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Competition Law LLM

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Widely respected throughout Europe and beyond, our LLM in Competition Law will challenge and inspire you in equal measure. Leading policy makers, practitioners and academics are attracted to King’s throughout the year to address the most challenging questions about the theory and application of competition law and economics. This makes King’s an exciting place to learn about, think about, and contribute to the development of competition policy worldwide.

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Key benefits

  • A world-class teaching team made up 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 extra- curricular Competition Law events including:

  • 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.

  • The Centre of European Law, which was established in 1974, and is at the forefront about of EU and competition law scholarship and teaching.

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 Alison Jones

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

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

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Description

Competition Law has spread from country to country at a rapid rate and there are now over one hundred and thirty jurisdictions with established competition laws. King’s is committed to playing a leading role in both teaching and research all aspects of 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.

We have long-standing relationships with practitioners in many jurisdictions. Our faculty of competition lawyers, economists and officials remain close to competition law cases in the UK, EU, US and beyond. This is part of what makes King’s such an exciting atmosphere in which to study.

We are also extremely proud of the ongoing contact we have with many of our students after they graduate and welcome them back regularly at alumni events in London, Brussels and beyond.

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:

Course purpose

This course 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 course 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 course is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

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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.

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

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

You are required to take one of the following writing projects:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

  • 10,000 word practice or research module (40 credits)

 

Optional Modules

In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 120-140 credits from a range of optional modules. To graduate with a Competition Law LLM students must ensure that at least 120 credits are taken within the Competition Law LLM pathway.

Examples of modules available with Competition Law:

  • Advanced Merger Economics for Lawyers (20 credits)
  • Advanced EU Competition Law (Merger Control Practice Module) (40 credits)
  • Advanced Patent/Competition Law Practice Module (40 credits)
  • Competition Law & Regulated Network Industries (40 credits) 
  • Economics of Competition Law (40 credits)
  • New Systems of Competition Law (40 credits)
  • EU State Aid & State Regulation Law (40 credits)
  • European Union Competition Law (40 credits)
  • UK Competition Law (40 credits)
  • US Antitrust Law (40 credits)
  • Competition Intellectual Property & The Media Industry (20 credits)
  • EU Public Procurement Law (20 credits)
  • Competition Enforcement & Procedure  (20 credits)
  • Competition Law in Financial Services (20 credits)

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

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.

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

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £80 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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References  No Please note:  due to competition for places on the LLM programme the Department do not require references.  Submitted references will not be taken into account during assessment.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

**Update posted on 30/05/2018: Due to very high demand for our on campus LLM programme we have now filled all our places for September 2018. We will open applications for 2019 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 is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

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 Home/EU fees: £16,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £8,250 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,750 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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.


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