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Study a graduate program in employment law

What will I study in a graduate employment law program?

A graduate course in employment law will be aimed at both current law professionals looking to get ahead and students wanting to get into the legal profession for the first time.

An employment law program will cover modules and topics to do with human resources, employment and complaints. Expect topics such as labour law, termination of employment, advocacy and insolvency to feature heavily.

An LLM in employment law will normally be offered either part time or full time, with opportunities to specialise in a particular field of employment law. It is likely you will also be able to train with a professional law firm as part of the program.  

Length of program

The length of an employment law graduate program depends on where you study. As a guide, you can expect Masters programs to last the following duration in each country:

  • UK – One year full time/two year part time
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

The entry requirements needed to get onto a graduate employment law course vary from country to country and program to program, but in general you will be expected to have an undergraduate qualification in a law degree or a related subject.

You should always check with your chosen university before applying.

Career development

A graduate qualification in employment law will equip you with the skills, expertise and knowledge needed for a career in the legal sector. Graduates typically go on to work in law firms, government and multi-national companies.

Unsurprisingly, many graduates choose to work as legal professions in employment law, arbitration and dispute resolution. You could also continue your training by specialising in becoming either a solicitor or barrister, or the equivalent in the country you choose to practise in.

Unsurprisingly, most people who decide to take a Masters qualification in international law go onto work in the legal professions. Popular routes into the industry include work in international law firms, multi-national companies, governments and NGOs.

A postgraduate qualification in employment law doesn’t mean you have to go onto work in the legal industry.

Legal skills and the employability traits you gain are highly sought after by many employers, and can be transferred to other industries and professions. These skills can set you up for careers in industries as diverse as accountancy, business management and professional services.

Fees and funding

The cost of employment law graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £3,400 - £25,000
  • USA - $35,000 - $60,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 22,000-34,000 (Application fee of RMB 400-800)

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