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Executive Master's in Law (LLM)

About the Executive LLM programme

The Executive LLM is a new part-time degree for working professionals who have obtained at least three years of post-degree work experience in law. This could, for example, be in a law firm, government, a company, a non-governmental organisation or an international organisation.

The Executive LLM is one of the most innovative and intellectually exciting LLM programmes offered in Europe today. It makes available the highest quality graduate education, taught by many of the leading academics in the UK, to individuals in full-time employment who are not in a position to take a year-long break from work.

We envisage that the Executive LLM programme of study will typically be completed in four years, although students with more time flexibility will be able to complete the programme in three years. To obtain the degree, students must complete eight modules. The modules will be taught in intensive week-long sessions in December, April and September. Each module will provide between 24–26 hours of contact teaching time. Students will be provided with online and hard copy materials for the module in advance of the intensive teaching.

Whilst we hope and expect that most of our Executive LLM students will complete the whole programme, we recognise that unexpected work commitments may sometimes make this unfeasible. With this in mind, the Executive LLM also offers alternative exit points for students who have completed several modules but are not able to complete the whole degree. An LSE Diploma in Legal Studies is available on the completion of six modules and a Certificate of Legal Studies on the completion of four modules.

Programme details

The modules that we will offer on the Executive LLM over the three- to four-year degree period are set out on our website. We will not offer all of these modules every year, although some of the more popular options may be offered each year, or more than once each year. We aim to offer between 15–20 modules on a yearly basis when the programme is operating at full capacity.

Modules will be examined through a combination of assessed essays (8,000 words) and take-home examinations. Up to three modules may be assessed through essay with the remainder being assessed through take-home examinations.

The student may select in which modules they wish to submit the assessed essay. The take-home examinations will be downloaded and uploaded online.Students will be expected to choose eight modules from options including:

  • Arbitration/Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate/Commercial/Financial Law
  • Constitutional/Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Information Technology, Media and Communications Law

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for Executive Master’s in Law (ELLM) in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

The programme is designed for working professionals with a minimum of three years' post-degree experience in legal practice, for example, in a law firm, government, a company, a non-governmental organisation or an international organisation. The programme is recognised as enhancing a wide range of career paths.

Application code: M3U5 (check availability)

Start date: Enrolment on the programme can take place at any of the module sessions. Sessions take place in December, April and September each year

Duration: Modular programme. 36–48 months to complete degree 

Intake/applications in 2014: 18/57

Minimum entry requirement: A high 2:1 in a UK Bachelor of Laws degree (or equivalent), plus applicants must have had at least three years post-degree experience in legal practice (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Law score (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Registration fee of £500 and a per module fee of £3,000 (NB fees may increase over time)

Financial support: This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. Applications will be accepted at any time during the academic year and students may take modules as soon as they have been accepted to the programme. Students must apply a minimum of two months in advance of their first proposed module date