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Frequently asked questions about the UCL Faculty of Laws' LLM programme

Is there an application fee?

Yes, UCL has a non-refundable application processing fee for graduate taught programmes. The 2020/21 application fees are £80.00 for online applications and £105.00 for paper applications. Please note that online applications will not be submitted, and paper applications will not be processed, until the application fee has been paid in full.

When do I apply?

Applications have now closed for September 2020 entry. We are aiming to open applications for September 2021 entry in October 2020. We recommend revisiting this website closer to the time for the latest updates on when applications will open.

Please note -we always advise applicants to apply as early as possible, particularly if you require a decision by a certain date for funding reasons, as it can take 35 working days for a decision to be made from the point that you receive confirmation from the UCL Admissions Office that your application is complete and has been sent to UCL Laws for consideration.

Do I need a law qualification to apply?

Yes, 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.

What does the admissions process involve?

Once you submit your completed application, it is first received by the UCL Admissions Office. They record applicant details and then assign the application form to UCL Laws if the application is complete. Confirmation is sent to the applicant to say the application is complete and has been sent to UCL Laws. It is UCL Laws who considers the application form and makes a decision. If your application is missing any documents, UCL Admissions Office will email you to request the missing documents and the application will not be forwarded to UCL Laws for consideration until everything has been received.

All applicants will be informed of their decision via the UCL Applicants Portal by the UCL Admissions Office and not by UCL Laws itself. You can expect to receive a response from UCL around 35 working days after your application has been received COMPLETE and processed by the UCL Admissions Office. If your application is received incomplete, the 35 working days will count from you submitting the required documents to make your application complete.

I haven't taken an English language test yet. Can I still apply now or do I have to wait for my test result?

You can still submit an application for the LLM programme if you have not yet taken an English test. We are able to make decisions on applications without an English test providing all other documents have been submitted (transcripts, personal statement, written work and references). If we would like to make you an offer, it will be conditional upon meeting the English language requirements (and any other requirements if necessary).

When does the programme start?

The programme starts on Monday 28th September 2020.

How many hours of teaching will there be?

Contact hours can vary between modules. You can expect to have a seminar or lecture each week for every module you are registered on. Some modules may also have additional tutorials. 

Can I study part-time or by flexible mode?

Yes, you can study part-time (2 years) or flexible (5 years). Part-time and flexible students attend classes alongside full-time students; however, they will take on a smaller number of modules per year. Classes usually take place Monday to Friday, between 9am and 8pm. Part-time and flexible students usually agree time off with their employer to attend their timetabled classes. Unfortunately, we do not offer evening or weekend classes.

Can I study by distance learning?

It is not normally possible to study for the LLM at UCL by distance learning. However, the University of London offers an LLM programme by distance learning.

Will I get student accommodation in London?

For information on accommodation available and how to apply for accommodation, please visit the UCL residences site. Please note the relevant closing dates for accommodation, depending on whether you are applying from home or overseas.

Where can I find information and advice for EU students following the EU referendum result?

Visit UCL's dedicated EU referendum site to find asked questions and answers about the EU referendum and its potential impact on UCL research, staff, students and prospective students, as well as links to further information.

Do you offer the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)?

We do not offer the GDL here at UCL but you can find a list of providers here: https://www.sra.org.uk/students/conversion-courses/cpe-gdl-providers.page.

Can I gain credits via APL (accredited prior learning)?

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for the LLM. APL applications must be submitted at the time of submitting an application for the LLM programme. Further information and guidance is available in the UCL Academic Manual, section 2.8, linked below.

Read the full UCL regulations