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Nottingham University

University College Nottingham
Department of Law

Course/Program description

The courses offered by the School of Law are for one academic year (two or four years part-time).

Students should have a good honours degree in law or a related discipline, or its equivalent. Students take four courses, or an equivalent combination of full and half courses, from the following list:

• Banks, Consumers and Regulation
• Biodiversity and International Law
• Commercial Conflict of Laws
• EC Employment Law
• EC Internal Market Law
• EC Social Law and Policy
• Environmental Law Supplement
• EU Defence Law
• EU Financial Services Law
• EU International Relations Law
• European Community Competition Law
• European Community Environmental Law and Policy
• European Law of Human Rights
• European Union Constitutional Law
• Foundations of International Criminal Justice
• Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
• General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law
• Imprisonment and Human Rights
• Insolvency in Anglo-American Law
• International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
• International Consumer Protection
• International Copyright Law
• International Criminal Law: Institutions
• International Criminal Law: Substantive Law and Process
• International Human Rights Field Operations: Law in Practice
• International Human Rights Law I
• International Human Rights Law II
• International Humanitarian Law
• International Investment Law
• International Law Mooting
• International Law of Transboundary Pollution
• International Law of Treaties
• International Law on the Use of Force
• International Patent and Trade Mark Law
• International Protection of Refugees
• International Sale of Goods
• International Trade and the Environment
• Law Development and the International Community
• Law of International Carriage of Goods by Sea
• Law of International Organisations
• Law of International Trade Finance
• Law of Marine Insurance
• Legal Research Methods
• Maritime Law
• Mental Disability and International Human Rights
• Principles of Capital Market Regulation
• Principles of Public International Law
• Public Procurement in EC and International Trade Law
• Public Procurement Law
• Research Management and Personal Development Skills
• Rights, Humans and Other Animals
• Settlement of International Disputes
• The Rights of the Child
• The World Trading System
• Theory and Method of International Law
In order to quality for one of the School’s specialist degrees, students must take the equivalent of three full courses in that specialist subject area, including the completion of their dissertation in that area. Students preferring to select without specialisation will be eligible for the general LLM (Master of Laws).

Teaching is by seminar, mostly by lecturers in the School of Law. Some seminars are conducted by visiting academics and by officials from government departments or international organisations.

Assessment is conducted by one of various schemes: either a combination of assessed essays and examination; or by means of assessed essays or examination only. Candidates are then required to write a 45 page dissertation in their selected area of specialism.

The School of Law at the University of Nottingham

The School of Law at the University of Nottingham is consistently ranked amongst the leading law schools in the United Kingdom and is considered to be a leading centre of legal research and teaching in the world. Rated as ‘Internationally Outstanding’ (Grade 5A, on a scale of 1–5*) for research and as ‘Excellent’ for teaching, the School offers the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area of law in a stimulating and challenging environment.

Postgraduate students are central to our learning community and make a rich contribution to the academic life and culture of the School. Our taught masters programmes are designed exclusively for postgraduate students and are characterised by a commitment to seminars and other small group sessions. We believe that active engagement in exploring and exchanging ideas is fundamental to your intellectual development. You will work with talented peers from diverse academic, professional and cultural backgrounds and interact closely with academic staff.

School of Law students have access to state of the art computing facilities, including the Baker & McKenzie Resource Room, a recently refurbished computer suite to which only School of Law students have access.

The Hallward Library houses the Law Collection of approximately 60,000 books, law reports series, journals, pamphlets and microfilms. Students have unlimited access to extensive collections of primary and secondary legal materials via a wide range of electronic sources. The library is open long hours every day of the week and students have access to a knowledgeable staff and a dedicated law librarian.

Every year, the School launches its JC Smith visiting fellow scheme, where leading academics from other law schools visit the department and address both staff and students. The annual law staff seminar series welcomes a range of speakers from other universities to the School and a number of exciting events are arranged throughout the year, such as film series, social events, Human Rights Law Centre internships to mention but a few.

Address Information:

Address School of Law
University of Nottingham, University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD, England
Tel. No. +44 (0)115 951 5732
Fax No. +44 (0)115 951 5696
LLM/MPhil/PhD Courses email
Course titles • LLM International Law
• LLM European Law
• LLM Public Law
• LLM International Commercial Law
• LLM Maritime Law
• LLM Human Rights Law
• LLM Criminal Justice
• LLM Environmental Law
• LLM International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict
• LLM International Law and Development
• LLM (Master of Laws)
• MA Socio-legal and Criminological Research
• MSc Law and Environmental Science
Type of course Research and Masters Courses - full-time and part-time.
Length of course LLM degrees - 1 year full-time.
Date of Commencement September each year
Accommodation Yes
Student grants/
financial assistance
Some bursaries/studentships are available for postgraduate courses
Admission requirements Taught LLM degrees are open to students who hold a degree in Law or a related discipline (e.g. International Relations), normally with a first or second-class honours standard or their equivalent. Candidates whose mother tongue is not English will be required to show proficiency in English by passing a recognised English language test, such as the British Council IELTS test

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