The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four full units.  The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision.

With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s module at SOAS including appropriate language module. A complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject.

Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary according to the extent to which the research component of each module is to be stressed.

It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more modules from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.

Study Details:

LLM One calendar year (full-time) Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only)

Module Details:

Students take taught modules to the value of 4.0 full units, one of which will be assessed by a 15,000 word dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with an LLM (Master of Laws) must select a minimum of 3.0 units from the Law postgraduate modules list.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Three courses must be chosen from the following SOAS LLM course list:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Law
  • Chinese Constitutionalism
  • Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy
  • Colonialism, Empire and International Law
  • EU Law in Global Context
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Foundations of Comparative Law
  • Foundations of International Law
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • Human Rights of Women
  • Human Rights in The Developing World
  • International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village
  • International and Comparative Corporate Law
  • International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
  • International Criminal Law
  • Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Islamic Law (Ma/Llm)
  • Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies
  • Law and Development in Africa
  • Law and Human Rights in China
  • Law and International Inequality:Critical Legal Analysis of Political Economy From Colonialism to Globalisation
  • Law and Natural Resources
  • Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals
  • Law and Society in Southeast Asia
  • Law and Society in South Asia
  • Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case
  • Law of International Finance
  • Law of Islamic finance
  • Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond
  • Modern Chinese Law and Institutions
  • Multinational Enterprises and The Law
  • The Law of Armed Conflict
  • Water Law: Justice and Governance
  • Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods

Optional Course In Development Studies


Water and development:conflict and governance



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  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law

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