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University of Reading

The University of Reading is a university located in the English town of Reading, Berkshire. It was first established in 1892 as University College, Reading and received its Royal Charter in 1926. The university has an extensive tradition of research, education and training.

The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK’s 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. Its broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

The law school

With views of Whiteknights Lake and surrounded by scenic parkland, the Reading School of Law is situated in an architecturally significant building which has been adapted to meet the needs of the contemporary student. Just a short stroll away from the main University campus and all its facilities, the School offers sophisticated technology while providing a place in which students can feel part of an established student body.

The School boasts a diverse student body which includes students from across the European Union and its neighbour countries, as well as around the world. Links with the Far East are maintained through a well established undergraduate twinning programme run jointly with Taylors University College Malaysia from where at least 50 students come each year.

Tuition fees

Tuition is approximately £4,000 for UK and EU students and between £10,000 and 12,000 for non-EU students (full-time).

Entry Requirements

(1) Applicants who have a degree in Law

Applicants will normally be expected to have a degree in law or a degree with a substantial legal component with a first or upper second class honours.

(2) Applicants who have a degree in a discipline other than Law

The School welcomes applicants who have a first or upper second class degree or postgraduate degree in a discipline other than law. Applicants in this category would normally be expected to show the capacity to undertake advanced study in law, either by virtue of a strong academic record and/or relevant work experience.

(3) Applicants who have a degree classification below first or upper-second class

Where an applicant's undergraduate degree was not a first or upper-second class standard then he or she would normally be expected to show the capacity to undertake advanced study in law, either by virtue of one or a combination of a strong academic record in some relevant components of their degree, and/or a strong academic record in a diploma or certificate course, and/or relevant work experience, and/or relevant research and writing experience.

(4) Non-traditional applicants

Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds – for example, a person who for any reason does not have an undergraduate degree or other academic qualification, or who has been away from study for an extended period - may be admitted to the Master's programmes. Again, she or he would normally be expected to show the capacity to undertake advanced study in law through some relevant experience. Non-traditional entrants may be encouraged to enrol in a Diploma or Certificate course in the first instance with a view to applying for a transfer to the LLM once they have successfully completed at least two modules.

**Applicants will also have to demonstrate the necessary proficiency in the English language.

The Program

The International Law and European Union Law programmes are associated with major research clusters in the School. The Advanced Legal Studies degree allows students to draw on the breadth of research strengths in the School to tailor a programme that meets their needs and interested.

In each programme, students undertake taught modules totalling 120 credits during the Autumn and Spring terms (October – May/June), and then write a dissertation (60 credits) from May/June until September.

LLM programmes are especially suited to candidates who are wanting to build careers in areas of legal and government policy; non-government organisations; legal, research or policy positions in international or European institutions; legal practice; and any number of fields which require high-level legal knowledge, a sophisticated appreciation of the relationship between law and its political and social context; advanced skills of critical analysis, and superior research and writing skills.

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