LLM General Legal Studies
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 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 programme, 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 programme 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).
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 for our LLM in General Legal Studies.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Law. Professional experience is not required. Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £12,200 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,100 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £24,700 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages. 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.
Graduating from a world-leading law school* will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. Suitable for law graduates, this LLM will help:
- develop and deepen understanding of law and the legal sector,
- build transferable skills,
- provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers,
- boost prospects for those already working in related fields,
- deliver a solid first step towards a research career.
Please visit our Careers and Employability webpage for more information about the support and opportunities we provide during your studies.
*A top 50 Law School (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022).