Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law, the humanities or social sciences; other honours degrees will be considered.

Equivalent international qualifications will also be considered.

Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience are welcome and will be taken into account.

Excellent English language skills are essential.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The LLM Law with Pathways is a highly flexible course that offers you the chance to pursue your professional, personal and academic interests by following one of nine different pathways. You can choose:

  • LLM Law General

or you can choose LLM Law with any of the following:

  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory
  • Environmental Law, Governance and Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Law and Development
  • Law and New Technologies
  • Law and Political Economy

Whichever pathway you choose, our teaching is underpinned by legal, critical, policy, social sciences and humanities-oriented perspectives. You will be introduced to cutting-edge theoretical debates and perspectives that support understanding of the relationship between law, politics, economy, environment, art and the creative industries, technology and justice.

You can look forward to a stimulating learning environment, alongside others with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences. Our students include those with pre-existing knowledge or experience of law, and those with a desire to pursue a specialism in this area. This course is ideal if you would like to advance in your existing career or are ambitious to carve out a new career path.

Note: you will be able to choose your pathway once you have enrolled on the LLM Law with Pathways.

If you choose the LLM Law General pathway starting in October, this route is offered as part of our new Birkbeck Flexible Master’s UK, which gives you the choice of how you want to study - on campus, online or via flexible learning, which combines both.

If you choose to start in January, you will be able to take the following on-campus pathways: LLM Law General, LLM Law with Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory, LLM Law with Human Rights, or LLM Law with International Law and Development.

Highlights
  • We have a proud tradition of critical scholarship in law and you will be taught by staff who address issues of law through power and inequality and who are led by principles of social, economic, political, environmental and racial justice.
  • You will be able to attend Birkbeck's Law Annual Lecture and specialist research seminars which feature international scholars speaking to current issues and path-breaking interdisciplinary research.
  • The School of Law is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
  • Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

The LLM Law General is part of our new Birkbeck Flexible Master’s UK, which gives you the choice of how you want to study - on campus, online or via flexible learning, which combines both.

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700