Pathway One – Dissertation only
You begin with classes in research methods. The dissertation allows extended study in an area of your choice, provided it is linked to legal practice or is relevant to legal practitioners. Following the submission of your final research outline, you will have regular meetings with your dissertation supervisor, who will provide guidance on your direction of study, and discuss your methods and approach, the content of the developing work, and the final dissertation. You then build on your research to develop knowledge, concepts and theories which you will explore in a 15,000 word dissertation. This pathway is entirely assessed on the basis of the dissertation.
Pathway Two – Dissertation and taught module
You begin with classes in research methods, before choosing one 20 credit module from our LLM modules and attending LLM classes. Formal lectures develop a framework of essential knowledge within each module, while tutorial sessions might include small group work, problem-based tutorials, review sessions, workshops or debates, as well as student presentations. You will be assessed in your chosen module. In the second semester you plan, research, write up and submit an 8,000 word dissertation worth 40 credits. You will be expected to choose a topic for your research dissertation linked to the areas covered in your option module, and to ensure that your topic is relevant to legal practice. You must pass the dissertation and the option module to be awarded the LLM.