Taught course

Law

Institution
University of Sheffield · School of Law
Qualifications
LLM

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, usually in law or a subject with a sufficient legal component. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with work experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Sheffield LLM

There are different pathways available, all under the one course code, which easily enables applicants to opt for their preferred specialism upon arrival. There are weekly seminars in each subject area. You’re assessed on essays and a dissertation. Whether or not a module runs in a particular year depends on staff availability and the number of students who choose the module.

LLM Law

The Sheffield LLM is a flexible programme, giving you the opportunity to gain masters-level knowledge and skills across a diverse range of legal topics and to tailor the course to your own interests and career aspirations.

Drawing on the considerable expertise of our staff, teaching is research-led and practice-oriented. You are encouraged to undertake your own independent research to support your learning. There are opportunities to get involved with conferences and research seminars, many of which involve visiting experts from the UK and overseas, as well as staff from the School of Law.

The course is delivered through weekly seminars in each subject area, with assessment through essays and a dissertation.

By opting for the Sheffield LLM you retain maximum flexibility. You can choose modules from across our whole range of LLM pathways, as detailed below. This course is ideal if you’re looking for a strong foundation that covers a range of different areas of study.

If you prefer to specialise in a particular subject area, the Sheffield LLM also offers, under the same course code, the option to follow one of three specialist pathways.

If you’re not sure which specialist pathway you want to follow, don’t worry, you can stick with the Sheffield LLM without specialising, or can opt to follow one of the pathways on arrival. The choice is yours.

Individual modules offered may vary from those shown depending on staff availability and the number of students selecting each module


LLM European Law

This course delivers a powerful shot of specialist knowledge that will enhance your career. It’s suitable for recent graduates, legal professionals, legal academics or anyone working with European law in the private or public sector.

The degree is based on a structured first semester, which will provide you with the essential international legal principles and fundamental research skills required for further study.

Specialist modules include:

  • European Patent Law
  • Judicial Protection in the European Union
  • Economic Multi-level Governance in the EU
  • EU Copyright Law
  • EU Health Law
  • EU Migration Law in Comparative Perspective.

You can also choose up to two modules for any other pathway.

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

You will explore the issues and problems that corporate and commercial law has to deal with. Then discuss and evaluate the law as it exists. Finally, you will critique the law and suggest ways in which it might be improved.

Alongside courses in specific areas of corporate and commercial law, we give you the skills to understand the law through a series of workshops on legal skills. Those workshops also introduce you to different methodologies. You will develop and hone your critical skills and research expertise. You will use these skills to write a dissertation during the second half of your LLM, with expert supervision from our staff.

The list of highly topical modules includes:

  • Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance, International Commercial Arbitration
  • Principles of Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property in Medicine
  • Trade Remedies in WTO Law
  • Trade Mark Law in a Branded World.

You can also choose up to two modules for any other pathway.

Teaching is informed by the research of renowned academics from the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law.


LLM International Law and Global Justice

This course has been designed primarily for lawyers and students who work in, or intend to pursue a career in, the public sector. This may include high-level government lawyers, leaders in non-governmental organisations, and academics.

It offers the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the role of international law in advancing justice both in times of peace and war.

Teaching is informed by the research of renowned academics from the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law.

Optional modules include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations
  • International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations
  • Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law
  • Trade Remedies in WTO Law
  • EU Migration Law in Comparative Perspective
  • International Criminal Law.

You can also choose up to two modules for any other pathway.


Who we are

We’re a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people’s lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

We offer a wide range of law and criminology courses. Our leading criminology courses are delivered by internationally-renowned academics within our Centre for Criminological Research; one of the four original criminological centres of excellence in the UK.

Uniquely among English Russell Group law schools, we also offer the opportunity for you to complete both the academic and vocational stages of qualifying as a solicitor in our Centre for Professional Legal Education.

Your career

Our graduates include CEOs, lawyers, partners in big corporate firms, judges and barristers. Others are solicitors, academics, politicians and policy makers or work in criminal justice or at the Home Office.

Many of our graduates become legal practitioners. But you can use your postgraduate training in different ways, including business, policy development, teaching or research. Our staff can support you in whichever path you choose, having a wealth and variety of experience across all these areas.

Your course will give you the opportunity to meet and engage with professional organisations. And our excellent careers service will support you from the outset, helping you to identify your strengths and plan your next move. At the School of Law we also have an in-house careers adviser, offering specialised advice to Legal Practice Course, Graduate Diploma in Law and other postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career in the legal profession.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You’ll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts. Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology. Our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded. It will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession in England or Wales.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library’s online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

LLM

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
law@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)114 222 6771