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Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

This Specialist LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution programme 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 Masters 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 Masters 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

You 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. Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered.

Course modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words).

All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules you will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write their dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

  • Advocacy: Trial Stories
  • Commercial/High Value Litigation in London
  • Civil Dispute Resolution Options - Strategic Use of ADR
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation and Negotiation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Energy Litigation

Assessment methods

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help them develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 12,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time £ 17,000 (Academic year) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
LLM Part-time £ 8,500 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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