The University of Nottingham is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in European law. The LLM in European Law attracts students from all over the world with an interest in the governance of Europe and the role of its institutions in the global legal order. We offer a broad perspective that encompasses both the law of the supranational European Union and the intergovernmental Council of Europe, including the European Convention on Human Rights.
The School provides a welcoming environment - educational, social and cultural - for the study of European law. Students enjoy participating in seminars led by leading scholars drawn from the School and its specialist centres, including the Human Rights Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and the Public Procurement Research Group. We have a thriving European Law Society that organises seminars and events open to all. Recent visitors include Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the European Court of Justice and Professor Joseph Weiler of New York University.
The Programme Director of the LLM is Professor Jeffrey Kenner, who is Chair of European Law and convenor of a popular module on International Relations Law of the EU. Professor Niamh Moloney, the Chair of Capital Markets Law, has introduced a new module on EU Financial Services Law. We also have recruited new colleagues with expertise in European Law, including Dr Emilie Cloatre, Dr Aris Georgopoulos, Dr Annamaria La Chimia and Dr Ping Wang. The arrival of new colleagues enables us to plan to introduce more options in the future. It also means that we will be able to expand our highly regarded PhD and MPhil programmes.
European Law is an area of established expertise and activity at Nottingham. It has a bright and exciting future of which we warmly hope you will be a part.
Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.
We also offer LLM pathways in the areas listed below, as well as a more general LLM (Master of Laws) qualification:
- LLM Criminal Justice
- LLM Environmental Law
- LLM Human Rights Law
- LLM International Law
- LLM International Commercial Law
- LLM International Criminal Justice & Armed Conflict
- LLM International Law & Development
- LLM Maritime Law
- LLM Public International Law
In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.
All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student's doctoral research.
The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes. In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.
To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation. Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, 'free' option.
In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism. The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.
Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.