University of Portsmouth - Law LLM

University of Portsmouth


If you want to add to your existing law qualifications by specialising in an area of law that interests you, or if you’re a graduate from another subject area who's looking to develop your legal knowledge, our LLM Law degree course is the perfect next step for you.

By selecting modules and a dissertation that you’re passionate about from our wide range of options , you’ll tailor your degree to meet the needs of your career.  This Master’s degree is ideal for you if you’re already practising law and you want to specialise, or if you’re considering a career in legal research or teaching. 

You’ll learn from subject experts as you develop your knowledge, and study topics that could range from  arbitration and mediation, to human rights, intellectual property law and employment law.

To study this course you may have previous work experience in law, although this isn’t required, and you should want to expand your understanding of a range of legal subjects. You’ll have strong analytical skills, alongside critical thinking skills and the ability to criticise and analyse situations.

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.

Career Prospects

The LLM Law Master's program focuses on developing law knowledge and research skills, with the opportunity to work with an external company on a final project. The program offers expert career support from the Careers and Employability Centre, tutors, and the Business and Law Career-Ready Programme, which continues for five years post-graduation. The program includes networking events, regular emails, applied projects with companies like IBM, Boeing, and Hampshire County Council, workshops to enhance employability skills, recruitment events, 1-to-1 appointments, CV and cover letter advice, interview preparation, and support for starting a business.

Course Details

The Master's degree program at Portsmouth University offers a 12-month full-time program, with a focus on specialized subjects and independent study. The program is expected to be attended by international students. The course structure includes 2-3 days of campus time per week during the university term and some online learning activities. Teaching is more specialized than an undergraduate degree, allowing students to work closely with academics committed to the subject. Independent study and research are more common, but teaching time is primarily in-person and face-to-face. Assessments are conducted through coursework, reports, reflective essays, and exams.
Term dates for the Master's academic year are September to September, with breaks during Christmas and Easter. January-start courses typically run between 14-18 months, beginning in January and ending in spring/summer of the following year. Breaks occur during these periods, and students are expected to write their project/dissertation in the last few months. The full timetable should be received several weeks before starting with Portsmouth University.

Course Modules

Commercial and Consumer Law - 30 credits
Corporate Case Study - 60 credits
Corporate Law and Governance - 30 credits
Data Protection Law and Policy - 15 credits
Employment Law (L7) - 30 credits
How to Do Things With Words: Approaches To Statutory Interpretation - 30 credits
International and European Human Rights Law - 30 credits
International Commercial and Investment Arbitration - 30 credits
International Competition Law - 15 credits
International Family Law - 15 credits
International Intellectual Property Law - 30 credits
Introduction to Law - 15 credits
Legal Dissertation Postgraduate - 60 credits
Professional Practitioner Project Unit Law - 60 credits
Theory of Alternative Dispute Resolution - 30 credits
Understanding Strategy - 15 credits

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