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Durham University

Durham is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. The Law School is a stone's throw away from the world-famous Durham Castle and Cathedral - a UNESCO world heritage site.

Durham and its region are a beautiful and interesting part of the UK, and Durham University is an enormously popular place to study, providing a wide range of extra-curricular and college-based activities.

The law school

Durham Law School at Durham University is one of the UK's most distinguished law schools. It is one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK, but also has a very strong commitment to teaching and learning. Its courses are highly regarded across the world.

The School has excellent facilities for research and teaching, with its own dedicated law library, a large collection of materials related to law in the University Main Library, and smaller law collections are housed in the colleges' own libraries.

Durham Law School is an exciting and rewarding place in which to study. Students are taught by scholars from not only the UK, but all over the world. They currently plan to recruit each year 175 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate students.

Tuition fees

There is a wide variety of tuition prices and fees depending on the chosen programme. The university's central postgraduate pages list all course fees for full-time, part-time and international students. They also provide information on the cost of living for both University accommodation and the private sector.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for any postgraduate programme, candidates should normally have obtained either a Law Degree or a Joint Honours Degree with a major Law component from an approved University or Institution, at the standard of a good Class 2 Division I or higher (or of an equivalent standard). For students applying to read for an MPhil or a PhD, a Master's degree in a relevant area is desirable. Those applying for research positions must also provide a satisfactory research proposal.

Lectures, seminars and supervisory meetings are conducted in English. As a result, candidates whose first language is not English are required to present evidence of sufficient proficiency in the language before undertaking the course.

A candidate who has not attained the necessary level of English proficiency may, at the university's discretion, be admitted to the LLM programme on condition of successful attendance at a pre-sessional English course run by the University.

The Program

Durham's general and specialist LLM degrees in 'International Trade and Commercial Law' and 'European Trade and Commercial Law' offer a range of subjects taught by experts in the field. Its LLM programme is especially cosmopolitan, with around half of the 70+ students from across the enlarged EU and half from outside the EU.

The course itself runs for one academic year spread over 3 terms. Most courses are taught via lectures and seminars. LLM students must also write a dissertation in addition to the written exams or assessed essay written in the course of studies. As the LLM is split into modules, students can combine different modules to suit their academic interests as well as preferred method of study and examination. The current academic year offers more than 20 modules with topics ranging from Commercial Fraud, International Human Rights Law, Electronic Commerce and Law of the WTO.

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