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LLM Advanced Legal Studies

LLM Advanced Legal Studies

Course Code: P-M3PJ

Start Date:
30 September 2024

Entry Requirements:
2:i UG degree or equivalent

1 year (Full-time)

Master of Laws (LLM)

What is Advanced Legal Studies?

An opportunity to gain a firm grounding in legal research and advanced legal knowledge of multiple areas of law. We offer you the chance to create a personal programme of study by drawing from all the postgraduate modules offered across our LLM's in International Development Law and Human Rights, International Economic Law, International Commercial Law and International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. You can also choose a number of options from a list of modules from other departments.

What makes our LLM special?

  • You can construct your own unique programme of study depending on your interests
  • The only core module is in research skills, not a specific subject
  • It offers a broad, well rounded range of topics, which can help tailor your degree to your future employment

Image of Alumni Arshia Qazi

My academic experience at Warwick has surpassed my expectations. Being part of a large international community of students at the University of Warwick has provided me with the opportunity to meet people from all around the world and learn a lot from different cultures..

Arshia Qazi, Legal Advisor in UAE (ICL LLM, 2017-18)

This course is suitable for government officers, commercial lawyers, NGO workers and aspiring academics.

You will take our core study module to give you a firm grounding in legal research and writing skills, along with three optional modules in term one and three optional modules in term two. You will undertake a dissertation in term three.

Core Modules

  • LA984 - Legal Research and Writing Skills: The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to develop critical reading, writing and research skills in preparation for undertaking independent research and writing up academic work. It brings together experts from the Law School, Library and Student Careers and Skills.

Optional Modules

There are a range of optional modules available. See which modules are currently running in the Law School.

The modules due to run next year may vary from the list above, depending on staff availability, research priorities, and student uptake. While we do our best to run as wide a variety of subjects as possible, it is not always possible to offer every module.

With permission, it is possible to take up to two modules external to your programme, as optional choices.


You will take a selection of modules totalling 120 CATS followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. All assessed modules are worth 20 CATS and run for one term. Modules will be taken during terms one and two, leaving you term three and the summer to complete your dissertation. You will also be required to attend a research and writing skills module for two terms. If you choose to study part-time, this will be split over two years of study.

You will be taught by academics who are recognised subject experts with UK and international experience. As well as teaching, most are involved in producing world leading research, often providing expert advice to outside bodies.

How the programme will be taught will depend on the modules you opt to take, but you can expect a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work.

Contact Hours

You will typically have up to 12 hours of contact time per week on the full-time programme, depending on your LLM programme and modules selected, but will be expected to do additional research and reading outside of the classroom.

Class Sizes

This will depend on the popularity of the modules you select but class sizes can range from between 10 and 40 students per module.


The programme incorporates a wide and varying range of assessment methods, which may include essays, examinations, portfolios, presentations and the dissertation.

We regard feedback as a vital part of the assessment process. We seek to help you reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding. You will be given feedback after your assessments each term.


With help and support from our world-class academic staff, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a suitable topic in your third term. We will help guide you in choosing a topic and title, and train you in how to research and how to structure your dissertation, setting you in excellent stead if you should choose to continue your studies with a PhD.

It is possible to study this course by taking four modules and writing a 25,000 word dissertation, provided you can provide evidence of sufficient research and writing skills and get approval from the course director once you are enrolled on our LLM. Should approval not be given, you will continue the programme on the standard route of six optional modules and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Teaching and assessment methods may be subject to change. If you have concerns about changes to teaching and assessment formats before applying or taking up your offer to study with us, please contact us via email.

What sort of careers can I go on to?

Studying at postgraduate level can provide a platform to a wide range of career opportunities. It enables students to differentiate themselves for opportunities where a postgraduate qualification is a requirement or desirable. We have recently had graduates go on to work in:

  • City Legal Firms
  • Financial Services Authority
  • Local Government
  • National Charities

Skills from this degree

  • Advanced legal knowledge of multiple areas of law
  • Independent research and policy analysis
  • Legal practice in both the domestic and international context
  • Academic writing and critical thinking
  • Professional communication and effective presentation

Course Director:

Director of LLM in Advanced Legal Studies - Dr Raza Saeed

Raza's research interests lie in the fields of human rights, socio-legal studies, legal theory, international law, governance, law in post-colonial and southern jurisdictions. Find out more about Raza.