LLM Programme overview

The programme is run by the LSE Law Department, which is rated in the highest category in the UK for both research (the Department received the highest ranking in the country in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008) and teaching (excellent).

From 2013/14 onwards, students will take eight half unit courses, usually over a period of one year of full-time study.

Students will select seven half unit courses from a wide variety of subject areas. These will be assessed, in the main, by examination. The eighth half unit is a compulsory course on Legal Research and Writing Skills. This will provide a basis for meeting the writing requirement of the LLM: delivery of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic to be chosen by the student.

Students may select courses from approximately 90 Law Department courses or from certain complementary offerings in other LSE Departments.

PLEASE NOTE: not all subjects are offered every year, so if a subject is crucial to your study programme please confirm its availability

Below are listed the courses taught in 2013/14:

Examinations are usually held in May/June, essays are submitted in June and dissertations are submitted in August.

Several major LSE scholarships are awarded competitively to LLM students. [see LLM Funding]



Prospective Students


We are now closed  to applications for 2014/15.


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LLM Programme Benefits

  • An international student body is selected by highly competitive admission criteria

  • The programme is taught by eminent academics and practitioners, and many offer an interdisciplinary approach.

  • Students may opt to be awarded specialised LLM degrees in banking law and financial regulation; corporate and/or commercial law; competition, innovation, and trade; corporate and securities law; information technology, media and communications law; criminology and criminal justice; European law; human rights law; intellectual property law; international business law; labour law; legal theory; public international law; public law; or taxation

  • Courses are taught in a variety of formats, including seminars, lectures and small group classes

  • The programme is recognised as enhancing a wide range of career pathsPart-time study is possible, over either two or four years; this teaching takes place with the full-time students


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