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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

LLM Law and Social Justice

Programme code:LLM-LAW/LSJFUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Chris Dietz Contact address:C.P.Dietz@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Law

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

The LLM in Law & Social Justice is an advanced postgraduate course designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, policies, and practices at the forefront of contemporary understanding of law and social justice. The programme provides a dynamic platform to not only expand your theoretical understanding of key concepts in the field but also to apply this knowledge in practical scenarios, equipping you with the skills to navigate the complexities of these interrelated areas.

Structured with a blend of compulsory and optional modules, the programme allows you to tailor your studies to their specific interests while ensuring a solid foundation in law and social justice. Compulsory modules in Inequalities, Law and Justice, Theories of Social Justice and Postgraduate Research Skills, enable you to develop your legal research and writing skills, culminating in an independent piece of research on your chosen topic, the Dissertation. Optional modules offer a further range of specialisations, including Security, Conflict and Justice, Contemporary Theories of Crime and Justice and Central Issues in Criminal Law. This modular structure provides you with the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest within the realm of law and social justice.

A distinctive feature of this programme is its commitment to the principles of the new Leeds Curriculum. It emphasises research-led teaching, ensuring that you engage with the latest scholarship and debates. The curriculum also promotes a breadth of learning, providing you with a holistic understanding of the subject matter. Contents are regularly updated to reflect the evolving nature of domestic and international landscapes, preparing you to address current and emerging challenges in your professional career. Professional development is a key focus, with the programme equipping you with the skills necessary for your future careers.

While primarily delivered through in-person lectures and seminars, the programme also utilises digital technologies to enrich the learning experience. This combination allows for an inclusive, engaging, and flexible environment, accommodating diverse learning styles and needs.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have achieved a comprehensive understanding of the most pressing issues relating to criminal justice at the domestic and international levels, including its application to real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You will be able to critically evaluate rules and policies, undertake independent research, and effectively articulate arguments. In addition to these subject-specific outcomes, the programme also develops transferable skills such as critical thinking, time management, and advanced communication abilities, which are indispensable in professional settings.

In summary, the LLM in Law & Social Justice programme combines legal and academic learning with the development of key research and professional skills. It provides you with a unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of the issues relating to law and social justice, thereby preparing you to gather relevant skills to pursue careers in academia, legal practice, non-governmental organisations, supranational organisations, or industry.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 120 credits of compulsory modules

LAW5401MInequalities, Law and Justice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5406MTheories of Social Justice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5780MDissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules

Semester 1 
Candidates will be required to study 15 credits in Semester 1 from the following optional modules: 

Choose 1 module from EITHER Basket 1 OR Basket 2

NOTE: If a module is chosen from Basket 1 (30 Credits), this counts as one 15 credit option from Basket 1 AND contributes to 15 credits in semester 2, meaning you will study only two modules from Basket 3.

LAW5228MContemporary Theories of Crime and Justice30 credits 
LAW5301MSecurity, Conflict and Justice30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5613MInternational Tax Law and Policy30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5861MInternational Human Rights30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Basket 2: (15 Credit modules)

LAW5065MCentral Issues in Criminal Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5862MHuman Rights and Disabled People 115 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5867MFoundations of Global Governance Through Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Semester 2  
Candidates will be required to study 45 credits in Semester 2 from the following optional modules:

Choose up to three modules from Basket 3
NOTE: If a 30 Credit module was chosen from Basket 1, choose only two modules from Basket 3. 

Basket 3

LAW5146MInternational Criminal Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5355MEnvironmental Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5362MComparative Human Rights Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5863MHuman Rights and Disabled People 215 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5868MAdvanced Global Governance Through Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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