Taught course

Law

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Law
Qualifications
LLM

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why take this course?

This LLM Law is designed to provide a flexible educational experience that enables law graduates, non-law graduates and lawyers to develop their specialist legal interests at postgraduate level.

Develop your expertise in very practical and sought-after subjects through taught units and supervised research on a course that promotes individual choice for your future careers.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Choose to take this course in full-time or part-time mode – whichever suits you best
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Focus on particular areas of academic interest or develop a wider range of skills and knowledge

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is offered as an option for law graduates on our LLM programmes, giving you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your postgraduate law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

The benefits are clear:

  • An opportunity to obtain relevant employment straight after graduation without the need for further study or a Training Contract
  • A recognised professional qualification in addition to your degree
  • As a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, you have similar rights and opportunities of partnership as a solicitor.

Module Details

The full-time mode of this course lasts for one year and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

Law Route:

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake a dissertation/professional practitioner project and four units from the following list:

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Non-Law Route:

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

  • Legal Approach to Business
  • Dissertation/Professional Practitioner Project

In addition, you will undertake three units from the following list:

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Work-based Learning Unit

The part-time mode of this course lasts three years and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

Law Route:

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake two units from the following list:

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake two units from the following list (excluding units undertaken in the first year):

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation/professional practitioner project.

Non-Law Route:

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory unit:

  • Legal Approach to Business

You will also undertake one unit from the following list:

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake two units from the following list (excluding units undertaken in the first year):

  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Global Corporate Responsibility
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Work-based Learning Unit

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation/professional practitioner project.

Programme Assessment

You will be expected to attend eight hours of class time per week if you are on the full-time course whereas for the part-time course you attend approximately four hours per week. You will be encouraged to undertake independent study with time also devoted to group problem solving, discussion and debate.

The majority of the units will be assessed via exams, however much of your time will also be spent researching and writing your dissertation which concentrates on a topic of your choice.

Student Destinations

The LLM in Law provides a springboard for many career paths. It allows potential law lecturers to develop expertise in a variety of subjects and provides the basis for a career in business or the public sector. It could also enable law practitioners to pursue new subject specialities.

Additionally, Law graduates who complete the CILEx option may apply for membership status of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Membership of CILEx and success on this LLM course will provide a real edge when competing for trainee legal executive opportunities.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Designated detention officer
  • Legal clerk
  • Paralegal assistant
  • Business development executive

Qualification and course duration

LLM

full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
pbs-studentrecruitment@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 2991