The LLM enhances your knowledge of the fundamental principles of law, combined with the flexibility to explore your own interests with support from research-active teaching staff. The underlying philosophy of this course is to enable you to continue your professional, educational and personal development by consolidating, enhancing and extending your disciplinary expertise, professional ethics, experience and abilities.
You develop recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding as well as cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities. The course enables you to more effectively plan, manage and evaluate your own learning to become an independent lifelong learner. You work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate study and are required to demonstrate high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction. The LLM course is the result of research carried out by academics and lawyers at Teesside University to develop a programme focusing on the philosophical theories that underpin the law, and building on current perspectives in law. It focuses on the underlying legal theories that determine the scope of the existing law and proposals for changes to legislation and the common law. The student-centred nature of assessment across all modules allows you to tailor your studies to your own areas of interest. The LLM course:
- enhances your professional, ethical, intellectual and personal development and self-awareness
- enables you to plan, manage and evaluate your learning and continue your development as an independent lifelong learner
- helps you develop intellectual and professional independence
- introduces, enhances and extends your knowledge of contemporary theoretical perspectives and issues in aspects of law, appropriate to postgraduate study
- introduces, enhances and extends your understanding of research methods appropriate to the postgraduate study of law
- challenges the orthodoxy of the law by encouraging debate, exchange, application and reflection
- enables you to demonstrate your ability to integrate, synthesize and critique philosophical content, concepts and research methodologies in the production of a research-based dissertation in law
- equips you with the ability to make a contribution to the theory and practice of areas of law and to make informed contributions to the development of policy.
Top reasons to study this course
> You will be a valued member of our law community – fully supported and encouraged to succeed on the course, and beyond. We know our students and they know us.
> Your skillset is transferable and highly valued by a range of employers.
> Your cohort will come from a range of backgrounds and you learn in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment, which will enrich your learning experience.
> Your experienced and knowledgeable course team are research active and many are highly regarded researchers within their field.
> Our well-established links with the legal and other professions across the region and beyond creates opportunities for work experience, placements and permanent employment.
A 2.2 (minimum) honours degree in a legal or related discipline or equivalent qualification or equivalent experience.
Equivalent qualifications include, for example CiLEX, or level 6 equivalent law degrees from other jurisdictions, and equivalent experience includes work involving regulatory compliance.
For general information please see our overview of entry requirements
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You study four taught modules, the Applied Practice module and the dissertation module.
This module has the dual role of developing and consolidating legal research skills to Masters level and possible publication or future academic study, as well as introducing and highlighting current complex legal issues, initiating discussion and critical analysis. The contemporary issues element of the module is delivered by a variety of specialist speakers and current research active and subject specialist members of the School, ensuring that your learning is based on expert discipline-based research and experience.
This module promotes a deep and critical understanding of the theories that underpin our criminal law, and the key substantive legal issues faced by judges and legislators of criminal law today. You examine culpability and blameworthiness, and explore these theories in the context of specific academic debates. You also examine factors associated with, and circumstances surrounding certain mala in se crimes, both against the person and against property.
The dissertation is the culmination of the LLM programme – an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and research skills to a specific area of interest through a 20,000-word dissertation.
You gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and structures which underpin international law, the sources and modes of development of international law, the nature of key international institutions and of the operation and enforcement of international law in specific areas and in the context of current international issues. You critically examine the extent to which international law performs its function of maintaining the international legal order.
You gain knowledge of key theories and concepts that underpin the development of law and policy and develop a depth of knowledge that enables you to actively contribute to policy development in your specialist area. You are encouraged to critically examine and challenge the theories and to engage in philosophical debate throughout the course.
Upon graduation you will have developed recognized subject-specific knowledge and understanding, cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities, which have a directly beneficial effect on future employability, whether in the legal profession or in subject-related disciplines, including academia. You will be equipped to contribute to and inform policy-making decisions in your chosen sphere.
A number of our previous students have published work in academic journals, and / or have progressed to PhD study.
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