King's College LondonFounded in 1829, King’s College London is one of the oldest and most prestigious university institutions in the United Kingdom. King's is a constituent college of the University of London and is based in the centre of London.
King's has more than 19,700 students, of whom more than 6,200 are postgraduate students. There are nine schools of study, with four campuses along the Thames in Central London, and one in South London. There are also six halls of residence dotted around London.
King's has a very strong academic reputation and is regularly ranked as one of top 25 universities in the world. Most recently, it was ranked 6th in the United Kingdom, 7th in Europe and 23rd in the world in the Times Higher Education rankings.
The university has been at the forefront of many of the advances that have shaped modern life, including the discovery of the structure of DNA, and it is now the largest centre for the education of doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals in Europe and home to six Medical Research Council centres. The university is also strong in the field of law, humanities and social sciences and is considered to be at the forefront in creating links between the arts, culture and universities, and in developing public policy nationally.
The law school
The School of Law at King’s College London has been in operation since 1829. It is one of the largest law schools in the United Kingdom, and offers a large variety of degree programmes and modules. The teachers include internationally respected leading academics and visiting lecturers from city law firms.
The School of Law is located in the centre of London, in close proximity to the civil and criminal courts and many prominent legal institutions, as well as major international law firms. In fact, the main campus is situated on the same street as the Royal Courts of Justice.
The School of Law is recognised internationally as one of the top five law schools in the United Kingdom (Guardian newspaper University Guide 2010: Law and The 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise international recognition ranking). The School of Law also scored the highest student satisfaction rating for Law within the Russell group, which is a group comprising the top 20 British universities, in the 2008 National Student Survey.
The School of Law has an excellent reputation for its law courses, particularly in the areas of commercial, competition, financial and European law. The School has links with leading law schools all over the world, which provides opportunities to exchange and develop ideas. The partnerships include collaborative programmes, staff and student exchanges, joint research projects and conferences.
Two scholarships are awarded each year for academic excellence by the School of Law: one to a home/EU student and one to an overseas student. The scholarship covers the full tuition fee.
You do not apply separately for the School of Law LLM scholarship. All successful LLM applicants are considered as long as their applications have been received by 31 December of the relevant year of application. Scholarships will be awarded by 1 June each year. Only those receiving the scholarship will be notified.
Funding for the LLM is also available from external organisations.
In order to be admitted to the LLM programme, you require a recognised first degree in law (or a degree with substantial law content) of at least good upper second-class honours standard or an equivalent qualification from another country.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to provide a certificate proving their proficiency in English. Certain minimum scores are required in one of the following English language examinations: IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
King's also offers a pre-sessional English language course, completion of which at the required level will satisfy any language conditions of your offer from King’s. Any non-native speaking students holding a degree offer from King's or any other UK university may take the course. The course is full-time and intensive and the duration varies depending on a student's learning needs and English language level.
In exceptional cases, students who do not meet the above requirements will be considered for the LLM if they have achieved a comparable academic level through other graduate studies, or they have appropriate work or experience.
You can choose either a specialist LLM or create your own tailored LLM from a broad range of modules. You need to study full modules or half-modules worth 180 credits.
* 120 credits: You choose three full modules (40 credits each) or six half-modules (20 credits each)
* 40 credits: You choose between
- either writing a 15,000-word dissertation (40 credits)
- or writing a 7,500-word research essay (20 credits) related to a taught module and studying another half taught module (20 credits) of your choice
* 20 credits: You attend a compulsory legal skills half-module to assist with your studies
The full-time programme runs for 12 months and the part-time programme for 24 months to 48 months. The academic year is from September to September.
You take your selection of taught modules (half and full) in the first and second semester. These modules are assessed at the end of the second semester (May/June). Assessment is by written examination alone or through a combination of written coursework and examination.
After the May/June examinations, you write your dissertation or research essay and submit it in September. You complete the legal skills half-module by submitting a project plan for your dissertation or research module.