Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University is home to one of the UK's leading Law Schools. We offer full- and part-time academic courses and professional legal training. We are one of the few universities in the UK where world-class law academics teaching on research-informed programmes work alongside experienced practitioners offering top-quality training for lawyers.
Our LLM (Legal Practice) and our suite of LLM courses in International Law are underpinned by research being undertaken by staff in the School. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Law performed exceptionally well with 85% of research activity in Law judged to be international and 10% 'world leading' in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Consequently we now outrank many high achieving research universities in the UK.
The School of Law is located in Headington Hill Hall, a beautiful Grade II listed mansion dating back to 1771. Situated just a mile from Oxford's beautiful and historic city centre, the hall has extensive gardens for students to enjoy which command stunning views over Oxford.
Life in Oxford
Oxford's superb range of architecture, theatres, museums and galleries offers rich opportunities for discovery. Whether you enjoy shopping, taking in a show or an exhibition or simply socialising with friends, it's not hard to see why Oxford is regarded as one of the UK's true student cities, plus Oxford city centre has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag for the quality of the evening and night time activities on offer.
Ideally situated for exploring Britain and Europe, coaches link Oxford to London and its airports 24 hours a day.
Oxford is famous for its historic buildings and academic tradition - but it is the breadth of enterprise, culture and opportunities in Oxford that creates a unique and stimulating place in which to live and learn.
Master's programmes in international Law - LLM and MA
Research is the foundation for excellence throughout our academic programmes and we include aspects of our research in all our courses, teach specialist modules in our areas of expertise and supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects. We encourage you to become involved through our seminar series, research centres and special interest research groups.
The LLM in International Law programme draws a mix of students from all around the globe, generating a stimulating class environment with a truly international exchange of ideas. We offer a range of generic and niche LLM courses along with an interdisciplinary MA for those wishing to begin or enhance careers in today's global workplace:
See below for our professional training courses (GDL, LPC, LLM in Legal Practice)
Career prospects in international law
We recognise that undertaking further study and training is a significant investment and we take your career aspirations very seriously. Careers support is offered both within the School of Law and as part of the wider university support services. We maintain strong and enduring links with major law firms as well as an international community of legal researchers. The invaluable input gained from these associations serves to enrich our strong portfolio of programmes.
A postgraduate qualification in law from Oxford Brookes University opens up varied career prospects whether your ambitions lie in practising law or embarking on an international career in business, commerce, government, or development.
Oxford Brookes has a long-established reputation for top-quality teaching. Students on our GDL and LPC courses enjoy exceptional pass rates. If you take the GDL at Oxford Brookes, you are guaranteed a place on our LPC. For the latest on scholarships offered by the School of Law for both the LPC and GDL, visit www.law.brookes.ac.uk.
LLM in Legal Practice
Career prospects in professional law
We have worked closely with law firms to develop professional courses that meet the needs of today's legal practitioners, resulting in endorsements from a range of local and national partners who recommend our programmes to trainees. Visiting speakers from partner firms Cole participate in our LPC induction programme and contribute to specialist modules. Each year, LPC students who have not yet obtained a training contract are assigned a personal careers tutor who can offer tailored advice, helping to identify career goals and job search strategies. Our recently introduced mentoring scheme pairs you up with those already in the profession, linking you in to valuable career networks.
As well as being able to offer informed, practical and personalised advice, we also ensure that the skills you learn as part of your training are those that are the most valued by the legal profession. In addition to practical and academic skills you will be able to gain valuable experience through our award-winning student Pro Bono scheme. You will also be encouraged to build on other skills such as conducting independent research, developing networking opportunities, presenting and public speaking.
The university library boasts an impressive range of legal holdings and electronic legal resources including Lexis, Lawtel and Eurolaw, covering UK, European and international material. Our dedicated law librarian will guide you through the huge range of information available to you. As a postgraduate student you will also be permitted to use the Bodleian Law Library, one of the largest in the world.
You will receive guidance and support from your course leader, personal tutor, postgraduate administrator and staff from within law office. In addition, our student support co-ordinators can offer advice on your course, finance, accommodation or personal issues which may be affecting your studies and will regularly update you with information on visiting speakers, careers advice and course announcements.
Research is fundamental to the School of Law, and we are able to offer several research degrees across different areas in the field of law.
The highly supportive research environment of the Law Department at Oxford Brookes provides an ideal setting for staff and students to achieve the highest quality of research output. According to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 85 % of the research activity undertaken by the Department was acknowledged as being of 'international quality', with 10 % adjudged 'world leading' for originality and significance.
Postgraduate research students and students of the LLM in International Law are eligible for membership of the Centre for Legal Research and Policy Studies which has six established specialist research groups:
How to apply
Links to online applications can be found on course pages at www.law.brookes.ac.uk
Full-time applicants for the Legal Practice Course or the CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law are required to apply via the Central Applications Board.
Fees and funding
Full fee details for the postgraduate taught courses and the research degrees can be viewed by visiting www.law.brookes.ac.uk
Both LPC and GDL applicants that have accepted their place with us are eligible for entry to win a £5,000 scholarship towards their fees. There is one award for each course. Awards will be made judged on the outcome of an essay writing competition. Closing date for entries is 16 July 2012. Further information can be found at the link to the scholarship page below.
Admission requirements are normally a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) and evidence of a commitment to the legal profession. Applicants with other qualifications must demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills at honours level to be considered for admission.
MPhil programmes or MPhil with transfer to PhD require applicants to have a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification.
Applicants to PhD courses must have a master's degree, though in exceptional cases, those with good honours degrees and appropriate research experience may apply directly.
If English is not your main language then you will also need to show that your English is at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.
You will need
IELTS 6.0-7.0 (normally with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking);
TOEFL ibt 78-95 overall (with 20 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening and 21 in speaking
School of Law
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