School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Law

(LLM) Law

Entry for 2011

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 7 (Masters) in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Please Note

The programme specification below is for illustrative purposes. Please contact the School Administrator (Curriculum) for more detailed information.

Course Aims

The aim of this programme is to enable students to tailor their own postgraduate degree programme, according to their experience, interest and career plans, selecting courses from across the range of core and option courses offered by the Sussex Law School. The programme aims to develop to an advanced level students' legal knowledge and skills. The programme is particularly suited to students who wish to broaden their understanding of contemporary legal problems and debates. Students will achieve a deeper understanding of law in its social, political and economic context.

Students of this programme take courses from the specialist LLM programmes offered by the Sussex Law School (LLM International Trade Law; LLM Family, Responsibility and the Law; LLM International Criminal Law; LLM International Law: Rights and Responsibilities). SLS is therefore ideally placed to offer this programme given the range of courses available from which students can choose. They benefit from studying under the supervision of faculty who are expert in their field and with peers on both the LLM degree, specialist LLM programmes and students from other departments.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, the successful student will be able to:

1. Analyse and critically evaluate the legal principles of their chosen subjects.
2. Reflect critically upon the theoretical approaches to the law of their chosen subjects
3. Critically evaluate a range of subjects specific to the optional courses chosen on the programme.
4. Understand and make use of a variety of research methodologies in law.
5. Undertake a substantial research project.
In addition, the programme will develop the following intellectual and transferable skills:
6. Evaluate and make judgments in an informed way, identify problems and solutions, synthesise information.
7. Utilise a range of practical skills including IT and traditional resources and techniques for the presentation of critical analysis, both written and oral.
8. Reflect on their own development.

Course Outline (May Be Used in Prospectus)

This programme offers students the opportunity to tailor an LLM programme according to their experience, interests and career plans. By selecting from across the range of core and optional courses offered by the Sussex Law School students of the LLM Master of Laws extend the breadth and depth of their knowledge of legal principles and the social, political, economic and cultural context in which they operate. Students can select from an interesting variety of courses which examine contemporary and controversial issues of law, taught by enthusiastic faculty actively researching in the field.

Course learning outcomes

Analyse and critically evaluate the legal principles of their chosen subjects.

Reflect critically upon the theoretical approaches to the law of their chosen subjects.

Critically evaluate a range of subjects specific to the optional courses chosen on the programme.

Understand and make use of a variety of research methodologies in law.

Undertake a substantial research project.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn and Spring Terms1 from this option group AND...Approaches to International Criminal Law (880M3)307
  Approaches to International Law (886M3)307
  European Integration Theories (894M3)307
  International Trade: Issues and Challenges (878M3)307
  Understanding Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (909M3)307
  Mandatory for progressApproaches to International Criminal Law (880M3)307
 Autumn Term1 from this groupInternational Law: Rights and Responsibilities (887M3)307
  Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (910M3)307
  The Legal Regulation of International Trade (870M3)307
  The Nature and Institution of International Criminal Law (881M3)307
  Mandatory for progressAdvanced Research for LLM Students (902M3)67
 Spring Term2 of these optionsAspects of Intellectual Property Law (821M3)307
  Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (832M3)307
  EU Competition Law (829M3)307
  EU Single Market Law (828M3)307
  Human Rights, Development and the Law (836M3)307
  International and Comparative Company Law (819M3)307
  International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law (818M3)307
  International and Transnational Offending (803M3)307
  International Crimes (801M3)307
  International Environmental Law (875M3)307
  Law and Citizenship in the European Union (967M9)307
  Law and Social Theory (915M3)307
  Law of International Business Transactions (892M3)307
  Migration under the European Convention on Human Rights (871M3)307
  Restorative and Community Justice (913M3)307
  Sexual Violence and Hate Crime (912M3)307
  The International Legal Regulation of Armed Force (861M3)307
  Women and Human Rights (873M3)307

Part-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn and Spring Terms1 of these optionsApproaches to International Criminal Law (880M3)307
  Approaches to International Law (886M3)307
  European Integration Theories (894M3)307
  International Trade: Issues and Challenges (878M3)307
  Understanding Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (909M3)307
 Autumn TermMandatory for progressAdvanced Research for LLM Students (902M3)67
 Spring Term1 of these optionsAspects of Intellectual Property Law (821M3)307
  Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (832M3)307
  EU Competition Law (829M3)307
  EU Single Market Law (828M3)307
  Human Rights, Development and the Law (836M3)307
  International and Comparative Company Law (819M3)307
  International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law (818M3)307
  International and Transnational Offending (803M3)307
  International Crimes (801M3)307
  International Environmental Law (875M3)307
  Law and Citizenship in the European Union (967M9)307
  Law and Social Theory (915M3)307
  Law of International Business Transactions (892M3)307
  Migration under the European Convention on Human Rights (871M3)307
  Restorative and Community Justice (913M3)307
  Sexual Violence and Hate Crime (912M3)307
  The International Legal Regulation of Armed Force (861M3)307
  Women and Human Rights (873M3)307
  Youth Justice (903M3)307
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn TeachingOptionApproaches to International Criminal Law (880M3)307
  International Law: Rights and Responsibilities (887M3)307
  Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (910M3)307
  The Legal Regulation of International Trade (870M3)307
  The Nature and Institution of International Criminal Law (881M3)307
  Understanding Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (909M3)307

Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.

The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.