You have until the end of Week 2 of the Michaelmas Term to
formally register your course choices. To do this log on to
LSE4You and select the relevant course codes.
You enrol on a seminar group through the ‘Online Graduate
Seminar Sign-up’ facility onLSE4You.
Note: you must be formally registered on the course before you will be able to
sign up to a seminar group
No. You must attend the seminar group to which you are assigned
as these are used to monitor your performance and attendance.
Note: the department may reallocate you to a difference seminar group where
timetabling considerations make this necessary.
No! Moodle is LSE's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The
majority of LLM courses have Moodle sites which contain material and teaching
resources that are available to students following the course.
specialism recorded on your degree certificate.
Is there a writing requirement?
Yes. All LLM students must
satisfy the LLM Writing Requirement, which requires that a minimum of 0.5
units (and a maximum of 1.5 units) be assessed by an 8,000 word essay ( 0.5
units) or a 15,000 word dissertation (1.0 unit) in a Law course. You have to
complete the green ‘LLM Writing Requirement Form’ to indicate your
choices and submit to the department by Week 2 of the Lent Term.
There are 3 basic ways in which to
satisfy the writing requirement. These are as follows;
A 15,000 word ‘Dissertation’ (students can either (a) elect to
write a 15,000 word Dissertation in substitution for the examination in a
full-unit course, or (b) select a full-unit course for which the nominated mode
of assessment is a 15,000 word Dissertation).
An 8,000 word ‘Elective Essay’ (students can elect to write an
8,000 word Elective Essay in substitution for the examination in a half-unit
An 8,000 word ‘Extended Essay’ (students can select a course
for which the nominated assessment (in whole (in a half-unit course) or in part
(in a full-unit course) is an 8,000 word Extended Essay).
The submission date for all three of the above forms of written
assessment is the last Thursday before the August Bank Holiday.
Note: you can only elect to write a dissertation or elective
essay in a law course (ie a course starting LL4). Any formal essay assessment in
a non-law option will not meet the LLM Writing Requirement.
Consult your LLM Handbook for
14. What if I exceed 1.5 units of writing with my course
If you have exceeded the maximum 1.5
unit writing limit with your course selections, you must seek approval from the
LLM Deputy Programme Director. Approval will only be granted in exceptional
15. When can I elect to offer a 15,000 word
Dissertation or 8,000 word Elective Essay in place of the normal mode of
assessment for a course?
At the start of Lent Term LLM
students normally have the right to substitute the nominated form of assessment
for one of their courses with a 15,000 word Dissertation (for a full-unit
course) or an 8,000 word Elective Essay (for a half-unit course). This right of
election is limited to a maximum of one
Law course (either a a full-unit or
a half-unit course).
It is also important to
note that the right of election is:
in relation to a non-Law course;
in relation to more than one Law course;
if your course choice means that you are already taking 1.5 units assessed by a
Dissertation/Elective Essay/Extended Essay;
available in relation to a half-unit course which is assessed by Extended Essay;
special permission will be needed from the LLM Deputy Programme Director to
substitute an Elective Essay in this case;
available in relation to a full-unit course which is assessed by 50% exam and
50% Extended Essay; special permission will be needed from the LLM Deputy
Programme Director to substitute a Dissertation in this case.
16. Can I write a
Dissertation/Elective Essay in a non-Law course in order to satisfy the
No. To satisfy the writing
requirement, your Dissertation/Elective Essay must be attached to a Law
course, ie. a course starting LL4.
17. The topic of my
research project does not fall into a particular course - can I write a
self-standing Dissertation or Elective Essay?
Students may request to write a
self-standing Dissertation or Elective essay (ie LL490/LL497), but the LLM Programme Director will
only allow such registration where the student in question can plead special
reasons why they should be allowed to do so, can present objective evidence that
they are well-equipped and best advised to undertake the proposed project
without following a related taught course, and can confirm that there is a Law
Department academic prepared to approve the proposed plan of work and assess the
Can I write a 15,000 word Dissertation
for a half-unit course?
No. This is not an option. It is only possible to elect to
write a 15,000 word dissertation for a full unit course.
19. Can I write two 15,000 word Dissertations?
is a maximum 1.5 unit writing limit. This means that – depending on your course
choice – you may be able to undertake two or three forms of extended writing:
e.g. a full-unit Dissertation and an Elective/Extended Essay; or an Elective
Essay and two Extended Essays. But it also means that it will only exceptionally
be possible to write two full-unit Dissertations. This course of action will
require the approval of the LLM Deputy Programme Director, which will only
exceptionally be given.
20. Where can I find Dissertation/Essay samples?
LL4A2 : Dissertations
21. Will I have the opportunity to undertake a
Yes, refer to the handbook.
22. Is there an LLM Reading Week?
No. The LLM is a short programme and it is not feasible to
include a reading
23. Can I change my registered courses in the
You are allowed to change one Lent term half unit for another
during the first week of Lent Term provided that:
(i) The switch does not affect eligibility for a specialised
LLM degree, if you have opted for one;
(ii) The new course selection still meets the LLM writing
(iii) The newly chosen half unit course is not oversubscribed;
(iv) You obtain the approval of the course convener of the half unit you wish to
Any Lent term course changes that do not meet all four criteria
listed above require special permission by the LLM Deputy Director.
Note: (a) you may not drop a completed Michaelmas Term half
unit; and (b) you may not drop a full unit which you took during Michaelmas
What is my timetable?
Personal timetables can be
25. When / where are the exams held?
Examinations and Results
26. Where can I find the
Taught Masters Regulations
27. Where can I find past exam papers?
28. Can I sit an exam abroad?
No, exams must be sat at LSE.
29. When do I get my results?
Provisional results will be sent to your LSE email address
at the beginning of November.
The official results are released via
LSE4You around 18
November. Your transcript will be available early December in the year
you complete the LLM. (see
Student Services - Transcripts)
(Note: Please make sure your contact details are
30. What happens if I
Re-sitting failed examinations.
31. When is Graduation?
Graduation takes place in
Mid-December. For further details see:
32. When do I get my certificate?
See the Degree Certificates web page. The certificate will include your
Specialism - if applicable. A sample certificate is also available on
33. Can my LLM count towards CPD
(Continuing Professional Development) accreditation?
Yes. The LLM would satisfy the Bar Council accredited hours, or
the Law Society accreditation points requirements.