University of WarwickThe University of Warwick has more that 12,000 students of which more than 5,000 students come from countries outside of the EU. The University is spread over more than 290 hectares of beautiful natural surroundings with lakes, green open spaces and forested areas.
The University campus is actually comprised of 3 distinct campuses: Central campus, Gilbert Hall campus and Westwood campus. Within the University grounds there are shops, restaurants and bars. There is even an on-site hairdresser and bookshop. For those seeking a more varied shopping experience, ‘Europe’s newest shopping capital’ is located just 20minutes away by train. Facilities at the campus include the University Sports Centre, the Warwick Arts Centre and the Warwick Digital Laboratory. University activities are often well-attended by and greatly appreciated by the greater Coventry community and the campus was recently voted the best campus in the UK.
When it comes to academics, the University of Warwick has been described by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as “…a beacon among British universities for its dynamism, quality and entrepreneurial zeal.”
The University is also committed to international co-operation, and has entered into formal agreements with Boston and Vanderbilt Universities (USA); Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and Monash University (Australia). The University also runs a “Warwick in Africa Teaching Project” which gives the students an opportunity to spend a part of their Summer vacation teaching in townships across Africa. With so much on offer the University is well on its way to achieving its goal of being one of the top 50 world universities by 2015.
The law school
The Law School at Warwick has a reputation for quality and is generally considered as one of the top law schools in the UK and is renowned for its commitment to postgraduate legal education. The school is able to attract more than 100 students with a variety of backgrounds including lawyers and non-lawyers, government officials, NGO workers and academics.
The School of Law is widely known for its hallmark contextual approach to law studies, which aims at studying law within a wider context. Students are therefore encouraged to examine the socio-economic impact of the law and the effects of legal judgments and statutes on society as a whole as well as to consider the effects of cultural and political change on the law.
The international nature of the school is also a reflection of its continued and successful commitment to providing an international perspective on law. There are students from more than 30 countries enrolled at the school and most of the academic staff have extensive international experience. The multi-cultural background and contextual approach makes Warwick the natural choice for students wishing to pursue an academic year at a modern university with a global approach to learning aware of the impact of legal developments beyond the boundaries of nation states.
LLM courses cost approximately GBP 6,000 for UK and EU students and approximately GBP 12,000 for international students.
The above fees do not include the costs for books and materials.
Students are required to have a good second class degree in law or a related discipline.
In exceptional cases, admission may be based on qualifications or experience gained in other ways.
Those students who do not have English as a first language are also required to submit proof of English language proficiency through, for example, IELTS 7.0 or better or TOEFL 620+. More information may be obtained from the admissions secretary.
The School of Law at Warwick offers five taught LLM courses.
The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation focuses on corporate law and governance within different jurisdictions while aiming to give students an understanding of the social and economic pressures driving commercial decisions. Specifically the course examines the co-relation between globalization, corporate governance and financial regulation. Students enrolled on the course are required to take the core course which focuses on the above issues as they apply to emerging markets. Students then take five optional modules and complete a 10,000 word dissertation.
The LLM in International Economic Law also examines issues of governance focusing on the world economy and specific legal issues arising from various types of international business transactions.The course looks at the changing roles of international economic institutions and the legal implications of such change at both global and regional levels. Students also examine various forms of international business transactions with a special focus on understanding the interplay between international and national regulatory frameworks, as a fundamental basis of understanding the globalization of economic law. Students on this course are required to take the core course entitled International Economic Law as well as four optional courses, of which at least two should be chosen from the list of International Economic Law options. Under certain circumstances, students may pursue courses offered by the International Development Law and Human Rights program or by a Department within the Faculty of Social Studies.
The internationally renowned LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights considers the relationship between development, human rights and global justice. The new course replaces the former Law in Development masters degree and is designed to provide a fuller understanding of development, rights, governance and justice issues. This is a wide course and teaching entails recourse to political, social, gender and moral theory. Students enrolled on the course are encouraged to gain practical experience by working at the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. The work of the Centre is carried out both in the local community as well as outside the UK. Prospective course applicants are encouraged to look at the Centre’s website for more information on current projects. The program combines teaching with a ‘hands-on’ approach to problem-solving. Students enrolled on the course are required to take the Theory & Practice in International Development Law and Human Rights module which will run through the first two terms of the program as well as eight optional modules of 6 weeks duration each. Optional modules may be selected from the areas of Comparative Human Rights, Gender, Globalization and Governance. Students are not permitted to specialize in more than two areas and are required to complete a 8,000 – 10,000 word dissertation as part of the Theory and Practice Compulsory Module.
The LLM in Socio-Legal Studies is designed as a foundational course for UK and international students intending to pursue MPhil/or PhD studies as well as those seeking a career in socio-legal or other forms of social research, whether as academics, within legal or other public sector agencies, with NGOs or voluntary organizations. The course is recognized by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK which also provides funding through competitive applications to students who are UK or EU residents. Students enrolled on the LLM in Socio-Legal Studies must complete the compulsory modules in Researching Law and Society and Foundations of Socio-legal Theory. Students also study Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Social Research run by the Sociology Department as well as a law module drawn from the other LLM programs. Students also write a 8,000 -10,000 word dissertation on a research topic of their choice.
For students wishing to construct their own individually adapted study-program, the Law School offers the LLM in Advanced Legal Studies. The course is divided into Master’s level legal modules amounting to 120 CATS, selected from modules offered by the School of Law and in special circumstances by other departments within the University of Warwick. A list of approved optional modules from outside the Law School is available on the School’s website. There is no ‘core course’ but students are encouraged to develop a curriculum which will enable focused study within a specialized field. All students are given a designated supervisor, or ‘personal tutor’, whose role is to assist in developing a study curriculum and provide support in developing a proposal for and completing a 10,000 word dissertation.
Students wishing to pursue the LLM Advanced Legal Studies degree are advised to contact the School of Law at the earliest opportunity, to ensure that their proposed course of study can be accommodated by the School during the relevant academic year.