LLM Master of Laws
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On our LLM Law course, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of the legal frameworks that underpin our world order today through our pathways:
- LLM International Law
- LLM Human Rights Law
- LLM International Commercial Law and Trade
- LLM Global Business and Human Rights.
You’ll learn how to leverage laws to drive positive change across global communities.
The refugee crisis. Sustainable development. Human rights. Global conflicts. You’ll explore the legalities behind some of the biggest global challenges. You’ll emerge with a unique skill set and perspectives that cross legal silos. This will set you apart as an expert in your field. You'll also have an opportunity to undertake pro bono volunteer work to gain valuable experience. This placement will help to develop your legal skills.
You’ll explore the workings of powerful global actors - like the World Bank and the UN. You’ll also have the freedom to explore areas of international law that interest you most, like global development or human rights systems. You can join a LLM course in January or September, the choice is yours.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Master the essentials
Gain the knowledge you need for becoming a successful international lawyer.
Your tutors represent a variety of personal backgrounds. These perspectives have shaped the course.
You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in relevant and useful extra-curricular activities, such as advocacy work and mooting.
As you’ll be part of a close-knit legal community, you’ll discover it’s easy to get the support you need.
Open your mind
The course attracts people from a range of professional and personal backgrounds, and you’ll learn from each other.
You’ll choose the pathway you want to study; building and advancing your legal knowledge and skills in that legal sphere.
Across your LLM course, you’ll develop a unique understanding of international law, human rights, international economic law, and business law.
You might explore the challenges of globalisation - considering market regulation, free trade and the role of governments. You might compare UN perspectives on economic development with those of the World Bank. Or you might examine the role of human rights laws in armed conflict.
You’ll fully grasp the unique challenges and perspectives to each area of law. You’ll collaborate with students from many different legal backgrounds and perspectives. You’ll challenge ideas, and have your own thinking challenged too.
You’ll graduate with a developed understanding of powerful international organisations across the world stage. You’ll understand how to influence, challenge and collaborate with them.
Learning and teaching
You'll experience high-quality learning through the diversity of methods used throughout the LLM courses. These include:
- seminar discussions
- individual and small group tutorials
- case studies
- individual presentations.
You will acquire and practise legal reasoning as well as research and IT skills. Particular emphasis is placed on skills training.
You’ll meet students from different backgrounds. You’ll challenge their assumptions and they’ll challenge yours. You’ll make friends from all over the world and develop connections that will stay with you throughout your future career.
You'll also have the opportunity to sign up for a voluntary placement when you join the course. We'll arrange your placement for one day a week over 6 months. You'll help organisations such as NGOs and charities to help build your experience and legal skills.
Your assessments will carefully develop the skills you need in an international legal career. And you’ll get experience in areas like:
- Making oral representations
- Providing legal advice
- Creating policy briefs.
Start this course in January
You have the option to enrol and start the Master of Laws LLM course in January. On each pathway you'll study the second semester modules first January to May; break for the summer and study the first semester modules from September to December.
Our academics are at the forefront of a wide range of internationally recognised and world-leading research and projects.
Our LLM course team consists of researchers working within the following research groups:
- international law
- critical approaches to law
- fundamental rights and equality
You can attend the programme of research seminars and other events that underpin the research culture of the School of Law. You will have the opportunity to become involved in research through specialist modules in which teaching staff have expertise. They also supervise dissertations in their specialist subjects.
Graduates from the LLM progress to an impressive range of careers. Many of our graduates are now policymakers, human rights activists, judges, and commercial lawyers.
You’ll know how to challenge complex legal problems using new ideas and innovative thinking, and have a clear understanding of the motivations driving new and old legislation.
We’ll help you decide what your next steps should be.
Pursuing an academic career in law
Research is fundamental to the Law School and is one of the reasons we performed so well in the last REF. Your own interests will be reflected in the modules you choose and many students feel moved to continue their academic studies and become specialists themselves. Several former LLM students have chosen to become researchers, publishing and lecturing on their work and graduating to do a PhD.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing) is required.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
When making your application, please select the pathway you’d like to study on the LLM. Also choose when you’d like to start your studies in January or September.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
There are International Student Scholarships available for 2023 and other scholarships and funding options for postgraduate international students.