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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for meeting the conditions of my offer?

The deadline for meeting your conditions is the end of August before you enrol in September/October.

What are the term dates?

Term dates can be found here.

Can I apply for accommodation if I have not been issued with an unconditional offer?

Yes you can apply for accommodation with a conditional offer. Details of how to apply can be found on the accommodation webpages.

Is there any preliminary reading that needs to be done before I arrive?

There is no mandatory preliminary reading that needs to be done before you arrive. All materials will be distributed during your first weeks of term. If you would like some suggested reading, please see the module outlines.

What information/materials will I be provided with when I register with the department?

Once you arrive on the first day of term to register with us, you will be handed a welcome pack. This will contain all the information you will need for your first weeks and the rest of the course including module descriptions, a student course guide, timetables and other important information/forms. It will also contain a timetable for your welcome week.

What should I do if I am encountering problems obtaining a visa?

Please contact the immigration team for advice and assistance. Unfortunately the department cannot help with these matters. Alternatively you can contact:

Can I get any help with my English?

Yes we have a dedicated language department which offer both pre-sessional and in-sessional English training. Please visit the Centre for Applied Linguistics website.

I am an international student. When and how will I be issued my CAS?

All international students are issued a CAS in order to apply for their student visa.

The process will usually start about three months prior to your course start date in mid-June/early July. All unconditional offer holders who have accepted their place on the LLM will receive instructions and information about the CAS process via email. The email will ask you to check whether your personal details are correct. If any of the details listed need amending, you will need to submit the correct information according to the instructions in the email. You will then receive a further email asking you to check if the amendment(s) have been made correctly. Once you have confirmed that all your personal details are correct, your CAS will normally be issued as an email attachment within 5 working days. This turnaround time can vary the closer you are to term commencing.

If you hold a conditional offer, a CAS cannot be issued. You will first need to send in the documents required to meet the condition(s) of your offer. Further information on how to meet the condition(s) of your offer can be found here.

Further information about CAS’/VISAs can be found on the International Office’s immigration pages.

Why should I choose Warwick over other institutions in the UK and overseas?

There are many reasons why...

  • Lower cost of living compared to big cities
  • Lower fees than big city universities
  • We are one of the top targets for graduate employers
  • You will be given extensive feedback on both your written essays and examinations termly allowing you to improve on your second set of assessments
  • Detailed module materials
  • Great deal of staff contact and availability outside of class times
  • Range of teaching methods - mixture of lectures, seminars and group work etc.
  • Close proximity and easy access to London and other major cities like Birmingham and Manchester by train due to our central location
  • An impressive campus with lots of amenities and resources in one place
  • Beautiful surrounding areas of interest such as Shakespeare Country, The Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills
  • Both city and country nearby - 'the best of both worlds'
  • High level of staff student interaction, both academic and social
  • Student centred teaching programmes
  • The community aspect of the law school and of our programmes - you are not treated simply as individuals doing a course but as part of an intellectual and social community
  • Varied student body of different ages, cultures and backgrounds allowing you to experience law from all corners of the globe
  • Our dedication to our alumni who we view as important to the programmes long after they have graduated
  • The schools law in context approach to legal studies - contextual, critical and global
  • A challenging approach to study - you will be encouraged to think and not just learn
  • Our funding opportunities
  • Our student feedback
  • We consistently rank highly in the League Tables
  • Our PTES results - who better to tell you how good we are than those who have already completed the course. 

Who is the director of the programme?

The Director of each programme will be confirmed at the beginning of September. Please keep an eye on the module pages and start of term pages for the most recent information available, as these will be updated regularly.

What are the assessment methods for each module?

Assessment varies between modules. To find out how each module is assessed please visit the LLM module pages. If you click on the module you are interested in you will find details of the assessment method.

How many days a week do I need to be on campus for classes?

This will depend greatly on the modules you select and the times at which they are timetabled. As a rule full time LLM students will be required to attend a minimum of two days a week.

