Taught course

Law and Society

Keele University · School of Law

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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

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 students to gain a rigorous understanding of law and legal institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is a small and selective programme that delivers high quality postgraduate training to students wishing to pursue a PhD in law and socio-legal studies or a career in the public and NGO sectors.

The LLM embeds rigorous training in innovative methods, the acquisition of transferable skills, and genuine interdisciplinarity. It combines a set of foundational core modules in law and society with a flexible choice of electives. The course is particularly attractive to emergent researchers who desire to pursue an intensive programme of study in law and society.

The programme provides an approach to legal studies that is innovative in the UK context. It focuses on the wide range of research addressing the relation between law and its social, political, economic and cultural contexts, from empirical studies of the workings of law to cultural studies of law. The course will enable students to think critically about the wide range of research methods and approaches that are used by those interested in Law & Society.

Postgraduate students will find a range of support structures, including: research training; accessible staff supervisors; good library resources; access to postgraduate study rooms; and access to IT and legal research tools.

Students on the LLM will be taught by leading researchers in Law and Society. Keele hosts a wide range of seminars, workshops, lectures and visiting fellowships. Most of these activities are available without charge to Keele postgraduates.

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 LLM is academic IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest below 5.5) or equivalent.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Adminstrator