Laws LLM (Masters)

This course is validated by: UOSW
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
Code: BS4510A17
Fees: View fees and financial information
Awarded by: University of South Wales
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2020
Term Dates: View term dates
Overview

The purpose of this Laws LLM (Masters) course is to allow you to develop a deeper insight at Masters Level into the discipline of Law and to further enhance your career opportunities. Within the range available, you will be able to choose modules best suited to your own personal development or career aspirations.

The purpose of this course is to allow you to develop a deeper insight in to the discipline of law and to further enhance your career opportunities. Within the range available, you will be able to choose modules best suited to your own personal development or career aspirations. The course brings together a number of discreet but broadly interconnecting areas of law which are explored within a global context. The course will be studied using self directed learning together with a combination of interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials designed to encourage participation and the sharing of ideal and experience.

The tuition fees for this programme are;

Full-time students studying the postgraduate Laws LLM will be charged £5,400.  Part-time students students studying the postgraduate Laws LLM will be charged £2,700 per year for the two year programme.  

What will I study?

Full-time and Part-time attendance will start in September of the academic year and will involve studying six taught modules, together with the completion of the dissertation.

Part-time attendance will be over a two-year programme of study. Those who choose to undertake the programme over two years will complete three modules in Year One and another 3 modules and a dissertation in Year Two.

The course is intended to extend the skills learned at undergraduate level and foster higher level analytical and research skills based on a multi-disciplined approach. Central to this is the dissertation which is compulsory which requires extensive research and innovative thinking.

You will be required to take the following compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Law of Obligations
  • Frameworks of International and European Law
  • Dissertation

In addition you will study three additional modules from the below optional modules:

  • International and Comparative Media Law
  • Transnational Criminal Law
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Crimninal Evidence and Forensics
  • Equality, Rights and Society
  • Independent Study
  • International Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Sports Law
  • Law and Order

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module. 

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Entry Requirements

To join this programme you will need to have;

  • Degree 2:2 or above (including international equivalents)

or

  • Relevant professional qualifications

or

  • Other professional qualifications including equivalent international qualifications
How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

The study of law brings with it a range of skills and knowledge that are invaluable to a wide range of professions including business management, banking, international relations, human resources, international commerce and academia.

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for LLM Law Masters. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Career Options

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  • £
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If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

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Legal Executive

  • £
    15,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

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This job will suit you if you have good spoken and written communication skills, as you'll need to explain complex legal matters clearly to people. You’ll need patience and discretion. You also need to be able to work under pressure.

To become qualified in this area you will have to follow one of the training routes offered by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You will also need to have practical experience in a legal environment.

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Further Education Lecturer

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

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To become a further education lecturer, you will need to be able to relate well to students of all ages and abilities. You’ll need good organisation and planning skills. You’ll also need patience and a sense of humour.

To qualify as an FE lecturer, you'll need at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach as well as a teaching qualification.

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  • £
    19,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

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If you can understand technical information and you have good people skills, this job could be for you.

In this job you would need to communicate well and be assertive, tactful and resilient. You would also need to have good judgement.

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  • £
    28,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

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To qualify, you would start out as a probation services officer, then train for a degree or postgraduate award in Community Justice and the Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

To be a probation officer, you will need to be able to get on with a wide range of people and have a fair-minded approach. You will also need to stay calm under pressure and be able to handle challenging behaviour.

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