What are the standard contact hours?

The standard contact hours for full time students is a minimum of 9 hours per week. Please be aware that the LLM is an intensive programme and requires a large amount of non-contact time for reading of materials and preparation for classes.

When will I be issued with a timetable?

The final timetable will be released mid September and will be posted on the start of term page of this website.

When do I need to decide what to write my dissertation on?

You will be required to submit a dissertation topic area (not a specific title) during December. A more extensive proposal will be required at a later date.

When do I need to submit my dissertation proposal?

This will need to be submitted in March. Dates will be confirmed once you arrive.

Is there a reading week?

There is no reading week for IEL and ICGFR students in either Term One or Two due to the welcome week taking place in Term One and the use of the first week in Term Two for exams. IDLHR students have a reading week in Week 6 of Term One and Term Two. ALS students will only have a reading week if they have selected only IDLHR modules in the term concerned.

Will I be assigned a personal tutor?

Yes, a personal tutor will be assigned to you when you register with the department.

When do the exams take place?

Exam week takes place during the first week of the Spring Term (Term Two) and in the first week of the Summer Term (Term Three). All modules offered on the IDLHR programme are assessed by essay.

Can I take a module from outside of the Law School? What is the procedure for this?

You can take up to 40 CATS worth of modules from either another LLM programme or from outside of the Law department. (A half module running for one term is worth 20CATS whilst a full module running for two terms is worth 40CATS). ALS students can take up to 40CATS from outside of the Law department and are not restricted on their selection of modules from across the other LLM progammes, as their course allows for this. You must get the agreement of your own department as well as the department offering the module before signing up for this. Details of the modules must be obtained directly from the department concerned. Please ensure there are no timetable clashes before confirming your module choices.

Are there any reading materials required for the modules?

This depends on the modules you have opted to take. Some modules require a text book to be purchased from the University book shop whilst others provide a study pack for which you will not be charged. Details of the reading materials for each module can be found on the module pages of this website.

Are there any internships/placements available during the course?

We do not offer an internship programme as part of the LLM as the course is an intensive one year programme. You will be advised of any networking events or internship opportunities should they arise during your time here.

Is there an Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC)?

Yes each LLM programme has it's own SSLC and volunteer forms will be provided in your welcome pack; a representative will then be elected during the first weeks of term using our online voting system.

How do I register for the programme?

You will firstly need to register with the University on the online enrolment page, once you have fulfilled all of your conditions and been issued with an unconditional offer. You will also need to come and register with the department on the first day of term and collect your welcome pack with all the information you will need for your time on the LLM.

Is there an induction week? What happens during the first week of term?

There is an induction/welcome week in which you can attend module introduction sessions, which we hope will help you decide which modules to take during your time here. There are also a number of social events taking place in order to give you the opportunity to meet both your classmates and tutors. Details of the activities taking place during the first day/week of term can be found on our start of term information page.

Do I need to select my modules prior to arriving at Warwick?

No. You will have until the Thursday of Week One to decide which modules you wish to take during your time on the LLM. All information concerning how you should register your modules will be provided on the first day of term in your welcome pack.

How do I register for my modules online?

You do not need to register your modules online with the University. You just need to complete the departmental online module selection form and we will notify the University of your choices. This does not have to be done until your first week here after you have attended the module introduction sessions. All module registrations will be confirmed by the PG office before the University system closes.

What are the fees payable?

Course fees can be found on the University fee pages. Fees for research programmes are different to taught courses. Please note part time fees only apply for Home/EU students.

Can fees be paid in installments?

Yes they can. Please contact the student finance office for details of how and when payments can be made.

What funding is available?

Please visit our funding pages for details of what assistance is on offer to you. Please note the majority of scholarships are processed early on in the year around March time. 

If you cannot find what you are looking for then please send your question via email to Sara Prestleton.