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A reputed teaching team made up of senior academics including Professor Bill Kovacic, one of the most respected authorities on antitrust and competition law worldwide.
Breadth and depth of teaching expertise; a highly reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and internationally-acclaimed practitioners who all contribute to an extensive module offering as part of this specialist pathway.
Opportunities to listen to and meet with world-renowned speakers in our weekly extra-curricular Competition Law evening events and series of lunchtime lectures.
A strong Competition Law community, consisting of LLB, LLM, MA distance learning and PhD students from all over the world, which provides excellent opportunities for sharing of ideas and perspectives
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years to four years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Programme accreditations Law Society CPD points
Course intake 360 overall for the LLM (FT and PT)
Course leaders Professor Alison Jones
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law
Minimum requirements to be considered for the LLM:
Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies (such as a Graduate Diploma in Law) and where work or experience (at least three years legal work experience) has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer. Applications for this programme are competitive.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £50 applies (non-refundable).
All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our specialist LLMs. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to programme/module leaders before you make a decision on whether to do a specialist or tailored LLM.
Please note: References are no longer required to assess candidates for the LLM Master of Laws, though references may be requested in borderline cases.
For information on how to apply to King's, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ's, please visit the FAQ page.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
Competition Law has spread from country to country at a rapid rate and there are now over one hundred jurisdictions with established competition laws. That is why students from all over the world come to King's to study Competition Law.We have long-standing relationships with practitioners in these countries and are proud of the range and depth of our contacts. Our faculty of competition lawyers, economists and officials remain close to competition law cases in the UK, EU and beyond. This is part of what makes King's such an exciting atmosphere in which to study.You will find that Competition Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law is taught in a supportive environment that helps students develop their individual interest in the subject. We are also extremely proud of the ongoing contact we have with many of our students after they graduate and welcome them back at regular events.
A reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics teach this course, including:
They are in turn supported by a strong team of visiting professors and lecturers:
This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners.
The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.
LLM competition law brochure
Competition Law LLM Module Descriptions
In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay.
Please see further details for each individual module in the LLM module list that can be found by clicking here Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.
You will have to take one of the following writing projects:
Dissertation (40 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
10,000 word practice or research module (40 credits)
In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 120-140 credits from a range of optional modules. Students who wish to specialise within a certain pathway must ensure that at least 120 credits are taken within that pathway.
Examples of modules available with Competition Law LLM:
CL And Regulated Network Industries
Economics of Competition Law
New Systems of Competition Law
EU State Aid & State Regulation Law
European Union Competition Law
UK Competition Law
US Antitrust Law
Competition, Intellectual Property And The Media Industry
EU Public Procurement Law
Advanced Merger Economics For Lawyers
Competition Enforcement And Procedure
Regulatory Policy And Practise
Advanced EU Competition Law (PRACTICE MODULE)
In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks.
The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as:
‘I have worked in the competition law department of a law firm in Johannesburg for the last three years, and so chose to study at King’s because of its distinguished reputation in the field of competition law. Studying here is a truly international experience. King’s location in the heart of London, where many of the world’s top competition practitioners are based, illuminates the subject matter of the course. Each week, lectures are presented by visiting experts from London, the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. This makes King’s an ideal place to learn about the competition laws of different jurisdictions.’
Partner, Herbert Smith LLP
‘I knew I wanted to study EU law but competition law was not an area I knew much about. The competition law course at King’s changed all that, and my experience that year started what I hope will be a life-long fascination. I have now been studying and practising competition law for almost 20 years. I qualified as a solicitor at the competition group of Herbert Smith LLP in London and then spent five years at the EU institutions – first at the European Commission as an official at the competition Directorate General dealing with merger cases and then as a ‘referendaire’ at the EU Court of First Instance. I re-joined Herbert Smith LLP as a partner in 2006. I am now based at the firm’s Brussels office and my practice covers all aspects of EU and UK competition law with a focus on EU merger cases, cartel cases and litigation before the EU courts. I will always be grateful to King’s for giving me a proper grounding in the principles of competition law and for opening up a career option I did not even know existed before I started my LLM.’
Stagiare, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
‘After I graduated from King’s in 2010, I moved to Brussels to start as a stagiaire in DG Comp, then interned in the competition law department of an American law firm and currently I’m a stagiaire in one of the biggest and most renowned competition law practices with front page cases. It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible without King’s.’
‘Based on my module selection, not only was I able to receive an in-depth insight into EU Competition Law and the economics behind it, the latter being a quintessential asset for a modern practitioner, but I also acquired a solid understanding as to the substantive backbone of US Antitrust Law. Having my thesis supervised by a leading academic in the field, was a dream that finally materialised. Admittedly, with peers from around the globe, making an international network could not be easier. Moreover, London has certainly been a life-changing experience, made even more delightful as I was honoured with a postgraduate scholarship from the Schilizzi Foundation in collaboration with King’s.’
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£7,500 p.a. (2017/18)*
£11,400 p.a. (2017/18)*
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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