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Master of Laws LLM



Our LLM is a respected and desirable academic qualification recognised throughout the world and across key legal disciplines. It focuses on our particular areas of expertise, and aims to offer a unique student experience by taking advantage of our outstanding academic reputation, with emphasis on innovative and problem-solving teaching methods as well as our comparative and international outlook.

Key benefits

  • The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world - ranking first in the UK for quality of research (Times Higher Education REF ranking 2014), seventh in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015: Law) and 19th worldwide (2015 QS World University Rankings by subject).

  • Exceptional teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise, with strong links to research mixed with contemporary experience and connections with the wider London legal community. Read more about our esteemed academic staff

  • Unrivalled location in the heart of legal London; based in the magnificent Somerset House East Wing on the Strand and minutes from the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and offices of major global law firms.

  • We offer the following specialist LLM options:

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two 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 (FT and PT)

Course leaders Professor Tanya Aplin; Professor Takis Tridimas; Professor Alison Jones; Professor Eva Lomnicka; Professor Ravi Tennekoon; Professor Jonathan Schwarz; Professor Peer Zumbansen

Course contact for further information Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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.

A guide to international equivalencies at King's by country can be found here

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive. 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £40 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.


Personal statement and supporting information

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


A King’s Master of Laws is unlike any other. Under the guidance of our expert tutors we will equip you with the legal knowledge and expertise to match your career ambitions. With a King’s LLM you will be gaining an internationally recognised qualification that is highly desirable in today’s competitive legal profession. 

Our tailored LLM programme, as well as our seven legal specialisms, are underpinned by an exceptional reputation for teaching and research. Designed for recent law graduates as well as established professionals, the programme is rigorous, demanding and require serious commitment just as you would expect from one of the world’s leading law schools. 

By enrolling on our LLM programme you will benefit from our vibrant intellectual community, student societies and social events, as well as our links with prestigious international law schools. Join us at King’s and you will find yourself studying in the state-of-the-art-facilities of one of the world’s most distinguished destinations for law.

Challenging, inspiring, international: our teaching staff

Our staff is drawn from across the legal profession – from international business, financial, tax, competition, European and intellectual property law. At King’s you will have unrivalled access to, and the opportunity to study with, some of the world’s foremost academics and visiting lecturers. 

You will soon discover why all our academics are leaders in their fields. Many continue to work at the top of their professions for international law firms and barristers’ chambers and they regularly contribute to leading legal publications. Their work is complemented by an impressive team of visiting lecturers, professors and practitioners who all bring additional expertise to the LLM.

Committed to your future

King’s College London recently conducted a piece of research in partnership with The Times, revealing the sought-after competencies law firms look for in law graduates. These include ‘global mindset’, ‘commercial awareness’ and ‘intellectual rigour’ as highly prized competencies in graduates. Read more and watch a video about the research findings here.  

At King’s, there are plenty of chances to meet and talk about your future with fellow practitioners from leading law firms. Our Annual Law Fair attracts over 60 companies, including global law firms from London and the US. During Legal Week we bring together graduate recruiters, alumni and legal specialists for careers advice. Leading law firms regularly visit us and offer seminars to students as well as invitations to events hosted at their offices. We also offer specialist career events, covering media, NGO and finance. 

Our dedicated Careers & Employability team will present you with a wealth of careers resources, including individual guidance sessions to help you research law firms, apply for employment and discover what it takes to qualify as a lawyer or barrister. We also give every student access to our compendium of up-to-date online legal recruitment news.

Course purpose

This programme allows you to deepen and 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.

Further literature

LLM brochure

Course format and assessment

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 module list below.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.


  • Required Modules

    You may choose to study one of our seven specialist LLMs or create a unique programme tailored to your areas of interest. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to module leaders before you make a decision on whether to undertake a specialist or tailored LLM. 

    For all options, you will need to study modules that add up to a total of 180 credits, including a compulsory writing project. The writing project (40 credits) can be either a supervised dissertation, a research module or a practice module. The remaining 140 credits have to be made up of full (40 credit) or half (20 credit) taught modules.

    In order to obtain a specialist LLM you need to select modules of your choice in the respective specialism that add up to 120 credits in total. 

    * Many of our modules are available as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. Please click here for more information.

Career prospects

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 investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£13,800 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£19,800 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£6,900 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,900 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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