City, University of London

Course Introduction

This course offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. The Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM degree should interest and benefit a broad range of students. If you have legal qualifications in another jurisdiction it will provide understanding of legal process in England. You can enroll in the course straight after a law degree, although some experience of legal practice is an advantage.

This Specialist LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution programme provides a unique opportunity to enhance the development of a career in legal professional practice as a barrister, solicitor or other qualified legal practitioner. The Masters course investigates the ways in which civil litigation can be managed strategically and effectively, and provides a practice-focused understanding of mediation and arbitration as alternative ways of resolving a dispute, both of which are becoming increasingly important to commercial and non-commercial practice alike. This innovative specialist Masters degree is designed to provide a sound understanding of the rules under which litigation, arbitration and mediation operate, based on current scholarship including areas such as procedure, evidence and ethics.

It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation. With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this LLM is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career. As a graduate of this specialist LLM programme you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organizations and a wide range of non-legal careers in litigation and dispute resolution. Students can exit at Postgraduate Certificate and postgraduate Diploma level.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £12,750 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £12,750 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £17,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £6,375 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £6,375 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £8,925 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applications from individuals with at least an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law (roughly equivalent to a B or B+) from a recognised international institution. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
  • IELTS score: 7