Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Qualifying Law

This programme places the study of law in a historical, social and comparative context. You will develop advanced skills in legal writing, oral presentation and critical reasoning. The programme emphasises the importance of an academic and intellectually challenging approach to the study of law, and of its institutions and processes. LLM Qualifying Law Degree graduate Adam says 'The LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Birkbeck is different from other Graduate Diploma in Law programmes. A Graduate Diploma in Law is very straightforward and case-based, whereas the LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Birkbeck puts the study of law within a wider socio-economic and political framework, allowing you to be more critical. The Qualifying Law Degree gives you a social-political grounding in the law, which is lacking in a lot of legal programmes.'

Entry requirements

A first degree in a subject other than law, minimum second class. Degrees from overseas institutions must be of an equivalent standard to a UK second-class degree. The selection process includes an exercise in reasoning and analysis (no previous knowledge of law required). There is no transfer directly into Year 2 and no credit for earlier law studies permitted.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You will follow a programme of compulsory subjects, which make up the foundation subjects required for a qualifying law degree.

You take 9 modules worth 30 credits each, including a 30-credit dissertation.
Full-time Year 1:

Constitutional & Administrative Law (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations I - Contract (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations II - Tort (Senior Status);
Legal Systems and Methods (Senior Status).

Full-time Year 2:

Criminal Law (Senior Status);
Law of the European Union (Senior Status);
Property Law I - Land Law (Senior Status);
Property Law II - Equity & Trusts (Senior Status).

Part-time Year 1:

Constitutional & Administrative Law (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations I - Contract (Senior Status);
Legal Systems and Methods (Senior Status).

Part-time Year 2:

Criminal Law (Senior Status);
Law of Obligations II - Tort (Senior Status);
Property Law I - Land Law (Senior Status).

Part-time Year 3:

Law of the European Union (Senior Status);
Property Law II - Equity & Trusts (Senior Status).

LLM Qualifying Law Degree dissertation:

LLM QLD Dissertation.

Assessment methods

A variety of methods are used, including essays, seen/unseen examinations, group projects, presentations and learning diaries.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows students studying this programme full-time over 2 years to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,963 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,963 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,963 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,963 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,963 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
LLM Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
LLM Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
LLM Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
LLM Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
LLM Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
LLM Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
LLM Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
LLM Part-time October 2017 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
School of Law
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6511