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University of Derby: Derby Law School

University of Derby
Derby Law School


Shape your future, your way with Derby Law School.
Flexible courses with a range of specialist pathways mean you can tailor your study to suit your interests and build a degree that matches your own needs and aspirations.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll find inspirational teaching of the highest standard, superb facilities, and plenty of practical experience to transform your thinking and enable you to aim high.

Find out more about the Derby Law School 

Derby Law School Courses

We also offer undergraduate courses in LLB, LLB with Criminology and an accelerated two-year LLB degree for those who want to fast track their career.

LLM (including specialist pathways)
The LLM course combines academic and theoretical knowledge. You will develop your understanding of the interaction between law and policy at an international level, enabling you to contribute to organisations and commercial enterprises operating across the global policy arena.

You can choose to study a broad-based general LLM or follow a specific pathway towards a specialist LLM award:

  • LLM (Commercial Law) – a chance to study commercial law in a practical, international and contemporary context. Ideal for both lawyers and professionals engaged in broader commercial practice, this pathway features negotiation and practice-driven modules, equipping you for senior roles in global enterprises
  • LLM (Corporate and Financial Law) – giving you a thorough understanding of how law assists in mediating corporate and financial risk. Covering one of the most challenging and critical areas of law, this pathway focuses on the structures and constitution of corporate entities in light of the external factors which govern their liquidity and capitalisation
  • LLM (International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom) – building your awareness of the human rights regime at international, regional and national levels. Taking a practical approach to the investigation of human rights violations, this pathway prepares you for a rewarding career with organisations working in the human rights field, from law firms to governments and non-governmental organisations
  • LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law) - preparing you for a career in intellectual property law & practice and information technology law. You will a acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in copyright, trademarks, patents, law of confidence and trade secrets, IT contract and licensing, computer law & policy, and internet law & policy

 LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC)
This course embeds the Legal Practice Course into a masters programme and will enable you to develop the practical knowledge, skills and attributes in order to undertake your training contract - the next stage to become a solicitor. The LPC provides a unique opportunity to develop yourself as a reflective practitioner in a specific area of legal practice through independent study.

This course is taught in three stages by a team of highly experienced, qualified solicitors. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has divided the LPC part into two stages. All students must study and be assessed in stage one subjects. These include Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, Civil and Criminal Litigation, Professional Conduct and Regulation and Solicitors Accounts. You will also study the skills of Legal Writing

and Drafting, Interviewing and Advising Wills and Estates, Legal Research and Advocacy. At stage two you have a choice of elective subjects, which include Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Commercial Litigation and more. Stage three is the independent studies part of the course, an opportunity for you to engage with a specific area of practice of your choice to deepen your understanding and enhance your research skills.

If you are a part-time student, you will attend compulsory weekend study sessions every Saturday during term time over two academic years, although some electives will be taught on Fridays or Sundays. Full-time students will attend compulsory study sessions every Friday and Saturday over one academic year.

Open Events
We’re always adding new online and on-campus open events throughout the year to ensure you get all the information you need on our law courses. Attending these events will give you the chance to have an in-depth chat with a law academic, find out about modules you’ll study, fees and funding options, explore the facilities and discover more about our research offering.

Book your place at one of our Postgraduate and Professional Open Events. 

Entry Requirements
An honours degree in any subject at least 2.2 classification.
We will also consider applicants with relevant work experience who may be accepted following interview.

A UK qualifying law degree or a graduate diploma in Law (2:2 or above)

“This postgraduate qualification will help me improve my chances of getting better employment in this sector, and having a UK masters degree will help broaden my options internationally.”

Nta Nta, LLM graduate.

Contact us
T: +44 (0)1332 591044

Derby Law School
University of Derby
One Friar Gate Square
Agard Street


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