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Our LLM course is a respected academic qualification recognised throughout the world and across key legal disciplines. It focuses on our particular areas of expertise and offers a choice of nine specialist pathways or a general LLM qualification. We place particular emphasis on innovative and problem-solving teaching methods as well as comparative and international outlook.

Key benefits

  • The Dickson Poon School of Law is recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world.
  • Exceptional teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise with strong links to research coupled with connections with the wider London legal community.
  • One general and nine specialist LLM pathways.
  • 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.
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Most of the lecturers perfectly combine academic background with up to date practical experience in legal scope from the leading law firms. In addition the students who come to study LLM are invaluable with their background and experience, representing major law firms of the world.

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Our LLM course is designed for both recent law graduates and established professionals. It will allow you to deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and will help your professional development by enhancing your problem – solving skills in a transnational context. It is designed to maximise your intellectual potential, as well as keeping you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners. You will also benefit from our vibrant intellectual community, student societies and social events, as well as our links with prestigious international law schools.

You will choose to specialise in one of nine different pathways or choose your own combination of modules for a ‘General LLM’.

The specialist pathways currently comprise:

• Competition Law
• European Law
• Intellectual Property & Information Law
• International Business Law
• International Financial Law
• International Dispute Resolution
• International Tax Law
• Law & Technology
• Transnational Law

Under the close guidance of our expert tutors, we will equip you with the legal knowledge and expertise to match your career ambitions. You will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is highly desirable in today’s competitive legal profession.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Teaching on the LLM course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. In modules with smaller numbers of students, there is usually two hours of seminar-style teaching a week. In larger courses (i.e. with more than 40 students enrolled) there will typically be a combination of a two- hour lecture and a number of additional seminars. This means that usually full-time students will have 6 to 10 contact hours a week.

Part-time students are recommended to take 90 credits of taught modules in Year 1, and 30-45 credits of taught modules, plus a writing project (45 or 60 credits), in Year 2, to achieve 180 credits in total . The hours of teaching per week will depend on the modules chosen – for example, if two 15 credit modules per semester are chosen, this would involve 4 contact hours per week alongside independent study. Part-time students break for summer in June and return for year 2 teaching in September.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. The total notional study hours for the LLM are 1,800 (typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work). Notional study hours comprise formal teaching and learning activities, such as lectures and tutorials, as well as assessments and independent research and study.

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Course Work
  • Assignments
  • Presentations

The majority of modules are assessed by exam. Alternatively, some modules are assessed through coursework. In addition to coursework and exams, a percentage of your final mark may be based on, for example, presentations, reaction papers or other assignments.

Regulating Body

King’s College is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits. Students choose to specialise in one of nine different pathways or select their own combination of modules to take a ‘General LLM’. The pathways students may choose for their specialisation currently comprise:

Competition Law (CL)
European Law (EL)
Intellectual Property and Information Law (IP&IL)
International Business Law (IBL)
International Dispute Resolution (IDR)
International Financial Law (IFL)
International Tax Law (IT)
Law and Technology (LT)
Transnational Law (TL)

All students are required to take one of the following writing projects:

Dissertation (45 credits)
10,000 word practice or research module (45 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

The practice or research module is selected from a range of options that may typically include, for example: - Advanced Patent Competition Law (CL/IPIL) - EU Merger Control - Practice Module (CL) - Global Digital Enforcement of Intellectual Property and Information Technology (IPIL) - International Investment Law and Policy (IBL/IDR) - Law of International Finance (IFL) - The Law and Policy of Financial Technology (LT) - International Tax Law: Transfer Pricing (TAX)

Optional modules

In addition you are required to take at least 120-135 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. This can consist of optional modules alone or a combination of optional modules and a writing project, providing its content is relevant to the pathway. Students who select the General LLM are free to choose modules from any pathway. The range of optional modules may include

Competition Law (CL)

Competition Law & Regulated Network Industries (30 credits)
Economics of Competition Law (30 credits)
European Union Competition Law (30 credits)
US Antitrust Law (15 credits)
Competition Intellectual Property & The Media Industry (15 credits)
Competition Enforcement & Procedure (15 credits)
Competition Law in the Digital Economy (15 credits)

European Law (EL)

Human Rights at Work (30 credits)
Subsidies Control and Policy: The EU and Global Dimension (30 credits)
Regulating Services: Private and Public Markets in EU and Global Trade Law (30 credits)
EU Tax Law (30 credits)
New Technologies, Digital Age and Consumer Law Challenges (15 credits)
Electronic Commerce Law (15 credits)

Intellectual Property and Information Law (IP&IL)

International & Comparative Copyright Law (30 credits)
Information Privacy and Data Protection (30 credits)
Copyright & The Music Industry in The Digital Era (15 credits)
Patents & Trade Secrets (15 credits)
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property (15 credits)
Trade Mark Law (15 credits)

International Business Law (IBL)

