Located in Bloomsbury, London, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) was established in 1947. It is attached to the University of London and funded as a national academic institution. IALS serves other universities in the area via its national legal research library. Its goal is to facilitate, promote and disseminate the outcome of advanced research and study in law to benefit individuals and institutions in UK and overseas.
IALS offers professionals, lawyers, law graduates and even those without a law degree, opportunities to gain high quality post graduate legal education through its LLM offerings. What is even more attractive about the LLM programmes provided by IALS are the flexibility afforded to students. Depending on the LLM program, classes may be conducted onsite or online. Applicants may also opt for the joint Masters' degree offered by IALS.
The current LLM programmes in IALS are as follows:
- LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies (ALS)
- LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation & Economic Law
- LLM in Legal Translation
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters' Degree in Parliamentary Procedures & Legislative Drafting (EUPADRE)
The LLM in ALS may be taken either onsite or through distance learning (online). The course is divided into two, i.e., the EU direction and the common law direction. Applications will open for the 2018-2019 onsite LLM in ALS on 1 November 2017. For the online classes that will start January 2018, applications are on-going.
The LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law can be finished within 1 year full time or two years part time. It is open not only to law graduates and legal professionals but also to economics graduates and those with careers in corporate governance and financial services. Applications for the 2018-2019 classes for this programme start 1 November 2017.
The LLM in Legal Translation is a relatively new offering and still under review. Those interested in this programme may register their interest but no applications will be accepted as of yet. More information will be provided once it is available.
Finally, the EUPADRE is supported by Erasmus Mundus funding and done in partnership with the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and the Complutense University in Madrid. Deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 joint masters' degree is 21 March 2018.