice clinic, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying law at the University of South Wales.

  • Opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with the profession.
  • We work with a range of national law firms to provide placement opportunities. These include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law, Clarks Legal, Geldards, NewLaw, Howells and many more.
  • You will be taught by leading experts who will use the latest innovative ‘SIMple software’ 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 our very own leadership academy, 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 lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-directed learning.

Full-time delivery starts in February and September. Part-time delivery starts in September and attendance is mostly one afternoon and evening a week, over two or three years.

Over two years, you will complete all taught modules in year one and submit your dissertation at the end of year two. If you undertake the programme over three years, you will complete half the taught modules in year one and the remaining modules in year two, with your dissertation due in year three.

Assessment

During the LLM dissertation stage, you will complete a 20,000-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.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

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

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.