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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.8k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 31 July 2016

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    The LL.M (R) in History and Philosophy of Law builds on the Law Schools national and international reputation in the fields of Legal History and Philosophy of Law. Staff expertise in those fields is grounded in a long and illustrious tradition of historical and philosophical research that can be traced back to the Scottish Enlightenment.

    The LL.M programme is designed to promote cross-fertilization between the fields of Legal History and Philosophy of Law, while allowing students to focus on the areas that interest them the most. Certain courses (such as Traditions of Legal Enquiry) expressly explore the relations between research in Legal History and research in Legal Philosophy, while others focus on more discrete areas of legal enquiry. Students are encouraged to choose (under the guidance of the programme director) optional courses and a dissertation topic that reflect their interests (see below).

    Please note that you do not need to have a prior qualification in law to be eligible to apply for this programme.

    Edinburgh is committed to providing a unique research student community in both Legal History and Philosophy of Law. Our research students in legal theory, for instance, run their own Legal Theory seminar series and reading group and the Centre for Legal History hosts a number of student and staff seminars.
    Edinburgh offers the student a strong and active research community which fosters and encourages the development of researchers in Legal History and Philosophy of Law at all stages of their careers.

    The LL.M (R) degree is a postgraduate degree of Master of Laws by Research. This programme may be completed by either full-time or part-time study.

    In order to achieve the LL.M (R) in History and Philosophy of Law, you are required to complete 180 credits, which are broken down as follows:
    (a) 100 credits for a 15 000 word Dissertation written under supervision
    (b) 20 credits for the course on Traditions of Legal Inquiry (Compulsory - Semester 1)
    (c) 20 credits for the course on Theories and Philosophies of Legal Research (Compulsory - Semester 1)
    (d) 40 credits for two courses to be chosen from the following list (each 20 credits) (Semester 2)

    * Law and the Enlightenment
    * Legal Research Methods
    * Rhetoric, Law and Literature
    * The Anatomy of Private Law
    * The Anatomy of Public Law
    * The Canon Law of Marriage in Scotland, 1500 - 2006

    Students might be allowed to take some or all of the 40 credits described in letter (d) from other courses offered by the School of Law or by other Schools within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the discretion of the programme director.
    The LLM (R) in History and Philosophy of Law may be taken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time; substantive course in Year 1, research courses plus dissertation in Year 2).


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    Program requirements

    The minimum basic admission requirement for taught postgraduate degrees is an Upper Second Class honours degree (or better), or its international equivalent, in Law, Arts or Social Sciences.The majority of our applicants have studied law; applications from non-law students with relevant studies and experience will be considered, however, and further guidance on this as it applies to each of our programmes may be sought from the School.English language requirements * IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) * TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 23 in each module) * Pearson Test of English: Total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections * CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test: 100 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Edinburgh Law School will offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence across all the LLM and MSc Programmes in the School starting in 2012, including the LLM in Law. This award will provide funding of £1,000 towards tuition fees.

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    Edinburgh is committed to providing a unique research student community in both Legal History and Philosophy of Law. Our research students in legal theory, for instance, run their own Legal Theory seminar series and reading group and the Centre for Legal History hosts a number of student and staff seminars.

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