LLM Family Law - Part-time
The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes
Distance Learning, On-Campus
GBP 12,500 *
Earliest start date
* £12,500 Domestic, London; £11,350 Domestic, Non-London; £17,500 International, London; £15,100 International, Non-London; £11,350 Online
Our LLMs from our new Master's in Law suite of programs are designed for law and non-law graduates who want to explore the practical application of a particular, specialist area of the law. Study face-to-face or online.
LLM Family Law
A Master of Laws (LLM) in Family Law* is a postgraduate degree designed for law and non-law graduates to enhance their academic legal knowledge. This internationally recognized Master’s course will give you the skills to progress within the family law industry and can open up pathways to a career as a Solicitor, Barrister, Paralegal, and more.
The LLM Family Law is an innovative, flexible program that will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of family law in practice. This course will explore issues such as divorce and dissolution, parenthood, private and public children's law, adoptions, cohabitation, and domestic abuse. On completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct and evaluate research and use your learnings to offer resolutions that best reflect the situation.
When you study the LLM Family Law with us you will:
- Be taught by subject matter experts, former and current practitioners, and research and teaching-focused academics.
- Learn about the context within which family law operates and interplays with other areas such as economics and politics.
- Research and critically evaluate the key theories, concepts, and principles of family law as applied in the UK.
- Benefit from strategic partnerships with firms, regulators, and accreditation bodies, which inform our program development.
- Improve your employability by gaining important transferable skills and mapping your career with our careers team.
- Strengthen your network - connect with other students, faculty, and industry professionals on an international scale, and seek out opportunities for future placements and job opportunities.
- Increase your earning potential - the 2020 Graduate Labour Market Statistics found that postgraduates earn on average £7,000 more than their graduate counterparts.
- Get ahead of the competition - gain in-depth knowledge of your topic of interest and become a subject expert, which will provide you with a competitive edge in the job market.
- 94% of postgraduate students in employment were in highly skilled occupations 15 months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes data).
- Prepare for the future of Legal Technology – study modules in legal technology and gain insight into this emerging area of law.
Please note that, due to Home Office regulations, students who require a Student Route visa to study with us are not permitted to study online and can only choose face-to-face taught modules.
Students should possess a UK bachelor’s degree in any subject at 2:2 or above or equivalent qualifications. Non-law students must complete a compulsory two-week induction covering the Key Principles of the English Legal System unless they can evidence the successful completion of an LLB (or equivalent) or a minimum of 3 legal modules worth at least 80 QCF credits, which must include - English Legal System, Contract Law and Law of Tort.
Terms 1 -4 (part-time)
In addition to a general induction to the program, there is a two-week induction covering the Key Principles of the English Legal System. This is compulsory for non-law students, but also open to students wanting a refresher in the fundamentals of the law of England and Wales. This would be useful for any student who has taken a considerable break from legal education.
Compulsory modules include:
- Family Law
- Research Methods Training to help you prepare for your dissertation
You may then choose three* from the list of elective modules which includes modules such as:
- International Human Rights
- Mental Health Law
- Public International Law
*All elective modules are subject to availability.
Term 5 & 6 (full-time)
- Dissertation in Family Law.
Modules are assessed by a three-hour unseen written examination or a 4,500-word coursework assignment.
All assessments are conducted online.
The dissertation module will be assessed by submission of a thesis (15,000 words), and provides an opportunity for sustained, in-depth and intensive investigation into, and reflection upon, a specialist area of Family Law.
The course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.
The approach to learning and teaching in the Master of Laws programs is predominantly learner-centered. Each taught module is divided into a number of Units which are presented using the Prepare, Engage, Consolidate approach.
Prepare: this represents all the work the student needs to complete before attending the relevant workshop. Traditional lecture content will be presented in short bite-sized segments of approximately 10 minutes to better engage the modern student. Guided independent research and reading will be expected as part of a student’s preparation.
Engage: this represents the interactive element of the Unit. This could be a face-to-face workshop, a synchronous online workshop or an asynchronous online activity.
Consolidate: this represents the final part of the Unit and can be used by students to check their understanding of the Unit immediately after their Engage activity or as part of their revision for the module or both.