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ELLM: Overview

The Executive LLM programme offers a powerful combination of information and inspiration. The teaching has been superb and the calibre of the student body is excellent.

A part-time executive degree 

The Executive LLM is a part-time degree for working professionals who have obtained at least three years post-degree work experience. We envisage that the 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 Executive LLM, students must complete eight modules from any of the modules offered.

Intensive module teaching

The modules will be taught in short intensive sessions. Each module will provide between 24 and 26 hours of contact teaching time. Students will be provided with online materials for the module well in advance of the intensive teaching. The teaching will take place in week-long sessions (Mon-Fri), which will typically be held in the first half of September, December and April. 

Teaching delivery

In our view high-quality intensive programmes can only be delivered through interactive seminar-based teaching. The intensive teaching sessions are a perfect environment for such interaction allowing the teacher to get the best from the students and enabling the students to learn not only from the teacher but also from each other's professional experience and knowledge.


Students will be examined through a combination of assessed long essays and take-home examinations. The take-home examinations will be uploaded and submitted electronically and will be set two months after the completion of the intensive teaching. Video revision / question and answer sessions will be offered to students between the end of the teaching session and the exam. The examination dates are listed here.  

Alternative completion options: Degrees, diplomas and certificates

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 do not think it will be possible 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.


Enrolment on the degree can take place at any time during the course of the year. There is no requirement to wait until the beginning of the next academic year to start the programme as there is on a typical LLM degree programme.


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