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  May 2016
  April 2016
Department of Law, London School of Economics

Since the foundation of the London School of Economics (LSE) just over a century ago, the study of law has been an integral part of the School's mission. The Law Department is one of the largest in the School. Its special place in a school of social sciences has given legal studies in the Department a distinctive, interdisciplinary character. The Law Department has played a major role in policy debates and policy-making and in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world. It enjoys a uniquely cosmopolitan student body, and has deeply influenced legal education in most common law countries.


LL.B. Programme Objectives

  • To equip students with a sound understanding of the foundations of legal knowledge, enabling them to obtain exemption from the common professional examination;
  • To offer students the opportunity to study law from an extensive catalogue of optional subjects, covering the entire range of legal knowledge;
  • To develop students' analytical and research skills, equipping them with the generic skills they will need in their future careers;
  • To expose students to a wide range of disciplinary approaches to legal study, encouraging them to reflect on the complexity of legal practice and of the variety of ways of understanding law's role in contemporary society.

LL.B. Programme Benefits

  • Teaching by a large, diverse staff of leading scholars in their specialist fields;
  • Learning within a talented and diverse student cohort;
  • Teaching and learning within the intellectually challenging and cosmopolitan setting of one of the world's leading social science institutions;
  • Teaching and learning at the heart of legal London, in close proximity to Parliament, the law courts, the inns of courts, city firms and government departments;
  • Teaching and learning that equips graduates with the range of skills they will need to excel in their future careers.

LL.M. Programme Objectives

  • The programme is run by the LSE Law Department, which is rated in the highest category in the UK for both research (5*A) and teaching (excellent);
  • Students take four courses, usually over a period of one year of full-time study;
  • Students elect at least one course to be assessed by means of an independent research dissertation;
  • Courses may be selected from approximately 60 Law Department courses or from certain complementary offerings in other LSE Departments;
  • Several major LSE scholarships are awarded competitively to LL.M. students.

LL.M. Programme Benefits

  • An international student body is selected by highly competitive admission criteria;
  • The programme is taught by eminent academics and practitioners, and many offer an interdisciplinary approach;
  • Students may opt to be awarded specialised LL.M. degrees in banking law and financial regulation; corporate and/or commercial law; corporate and securities law; information technology, media and communications law; criminology and criminal justice; European law; human rights law; intellectual property law; international business law; labour law; legal theory; public international law; public law; or taxation;
  • Courses are taught in a variety of formats, including seminars, lectures and small group classes;
  • The programme is recognised as enhancing a wide range of career paths;
  • Part-time study is possible, over either two or four years; this teaching takes place with the full-time students.


The law collection is a strong working collection for today's researchers. It is particularly rich in English, foreign and international law and supported by the extensive collections of UK government and inter-governmental publications.


The LSE Law Department received the highest ranking in the country in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. 75 per cent of the research was rated either world-class or of international renown. Research interests of members of the Department include the following: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Biotechnology, Comparative Law, Competition Law, Contract, Restitution and Commercial Law, Corporate, Insolvency and Financial Law, Crime / Criminal Justice, Environmental Law, EU Law, Family Law, Human Rights, ICT, Media and Communications Regulation, Intellectual Property, International Trade / WTO, Labour Law, Legal and Social Theory, Medical and Mental Health Law, Property Law, Cultural Property and Heritage, Public Law, Public International Law, Regulation, Social Security Law, Taxation, Tort and Personal Injuries Law.


Law Department
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
Tel: 020 7955 7688
Fax: 020 7955 7366
E-mail : lawdepartment@lse.ac.uk 
Website: www.lse.ac.uk

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