Admission is highly selective. Last year approximately 1,800 applicants competed for around 250 places on the LLM programme. Most applicants are qualified for the programme, and the LLM selectors must choose from a large pool of candidates with good credentials. In evaluating applications, the selectors take into consideration the applicant's grades and class rank, letters of reference, the coherence of the applicant's proposed programme of study, and any significant professional accomplishments. Places are normally only offered to applicants with very good grades in their law studies (for example, a first or very high upper second in the UK LLB), and who rank amongst the best graduates of their law schools. Applicants with a very good degree in another discipline together with very good grades in an appropriate graduate diploma in law (such as the UK's Graduate Diploma in Law) may also qualify for a place. Applicants without an educational background in law may apply, but would need to demonstrate a high level of professional or academic experience in areas closely related to the subjects they wish to study in order to be considered for a place. (see entry requirements)
Months of entry
The Law Department attaches great importance to active participation by students taking LLM courses. Accordingly, LLM courses are typically taught through seminars of 30 students meeting for two hours each week. Courses with historically large enrolments are taught through lectures but the lectures are supplemented by regular small-group classes. Students are expected to prepare by reading prior to seminars and classes.Admission to the LLM is highly selective. The LLM selectors must choose from a large pool of well-qualified candidates. In evaluating applications, the selectors take into consideration the applicant's grades and class rank, letters of reference, the coherence of the applicant's proposed programme of study, and any significant professional accomplishments. LSE's LLM applicants typically originate from up to 100 countries and the grades normally required for admission are tailored to the system of legal education in the countries from which applicants have obtained, or will obtain, their qualifications.
From 2013-14 onwards all LLM courses will be half-unit courses. Students will take seven taught half units of their choice plus a compulsory half-unit Legal Research and Writing Skills course (which will be assessed by a 10,000 word dissertation). Many of the taught half unit courses will be freestanding but some courses will be linked together in so far as taking one will be a pre-condition of taking another. Even in such cases of linkage, however, the individual half units will be assessed separately.
There are around 120 courses on the LLM although not all courses are offered every year; students should therefore confirm the availability of courses they regard as crucial to their study plans. They should also consider the terms in which their favoured courses will be offered so that their work can be spread manageably across the Michaelmas and Lent terms.
Formal study is supported by several series of evening 'LLM Specialist Seminars' in which leading practitioners, judges and scholars in various legal fields discuss matters of current controversy or special complexity with students in informal small group sessions. Last year, around 50 such sessions were delivered.
Information for international students
IELTS 7.5 overall
Fees and funding
Merchant Foundation Scholarship; Margaret Bennett Scholarship; Olive Stone Memorial Scholarship; LSE Graduate Support Scheme.
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||100|
Course contact details
- The Student Recruitment Office
- +44 (0)20 7955 6613