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London School of Economics (LSE) – University of London

London, UK
The London School of Economics and Political Science ("LSE"), founded in 1895, is one of the premier social science universities in the world. The university has produced 15 Nobel prize winners, as well as heads of State and many other prominent individuals. LSE is located in the heart of London, and it has a number of halls of residence, all of which are situated in central London. There is therefore easy access to the university campuses and to the attractions on offer in London. LSE boasts more competition for places than at any other university in the United Kingdom. It is also a very cosmopolitan university, with the highest proportion of overseas students at any publicly funded university in the UK. LSE's research and teaching areas include economics, politics, law, sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. The university offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the social sciences. Courses are taught in partnership with several other higher education institutions of international repute.

The Law School

The LSE Law Department is consistently ranked in the highest category for teaching and research in the UK. It is one of the largest departments at the university. Its location is in central London, a stone's throw from the Thames and in close proximity to the English courts and major legal institutions.

There is a very international environment in the department, with staff and students from all over the world. This provides a global and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research, which, according to the LSE Law Department, has always been its mission.

An important step in this approach to legal teaching and research is the fact that members of the LSE were at the forefront of the creation of the Modern Law Review, a legal journal of international fame which has been highly influential in the legal world.

The LSE Law Department is also known for exploring new areas of study. Many law subjects, including banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, were first developed from an academic perspective at the LSE.

Tuition Fees

2010/2011

Full-time
Home/EU: £9,888
Overseas: £14,904

Part-time
Home/EU: £4,944
Overseas: £7,452

Several major LSE scholarships are available to LLM students.

The Program

The LLM programme is run by the LSE Law Department. It comprises four courses, usually taken by students full-time over a period of one year. One course is assessed by means of a research-based dissertation.

For the general LLM programme, there are some 60 Law Department courses are on offer for students to choose from and there are also several complementary courses available in other LSE Departments. Students can also specialise in a particular field, such as Banking Law and Financial Regulation or Public International Law.

The courses are assessed by way of exams usually held in June the following year. The dissertation for one of the courses usually needs to be submitted in August.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a first degree in law (LLB or equivalent overseas degree). Students without a law degree may be admitted in exceptional circumstances, and are required to demonstrate excellent professional or academic experience in law-related areas.

English language requirements
If your first language is not English or the language of instruction of your previous degree is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language skills, namely test scores from either IELTS or TOEFL.