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Transnational Law LLM

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This new LLM is the only programme of its kind to teach core legal courses from a distinctly transnational perspective. With the globalisation of law at its centre, it prepares graduates for a career in a fast-changing global context, teaching competence to analyse complex legal problems through solid legal doctrine, training in transnational legal cultures, lawyerly practice, legal theory, and law’s global socio-economics.


Key benefits

  • Taught by world leaders in their fields with a strong emphasis on rigorous analysis combined with ‘thinking outside the box’.

  • A foundational core module on ‘Transnational Law and Global Governance’ and a ‘Transnational Law Colloquium’ featuring intensive interaction with experts from legal London and global practice and academia.

  • Covering key areas in public law from a transnational law perspective, including human rights, development, refugee law, criminal law, policing & security and the interplay between domestic and international organizations.

  • Covering key areas in transnational private law, including corporate governance, corporate restructuring, commercial arbitration, labour law, business & human rights, and family law.

  • Modules will investigate through an inter-disciplinary lens the co-existence of different normative orders and discuss issues of jurisdiction, legal pluralism, indigenous law and the tension between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ law with a view to addressing urgent transnational legal problems of poverty, climate change, financial governance and post-conflict justice.

 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, two years or 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 Peer Zumbansen

Further details

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

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

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Course detail

Description

The pathway will feature a foundational core module on ‘transnational law and global governance’ and a ‘transnational law colloquium’ featuring intensive interaction with experts from legal London and global practice and academia. 

It will cover key areas in public law from a transnational law perspective, including human rights, development, refugee law, criminal law, policing & security and the interplay between domestic and international organizations. 

With view to transnational private law, it covers 
corporate governance, corporate restructuring, commercial arbitration, labour law, business & human rights, and family law. It will also offer a module in transnational legal theory and legal sociology, 'film and transnational law' as well as a module on law's treatment of global piracy.

The leader of this pathway is Professor Peer Zumbansen.

Course purpose

This new pathway provides an in-depth engagement with core areas of transnational law today, it offers an unprecedented opportunity for students preparing for a career in global private practice, as in-house counsel or international public service, the non-profit sector or an international organisation or with adjudicatory bodies, agencies and networks.

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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 LLM module list that can be found by clicking here

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

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

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)

AND

  • Transnational Law: Actors, Norms, Processes - Foundations And Perspectives (20 credits)
Optional Modules

In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 100-120 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 Transnational Law:

  • Transnational & Comparative Commercial And Financial Law

  • Transnational Corporate Restructuring

  • Law and Society In China

  • Human Rights In War Times: Armed Conflict, Military Operations And Post-Conflict Justice

  • Sociology Of Law, Legal Culture And Transnational Challenges

  • The Transnational Regulation Of Global Networks

  • Inequality, Human Development And The Rule Of Law In Transnational Perspective

  • Transnational And International Criminal Law

  • Business And Human Rights

  • Morality And The Law: Transnational Perspectives

  • Global Law Of Climate Change

  • Introduction To IDR: Mechanisms Between Private Parties

  • Introduction To IDR: Mechanisms Under International And European Law

  • Introduction To Transnational Litigation

  • Advanced Seminar On Selected Topics In International Arbitration

  • Transnational Law And Technological Risk Governance: Expertise, Standards, Legitimation

  • Transnational Bank Resolution

  • Corporate Actors In Transnational Sustainability Governance

  • Transnational Human Rights Litigation

  • Political Philosophy And International Law

Entry requirements & how to apply

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. Applications for this programme are competitive.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

For information on how to apply to King's, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ's, please visit the FAQ page.

Application closing date

**Update posted 15/06/2017: Due to very high demand for our on campus LLM programme we have now filled all our places for September 2017. We will open applications for 2018 on 1st October.  Should you wish to study this autumn, the School has various online LLM and distance learning programmes which may be of interest. 

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £15,000 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £7,500 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,400 p.a. (2017/18)*

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. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies and/or binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Transcription costs
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel to and around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon. 

Career destinations

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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