A large number of LLM students choose to obtain the traditional degree of Master of Laws (LLM). This allows them to choose any combination of taught modules and the broadest choice of Independent Research Essay (IRE) topics. Once enrolled, students may choose to orientate their programme towards a particular specialism. The Faculty of Laws offers a range of specialist degrees in addition to the general degree of Master of Laws (LLM). Each specialist degree programme leads to the award of a Master of Laws (LLM) in a particular area of law, such as a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Commercial Law or a Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal History. The list of specialist degrees (or specialisms) is set out below.
To enable you to sample all taught modules and specialisms, we do not accept applications for admission to a specialist degree programme. All successful applicants are admitted to the general LLM programme, and upon arrival at UCL in September, are then free to register in the general programme or in any one of the specialist degree programmes. There are no additional qualifications required for admission to a specialist degree programme. Every student admitted to the LLM programme is eligible to take one of the specialist degree programmes instead of the general degree programme.
To obtain a Master of Laws (LLM), a student must successfully complete 180 master level credits (that is, 120 credits of taught modules plus a 60-credit IRE).
For each specialist degree, there is a list of core modules. To obtain a specialist LLM degree, a student must successfully complete 180 credits of modules as follows:
(a) 60 credits of taught modules from the list of core modules for that specialism,
(b) 60 credits of any taught modules available to LLM students (including other modules from the list of core modules),
(c) the 60-credit IRE in an area of law related to the specialism.