Kent Law School

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The Kent LLM

Specialised. Open. Critical. International.

A Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent is a fantastic opportunity to work with a team of specialists with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of topics in the field of Law. The Kent LLM is a one year full-time or two years part-time course.


As a student on the LLM programme you will have the opportunity to leave your choice of specialisation open until you arrive, our Welcome Week includes introductions to modules from across the field of law, allowing you to make an informed decision before determining your specialisation.

You can choose to specialise in any two areas of Law from the list, or to obtain a general LLM in Law by choosing modules from a multiple specialisms.


The Kent LLM attracts excellent law graduates from around the world and is also open to non-law graduates with an appropriate academic or professional background who wish to develop an advanced understanding of law in their field.

The Kent LLM gives students an open choice of modules and specialisms. You start the Kent LLM with an open choice of any six taught LLM modules from the wide variety we offer. If you choose three modules associated with a specialism, and complete your dissertation in that area of Law, you will be awarded an LLM in that area of Law. Find out more about choosing your specialism and how you construct your Kent LLM.


Kent Law School is a centre of world-class critical legal research, offering a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study. The critical, socio-legal approach taken at Kent encourages students to think about law in the broader context of global society, and in emphasising this context highlights important issues of contemporary relevance to the development of law. Kent's academic expertise is well recognised, with the Law School rated 6th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (and 4th for the proportion of research classified as world-class and internationally excellent), giving you unparalleled opportunities to study with leading academic experts in a variety of specialised fields of law.


Kent Law School is unquestionably one of the most international law schools in the world. We are international in our approach to law as a global subject, in our composition with students from over 80 countries studying in the Law School, and our location, with an additional presence at the University's Brussels centre where students on the Kent LLM can choose to spend a term of their studies, and where three individual LLM programmes are also available.

As a student on the Kent LLM you will benefit from international expertise and a multiplicity of perspectives in a truly international environment.



Both our Postgraduate Diploma and the Kent LLM are available to be studied part-time. The part-time course is taken over 2 years, with your dissertation being completed in the second year. For each of the two years, students will take 3 modules over 2 terms, for a total of 6. Each module is 1 term in length. There is also an additional requirement of a 2 hour a week non-credit module entitles 'Legal Research and Writing Skills Training' which takes place in the Autumn and Spring Terms which must be completed within 1 academic year.

The table below shows the differences between our Full Time and Part Time programme:

  Part Time Full Time
Modules per year 3 6
Autumn Term: hrs of teaching per week 2-4 6
Spring Term: hrs of teaching per week 2-4 6
'Legal Research and Writing' module 2 hrs per week 2 hrs per week


Every effort is made for Part Time students that their seminars are organised to occur on 1-2 days a week, to cater for those also in employment. However, this is largely dependent on the student's module choices.


Getting Involved

As a postgraduate student at the Kent Law School, you will have the opportiunty to participate in a vibrant and engaging research community.

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Last Updated: 27/05/2016