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University College London (UCL)

UCL Academy, London, UK
UCL was formed in 1826 and was the first university institution to be founded in London. UCL is today the leading multidisciplinary university in London, and has some 8,000 staff and 22,000 students, making it the largest of London University's colleges. Overseas students account for a third of students. UCL is regularly ranked as one of the top universities in the UK, Europe and the world. In two 2009 ranking surveys, UCL was ranked 3rd in Europe and 4th in the world, respectively. UCL’s alumni include 21 Nobel prizewinners, the most recent being Charles K. Kao, who received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2009. UCL has a number of halls of residence located in central and north London. The main campus where students gather for lectures and study is in Bloomsbury, central London.

The Law School

The Faculty of Laws is centrally located in London. It has 55 full-time academic staff members, including professors, and visiting professors, judges and other distinguished academic and professional luminaries.

There are approximately 450 undergraduate students, 350 taught graduate students and 40 research students. Its location in the centre of London allows easy access to the civil and criminal courts and other prominent legal institutions.

The Faculty of Laws (as well as the university as a whole) is world-renowned when it comes to research. The Faculty was placed joint first in the UK for research in the UK government 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Tuition Fees

Full-time: €10,000
Part-time: €5,000 (per year)

Full-time: €16,500
Part-time: €8,250 (per year)

Scholarships are available for LLM students.

The Program

The Faculty admits around 350 students for graduate study each year. The duration of the LLM programme is 12 months, from September to September.

Students can take the general LLM programme or choose from among over 30 specialist LLM programmes focusing on a subject of interest to the student. For each LLM programme, students take four full taught courses selected from a number of legal topics.

The range of courses on offer will depend on the programme a student wishes to follow. Part-time students take the equivalent of two full courses each year.

Three of the courses are assessed by way of a 3-hour examination in May/June OR a 2-hour exam plus a 5,000 word essay. For the fourth course, a 12,000-word dissertation must be written on a topic selected by the student. The dissertation must be submitted in September.

Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted to the LLM, you will usually need a first class honours or a good upper second-class honours qualifying law degree from a British university or an equivalent legal qualification from the country in which you took your first degree.

Students who do not have a law degree must have a first class honours or a good upper second-class honours degree, or overseas equivalent, AND at least a Merit pass in the Common Professional Examination (Graduate Diploma in Law) recognised by the UK professional bodies.

English language requirements
Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of a high level of proficiency in the English language, both written and oral. Evidence must be provided before you enroll on the course of the requisite score in the IELTS or TOEFL exam.