UCL Faculty of Laws



Thinking of applying to our LLM programme? Find out how below. Please note, applications for September 2020 entry have now closed.

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When to apply

Thank you for your interest in studying with us. Due to the large numbers of students wanting to join us, we unfortunately cannot accept any further applications for entry to 2020-21 taught postgraduate programmes.

In response to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from COVID-19, we had extended our usual application closing date of 31 July to give a greater opportunity for individuals to consider their personal circumstances.  Due to the volume of applications now received, we are sorry to inform you that we are no longer able to accept new applications.

Thank you again for considering a place at UCL, and we hope you will consider applying to join us in the 2021-22 academic year. We hope to open applications for 2021 entry in October 2020, but we recommend revisiting this page closer to the time for further updates.

Please note that UCL Laws is implementing a significant enhancement plan for its 2020-21 LLM programme. Read full details of the changes.

How to apply

UCL uses an online application process for taught graduate programmes. This allows you to log in to check the status of your application and any decisions received, re-send reference requests, and update your contact details.

A processing fee is applicable for LLM programme applications made online. For the 2020-21 programme, the fee is £80 for online applications.

Every complete application to the LLM programme will be thoroughly reviewed by the Laws Admissions team and an LLM academic. We believe that this is essential in evaluating your suitability for the programme and this can take time. However, we aim to process applications as quickly as we can. The 35 working days turnaround time will start from when your application is complete and all documents as listed in the "What you will need to apply" section are uploaded.

What you will need to apply

UCL will only consider completed applications. To complete your application, you must submit an electronic copy of your academic transcript, personal statement, piece of written work (this is different to the personal statement and details on this are below) and your referees must have uploaded their references via the secure website before the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees upload their references and all required documents are submitted, as UCL will not consider any applications until all documents are uploaded.


Your application must be supported by two references from people who are able to comment upon your suitability for the proposed programme of study. If possible, the references should be from a recent teacher or tutor who is acquainted with your academic ability and research and writing skills.

The referees will need to complete the reference via the secure link that will be emailed to them once an application has been submitted. Before you submit your application, you should contact your referees to advise them that they will be sent a request by UCL in relation to your application and ensure that you have valid email addresses for your referees.

If you are applying online, your reference MUST be submitted via the online reference request system. If your referee wish to submit their reference by post, you MUST submit a complete paper application. If you wish to submit a paper application then you need to contact the Central Admissions Office to request a paper form at admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Where the references are received after the application deadline, the application will only be considered if there are places left on the programme.

Academic transcripts

Transcripts of qualifications are required. Your academic transcript can be either a scanned version of a paper one that you upload with your application or one downloaded from your institution’s secure website. If transcripts are not written in English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Evidence of English language proficiency

Where appropriate, you will need to supply evidence of your English language proficiency. Further details of the English language tests accepted by UCL Laws can be found in the Entry requirements section.

Personal statement

You should use your personal statement to tell us more about yourself and why you would like to study for a LLM degree at UCL Laws.

The application form allows you to write 3000 characters in the text box. However, the majority of applicants prefer to upload their personal statement as a separate additional document. If you choose to do so, please ensure it is no longer than two sides of A4 in size 12 font and clearly titled 'Personal Statement'.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you would like to study Law at graduate level
  • Why you would like to study Law at UCL Laws
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of the programme
  • How graduate study can help your professional ambitions
  • What taught modules you are interested in studying as part of your selected LLM specialism or general route.
  • Why you have chosen your particular specialism.
  • What field you would like to explore in your Research Essay?
Written work

In addition to your personal statement, you will be required to provide a piece of written work. Towards the end of the application form you can upload this as an 'additional document' entitled 'written work'. 

You must:

       Write 750 words on a topic of contemporary relevance in your area of legal interest.

Your written work should demonstrate your reasoning and analytical ability and communication skills.

Note that a random sample of submitted written work will be put through plagiarism detection software by our admissions team.


Successful applicants will be sent a formal offer of admission signed by the UCL Academic Registrar. This letter will indicate whether the offer is unconditional or subject to the fulfilment of specific conditions. It will also be available to view on your online application portal. UCL has a fee deposit requirement for LLM offer holders to secure their place on the programme. Further information about the fee deposit can be found on the UCL prospective students site.

To help us to provide an efficient service to all applicants, please do not contact the Laws Graduate Office seeking a decision on your application unless 35 working days have passed since receiving an acknowledgment email from UCL Central Admissions Office confirming that your application is complete.

You should check your online application portal and email account regularly for any updates or communications regarding your application.

If you have not heard from us after 35 working days of receiving an acknowledgement email from the UCL Central Admissions Office confirming that your application is complete, please contact llm-admissions@ucl.ac.uk, quoting your application ID number in your email.

International applicants should not leave their own country for the purpose of attending UCL before receiving a formal unconditional offer of admission from UCL Central Admissions Office.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the UCL LLM must have ‘a good 2.1 with evidence of 1st class ability’ (or equivalent in other jurisdictions), and must provide evidence in their application of motivation, reasoning and analytical ability and communication skills.  

‘A good 2.1’ shall normally mean an average of at least 65% (or equivalent in other jurisdictions) across all years of study, and ‘evidence of 1st class ability’ shall normally mean at least one 1st class mark (or equivalent in other jurisdictions) over the entire degree.

We may be willing to consider applicants who are close to, but do not meet these quantitative criteria, where space on the programme allows. Such applicants must demonstrate that they excel in motivation, analytical and reasoning ability and communication skills. This needs to be demonstrated across the personal statement and the written work.

