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Study a graduate program in international law

What will I study in a graduate international law program?

A graduate program in international law will look at contemporary issues in international law, taking in topics as diverse as world trade issues, peacekeeping and human rights litigation. If you are looking to increase your opportunities in the legal sector beyond the domestic scene, a program in international law could be for you.

An LLM in international law will normally be offered either part time or full time, with a course list focused around international criminal law and globalisation.

Length of program

The length of an international 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

Entry requirements for a graduate law program vary widely from country to country and even between individual universities. You will be expected to have some basic knowledge of legal practices in the country you are studying.

To study law at postgraduate level, in most cases, you will require to have an undergraduate law degree and proven your skills in the field. However, there are conversion courses in international law available from many universities around the world.

Career development

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.

However, the path to becoming a solicitor or barrister and the requirements of the job varies from country to country, so experience of a particular legal system is often required before being able to get a job. Professional law qualifications cannot always be easily transferred between different countries.

A postgraduate qualification in international law doesn’t mean you have to go onto work in the legal industry. The skills you gain from a graduate law program are highly sought after and can often 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 international 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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