The study programme allows you to study when you choose. It offers a flexible study period - from 1 to 5 years to achieve the Master of Laws (LLM) and the Postgraduate Diploma; from 6 months to 5 years for the Postgraduate Certificate.
Each Section represents 112.5 study hours which equals 450 study hours per Course. The estimated total student learning time for the Master of Laws (LLM) is 1800 hours.
The new programme is self-taught with extensive new study materials providing greater support (print and web-based) to improve and aid your study experience, these include:
* Textbook(s) provided for each Course and Readers for most Sections to direct your reading.
* Extensive new study guides available in print, on CD and on the web especially written and edited for distance learning purposes, usually by the author of the textbook which will be provided, with clear learning outcomes and key skills, and self-assessment questions throughout. Sample chapters from Study Guides are available here.
* Postgraduate Laws Handbook containing information about libraries and bookshops, useful World Wide Web sites and a photocopying service available to students.
* Regulations containing important information, such as details of the Courses and Specialisations available, syllabuses, and assessment matters.
Students also have access to an online eCampus containing:
* Extensive online library resources.
* Five legal databases including Lexis/Nexis® and Westlaw®.
* Dedicated discussion forums for each Section - you'll encounter all kinds of people with perspectives from many different areas of the globe, including the legal professions, discover new ways of studying and no doubt make new friends.
Although materials will be provided to you in print, you will find it useful to be able to access the Internet to find some assigned reading online. You will also need to check on the eCampus annually to ensure you have any new or updated study materials for the Sections you are studying. Plus you may want to be in touch with other students, to share experiences and support.
The study materials are designed for independent study. However, you may find it useful to meet with other Postgraduate Laws students, have access to a specialist library or high-speed Internet connection, or take revision classes. If you want to receive further educational support locally, it may be available in your country. We urge you to consider the following check list before enroling with any institution.
Certain institutions have informed us they provide support for some or all courses of the Postgraduate Laws programme for External students. Institutions which are listed at the link below have agreed in writing to abide by the University's Code for Advertising and Promotional Materials for Supporting Institutions [pdf: 3pgs, 31KB].
Please note: The University does not have a scheme of recognition for institutions offering support and does not inspect or endorse any supporting institution. The University does not comment on or guarantee the teaching, services or financial stability of any supporting institution. There is no collaboration, franchising, twinning, validation, accreditation, recommendation, endorsement or any similar relationship between any supporting institution and the University. Inclusion in the list below does not indicate the University's approval of the insitutions listed.
Certain organisations have been appointed as Advisers to the University of London External System with respect to the Postgraduate Laws programme for External students. These are listed at the link below. Institutions which are listed as Advisers have agreed in writing to abide by the University's Code of Practice for Advisers [pdf: 2pgs, 28KB] and the University's Code for Advertising and Promotional Materials for Advisers