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Qualifying Law

This programme places the study of law in a historical, social and comparative context. You will develop advanced skills in legal writing, oral presentation and critical reasoning. The programme emphasises the importance of an academic and intellectually challenging approach to the study of law, and of its institutions and processes.

The programme puts the study of law within the wider socio-economic and political framework, giving you a social-political grounding in the law.

Entry requirements

A first degree in a subject other than law, minimum second class. Degrees from overseas institutions must be of an equivalent standard to a UK second-class degree. The selection process includes an exercise in reasoning and analysis (no previous knowledge of law required). There is no transfer directly into Year 2 and no credit for earlier law studies permitted.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You will follow a programme of compulsory subjects, which make up the foundation subjects required for a qualifying law degree.

You take 9 modules worth 30 credits each, including a 30-credit dissertation.
Full-time Year 1:

Constitutional and Administrative Law (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations I - Contract (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations II - Tort (Senior Status);
Legal Systems and Methods (Senior Status).

Full-time Year 2:

Criminal Law (Senior Status);
Law of the European Union (Senior Status);
Property Law I - Land Law (Senior Status);
Property Law II - Equity and Trusts (Senior Status).

Part-time Year 1:

Constitutional & Administrative Law (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations I - Contract (Senior Status);
Legal Systems and Methods (Senior Status).

Part-time Year 2:

Criminal Law (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations II - Tort (Senior Status);
Property Law I - Land Law (Senior Status).

Part-time Year 3:

Law of the European Union (Senior Status);
Property Law II - Equity and Trusts (Senior Status).

LLM Qualifying Law Degree dissertation:

LLM QLD Dissertation.

Assessment methods

A variety of methods are used, including essays, seen/unseen examinations, group projects, presentations and learning diaries.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows students studying this programme full-time over 2 years to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2018 5,975 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
LLM Full-time October 2018 14,775 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2018 7,425 (Year 1) International 3 3 Years
LLM Part-time October 2018 3,975 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years

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