Master of Laws (LLM) Programme

Information for offer holders

1. Meeting the conditions - conditional offer holders
2. Accepting the offer - conditional and unconditional offer holders
3. Preparing to live and study in London
4. Enrolling as a student at UCL
5. Commencing your programme of study
6. Planning your programme
7. Attendance throughout the programme

1. Meeting the conditions – conditional offer holders

If you are currently in possession of a conditional offer, we wish you well in meeting our entry requirements. You will need to ensure that you have met the conditions set out for you and provide the UCL Admissions Office (admissions@ucl.ac.uk) with relevant documentation prior to the start of the programme on Monday 22nd September 2014, and in good time to ensure that other arrangements can be made where applicable, including visa applications, accommodation etc.

Once UCL is in receipt of the relevant documentation confirming you have met the conditions set out for you, your offer will become unconditional. It is important to note that UCL will only permit students in possession of an unconditional offer to enrol on a programme of study.

English Language Conditions
If you have a condition to meet the English language requirement, a list of accepted tests and the required scores can be found online: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/llm/index.shtml?entry

If you are planning on taking the Pre-Sessional English Course at UCL, you will need to apply as early as possible as these courses are very popular and get full quickly. The pre-sessional English courses are run by the Centre for Languages and International Education and you can apply for a place on the course via their website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/clie/english-for-academic-purposes/pre-sessional

2. Accepting the offer – conditional and unconditional offer holders

In order to secure a place on the LLM programme for September 2014, you are required to accept your offer via the online application system, Portico: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/portico

Accepting an offer ensures that you receive pre-enrolment and programme information prior to the start of your programme in September 2014 (usually in August).

Equally if you wish to decline your offer, you should also do so via Portico, in order that we can offer the place to another applicant.

3. Preparing to live and study in London

Student visas
If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to attend the LLM programme at UCL, the required confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) documentation will be sent to unconditional offer holders in electronic format by the UCL Admissions Office and not by the Faculty of Laws Graduate Office. The UCL Admissions Office will contact unconditional offer holders who require a visa directly by email with details of the process during the month of June. It is important to note that the UK Visas and Immigration office (UKVI) will not issue CAS documentation until three months prior to the start of your programme of study.

In the meantime, you are advised to familiarise yourself with the visa and immigration information provided on the UCL website for offer holders:

Pre-departure briefings
Each year the British Council organise a number of pre-departure briefings for students coming to study in the UK. Further details about events can be found online at:

Fees and Living Costs
You must ensure that you have sufficient funds to meet the tuition fees for your programme of study and your living expenses for the duration of your programme. You must not embark on a programme of study unless you are sure you can cover all associated costs.

UCL provides some useful information and a rough guide on the costs you can expect to incur as a graduate student studying at UCL:

UCL has a student accommodation department dedicated to providing you with advice and guidance on accommodation owned by UCL and alternative accommodation in the vicinity of UCL. Further details about both UCL and private accommodation can be found at:

The deadline for graduate students to apply for UCL accommodation is the 30th June 2014.

Travelling to and living in London, Health Advice and Opening a UK Bank Account
Further information and guidance about living in London can be found on the following webpages:

4. Enrolling as a student at UCL

The date for LLM student enrolment has been scheduled for Friday 20th September 2014, from 10.00 to 16.00. UCL Registry, who is responsible for student enrolment, will contact you directly by email about UCL’s pre-enrolment and enrolment procedures, including payment of fees, in order for you to enrol as a student at UCL. When you receive the email from the UCL Registry, if you are unable to make the date and/or time that you will be allocated to enrol, you must let the Registry know.

You will find helpful advice about the procedures and documentation required to complete pre-enrolment and enrolment online at:

You are strongly recommended to thoroughly read this page before you arrive at UCL to ensure that you have all the relevant documentation with you to complete enrolment procedures.

5. Commencing your programme of study

LLM programme induction (all students)
During the week commencing Monday 22nd September 2014, the Faculty of Laws runs a comprehensive induction programme for new LLM students. The induction programme is important and an overview of the schedule has been provided here:

Friday 19th September 2014
10.00 – 16.00 UCL Student Enrolment
As a new student it is essential that you attend UCL Enrolment in order to complete the procedures that allow you to commence your programme of study. Full details of what you are required to present at enrolment can be found online at:
Monday 22nd September 2014
9.00 – 13.00 Admission to the Faculty of Laws and LLM programme for all new students
During this session you will complete the Faculty of Laws admission process and collect your programme induction pack.

