Master of Laws (LLM) in International Dispute Resolution

General

Program Description

Academic study with a strong practical dimension including input from industry professionals and academics

Gain a unique perspective on this fast-moving area of law which will enable you to gain expertise in a range of studies focusing on dispute resolution.

Course Overview

The academically led and practice-informed International Dispute Resolution course will provide you with a unique perspective on this fast-moving area of law. This course is designed to benefit to anyone pursuing, or wishing to pursue a career in international law, civil and criminal litigation, arbitration, international litigation, dispute resolution, including as conflict managers, complaint handlers, negotiators, mediators, ombudsmen, and in the arbitration and commercial sector. The programme will be of interest to students from the UK and internationally. Completing this programme will allow you to move into a variety of future legal careers, for example with law firms, multinational corporations, international courts and tribunals.

There will be a focus on current issues and will also look at the different dispute resolution methods, thus ensuring a complete understanding of the area. Whilst the course is grounded in dispute resolution theory, this LLM combines the practical and theoretical to ensure that students learning is directly applicable to your work.

The course will allow you to develop an in-depth and practical knowledge of international dispute resolution; understand the principles and practice of arbitration and the international context in which this operates; analyse issues in international dispute resolution; apply relevant law/institutional policies to help resolve issues that arise in international disputes and develop critical thinking and autonomous learning skills, to enable you to gain knowledge in an area of considerable commercial interest, which will enhance employability potential in the international dispute resolution area.

Course Structure

The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 11th-12th September 2020, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2020 through to the end of December 2020 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2021, students study the next two 30 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2022, students study the final two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of construction law.

Module Choices

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below.

Core Module

  • Introduction to Law and ADR

Optional Modules

  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration Practice and Procedure
  • International Investment Law
  • WTO – Law and Disputes

Ideal For

Legal professionals:

This course is suitable for in-house private practice lawyers working in:

  • Construction law
  • International law
  • Civil and criminal litigation
  • Arbitration
  • International litigation
  • Dispute resolution

Others:

  • Engineers
  • Contracts managers
  • Architects
  • Planning managers
  • Surveyors
  • Procurement/purchasing
  • Conflict Managers
  • Project managers
  • Complaint Handlers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Negotiators
  • Risk Managers
  • Mediators
  • Ombudsmen
  • Business Development
  • Commercial Directors

The Accelerated Route

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2020 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2020. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2021).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

Why THIS Course?

  • Develop in-depth and practical knowledge of international dispute resolution.
  • Understand the principles and practice of arbitration and the international context in which this operates.
  • Analyse issues in international dispute resolution.
  • Apply relevant law/institutional policies to help resolve issues that arise in international disputes.
  • Develop critical thinking and autonomous learning skills, to enable students to gain knowledge in an area of considerable commercial interest, which will enhance employability potential in the international dispute resolution area.
Last updated November 2019

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