Law

Postgraduate study

Experience our range of research-led courses in flagship areas including international human rights and international criminal law.

Key facts about Law at Sussex
  • ranked 26th in power rankings for Law in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • study flagship courses in areas including international human rights and international criminal law and choose from a range of LLM and Masters in Law courses in International Commercial Law and International Trade Law, Environmental Law, Information Technology, and Intellectual Property
  • research expertise in both international and UK law
  • access to resources including the European Documentation Centre with holdings in the fields of European law and international law, and to LEXIS, Lawtel and Westlaw, the online data retrieval systems for law, which contains UK, European, US and other international legal materials.
  • opportunities to take part in staff research initiatives, law workshops and conferences
  • attend weekly seminars in which Sussex Law School faculty members, visitors from other law schools and postgraduate students present papers for discussion, allowing you to enhance your studies and research
  • career-focused courses, with opportunities to network with law firms. Many of our students now work in commercial practice, or for governmental and international organisations such as the UN and the International Tribunals as well as non-government organisations
  • develop career skills through taking part in skills competitions
  • take part in our pro bono projects to gain real-world experience in legal areas including environmental issues and housing concerns.
  • experience law in action through organised visits to local and London courts, as well as a trip to the International Tribunals at The Hague
  • we prepare you for your course through all our LLM students taking a short Advanced Research module in the first term followed by two core modules which are specific to your course.
Graduate Diploma in Law (one year)

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/ Common Professional Examination is a year-long course for non-law graduates wishing to pursue a career in law by fast tracking them to an equivalent stage as a law graduate.

The GDL at Sussex provides you with research-led teaching and the opportunity to network and develop your career plans.

You can access developmental activities and skills courses. Sussex GDL students go on to participate in and win national and international skills competitions.

In addition to seven core modules, you learn important principles of the English legal system. You also undertake a year-long dissertation, supervised by a law faculty member.

Graduate Entry LLB (two year)

This two-year course is designed for non- law graduates who want to practice law or go on to higher legal study.

You are given an introduction to the English legal system and take a range of core and optional modules. 

The course combines lectures with current law undergraduates, and graduate-only seminars where you discuss and present work. 

The course also provides opportunities for career planning and CV building and we help you find vacation work placements.

Over the two years you can take part in optional extra-curricular activities and competitions in mooting, criminal advocacy, client interviewing or negotiation.

Student perspective

"I was attracted to studying at Sussex due to the real commitment it has to research and the interdisciplinary approach.

"With the help of the Law School, I applied for and got a place on the ‘Middle Temple Access to the Bar’ scheme, which is designed to give students from non-traditional backgrounds an insight into what a career at the bar is like.

"Through it I was able to undertake a mini-pupillage at Essex Court Chambers, coupled with a week of marshalling with Mr Justice David Bean in the High Court. During this time, I proof-read and provided full case references on an important observation being submitted to the European Court of Justice on discrimination.

"Another unforgettable experience was spending an afternoon at the Levenson inquiry. This experience has helped me reach the conclusion that a career at the Bar is for me."

Ubah Dirie LLM