LLM Law (Doshisha)
This two-year degree includes a year of study at the University of Sheffield School of Law, followed by a year in Kyoto, Japan at Doshisha University. The course is taught in English at both Sheffield and Doshisha.
Completion of the degree leads to the double award of an LLM in Law from the University of Sheffield and either an MA in Comparative Political Studies or an LLM from Doshisha University.
Find more information on the Doshisha courses via their website or download the Law and Political Science module options from our Downloads section in the right hand menu.
For your year at Sheffield, you can choose from one of our specialist pathways:
The course is designed with flexibility to give students the opportunity to gain Masters-level knowledge and skills across a diverse range of legal topics and to tailor the course to your own interests and career aspirations.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to opt for the general or specialised programme when you apply. You can choose any pathway on the application form and make your final decision once you are here at Sheffield (no later than the start of semester 2). All pathways follow the same structure during semester 1, which means you can wait to see where your strengths and interests lie. If known, indicate the pathway you are interested in on your personal statement or advise that you are keeping your options open until you arrive.
The course draws on the considerable expertise of current staff, with teaching being research-led and practice-oriented. All students are encouraged to undertake their own independent research to support their learning. There is also several opportunities to get involved with conferences and research seminars, many of which involve visiting experts from the UK and overseas, as well as staff from the School of Law.
For students who apply via the University of Sheffield*, the course commences in September 2017 with two semesters in Sheffield. This is followed by two further semesters in Doshisha, finishing in August 2019.
*Students can also apply via Doshisha University. Applicants applying via Doshisha will need to be able to speak Japanese. Your fees would be payable to Doshisha (different fees apply), and you will commence the programme in April 2018 with 1 semester in Kyoto, followed by 2 semesters in Sheffield from October 2018, and finishing with a final semester in Kyoto, completing the course in August 2020.
Collaborative Programme Structure
This course structure is for students applying for the programme via the University of Sheffield and starting the course in year one with us. Students who apply via Doshisha University will follow a slightly different path (see link to course structure below).
Year 1 - University of Sheffield
Most of the teaching on this programme is seminar-based. You will be given reading each week, and after an introductory overview, the seminar leader will lead discussions based around the reading. This gives you familiarity with the law, as well as the policies which underlie it. It also trains you to structure your arguments and research in a logical manner. Most modules are assessed by means of an essay.
At the end of the course, you will write a final dissertation under the supervision of an expert member of staff.
Year 2 - Doshisha University
Students can study towards the MA in Comparative Political Studies or an LLM at Doshisha University. Information on the course structure is available on the Doshisha University website.
Each University shall deliver its Programme of Study in accordance with its own institutional and national regulatory requirements.
We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.
In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
You will be taught by leading academics who are themselves involved in research including human rights, international law, cyber law and internal market law
All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.
If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.
For all LLM Law (Doshisha) applications via the University of Sheffield you must meet the following criteria:
English language requirements:
Our minimum English requirement is:
If you are applying via Doshisha University and wish to study the International Law and Global Justice pathway during your year at Sheffield, we will consider applicants with a Political Science major who have not have studied law previously.
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Application procedure - University of Sheffield
To apply to the 2 year LLM Law (Doshisha) via the University of Sheffield, you will need to complete our quick and easy online application form.
For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page. You will also find important information on the supporting documents* you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.
*If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply now and provide these to us later.
Please note: you do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.
Application procedure - Doshisha University
Students domiciled in Japan or currently studying at a Japanese University must submit an application for this 2 year programme to Doshisha University, all other students are also eligible to apply via Doshisha instead of Sheffield. Fees are payable to Doshisha. The programme will commence in April 2018 with 1 semester in Doshisha, followed by 2 semesters in Sheffield from October 2018, and finishing with a final semester in Doshisha, completing the course in August 2020.
Part of the application process via Doshisha will include sitting Japanese entrance exams / interview.
Please note: if you opt to study the International Law and Global Justice Pathway during your year at Sheffield, we will consider applicants with a Political Science major who have not studied law previously. If you choose to study one of our other pathways, you will need to have studied law previously.
Please note the Doshisha University application pages are only available in Japanese.
There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.
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The University will review tuition fees annually. The current expectation is that we will increase fees for each year of study in line with inflation, as specified by parliament.
Funding and scholarships
There are a number of University scholarships available for postgraduate students, as well as School of Law LLM scholarships and Excellence Prizes for international students.