TARGETjobs black logo

City, University of London

Sector menu
City, University of London

Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

This Specialist LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution degree should interest and benefit a broad range of students. If you are already professionally qualified having taken the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) it will develop your understanding of practice and enhance your career. If you have legal qualifications in another jurisdiction it will provide understanding of legal process in England. You can enrol in the course straight after a law degree, although some experience of legal practice is an advantage.

The Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM provides a unique opportunity to enhance the development of a career in legal professional practice as a barrister, solicitor or other qualified legal practitioner. The course investigates the ways in which civil litigation can be managed strategically and effectively, and provides a practice-focused understanding of mediation and arbitration as alternative ways of resolving a dispute, both of which are becoming increasingly important to commercial and non-commercial practice alike.

This innovative specialist Master degree is designed to provide a sound understanding of the rules under which litigation, arbitration and mediation operate, based on current scholarship including areas such as procedure, evidence and ethics.

Entry requirements

LLM: Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.

We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Course modules

Specialism modules:
Commercial/High Value Litigation in London (30 credits);
Civil Dispute Resolution Options - Strategic Use of ADR (30 credits);
Arbitration (30 credits);
Mediation and Negotiation (30 credits);
International Commercial Arbitration (30 credits);
International Dispute Settlement (30 credits);
EU Litigation (30 credits).

Elective modules
For your remaining elective modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering diverse subjects - everything from Human Rights and Energy Law to Mergers or Money Laundering.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training):
10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) OR
20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits).

Example topics include:
The implementation of the Jackson Review of Costs - is it possible to control litigation costs effectively?
Current issues in international arbitration
Is the use of mediation effectively becoming compulsory in some cases? Is this in the best interests of parties to a civil dispute?
How can expert evidence best be used to achieve a fair outcome to a dispute at a reasonable cost?
What are the implications of third party funding for civil dispute resolution?

Assessment methods

Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.

The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.

The 30-credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60-credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.

Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 12,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
LLM Full-time £ 17,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 8,500 (Academic year) International 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) Scotland 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) Wales 2 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) England 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 17,500 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) Scotland 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) Wales 1 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) England 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 8,750 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 2 Years

Get in touch today and increase your future employability