The Sheffield LLM
This general LLM offers you the greatest flexibility to choose any available modules from our full range of LLM pathways without restricting yourself to one particular branch of law. The course is designed 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.
Why choose the Sheffield (general) LLM?
If you prefer to focus on a particular legal subject area then you can opt to specialise through one of our LLM pathways:
Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to opt for the general or specialised programme when you apply. All of our pathways are under the same course code, which means 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.
Most of the teaching on this programme is seminar-based. You will be given readings 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.
The Sheffield LLM can be studied on a full time basis over 1 year or on a part time basis over 2 years.
You will be taught by leading academics who are themselves involved in research including human rights, international law, cyber law and internal market law.
Convenor of this course
Professor Andrew Johnston
I was appointed to a chair at Sheffield in January 2013. Before coming to Sheffield, I lectured at the Universities of Queensland, Cambridge, Sheffield (2003-5) and Warsaw. I teach and research in the fields of company law and corporate governance, broadly conceived. My latest research examines regulatory responses to the global financial crisis.
I studied law at Cambridge and wrote my doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence. Before becoming an academic I practised as a solicitor with Herbert Smith and the Treasury Solicitor
Whether you are following the LLM Law or one of it's specialist pathways, all of our courses are designed to give students the advanced knowledge and expertise in their respective field(s). The course will sharpen your critical faculties and equip you to research unfamiliar areas of law. Leading law firms tell us that these are the skills they are looking for in the graduates they recruit. The majority of our graduates apply their degree directly, working as legal practitioners. Even if you decide not to go into legal practice, these essential skills will make you more employable in the worlds of business, government, academia and beyond.
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 Sheffield LLM applications you must meet the following criteria:
English language requirements:
Our minimum English requirement is:
How to apply
For information on the application process please select the 'How to apply' tab above.
If you need any further information, please contact us.
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To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate 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 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.
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.
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.