Coventry University (Coventry)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
16-24 months (with professional experience)
Study level: Postgraduate
The Law LLM course has been designed to challenge and cultivate your knowledge of Law, and aims to provide you with opportunities to explore the complex legal framework our society is governed by.
In addition, the course will present opportunities to:
- Focus on international and comparative law.
- Contribute your work for possible publication to the Coventry Law Journal, alongside expert legal academics and professionals.
- Develop skills, knowledge and experience to help you stand out in the global graduate market.
- Apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
EmployabilityCareer ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Why you should study this course
This course will provide you with an opportunity to further develop your knowledge of Law, particularly in areas affected by international and comparative law.
You will be introduced to the relevant rules, values and institutions of comparative and international law, which then feed into, and aim to challenge your learning, through study topics including public international law, international human rights, commercial law, and corporate social responsibility.
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.
International Association of Law Schools
Coventry Law School is a member of the International Association of Law Schools, an association of around 230 law schools from over 70 countries, representing around 10,500 law faculty members. Having this status allows our law students the opportunity for a variety of international experiences, including with our member institutions across the world.
European Law Faculties Association (ELFA)
Coventry Law School is also a member of the European Law Faculties Association with over 150 members from Europe and beyond.
What you'll study
This broad course will introduce you to the relevant rules, values and institutions of comparative and international law, as well as being able to draw on the wide-ranging legal topics taught within Coventry Law School.
The course allows you the opportunity to acquire substantive and practical knowledge of international and comparative law, which can then be employed in commercial and other legal practices. You can expect the course to test both your critical understanding of the law, as well as its practical application.
Comparative Constitutional Law – 15 credits
This module will examine on a comparative basis, the socio-historical and legal/political imperatives behind, and development of, State constitutions. In doing so, it will critique the legal and political parameters and concept of what is termed a constitution, and identify the origin of a number of individual State constitutions.
Public International Law – 15 credits
Public International Law concerns the regulation of the global system of states. This module looks at the sources, subjects, and principles governing this area of law. In doing so, the module will address the legitimacy of international law, particularly with respect to the function of law-making.
Contemporary Issues in International Human Rights – 15 credits
Human rights are central to understanding law, politics, and justice within the contemporary world. By approaching human rights from a global perspective, you will be able to develop an understanding of the historical, theoretical, conceptual, and legal regimes governing this area of law. The module will explore the extent to which the international human rights framework and its institutions have been successful in securing human rights, as well as the limitations of the regime in realising global human rights.
Commercial Law in Action – 15 credits
Many areas of commercial legal practice concern the application of broad and diffuse areas of law to particular sectors and industries. While the sectors considered in this module will vary, the purpose of this module remains the same: to give you the experience of drawing from a variety of areas of your experiences of legal study, and apply that knowledge to a particular sector.
International Sale of Goods – 15 credits
This module aims to examine the core legal element of international commerce: the contract of sale; as well as the legal aspects of the carriage of goods and international trade transactions. The components analysed being the most frequently used sales contracts, the contract of carriage by sea, marine insurance policies which cover the goods whilst at sea, and methods of financing the transaction.
Corporate Social Responsibility – 15 credits
This module will consider the different theories on the role of the corporation in society, and the theoretical arguments for businesses taking on ethical stances. In particular, the module will examine the ways in which unethical corporate behaviour produces adverse effects on the corporate world and the broader society.
Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation – 10 credits
This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to manage change using creativity and innovation, in different types of organisational scenarios. You will critically assess strategies for change and change management and explore the leadership skills required to lead such successfully.
Research Skills – 15 credits
The aim of this module is to provide you with the research and presentation skills appropriate to scholarship at postgraduate level and thus to allow you to display enhanced research and legal skills during your programme, specifically in the preparation and writing of their written assessments.
Research Design – 15 credits
The aim of the module is to provide you with a basis from which to undertake a substantial research project appropriate to the master’s level. In doing so, the module will be geared towards enabling you to identify an appropriate research topic and to develop a research strategy for its completion.
Project – 50 credits
In this module, you will carry out a substantive piece of independent research into a legal issue relevant to your course of study. You will be expected to draw upon the knowledge acquired, and the intellectual, technical and analytical skills developed throughout your course. You will be supported in this module through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.
