LLM General Pathway




School: Newcastle School of Law

Course code: LLM-LLMGP-DIG

Credits: 180





1 year full-time; 2 years part-time


Postgraduate (NLS/HLC LLM)

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    Easy payment plans available with no charges.


    LLM General Pathway

    The programme aims to develop pro-active decision makers, managers and leaders for a variety of careers in business sectors in a Newcastle context.

    The Newcastle LLM has been designed to allow in-depth analysis of important legal topics.

    This General LLM pathway is particularly suitable for those seeking exposure to a range of legal disciplines, giving students expertise across the board and providing the skills and knowledge required for a successful legal career.

    On this pathway you have complete flexibility in module selection, giving you the opportunity to decide which areas of law have the most relevance to your future career and to choose modules that most interest you. With one of the widest ranges of options on any LLM programme in the US, with over 30 modules available, you can create a unique degree tailored to your future career aspirations. This is the ideal pathway if you wish to gain Masters-level knowledge and skills without restricting yourself to just one particular branch of law.


    Why Study this Course?


    • Study at a top global law school – Newcastle Law School is one of the US top 20 law schools , reflecting our excellence in teaching and our world-leading research. Our academics are experts in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research which informs law reform
    • Extensive extra-curricular legal opportunities – our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) run pro bono groups and mooting competitions. Last year, over 200 of our students volunteered in our pro bono groups
    • Professional links – opportunities include placement schemes, the annual law fair, and visits to leading firms. CEPLER run careers events and work placements throughout the year. Last year 163 of our students participated in CEPLER organised work placements
    • Optional modules – tailor your law degree to suit your interests in final year with our extensive range of electives  
    • Optional year abroad opportunities – study overseas at a partner institution and experience incredible cultures, as well as an alternative perspective on Law, and a different academic environment
    • Excellent graduate prospects – 93% of graduates from our Law programmes are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating 
    • Transferable skills – a law degree prepares you for a wide range of careers as it enables you to develop a variety of skills, such as oral and written communication, analysis and evaluation, problem solving, independent working and research skills

    The programme is available in two duration modes:

    • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

    Course Structure

    Your other modules can be chosen from any of the modules available on our LLM pathways in that year. If you follow the LLM General pathway, you can choose any six modules from those available.

    The list below reflects the latest information we have:

    • Banking Law
    • Carriage of Goods by Sea
    • Commercial Conflict of Laws
    • Company Law
    • Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    • Criminal Law Reform Now 
    • Elements of Cyberlaw
    • Environmental Energy Law
    • European Human Rights Law
    • Financing of International Trade
    • Global Competition Law 
    • Global Crime Problems
    • Health and Safety at Work Law
    • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
    • Human Rights and Health Care Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
    • International Corporate Governance
    • International Criminal Law and Justice
    • International Humanitarian Law
    • International Human Rights Law
    • International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations
    • International Trade Law and Policy: Advanced Issues
    • Islamic Family Law
    • Law and Language 
    • Law of International Organisations
    • Maritime Law
    • Partnership and LLP Law
    • Public International Law
    • Socio-Legal Methods
    • Socio-Legal Theory
    • Theory of Criminal Law
    • Transnational Criminal Law

    Students may also be allowed to choose one of their six modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department. Some of the modules available include:


    • Global Environmental Governance
    • Sex, Death Gender and (in)security
    • Ethnic Conflict and its Management: Theories and Cases
    • Arguing against Tyranny
    • Democracy and Development 
    • Globalisation and Governance
    • Terrorism and Political Violence
    • Post-conflict Peacebuilding and the International Order
    • Authoritarianism and Development 
    Entry Requirements

    Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

    Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

    This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

        • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
        • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
        • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
        • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

    Our graduates move onto a diverse range of careers, with many going on to work in top law schools and law firms. Some examples of where our recent graduates have gone on to work include: Linklaters LLP, 5 Pump Court Chambers, Bar Pro Bono Unit and Squire Patton Boggs. A number of our postgraduate students go directly from Newcastle to complete the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.


    Links to the Legal Profession

    The Law School maintains strong links with the professional world, through our network of alumni and contacts in the barristers’ and solicitors’ professions. These links allow us to put on a series of law careers events throughout the academic year.

    Each autumn, the University hosts the Law Fair, in which we welcome over 50 law firms, including some of the largest law firms in the world, to the University’s Great Hall. The attendees represent law firms of all sizes and most areas of practice.

    Each year, the Law School hosts an “Employability Fortnight”. The events which run in this fortnight have included an Applications Process Panel Session, a Midlands Circuit Court Visit followed by an Inner Temple Drinks Reception in the evening, an Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop by Herbert Smith, and dedicated Careers Advice Drop-in Sessions.


    The Careers Network

    The Careers Network organises regular events including presentations by top law firms and the annual Law Fair. It also runs workshops to help students prepare effective applications and to prepare for their next move. Its events on non-law careers, including journalism, marketing and working with charities, can be of interest to law students.



    The Law School organises a range of mooting opportunities and students have the opportunity to participate (a moot is a mock trial of a legal issue). The Moot Room is a state-of-the-art court room, complete with audio-visual equipment for recording moots. The Law School operates four mooting competitions, and students regularly represent the University at regional and national competitions, with notable success.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:


    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Key skills

    The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the Newcastle Law School’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

    Credit transfer

    If you’ve already completed some study at another university, you may be able to count it towards your University qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study.

    You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. Just tell us what you studied, where and when, and we’ll compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen course.


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    How to apply ?

    Simply follow the steps given below to enrol:
    1. Fill enrolment form on-line at https://nclaws.org/apply-now/
    (This can be paid online using credit or debit card)