N.B: For new students studying the programme part-time and flexibly only, we hold a separate Admission session on Tuesday 23rd September at 18.00 for part-time and flexible students who cannot attend the main Admission and Welcome and Planning sessions.
14.00 – 16.00 Welcome and Planning your Programme
Professor Dame Hazel Gen DBE QC – Dean Faculty of Laws
Mark Blakely – Director of Graduate Taught Programmes
Tuesday 23rd September 2014
9.30 – 13.00 Specialism and module presentations by teaching staff
13.30 – 15.30 Supporting you and your programme
Various presentations by UCL information services, UCL Law Librarian, Institute of Advance Legal Studies Librarian, Student Union, Laws Careers Consultant and further information about non-accredited programmes such as Academic Legal Writing and Law Teachers Programme.
18.00 – 20.00 Admission and Welcome and Planning session (for new students studying the programme part-time or flexibly only)

If you are a new student studying on the programme part-time or flexibly and are unable to attend the main sessions during the day on Monday, this session will give you an overview of the most important information to get you started on your programme, including Faculty of Laws admission process and collection of your induction pack.
Thursday 25th September 2014
9.30 – 13.00
14.00 – 17.00
Specialism and module presentations by teaching staff
Friday 26th September 2014
13.30 – 15.00 Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library Induction
Monday 30th September 2014
9.00 onwards Start of teaching term one
Wednesday 15th October 2014
18.00 – 20.00 Faculty of Laws Dean’s Welcome Party for all new graduate students


A detailed schedule of the induction programme will be provided to you with your induction pack, confirming times, venues, speakers, etc. online in August and in hard copy on the 22nd September 2014.

Late arrivals
If you think you are going to arrive after the start of term, please contact the Laws Graduate Office as soon as possible to discuss your options. You should be aware that the last date UCL permits students to enrol on programmes of study is Friday 10th October 2014.

6. Planning your programme

Selecting taught modules and degree pathway
With just over 90 graduate taught modules to choose from, there are thousands of possible combinations of study on the LLM. Add to that the diversity of the Independent Research Essay and you really can follow a unique programme. With such a wide choice, some students find it difficult to choose the best modules for them. To get the most out of the LLM it is vital that you discern your areas of academic and intellectual interest early on – preferably before you arrive.

The LLM is advanced legal study. The graduate taught modules and research essay chosen should therefore be deepening and strengthening an existing interest. Masters degrees are rarely stimulating or fulfilling if they are used as a way of simply trying out new areas of law.

To help with the discernment process, we are adding video broadcasts to our module pages and updating the content over the summer (June – August). You should explore these pages carefully and sample the readings if possible:

We have added several new modules which were not on the website when you made your application to attend UCL. You may find that some of our new offerings are of interest to you. You will be asked to make final module selections and specialisms by Friday 3rd October, following the induction programme.

We advise students to think very carefully about whether to add a specialism to their degree:

Electing a specialism does not change the range of modules available. Once specialist degrees have been awarded, they cannot be changed.

Thinking about your research essay topic
The Independent Research Essay (IRE) is a 12,000 word piece of work that you will write-up in the summer of your final year (or next summer if you are a full time student). The IRE is worth a third of your LLM and it is therefore important to demonstrate that you have really mastered the topic that you choose.

You will be asked to indicate your proposal in the November before you submit your IRE. You may choose any topic but if you are following an LLM specialist degree, your IRE must be related to that specialism. Some advisors will offer set titles that can help you define your area or you are free to choose your own title.

At advanced, graduate level you should arrive at UCL with a reasonably clear idea of the subject matter of your IRE. If you are unsure, please do start to think about topics that have a good amount of literature and articles to research, will sustain your interest and will enable you to show your best writing.

Do bear in mind that an IRE is not a mini PhD. The best IRE’s will resemble good law journal articles; they will thoroughly explore the existing academic terrain. UCL will offer seminars after you arrive to help you refine your topic.

7. Attendance throughout the programme

Students are expected to be in attendance during UCL terms throughout the programme of study. The LLM is a twelve-month programme for full-time students, 24-month programme for part-time students and up to five years for flexible students. The 2014/15 academic year for graduate programmes runs from Monday 22nd September 2014 to Friday 21st September 2015.

Students must be in attendance and engaged throughout the summer term to research and write their research essays, prior to submission (in person) in September (usually the 1st September or the next working day if the 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday).

UCL Registry requires the Laws Graduate Office to report on student attendance throughout the year. The Law Graduate Office is not permitted to authorise early departures from the programme of study on which you are enrolled.

If you are required to be away from your programme of study at anytime during the year, you must contact the Director of Graduate Taught Programmes to discuss this in the first instance. You are advised not to make arrangements to be away from UCL without prior discussion with the Director of Graduate Taught Programmes.

Academic calendar 2014/15 (including term dates and closure and holiday dates):

Last updated 06-Jun-2014


The application process for the 2015-16 academic session is now open.

Please note, for the 2015-16 intake, we are not accepting the TOEFL test. If you have an English condition to meet, you must take one of the alternative tests listed here instead.