LLM Law - General Legal Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available LLM
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance.
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

At a critical time in history, our LLM in General Legal Studies presents an exciting opportunity to explore a highly sought-after field of study - and graduate to meet a growing demand from organisations worldwide for expert lawyers that can embrace challenges and innovation.

Our LLM Programmes, including the LLM in General Legal Studies, are well-respected by leading law firms*. This LLM is one of our most popular courses and offers in-depth study of the impact of law, regulation, policy and practice on a variety of fields, exploring how they operate in different contexts and from a range of perspectives.

On the course, you will be challenged and inspired by world-leading academics dedicated to progressive and innovative thinking in diverse areas of law. Their expertise is reflected in an exciting range of optional units that offer an opportunity to further specialise your degree.

The intellectually demanding, research-rich curriculum delivered by our staff makes our graduates stand out, able to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills – and empowered to pursue top-flight careers in a number of sectors. The course has particular appeal for those looking to forge ahead in the legal, business, finance, criminal and technology sectors, or as specialist in-house lawyers.

Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol Law School.

*Ranked #4 in UK for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019)

This programme will be covered in our Law LLM webinar during our virtual open week. Register today.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£10,900
UK: part-time (two years)
£5,450
Overseas: full-time
£20,900

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2022/23

Alumni Scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 10% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2022/23

Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding web pages. This includes information about the Law School’s Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes. The LLM in General Legal Studies provides an exciting range of optional units.

You will select four units from the list offered across our LLM programmes (120 credit points overall, 30 credit points each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points).

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in Law. International students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (this should be an official English translation if the original is not in English).

Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Graduating from a world-leading law school* will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. The content and approach to teaching in this programme will develop and deepen your understanding of law and the legal sector, whilst building many transferable skills.

This LLM is suitable for law graduates and can provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers. It could also boost the prospects for those already working in related fields - or as a solid first step towards a research career.

Visit our Careers page for more information. The Law School community benefits from a dedicated employability adviser with specialist experience and knowledge of the legal sector and related industries.

*A top 50 Law School (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)

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Find out how to apply

Application deadline:

29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 39 41649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: University of Bristol Law School

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REF 2014 results

  • Law:
  • 41% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 14% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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