You need a law qualification to be considered for the LLM, i.e. Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Juris Doctor (JD), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). In exceptional circumstances, graduates without a law qualification but with work experience will be considered, however, experience must be relevant and a minimum of five years. This is a very uncommon route onto the programme.

Graduates whose first degree is not in law will be considered for admission if they have an average of 65% across all years of undergraduate study, plus an average of at least 65% plus at least one mark over 70% in the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law recognised by UK professional bodies (achieved or in progress).

In exceptional circumstances, graduates without a qualifying law degree but with substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to show that your command of the English language is sufficient to meet the demands of the degree programme. Below are the tests and scores needed to meet the English requirement for the LLM programme. Please note that the test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment and the required scores must be achieved within a single test session.

We accept the following English language proficiency tests:

(Please note that UCL Laws will now be accepting the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL Special Home Edition online tests as evidence of English language proficiency.)

  • IELTS or IELTS Indicator: overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7 in each of the subtests
  • UCL International Pre-Master’s Course: 75% overall, with a minimum of 70% in each of the four elements of the examination
  • UCL Pre-Sessional English Course: 75% overall, with a minimum of 70% in each of the subtests
  • UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes (DEAP): 75% overall, with a minimum of 70% in each of the subtests
  • TOEFL or TOEFL Special Home Edition: Overall score of 109 with 25/30 in reading and listening and 23/30 in speaking and 27/30 in writing. (Institution code is 9163)
  • Duolingo: UCL Laws will now be accepting the Duolingo English language test as an acceptable proof of English (if taken within the usual 2 year timeframe). Until Duolingo introduces sub-tests categories UCL Laws will be accepting scores of 140 and higher to meet the language requirements for entry onto the LLM. Once Duolingo introduces subtest scores, we will review our requirements again. Test takers will need to share their scores with UCL before they can be accessed online.

In accordance with UK Visas and Immigration requirements, students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to enter the UK must meet these English language requirements.

UCL Laws may also accept evidence of recent substantial academic education in the UK (usually a minimum of three years, for example, a three year degree course) undertaken no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

PLEASE NOTE: we do not accept work experience as evidence of English language proficiency for the LLM.

UCL Laws reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant. UCL also reserves the right, after acceptance, to require any student to withdraw from UCL if, in the opinion of the relevant teacher, the student’s proficiency in English is inadequate.

UCL pre-sessional English courses

We would urge you to take a language test in your own country in order to meet the English language condition. If it is not possible for you to complete a language test in your country, you may be able to take a pre-sessional English course at the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education. These courses are very popular, so please check availability and your eligibility for the programmes in advance. Visit the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education website for further details of courses, tuition fees, and how to apply.

We do not accept results from any language centre other than UCL. If you do take a pre-sessional English language course elsewhere, you will need to sit/resit one of the tests above in order to meet the English language requirement.

Students requiring a Tier 4 visa for a second Masters level programme in the UK

If you have previously had permission to study in the UK as a Student (pre-2009) or a Tier 4 (General) Student for a programme at degree level or above, UCL can only assign a CAS for the LLM programme if it represents academic progress from your previous studies. In order to consider you for admission to the LLM programme at UCL, the Visa Compliance team will require you to complete an Academic Progression Justification Form before an official offer can be issued to you.

UCL may consider assigning a CAS to allow you to study at the same academic level as previously as long as you are able to demonstrate that:

the new programme is related to the previous programme for which you were given Tier 4 leave (meaning that it is either connected to the previous programme, part of the same subject group or involves deeper specialisation); OR

your previous and new programme combined, support your career aspirations

The Academic Progression Justification Form will only be sent to you once your application has been considered by the Faculty of Laws. You do not need to do anything about this unless you are contacted by the Visa Compliance team following the submission of your application.

Students taking a second LLM programme in the UK

The Faculty of Laws requires that your module choices on the LLM programme at UCL be substantially different from modules you have studied before. For example, if you have previously studied Intellectual Property modules on an LLM elsewhere in the UK, you will be prohibited from selecting further Intellectual Property modules at UCL.

If you are in any doubt over the progression regulations and/or Faculty of Laws regulations regarding choice of different modules to previous study, you should contact us before you make your final module choices.

These regulations apply regardless of whether you were required to make a statement regarding your proposed course of study as part of the application process. UCL will verify module choices against previous qualifications.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees cover all elements of your tuition, registration and examination. If applicable, any additional research expenses will be specified on your formal offer of admission. Full details of the tuition fees for each academic year can be found under the Fee schedule pages of the UCL Current Students website.

Tuition fees for subsequent years are subject to increase. You should make provision for such increases and this is implicit in accepting the offer of a place at UCL.

You must pay at least a third of your tuition fee before or at enrolment to be fully enrolled, or provide a letter of sponsorship indicating who should be invoiced for your fee.

UK/EU students

UCL’s tuition fee for UK/EU students registered on the LLM programme at UCL Laws for 2020-21 is £16,610 for full-time students, and £8,300 for part-time students.

International students

UCL’s tuition fee for international students registered on the LLM programme at UCL Laws for 2020-21 is £26,160 for full-time students, and £13,130 for part-time students.

Further information relating to tuition fees can be found in the Money section of the UCL Current Students website.

If you have any specific questions about tuition fees, please email fees@ucl.ac.uk.

Living costs

As well as your tuition fees, you will also need to think about how you are going to meet your living costs – accommodation, food and travel, as well as other costs associated with your studies and everyday life.

Find more information about living costs and managing your money on the UCL Prospective Students website.