Law (Specialism in International Human Rights), LLM, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want a globally recognised qualification in your chosen field while having the freedom and flexibility to explore other areas of law.

Start date
September each year
Department
Law

Course Administrator
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Course description

Course description

This stream of the LLM in Law specialises in human rights at both a national and international level and will allow you to engage with a variety of issues related to the theory and practice of human rights. We work in collaboration with Politics and International Relations enabling us to offer additional modules covering the political viewpoint of human rights.

The International Human Rights stream covers a variety of issues related to the theory and practice of human rights. You can choose from our full range of modules and will need to select 6 out of 8 option modules and your dissertation from the human rights stream in order to gain your specialisation.

The course will provide you with a critical understanding of the legal principles relating to international human rights and the policy considerations that underpin them. You will develop your ability to analyse, interpret and apply a wide range of legal, socio-legal and contextual materials in the solution to complex legal problems.

Combined with developing your knowledge of human rights law, the course will stimulate your capacity for independent legal research and strengthen your skills in oral and written expression which will further enhance your opportunities within the legal profession. As well as giving you the freedom and opportunity to study two separate modules from any area of law, choosing from our full and extensive range of modules. Previous students on our programme have gone on to work in private practice or non-governmental organisations such as the UN.

When you apply for this course, you will apply for the Law LLM. Once you have arrived in Leicester, you will be able to specialise in International Human Rights Law through your module choices. Your degree certificate will reflect your chosen specialism.

Other available streams are:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A good second class degree in law or an equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline.

Relevant professional experience post-graduation is given due credit in considering entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with 6.0 in writing and nothing less than 5.5. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £7,835

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Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

 

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £15,405

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Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers.

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
  • The ‘LEGAL WEEK’ is an informal student-staff discussion group, which runs every two weeks and contemporary issues with legal implications are discussed. ‘LEGAL WEEK’ allows interaction, fruitful exchange of ideas and improves current awareness.
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Course structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Across both semesters you will take 8 modules. In order to specialise in International Human Rights Law, 6 of those 8 modules will need to be from the International Human Rights Law Stream which are marked with (IHR) in the list below. It's up to you how many modules from the International Human Rights Law stream you take in each semester so long as you take 6 in total.

In your first semester you will choose four option modules from:

* = To take these modules you must already have a law degree.

 

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Across both semesters you will take 8 modules. In order to specialise in International Human Rights Law, 6 of those 8 modules will need to be from the International Human Rights Law Stream which are marked with (IHR) in the list below. It's up to you how many modules from the International Human Rights Law stream you take in each semester so long as you take 6 in total.

In your second semester you will choose four option modules from:

* = To take these modules you must already have a law degree.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Dissertation

Dissertation

You will complete your 15,000-word dissertation in the field of International Human Rights Law over the summer.

Your dissertation is an extended piece of academic writing on a subject of your choosing. You will be supervised by an academic who specialises in your chosen topic.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Our LLM courses are taught by leading academics in small seminar groups, with a focus on enriching class debate and scholarly thought, and on developing excellence in legal research.

Our LLM students are invited in the meetings of the Research Clusters of Leicester Law School, which enables you to participate in the School’s research activities and familiarise yourself with academic debates.

The Leicester Law School a top UK law school. In the Complete University Guide 2015, we are ranked fifth best in the country for graduate employability.

This course offers a wide range of extra-curriculum activities designed to enhance your skills and employability, such as the prestigious VIS Moot competition in Vienna, which is an excellent venue for networking.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught mainly through interactive seminars where you will test your understanding by engaging in critical discussion of the topics with your fellow students. Before each seminar you will research the answers to a set of questions and come prepared to discuss your ideas and findings, sometimes working in small groups. 

Most modules are assessed by a research paper and for many of these you have the opportunity to choose your own research focus. Some modules may be assessed by presentation, examination or reflective log. Over the summer you will be required to complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of your own choice.

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