Entry requirements

The Law and Society programme is open to graduates with a first or second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a related discipline (such as sociology, criminology or politics), or any other person with appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience. Applications are welcome from current legal practitioners.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

Law is a fascinating, complex and practically significant social phenomenon. From the regulation of private conflicts to the structure of government, virtually no aspect of our social lives is outside its grasp. The LLM in Law and Society at Keele allows you to gain a rigorous understanding of law and legal institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is a selective programme that delivers high quality postgraduate training if you wish to pursue a PhD in law and socio-legal studies, a career at the bar or within the public and NGO sectors.

The LLM combines a set of foundational core modules in law and society with a flexible choice of electives. Studying the LLM supports a deep understanding of the relationship between law and society, provides training in innovative methods and the acquisition of transferable skills, and promotes genuine interdisciplinarity.

We offer two pathways for the LLM that cater for different career paths:

Pathway One offers a balance between core foundational modules and wide selection of elective modules.

Pathway Two is a research methods intense pathway for students who intend to pursue a PhD and intend to apply for PhD funding.

Pathway Two of the LLM in Law and Society is recognised as fulfilling the requirements of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) postgraduate social science research training and development and as the first year of 1+3 awards made by the ESRC North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership to students registered at Keele University.

Information for international students

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of a qualification in English language, unless they hold a previous degree that was taught and examined in English. The minimum score for entry to the LL.M. is academic IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest below 5.5) or equivalent.

The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.

During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    Up to 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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