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Graduate Admissions

The Cambridge LLM (Master of Law) is a nine-month taught masters degree commencing at the beginning of October each year and finishing by the end of the following June.  The LLM, as a masters degree, is intended for those who wish to pursue further legal studies after completing their first degree in law, including those who are considering an academic career or intending to practise law. 

LLM students take four courses of their choice from the list of available LLM course offerings.  In recent years, the number of LLM courses on offer has tended to be in the region of 30.  The advanced nature of the LLM programme is reflected in the fact that it is organised and taught separately from the undergraduate law degree at Cambridge.  All of the LLM courses are specifically tailored for the LLM programme.

Currently, each course is most commonly assessed by means of a three-hour written examination at the end of the LLM year, although students may elect to write a full thesis in lieu of the written examination for one course (only), subject to prior formal approval of their thesis topic.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the LLM programme students can be expected to have greatly enhanced knowledge of their chosen subject areas, an increased ability to apply sophisticated and rigorous analytical techniques to primary and secondary legal materials, and a better facility in advancing robust evaluations of doctrinal, theoretical and policy arguments in the fields of their studies and more generally.


Continuing

A number of students wish to pursue further advanced legal studies after completing the LLM.  Cambridge offers various research degrees.  Students wishing to continue their studies at Cambridge by undertaking a research degree in law should apply for their chosen course through the University's Graduate Admissions Office by the relevant deadline.

The Postgraduate Research page on the Faculty of Law website contains information about the options available.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Law

Faculty of Law

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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