As seen in TransLegal’s LLM Guide, there are a number of different LLM programs and LLM courses available to students wishing to pursue an LLM. Now more than ever, there is a wide variety of specialisations within which a person can obtain an LLM. There are different types of LLM courses and programs available around the world, allowing students to concentrate on almost any area of the law. It normally takes one year (full-time) to complete the program and the programs vary in their admission and graduation requirements. A range of LLM courses within certain LLM programs combine both assignments and research. Part-time and distance learning programs are also available for professionals desiring to obtain their LLM while working full-time.
In addition to specific LLM courses, many universities merely offer general LLM programs which basically allow an LLM student to take any class offered to “ordinary” law students at that particular university. In this respect, LLM courses can be hand-picked by the prospective student prior to their arrival. This can be a preferred method of learning, in which the LLM student is fully integrated into student life rather than being separated in a number of LLM courses designed solely for other LLM students.
Conversely, a program of specific LLM courses taken with other LLMs is an opportunity to meet like-minded students from all over the world. Some prefer this LLM experience. Again, which LLM course or LLM program is best for you depends on your individual preference.