The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.
Practice Assessment: Written work, group and tutor feedback on written work and class presentation, discussion in class
Assessment method for Masters students: 1x 3,000 word coursework essay (50%), Portfolio of 3 x 1,000 word pieces (50%)
Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
The premise of this course is that you cannot fully understand the justice system without understanding how legal services are delivered within it. Global, commercial and political pressures are reshaping legal services. Innovation is challenging received wisdoms about the delivery of law and the professional status of lawyers. This course will examine the provision of legal services from the perspectives of theory, commerce and innovation. It will challenge students to evaluate lawyers, legal service reform and legal service delivery against normative frameworks: are legal services of appropriate quality; do they deliver access to justice; are they ethical?
The course will be led by Richard Moorhead and with contributions from Richard Susskind, the world renowned expert on law and information technology. We expect to involve innovators from the legal professions and the legal services industry in some classes.
Theories of Professionalism: commercial and regulatory perspectives
The regulation of professional monopolies
Theories of the firm – is big law under pressure?
The behavioural impact of fees – can the profession put its clients first?
Innovations in funding: ethics and public policy
Adversarialism, proportionality and access to justice
Quality, competition and professionalism
International dynamics: globalisation, competition and regulation
Legal creativity: value creation or rent seeking?
Public interest tensions in creative lawyering
Professional ideology: competitive or cooperative lawyers: the case for negotiation
Alternative dispute resolution: mediation and beyond
Theories of Innovation
How England and Wales have stimulated innovation
The potentialities of technology
Innovation through automation
Big data and the world of law
Commoditisation, Professionalism and AI
Project Presentations I
Project Presentations II
There is no set text for this module
Richard Susskind (2009) The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (Oxford: OUP)
Other information: n/a
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.
The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now open.
Please refer to the How to apply section for information on the application process.