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Develop the legal knowledge and skills to excel with an online LLM from a university recognised for teaching and research excellence in law
Apply By18 April 2023
To Start2 May 2023
Complete within 12 months
Internationally Excellent Research in Law
100% online LLM within 12 months
QS 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
Law courses ranked 2nd in UK for teaching quality**
Law courses ranked 3rd for student experience**
University of the Year for Social Inclusion***
£7,800 total fees, option to pay £650 per module
*QS World University Rankings, 2023
**Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020
***The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021
An online LLM that equips you with the advanced legal skills to transform your career prospects
The 100% online LLM Master of Laws from the University of Sunderland has been designed for lawyers and non-lawyers alike to provide a comprehensive legal education that can help you to succeed in law firms and legal practice, academia or a wide range of business and management career paths. Whether you want to learn the legal skills to support your pathway to becoming a lawyer, are currently practicing law and are looking to specialise, or are looking to develop a legal profile in a role within the business world to accelerate your career progression, this online LLM programme provides you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.
A University known for teaching and research excellence in law
Our research-active law academics at the University of Sunderland are at the forefront of important research in their fields. Research in law at the University was described as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework. The teaching credentials of the Department of Law are exemplified by the recognition in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, when its law courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd for student experience.
We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students all over the world.
What will you study?
The online postgraduate law degree provides a challenging legal education for individuals seeking experience across a range of disciplines across the legal profession. The programme allows you to explore your specific interests whilst developing a thorough and critical appreciation of the current issues in complex areas of law theory, doctrine and practice. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of legal disciplines including criminal law, business law, family law and will enhance your legal research skills.
Key knowledge and skills taught on this LLM course:
Legal research skills
Entirely online course delivery designed for flexible study from anywhere in the world
This online LLM Master of Laws is delivered entirely online, which means you are able to access the course materials and content on demand, at times that are convenient to you. You can study from anywhere in the world without ever needing to visit campus, giving you a unique level of freedom and flexibility no matter where you are based.
You can choose to either study this LLM part-time and complete your degree within 24 months, or full-time and complete your degree within 12 months. With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin postgraduate study within weeks.
You will learn in an online learning environment that has been designed to foster an interactive and engaging learning experience, built around peer-to-peer collaboration and group learning activities, discussion boards and forums. You will learn from peers from a wide range of backgrounds and who are based across the world, representing a unique opportunity to grow your professional network.
The support you will receive as a student is exemplified by the allocation of a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will support you in your studies from enrolment to graduation.
A global University of cross-cultural collaboration and learning
There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was awarded The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education.
The University of Sunderland is truly global in nature, with campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, and numerous global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. We have a proud and longstanding ethos of proactively encouraging diverse learner cohorts so that they can learn from fellow students from different cultures and backgrounds and are able to grow their professional networks and broaden their horizons.
Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree
A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent)
Third-class or ordinary undergraduate degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience
Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three to five years’ relevant professional experience
The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management
Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee
If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.
In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.
You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.
If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of
Law In Society
This module examines the law in the context of broader social and political theories and issues. The aim of this module is to introduce you to the diverse traditions and methods that fall under this umbrella. You will learn that the law is not just a matter of arcane rules and procedure and that there are a number of current themes in the law that pose new challenges in modern society. This exciting and challenging module offers students a chance to consider the ‘big picture’ of how the law has developed by describing and evaluating relationships between law and the wider world, for example: what laws should be protecting rights; how law ascribes responsibility; and how law and legal institutions reflect broader social and political positions.
Legal Research, Skills And Methods
The study of law requires you to be able to develop and deploy a specific skill set involving critical reading and thinking, legal research, appropriate referencing, accurate drafting, note-taking, summarisation, and time management. These skills are indispensable to the successful practice of law. Although the acquisition and honing of the jurisdiction-specific skills and knowledge that are the building blocks of legal study are practiced in other modules, this module gives you the opportunity to learn and develop these more foundational disciplinary skills in a focused and direct way.