International and Comparative Trust Law (30 credits)
International Trade & Shipping Law (30 credits)
Law of International Finance 1 (30 credits)
Banking Law (30 credits)
Taxation of Business Enterprises (30 credits)
Law of International Finance 3 - Securitisations Derivatives and CDOS (15 credits). Prerequisite: Students must also take Law of International Finance 1
World Trade Law (15 credits)
Corporate Governance (15 credits)
International Investment Law (15 credits)
International Investment Arbitration (15 credits)
International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
Insurance Law 1 (15 credits)
Cyberspace Law: 'Big Data', Algorithmic Governance and Democracy (15 credits)

International Financial Law (IFL)

Law of International Finance 1 (30 credits)
EU and US Financial Regulation (30 credits)
Law of International Finance 3 - Securitisations Derivatives & CDOS (15 credits). Prerequisite: Students must also take Law of International Finance 1
Legal Issues in Corporate Finance (15 credits)
International Private Equity Finance (15 credits)
Regulation of the Conduct of Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
Corporate Governance (15 credits)
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Technological Advances and Legal Challenges (15 credits)

International Dispute Resolution (IDR)

Introduction to International Dispute Resolution (15 credits)
Negotiation (15 credits)
International Investment Arbitration (15 credits)
International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
Global Law of Climate Change (15 Credits)
Transnational Human Rights Litigation (15 Credits)
Transnational & International Criminal Law (15 credits)

International Tax Law

International Tax Law (30 credits)
Taxation of Business Enterprises (30 credits)
EU Tax Law (30 credits)
International Tax Law: Transfer Pricing (15 credits)
Value Added Tax (15 credits)

Law and Technology (LT)

Competition, Intellectual Property & The Media Industry (15 credits)
Electronic Commerce Law (15 credits)
Copyright & The Music Industry in The Digital Era (15 credits)
New Technologies, Digital Age and Consumer Law Challenges (15 credits)
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Technological Advances and Legal Challenges (15 credits)
Cyberspace Law: ‘Big Data’, Algorithmic Governance and Democracy (15 credits)
Law & Policy of Financial Technologies (15 credits)

Transnational Law (TL)

Human Rights Law: International and Transnational Perspectives (30 credits)
International Refugee Law (15 credits)
Transnational Law: Actors, Norms, Processes – Foundations & Perspectives (15 credits)
Business and Human Rights (15 credits)
Principles of Enterprise Governance (15 credits)
Transnational Human Rights Litigation (15 Credits)
Law Without the State (15 credits)
The Law and Practice of Modern Slavery (15 credits)
Authoritarianism, Populism and the Law (15 credits)
The Law and Practice of the United Nations: Edging towards Transnational Constitutionalism? (15 credits)

General LLM

Analytical & Quantitative Methods for Lawyers (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £19,050 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £9,450 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £30,150 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £14,730 per year (2022/23)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

For scholarship information please click here

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 

Funding

Our LLM course is designed for both recent law graduates and established professionals. It will allow you to deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and will help your professional development by enhancing your problem – solving skills in a transnational context. It is designed to maximise your intellectual potential, as well as keeping you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners. You will also benefit from our vibrant intellectual community, student societies and social events, as well as our links with prestigious international law schools.

You will choose to specialise in one of nine different pathways or choose your own combination of modules for a ‘General LLM’.

The specialist pathways currently comprise:

• Competition Law
• European Law
• Intellectual Property & Information Law
• International Business Law
• International Financial Law
• International Dispute Resolution
• International Tax Law
• Law & Technology
• Transnational Law

Under the close guidance of our expert tutors, we will equip you with the legal knowledge and expertise to match your career ambitions. You will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is highly desirable in today’s competitive legal profession.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Teaching on the LLM course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. In modules with smaller numbers of students, there is usually two hours of seminar-style teaching a week. In larger courses (i.e. with more than 40 students enrolled) there will typically be a combination of a two- hour lecture and a number of additional seminars. This means that usually full-time students will have 6 to 10 contact hours a week.

Part-time students are recommended to take 90 credits of taught modules in Year 1, and 30-45 credits of taught modules, plus a writing project (45 or 60 credits), in Year 2, to achieve 180 credits in total . The hours of teaching per week will depend on the modules chosen – for example, if two 15 credit modules per semester are chosen, this would involve 4 contact hours per week alongside independent study. Part-time students break for summer in June and return for year 2 teaching in September.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. The total notional study hours for the LLM are 1,800 (typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work). Notional study hours comprise formal teaching and learning activities, such as lectures and tutorials, as well as assessments and independent research and study.

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Course Work
  • Assignments
  • Presentations

The majority of modules are assessed by exam. Alternatively, some modules are assessed through coursework. In addition to coursework and exams, a percentage of your final mark may be based on, for example, presentations, reaction papers or other assignments.

