Taught course

Language and the Law

Queen Mary, University of London · Centre for Commercial Law Studies - CCLS

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for the Language and Law Postgraduate Diploma programme is a degree in Law or overseas equivalent, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Graduates with a good 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal or finance experience may also qualify. In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents. A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered. Non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 7 or equivalent. International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes. Any student who scores 6.5 or below in the IELTS Writing component (or equivalent) is required to attend the Queen Mary in-sessional Critical Thinking and Writing in Law Programme; this programme is free to QM students and runs in terms 1, 2, and 3. Students with higher English language scores may join this programme is they wish. See QMUL's Language and Learning website for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

The continual thread throughout this programme will be the enhancement of argumentation skills: from an examination of legal systems, to the considered identification of the law and the forensic analysis of the court’s reasoning, to the comprehensive application of the law, and then to the convincing communication of one’s reasoning both in writing and orally.

By way of broad overview, during the programme, you will acquire knowledge of legal systems including both common-law and civil law systems, legal reasoning, research theories and strategies, legal argumentation and debating techniques, theories of logic and rhetoric, and will develop and enhance your written and oral advocacy skills.

The aim of this programme is to develop your knowledge, analysis, argumentation, writing and research skills through an understanding of theoretical concepts and practical application. The approach to the programme will be one of experiential learning.

Students are required to take modules to the value of 120 credits. The modules for this programme include:

  • Comparative Legal Systems in Context (22.5 credits)
  • Legal Research Theories, Strategies and Methodologies (22.5 credits)
  • The Art of the Oral Argument (22.5 credits)
  • The Art of the Written Argument (22.5 credits)
  • Dissertation of 10,000 words (30 credits).

You may also be interested in the following existing LLM modules which may be available.

  • International Mooting; Written and Oral Advocacy (22.5 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Skills and Advocacy) QLLP033 (22.5 credits)
  • Dissertation (of either 22.5 or 45 credits)
  • Legal Reasoning in Theory and Practice QLLM185 (22.5 credits)
  • The Legal Mind: The Practice and Politics of Legal Reasoning QLLM148 (45 credits).

You will study the programme over 12 months, on a full-time basis, or 24 months, on a part-time basis. The programme will be delivered by weekly classes or intensive several day workshops. Components of this programme may also be offered in standalone intensive workshops.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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