The LLM in Legal Theory programme draws on the expertise of Queen Mary to offer an advanced training in legal theory. The modules offered allow students the chance to explore a variety of theoretical approaches to law, including comparative, feminist and literary ones. It also provides an essential grounding in the sources and methods for the modern history of law, offering a range of modules on English legal history.
Students on the programme will take three full modules (or equivalent half modules), selected from the range of modules offered in each year. These modules will be run in the first two terms of the year. They will also be required to write a 15,000 word Masters dissertation, on a subject of their choice which has been agreed with a supervisor, and which will be submitted in August.
Apply online for the LLM in Legal Theory:
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On the application form you will be applying for entry to your chosen LLM programme. All individual module choices will be finalised after enrolment and induction. You will have a two-week induction and a full week of teaching before making your selection to enable you to make an informed final choice.
To analyse historic and philosophical developments in the past, to understand the fundamental basis of a legal regime and to intensely study various approaches towards law not only broadens one's horizon but also improves one's skills as a critically thinking lawyer - an attitude my clients won't want to miss.
Dr Wendelin Ettmayer, Attorney at law, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte gmbh, former LLM in Legal Theory and History student
The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) at Queen Mary is a home for multidisciplinary research into the global dimensions of law and society. The CLSGC aims to work towards a better theorisation of law in its changing social contexts, exploring the challenges posed for this endeavour by law’s increasingly important global dimensions. As well as undertaking collaborative research, we also supervise post-graduate research, and regularly host workshops, seminars and conferences.
For an LLM in Legal Theory, students must select the equivalent of a minimum of two full modules from this list and do their compulsory dissertation in the field of Legal Theory. Two half modules are the equivalent of a full module. The additional required full module (or equivalent half modules) can be in this area OR can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available modules.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.
- QLLM023 Courts in Comparative Perspective
- QLLM035 Gender, Law and the State: Current Legal Issues
- QLLM038 Human Rights of Women
- QLLM047 International and Comparative Social Justice
- QLLM075 Legal Theory in the Common Law Tradition
- QLLM077 Medical Jurisprudence
- QLLM089 Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources
- QLLM108 Crime and Punishment 1600-1900 (22.5 credit module)
- QLLM109 History of Commercial Law (22.5 credit module)
- QLLM110 History of Contract Law (22.5 credit module)
- QLLM111 History of Tort Law (22.5 credit module)
- QLLM112 Jurisprudence A (22.5 credit module)
- QLLM113 Jurisprudence B (22.5 credit module)
- QLLM127 International Human Rights Law
- QLLM148 The Legal Mind: The Practice and Politics of Legal Reasoning
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM169 Punishment in England 1750-1950 (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM170 Cultural Diversity and Law (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM171 Asian and African Legal Systems (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
- QLLM185 Legal Reasoning in Theory and Practice (22.5 credit module Semester 1)
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
Dr Wendelin Ettmayer, Austria
Dr Wendelin Ettmayer, Austria, Attorney at law, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte gmbh, Vienna
LLM in Legal Theory and History 2010-11
Following my graduation from the University of Vienna and a nine-month internship at various courts I joined the Institute of Labour and Social Security Law at the University of Vienna as research and teaching assistant for two years, in which I wrote my PhD thesis. Afterwards I worked at two Vienna based international law firms for four years specialising in the field of corporate / mergers and acquisitions.
In 2010 I decided to study an LLM at Queen Mary to gain experience, to meet people from all over the world, get to know a totally different legal system and enjoy living in one of the most exciting cities, London. From an academic perspective my aim was not to focus on merely practically-oriented classes, since such classes cannot substitute training on the job anyhow. My aim was rather to focus on things that you cannot learn on the job and are not available at universities in Austria. In this respect the legal theory class not only exceeded my expectations, but substantially contributed to the great experience I enjoyed at QM.
I now work as an attorney at law in one of the leading Austrian law firms. My studies in legal theory might not have addressed the problems I have to solve in my day-to-day job. Nevertheless, to analyse historic and philosophical developments in the past, to understand the fundamental basis of a legal regime and to intensely study various approaches towards law not only broadens one's horizon but also improves one's skills as a critically thinking lawyer - an attitude my clients won't want to miss.
Christian Herbst, Partner at Schönherr Attorneys at law:
"As an employer we look for something special in the CVs of the applicants. An LLM with a focus on legal theory is such a special qualification since it demonstrates that a student aims at understanding a legal system in its entirety - a key requirement to provide tailor-made advice to clients in any field of law."