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Master of Laws

With a Master of Laws postgraduate degree from City, you can create your own programme of study to enhance, develop or transform your career.

The LLM at The City Law School is a flexible Masters programme which enables students to develop a critical understanding of specialist or linked areas of the law through a combination of in-depth scholarship, practitioner contact and real-world insights.

Each year we admit outstanding graduate students from around the world to our selective and challenging Master of Laws (LLM) degree programme. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds -including those of who have just completed their undergraduate studies and those with experience in fields such as private practice at law firms or as in house counsel, non-legal work in sectors such as finance and energy, public service, as well as involvement in international organizations and NGOs.

All of our LLM modules are specific to the LLM, unlike some Masters of Law programmes. As a graduate student at City you do not take classes with our undergraduate students.

You can either:

·       Complete the general LLM (Master of Laws) by choosing and completing modules (each module carries 30 credits) constituting a total of180 credits, including a dissertation of either 30 or 60 credits; or

·       Obtain one of the specialist LLMs by achieving a total of 180 credits through taking at least 90 credits and the dissertation (either the 30 credit dissertation or 60 credit dissertation) in the  relevant defined specialist area of law:

  • LLM in Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in Criminal Litigation
  • LLM in Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in European Commercial Law
  • LLM in European Union Law
  • LLM in International Banking and Finance
  • LLM in International Commercial Law
  • LLM in International Economic Law
  • LLM in International Energy Law and Regulation
  • LLM in International Human Rights
  • LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Professional Advocacy
  • LLM in Public International Law

During your LLM year at City you may enrol in an additional, non-credit course to prepare you for taking the New York or California Bar exams, which are increasingly popular options for those seeking to practice internationally or to work at a US firm in the UK.

This course covers foundational aspects of US law and is offered by BARBRI, the leading provider of US Bar Exam training. LLM students choosing to take the US Bar Foundations course will receive a 10% discount on their BARBRI fees.


Full-time: £12,000

Part-time: £6,000 (per year)


Full-time: £17,000

Part-time: £8,500 (per year)

The City Law School Scholarships 2017/18

The City Law School is keen to recognise academic excellence and offers a range of full and part fee scholarships, across all postgraduate programmes.

The City Law School will offer up to 10 full fee scholarships, for 2017/18. These will not be linked to any particular course and both UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply.

The City Law School will offer up to 100 partial fee scholarships, again not linked to a particular course and both UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply.

The partial fee scholarships will be worth £3,000 for all Postgraduate programmes listed above, with the exception of the BPTC where the partial fee scholarship will be worth £5,000.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the City Law School.

City, University of London is proud to have a large population of international students. We are a truly global University, located in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, and we benefit from the diverse cultures, skills and experiences of our students. Our students benefit from our internationally recognised research and the quality of education that keeps us in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

Entry qualifications

To gain a place at City, you will need to meet the University’s general requirements and the specific requirements of the course. Our Admissions Office is experienced in dealing with international qualifications and can help you with any queries you may have.

Please note: the rules governing admission to practise law vary from country to country. Before applying, applicants wishing to take the GDL or Graduate Entry LLB as a step towards becoming a lawyer outside England and Wales are strongly advised to check with the appropriate body in the country in which they wish to qualify/practise that these courses are accepted.


English language courses and support

As City’s courses are taught in English, you will need to provide proof that you are competent in English before admission. We run full-time courses in English during the summer to help students improve their English before their course starts.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme and all students are able to take up opportunities from this programme.

As a graduate from the Master of Laws LLM you are well placed to continue your career in professional legal/corporate practice or apply your degree to many other areas. From business to management, and from banking to NGOs, our students continue their careers in myriad fields.

You will be given a personal tutor who will guide your academic and professional progress. City, University of London's Career Skills and Development Service provides a range of events and advice services that may help to make you aware of career options.

Students who complete the Master of Laws postgraduate course may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.


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