With professional experience option
The professional experience opportunity2 enables you the opportunity to apply for optional professional experience in semester 1, which, upon successfully securing an opportunity, will extend the duration of your master’s to either 16, 20 or 24 months. The professional experience provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability.
Professional experience may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Professional experience opportunities are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our Talent Team in trying to find and secure an opportunity. Find out more about the professional experience option.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
You will be taught by a team of academic staff which includes internationally recognised researchers at the forefront of their field.
You will be taught through a number of different teaching methods which may include:
- Group projects
This course can be offered on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.
Teaching contact hours
The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week.
Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study, depending on the demands of individual modules.
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include written coursework, reports, tests, and presentations as part of individual assignments or group work elements.
The Coventry University assessment strategy aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
International experience opportunities
Our Law LLM course is international in nature, drawing upon international case studies to provide an international perspective to the course’s content. Further supporting this international focus is the experience of our academic staff and the typically diverse makeup of Coventry Law School students.
As well as having an international focus throughout your studies, the course aims to offer opportunities to attend field trips overseas2 and to engage in collaborative online international learning (COIL) projects with students from universities elsewhere in the world. Where available, these opportunities stand to enhance your ability to examine issues from several perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of how issues would be addressed in different legal systems.
A minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Law, or a joint honours degree where Law has been studied to an appropriate level. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics and business graduates with some knowledge of law.
Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international pre-master's. Upon successful completion our International Pre-Master's - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this postgraduate degree.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2:2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
Fees and funding
2022/23 Tuition fees
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|UK||£10,600 | £14,600 (with prof. experience) per year||Not available|
|International||£18,250 | £22,250 (with prof. experience) per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Our learning facilities4, which include modern classrooms, open learning spaces and our Moot Room, allow you the chance to get the most out of your learning experience.
Our Moot Room, which is based on the ground floor of the George Eliot building, will give you the opportunity to practise your legal skills.
Our Moot Room allows you the opportunity to develop those vital and practical legal skills. You can practise your legal skills in a realistic setting, as well as having the chance to take part in mooting competitions.
Use the Legal Clinic to develop your practical legal skills and help you stand out in your future career. You will have access to ‘real’ clients and work alongside trained solicitors and lawyers.
Careers and opportunities
On successful completion, you should be able to:
- Evidence a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, values, principles and rules of international law within an institutional, social and global context.
- Critically understand the various theories, concepts, values and principles of constitutional law within comparative constitutions.
- Demonstrate understanding of contemporary issues and developments within various areas of constitutional law, public international law and human rights, and commercial and corporate law.
- Identify, synthesise and critically analyse relevant and in-depth information from primary and secondary legal sources, using both digital and non-digital resources.
- Draw reasoned and critical conclusions through the application of legal principles and knowledge to complex real-life and/or hypothetical legal, political and commercial problems.
- Evidence enhanced intellectual independence including addressing and resolving legal and related questions, acquiring new knowledge, addressing and resolving ambiguity and engaging in critical analysis and evaluation.
- Demonstrate an awareness of social responsibility and ethical behaviour in an academic and vocational capacity.
- Effectively communicate, by explaining and conveying information at various levels appropriate to the audience.
- Demonstrate self-management and an ability to work and research independently and collaboratively.
- Critically evaluate the principles of developing and proposing strategy for leading strategic change.
The skills learnt and practised throughout the Law LLM course can be utilised by those intending to enter the legal profession in the UK and overseas.
However, the utility of the course is not restricted to those who wish to pursue a career in legal practice, as the skills and attributes developed and acquired throughout the course are translatable to many other career destinations.
The course is designed to prepare you for the global jobs market, further graduate-level study (PhD) or a career in academia. Please note that further study opportunities may be subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Some previous graduates have chosen to specialise in Business, International and Diplomatic Relations or Human Rights Law as lawyers both at home and abroad, while other previous graduates have gone on to work for international organisations in a non-legal capacity in the areas of international human rights, the environment and for local and national government agencies.
After completion of the Law LLM, further graduate level study such as a PhD may be considered.
How to apply
Full-time and part-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
For further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time international students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for postgraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
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The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.