Master of Laws (LLM) Programme
About the Course
LawWithoutWalls is an award-winning course pioneered by University of Miami School of Law and taught in conjunction with leading law schools across the globe including UCL Laws, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Fordham Law School, New York Law School, Peking University (STL), University of St Gallen and University of Sydney.
The course explores innovations in global legal education and practice through weekly virtual classes and collaborative research. UCL students attend and participate in virtual classroom sessions on Adobe Connect and are grouped with students from other participating law schools to conduct a piece of research on an assigned topic. The topics are interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, looking to the future in their anticipation of changes to legal practice and education within a virtual landscape.
This year, UCL is also offering a second LawWithoutWalls programme, "LWOW X" to an additional six students. LWOW X is an all-virtual pilot programme that offers the same components and benefits as LWOW, but makes use of technology to offer the programme on an entirely on-line basis. In doing so, LWOW X seeks to make the benefits of LWOW available to a greater number of students. The universities that are participating in the pilot are UCL, University of Montreal, Miami Law and IE University. Further details are available here: http://www.lawwithoutwalls.org/lwow-x
Mentors and Partners
Students also engage with leading practitioners and mentors from across the globe through weekly virtual mentoring sessions. For more information on participating mentors see www.lawwithoutwalls.org.
Central to the course is the idea that students should engage with one another in person as well as virtually. To that end, a Kick Off event is held each year for students and mentors to meet and prepare for the course. This year’s launch event will be held at University of St Gallen in Switzerland in January 2014. Students will then present their research at a ConPosium at the end of the course at Miami Law School in April 2014.
Selection and participation in LawWithoutWalls offers immeasurable benefits for UCL students including individual mentorship from leading academics and practitioners, guest speakers, international travel, experiencing using new media learning technologies and acquisition of a diverse range of law related skills.
LawWithoutWalls recently won an Innov Action Award for its ingenuity in the management of the practice of law from the College of Law Practice Management: http://www.innovactionaward.com/
How to Apply
Applications need to be submitted by 1 November 2013 and interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 11 November 2013. It is imperative that your application states whether you are applying to be considered for LWOW only, LWOW X only or both programmes.
For more details on the application process please visit http://www.lawwithoutwalls.org/application . In accordance with the LWOW website, applications should be submitted via the LWOW website and also emailed to Miami Law and the UCL Faculty Lead (Anna Donovan). For application purposes only, please use the email address email@example.com rather than Anna Donovan's direct email address.
A LawWithoutWalls Question & Answer session will be held in Beveridge Hall, Senate House, on Thursday 26 September at 12:45 as part of the induction programme.
If you have any further questions please email LWOW@ucl.ac.uk or contact Anna Donovan, LawWithoutWalls.