The LLM is a graduate law degree.  It is distinct from the JD and the LLB as it allows for a specialization in a particular area of law.  The LLM is recognized internationally and is an excellent stepping stone to a number of career paths. The UK is an especially great place to study an LLM because the UK has been instrumental in developing innovative law programs. 

There are many types of LLM specializations.  The LLM allows you to develop the skills to qualify as an ‘expert in a niche area’ of legal professional services.  Many students will choose to pursue an LLM program after obtaining their LLB. Furthermore, students can also apply to an LLM degree directly from undergraduate studies if they meet entry requirements (which are variable), so it is an ideal program for the student that knows which field they would like to pursue.

Examples of LLM programs at our partner universities include:

  • Procurement Law and Strategy
  • International Business Law
  • Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Maritime Law


You can also choose to take a general LLM (commonly referred to as the LLM Law).   The LLM Law is more generalized and would allow you to study a multitude of areas of law, whereas a specialized LLM will be more niche.  You may also choose to tailor your module choices towards a particular area of law if you prefer.   

The list above is by no means exhaustive as there are a variety of programs available to consider.

If you are interested in pursuing an LLM program, please complete this form. You’ll be assigned an Across the Pond advisor and you will be walked through the application process.


LLM and Future Career Prospects

If you already know the area of law and expertise you would like to develop a specialization and career in, then we are ready to help you achieve that goal! If, however, you are uncertain about your path and how to leverage that qualification into a great professional career, we recommend the external service Professional Career Launcher.  Here you can work directly with John G. Kelly, a leading expert with a passion for providing aspiring professionals with information and guidance on leveraging an innovative UK multi-disciplinary LLM degree into a career credential in the 21st century dynamic professional services market.

Please note that this is a service external to those offered by Across the Pond, and, unlike Across the Pond, is a paid service. If you would like to be considered to work directly with John to map out a future potential career and how to propel yourself into that area, please fill in this form  or read more on the Career Launcher pages.