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LLM in Legal Theory

The LLM in Legal Theory programme draws on the expertise of Queen Mary to offer advanced training in legal theory. The modules offered allow students the chance to explore a variety of theoretical approaches to law.

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Apply online for the LLM in Legal Theory:

Read the LLM application checklist.

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.

Taught Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the same field of law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

All modules are 45 credits unless otherwise stated below.

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.

Teachers contributing to this programme include:

What our students say:

Dr Wendelin Ettmayer, Austria

Wendelin Ettmayer

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."

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