COVID-19 has affected all of us. The legal issues it raises are also acute. For example, how far should individual liberties be curtailed in order to protect public health? To what extent should legal standards and regulatory controls be relaxed in the context of pandemic? How do we fairly allocate resources if it is impossible to offer the best available to treatment to all? How should states regulate on the basis of scientific advice in a context of scientific uncertainty?
It is only possible to respond to these questions on the basis of a detailed understanding of health law, understood within its rich political, ethical and cultural contexts.
The Kent Law and Health LLM pathway offers an exciting and innovative exploration of issues at the heart of health law. Informed by world-leading research, it will enable you to understand the broad legal and ethical and principles at play, to explore the political, social and institutional contexts that impact the regulation of health, and to analyse the complex interrelationships between health, law and regulation. This year, a sustained focus on the issues raised by responding to COVID-19 will offer a jumping off point for broader study.
The pandemic has also shown that it impossible to understand health law and policy in isolation from broader contexts of globalised, intergenerational, racialised and other inequalities. Kent Law School is a pioneer of critical, contextual approaches to the study of law, with a central focus on social justice remaining pervasive throughout our programmes. Consideration of law in its broader social, political and international contexts, and the impact of intersecting axes of discrimination, are at the heart of this pathway.
This pathway is equally suitable for people with a background in law, medicine and allied disciplines, or an alternative discipline but with a strong interest in understanding the role and scope of health law in contemporary domestic and global society. The pathway offers an opportunity for further career development for those already working in these fields, or preparation for those interested in pursuing a career in the legal, health, public, government and voluntary sectors.
Studying for a Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent means having the certainty of gaining an LLM in a specialist area of Law. The Kent LLM gives you the freedom to leave your choice of pathway open until after you arrive, with your pathway being determined by the modules you choose.
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time (September start); 15 months full-time, 28 months part-time (January start)
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the institutions, principles and structures of law in areas studied, and the policy background and interrelationships between them
- the key concepts, policy issues, principles; and relevant sources of law and policy in the areas studied
- the substantive law relevant to a range of key areas of law and policy
- the theoretical, social and academic debates which underlie the substantive areas of law studied
- the practical contexts in which law operates
- the importance of evaluating law alongside its theoretical and practical contexts: and
- the relationship and inter-relationship between areas of law studied.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- gathering information and accessing key sources
- applying your knowledge of medical law to a wide range of situations associated with relevant practical theoretical and ethical issues
- evaluating issues according to their context, relevance and importance
- formulating arguments on central issues and areas of controversy, and the ability to present a reasoned opinion based upon relevant materials
- recognise potential alternative arguments, and contrary evidence, to your own opinion and present a reasoned justification for preference
- demonstrate an independence of mind and the ability to offer critical challenge to received understanding on particular issues
- an ability to reflect constructively on your learning progression.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- the ability to identify and characterise issues relating to areas of law studied, which arise in practical situations
- the ability to research and access the main sources of law and policy that are relevant to the area of law studied
- the ability to appreciate and evaluate the main theoretical and political perspectives that underlie the legal provisions
- the ability to provide a reasoned and justified opinion as to the possible legal consequences in particular circumstances
- awareness of the limitations of present knowledge and matters needing to be resolved by further research
- the ability to utilise research skills, at least, to commence further research into unresolved issues
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- the ability to identify relevant issues from potentially complex factual situations
- the ability to undertake research from a diverse range of sources;
- the ability to summarise detailed, complex information accurately and concisely
- the ability to formulate arguments in verbal presentations and defend these against opposing views
- presenting information and arguments in written form, in accordance with academic conventions, and appropriately to the intended readership
- evaluating personal performance.
This programme aims to provide:LLM: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) advanced research, writing and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
PGDip: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) written and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.LLM: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of particular areas of law.
PGDip: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of the subjects studied.LLM & PGDip: A degree of specialisation in areas of law and policy chosen from the LLM option streams available and an opportunity for students to engage with academic work at the frontiers of scholarship.LLM & PGDip: A critical awareness of the operation of law and policy, particularly in contexts that are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.LLM: The skills to undertake supervised research on an agreed topic in their specialisation and to encourage the production of original, evaluative analysis that meets high standards of scholarship.LLM & PGDip: Critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of contexts. LLM & PGDip: The skills of academic legal research and writing.LLM: A sophisticated grounding in research methods.