LLM Public Law
Our LLM in Public Law represents an area of law in demand. At a critical time in history, it presents an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the role of law in ensuring public bodies act compatibly with the rights of those affected by their actions - and graduate to meet a growing demand for expert lawyers with the skills and knowledge to embrace the associated challenges.
Our LLM programmes are well-respected by leading law firms*. This programme explores the pressures that arise from particular areas of public policy, and the role of law in setting the framework for decision-making and as a tool for achieving policy goals. It also offers a wide range of specialist units in related areas such as health inequalities, human rights, international law and labour law.
Choosing the LLM in Public Law will see you challenged and inspired by world-leading academics who have internationally recognised research profiles in the subject. The intellectually demanding, research-rich curriculum they deliver makes our graduates stand out - able to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills and empowered to pursue rewarding careers.
Our students have gone on to work for leading law firms, specialising in human rights or administrative law, for international organisations, NGOs and other governance organisations. Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol Law School.
*Ranked #4 in UK for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019).
We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes. Our exciting range of optional units reflect the expertise of our globally renowned academics and an opportunity to further specialise your degree.
You will take four units (120 credit points overall, 30 credit points each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points). You have the option of taking three specialist Public Law units and one unit from any of our other LLM programmes.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our LLM in Public Law.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Law. Professional experience is not required. Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £12,200 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,100 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £24,700 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages. This includes information about the Law School's Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
Graduating from a world-leading law school* will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. Suitable for those with a law degree, this LLM will help:
- develop and deepen understanding of public law,
- build transferable skills,
- provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers,
- boost prospects for those already working in related fields,
- deliver a solid first step towards a research career.
Please visit our Careers and Employability webpage for more information about the support and opportunities we provide during your studies.
*A top 50 Law School (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022).
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