Introduction To Business Law
Most people in society realise that the law is designed to help, guide and assist individuals to live together harmoniously by providing frameworks for ensuring an orderly lifestyle. Therefore, the law does not remain static, but grows and develops as the society it serves adapts and changes, and it is its ability to reflect those changes that makes the study and practice of law interesting. Learning the different aspects of law that have an impact on a business is going to be pivotal to your career, not only as an employee but also if you become an employer. The law, even if not obvious, touches every aspect of a business. This module is designed as an introduction to the legal issues and legal skills which are important in a business context. It provides you with the opportunity to develop legal commercial awareness.
This module introduces you to the main areas of employment law and explores how employment law in practice affects the working relationship between employers and employees.
The module addresses legal regulation of the employment relationship, the working environment and the impact of current employment practice. It also considers the law in relation to the termination of employment, focusing particularly upon the rights surrounding unfair dismissal and unlawful discrimination – the most common substantive claims heard by employment tribunals.
The principal aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamentals of contractual formation, incorporation, vitiating factors, discharge and remedies in the context of all areas of contract law. You will consider the implications of legislation in relation to consumer contractual terms and analyse the types of remedy available. It will also introduce you to the nature of commercial contracts and liabilities.
This module focuses primarily on the criminal law of England and Wales, in addition to considering other jurisdictions to provide a broad understanding of the key principles, approaches and concepts that inform the development of English criminal law. Some of the most important issues in criminal law are analysed, as is the extent to which they can be resolved. The areas that will be considered include criminal responsibility, criminal standard of proof, fatal and non-fatal offences, parties to a crime, and defences.
Alternate Dispute Resolution
The module is designed to develop your understanding of the principles and practice of alternative dispute resolution. It examines the various mechanisms which together reflect alternate dispute resolution. This includes negotiation, mediation and arbitration but also considers the development of collaborative lawyering, early neutral evaluation, summary jury trial and mini-trials. You will also consider the development and value of online dispute resolution and the role of the Ombudsman.
This module is focused on the core concepts, scope of application, and concerns of tort law. It examines a number of different torts such as negligence, nuisance, defamation, as well as the principles of causation and vicarious liability. You will learn to apply the law to different factual situations and will explore some of the theoretical and conceptual issues around the subject. You will also critically examine the rationale and development of these torts and be capable of identifying and analysing the factual situations in which these torts typically arise.
The module will provide an introduction to land law, and a detailed examination of the law of property related to land. Students will study what property rights are, how they differ from personal rights and be introduced to a variety of different property rights recognised in English law. The module will focus on the various ways in which new property rights can be generated, existing property rights can be transferred to others and the rules that are used to resolve disputes when two or more people have competing property rights to the same thing. The module requires careful and thorough engagement with statutory material and case law to examine and take account of the legal issues generated by English land law as it relates to real property.
This module provides an introduction to the study of public law. It focuses on constitutional and administrative law by using the British constitution as a means to understand a broader, global context of constitutionalism. The module examines the core principles of the British constitution and the role of parliament and the courts within modern society. You will analyse key issues governing the relation between citizens and the state, including sovereignty and the division of powers between legislature, executive and administration (or judiciary).
This module considers the history and structure of the EU, the development of EU law and the role that law has played in the process of integration. Particular attention is given to the constitutionalisation of the EU through case law, treaty reforms and other mechanisms. The module also focuses on substantive law and the provisions which form the basis of the internal market: free movement of persons, of goods and of services. The module provides an opportunity to study the constitutional and institutional structures of the EU, the way in which EU law impacts upon national law, and law-making in the internal market.
This module provides you with an overview of the legal constitution and regulation of personal relationships, and how that regulation affects individuals’ relationships with each other and with the state. The module focuses on the problems people encounter in those relationships and the legal responses to those problems. Exposition of the law’s role in constituting, regulating and dissolving family relationships, including those between adults, between adults and children and between families and state institutions are also considered. The module will provide you with an understanding of state policy, the position of women and children and the state of the contemporary family.
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