Regulating Body

King’s College is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits. Students choose to specialise in one of nine different pathways or select their own combination of modules to take a ‘General LLM’. The pathways students may choose for their specialisation currently comprise:

Competition Law (CL)
European Law (EL)
Intellectual Property and Information Law (IP&IL)
International Business Law (IBL)
International Dispute Resolution (IDR)
International Financial Law (IFL)
International Tax Law (IT)
Law and Technology (LT)
Transnational Law (TL)

All students are required to take one of the following writing projects:

Dissertation (45 credits)
10,000 word practice or research module (45 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

The practice or research module is selected from a range of options that may typically include, for example: - Advanced Patent Competition Law (CL/IPIL) - EU Merger Control - Practice Module (CL) - Global Digital Enforcement of Intellectual Property and Information Technology (IPIL) - International Investment Law and Policy (IBL/IDR) - Law of International Finance (IFL) - The Law and Policy of Financial Technology (LT) - International Tax Law: Transfer Pricing (TAX)

Optional modules

In addition you are required to take at least 120-135 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. This can consist of optional modules alone or a combination of optional modules and a writing project, providing its content is relevant to the pathway. Students who select the General LLM are free to choose modules from any pathway. The range of optional modules may include

Competition Law (CL)

Competition Law & Regulated Network Industries (30 credits)
Economics of Competition Law (30 credits)
European Union Competition Law (30 credits)
US Antitrust Law (15 credits)
Competition Intellectual Property & The Media Industry (15 credits)
Competition Enforcement & Procedure (15 credits)
Competition Law in the Digital Economy (15 credits)

European Law (EL)

Human Rights at Work (30 credits)
Subsidies Control and Policy: The EU and Global Dimension (30 credits)
Regulating Services: Private and Public Markets in EU and Global Trade Law (30 credits)
EU Tax Law (30 credits)
New Technologies, Digital Age and Consumer Law Challenges (15 credits)
Electronic Commerce Law (15 credits)

Intellectual Property and Information Law (IP&IL)

International & Comparative Copyright Law (30 credits)
Information Privacy and Data Protection (30 credits)
Copyright & The Music Industry in The Digital Era (15 credits)
Patents & Trade Secrets (15 credits)
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property (15 credits)
Trade Mark Law (15 credits)

International Business Law (IBL)

International and Comparative Trust Law (30 credits)
International Trade & Shipping Law (30 credits)
Law of International Finance 1 (30 credits)
Banking Law (30 credits)
Taxation of Business Enterprises (30 credits)
Law of International Finance 3 - Securitisations Derivatives and CDOS (15 credits). Prerequisite: Students must also take Law of International Finance 1
World Trade Law (15 credits)
Corporate Governance (15 credits)
International Investment Law (15 credits)
International Investment Arbitration (15 credits)
International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
Insurance Law 1 (15 credits)
Cyberspace Law: 'Big Data', Algorithmic Governance and Democracy (15 credits)

International Financial Law (IFL)

Law of International Finance 1 (30 credits)
EU and US Financial Regulation (30 credits)
Law of International Finance 3 - Securitisations Derivatives & CDOS (15 credits). Prerequisite: Students must also take Law of International Finance 1
Legal Issues in Corporate Finance (15 credits)
International Private Equity Finance (15 credits)
Regulation of the Conduct of Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
Corporate Governance (15 credits)
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Technological Advances and Legal Challenges (15 credits)

International Dispute Resolution (IDR)

Introduction to International Dispute Resolution (15 credits)
Negotiation (15 credits)
International Investment Arbitration (15 credits)
International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
Global Law of Climate Change (15 Credits)
Transnational Human Rights Litigation (15 Credits)
Transnational & International Criminal Law (15 credits)

International Tax Law

International Tax Law (30 credits)
Taxation of Business Enterprises (30 credits)
EU Tax Law (30 credits)
International Tax Law: Transfer Pricing (15 credits)
Value Added Tax (15 credits)

Law and Technology (LT)

Competition, Intellectual Property & The Media Industry (15 credits)
Electronic Commerce Law (15 credits)
Copyright & The Music Industry in The Digital Era (15 credits)
New Technologies, Digital Age and Consumer Law Challenges (15 credits)
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Technological Advances and Legal Challenges (15 credits)
Cyberspace Law: ‘Big Data’, Algorithmic Governance and Democracy (15 credits)
Law & Policy of Financial Technologies (15 credits)

Transnational Law (TL)

Human Rights Law: International and Transnational Perspectives (30 credits)
International Refugee Law (15 credits)
Transnational Law: Actors, Norms, Processes – Foundations & Perspectives (15 credits)
Business and Human Rights (15 credits)
Principles of Enterprise Governance (15 credits)
Transnational Human Rights Litigation (15 Credits)
Law Without the State (15 credits)
The Law and Practice of Modern Slavery (15 credits)
Authoritarianism, Populism and the Law (15 credits)
The Law and Practice of the United Nations: Edging towards Transnational Constitutionalism? (15 credits)

General LLM

Analytical & Quantitative Methods for Lawyers (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £19,050 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £9,450 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £30,150 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £14,730 per year (2022/23)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

For scholarship information please click here

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 

Funding

Application closing date guidance

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

  • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

    Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

  • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

    Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

    Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

    Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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