This comprises of a total of four subjects that are further sub-divided into sixteen sections. In order to attain a specialization, a student must choose four subjects from a given specialization course. At present, SIL is providing courses from the specializations of Commercial and Corporate Law, International Business Law and Human Rights Law.
The flexibility of this programme allows many candidates to apply;
A student with a bachelors degree in a non-law field can apply for a Postgraduate Diploma whereby he/she will study for 10 sections and upon passing the examinations, can proceed to complete the remaining six sections upon which the LLM degree will be granted.
A student with NO bachelors degree but with at least 5 years of work experience can apply for the Postgraduate Certificate whereby he/she will study for 5 sections. Upon passing the examinations, he/she will then complete 5 more sections and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma and finally after completing the remaining 6 sections, will be awarded an LLM degree. Career options are not necessarily limited to advocacy. An LLB (Hons) or LLM graduate can also provide legal consultancies to the corporate/financial sector, multinationals, government services, United Nations, development banks etc. In addition an LLB or an LLM is a fine combination for many students wishing to pursue an MBA or apply for their CSS exams.
The University of London is truly one of the great universities of the world. A federation of 18 world-class Colleges and 10 specialist institutes, its reputation for high academic standards has been built on the outstanding teaching and research of its Colleges since 1836. University of London degrees are recognised internationally by governments, universities, employers and professional bodies as being of the highest academic quality.
Since 1858, University of London degrees have been accessible to students all over the world through the University of London International Programmes, the longest standing flexible and distance learning programmes in the world. Over the years, many exceptional people who have studied with the University of London International Programmes have shaped our world. Former students include seven Nobel Prize winners, leaders of Commonwealth countries, government ministers, renowned authors, academics, judges and business leaders. Today, the University of London International Programmes is truly international in character with over 52,000 students in more than 190 countries.
Academic direction for all of the courses offered through the University of London International Programmes is provided by Colleges of the University. Academics at these Colleges develop the syllabuses, prepare the study materials, and are responsible for the assessment of students. This means that students benefit from the academic rigour and leading-edge research undertaken by the Colleges. It also ensures that the standard of award made to International Programmes students is maintained at the same level as the standard of award made to students studying at one of the Colleges of the University.
In the case of the undergraduate laws programme, academic direction is provided by the following Colleges: Birkbeck, Kings College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Queen Mary, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and UCL (University College London).In the case of the postgraduate laws programme, it is provided by Queen Mary and UCL (University College London).
Upon successful completion of their studies, students are awarded a University of London degree or diploma. Although the standards of these awards are maintained at the same level as the standards of awards made to students studying at Colleges of the University, the awards are distinct from degrees or other qualifications awarded by these Colleges. The certificate that students receive following graduation will state that the student was registered with the University of London and awarded a University of London degree or diploma. It will also state that examinations were by the University of London Law Schools.