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King’s College London LLM

King’s College London LLM

LLM, Master of Laws

Our LLM programme 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 eight 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 eight 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.

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, two 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 (FT and PT)

Course leaders Professor Tanya Aplin; Professor Takis Tridimas; Professor Alison Jones; Dr Holger Hestermeyer; Professor Ravi Tennekoon; Professor Jonathan Schwarz; Professor Peer Zumbansen



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Course detail


Our LLM programme 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 eight different pathways or to choose your own combination of modules for a ‘General LLM’. The specialist pathways currently include:

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.

This programme requires you to take 180 credits. If you take the course part-time over two years we recommend you to take 80 credits of taught modules in year 1 and 40-60 credits of taught modules plus a writing project in year 2.

LLM Module descriptions for 2017/18 prospective students.

Course format and assessment

Teaching on the LLM programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. In modules with smaller numbers of students, there are usually two hours of seminar-style teaching per 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 students will have 6 to 10 contact hours a week.


  Lectures, seminars & feedback   Self-study
  6-10 hours   30-34 hours


  Lectures, seminars & feedback   Self-study
  6-10 hours   14-16 hours



The majority of modules are assessed by a two or three-hour 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 Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Course structure

This is one-year full-time or two-year part-time course in which you must take 180 credits. Part-time students are recommended to take 80 credits of taught modules in year 1 and 40-60 credits of taught modules, plus a writing project in year 2.

Required courses:

Whichever pathway you choose, you will take one of the following writing projects:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • 10,000-word practice or research module (40 credits)

The research module is selected from a range of topics that may include:

  • Advanced Topics in Global Antitrust Law and Policy (CL)
  • Advanced EU Competition Law — Practice Module (CL)
  • International Investment Law and Policy — Practice Project (IBL/IDR)
  • Discrimination and Inequality: Legal Principle In Practice — Practice Module (TL)
  • Law of International Finance — Practice Module (IFL)
  • International Tax Law: Transfer Pricing — Practice Module (IT)
  • Advanced Comparative Corporate Law — Research Module (IFL/IBL)
  • Sovereignty and Legitimacy Dilemmas: Rule of Law in Global Contexts (TL)
  • Transnational Human Rights Litigation — Practice Module (IDR)


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)

In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 120-140 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 all pathways.

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 as applications for this programme are very competitive.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal 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.

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.


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.

For scholarship information please click here.