Best university for LLM Human Rights Law


Hi,

I am looking to pursue LLM Human Rights Law in the UK preferably next year.

I have been doing my due diligence on UK universities offering the same and I'm faced with a dilemma in choosing the right university.

I have narrowed down to the following universities and would appreciate any advice in making a firm choice.

University of Nottingham
Essex University
LSE
UCL
Birmingham

Thanks,
Yvonne.

Hi,

I am looking to pursue LLM Human Rights Law in the UK preferably next year.

I have been doing my due diligence on UK universities offering the same and I'm faced with a dilemma in choosing the right university.

I have narrowed down to the following universities and would appreciate any advice in making a firm choice.

University of Nottingham
Essex University
LSE
UCL
Birmingham

Thanks,
Yvonne.
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SamF17

Hi Yvonne, 

Current UCL LLM here. I strongly recommend UCL or LSE. For Human Rights, I think UCL takes the top spot. The academics here are truly world-leaders in their fields and the modules are very interesting, with a scope similar to Oxbridge BCL/LLM. 

If you can go to LSE or UCL, they would be more beneficial than the other three options simply due to prestige and resources. 

What criteria are you considering the universities against? e.g. finances, scholarships, location, prestige/rankings etc. 

[Edited by SamF17 on Oct 10, 2022]

Hi Yvonne,&nbsp;<br><br>Current UCL LLM here. I strongly recommend UCL or LSE. For Human Rights, I think UCL takes the top spot. The academics here are truly world-leaders in their fields and the modules are very interesting, with a scope similar to Oxbridge BCL/LLM.&nbsp;<br><br>If you can go to LSE or UCL, they would be more beneficial than the other three options simply due to prestige and resources.&nbsp;<br><br>What criteria are you considering the universities against? e.g. finances, scholarships, location, prestige/rankings etc.&nbsp;
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Thanks for your response.
I'm considering the rankings as well as the modules under each program. 
I know UCL is generally prestigious but their human rights LLM is a bit shallow module wise.
The Nottingham's one is more comprehensive hence the dilemma in making a choice.


<div><br></div><div>Thanks for your response.</div><br><div>I'm considering the rankings as well as the modules under each program.</div><div>&nbsp;
</div><div>I know UCL is generally prestigious but their human rights LLM is a bit shallow module wise.</div><br><div>The Nottingham's one is more comprehensive hence the dilemma in making a choice.
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SamF17

Sorry for the slow reply. 

It is worth noting from the outset that firms and chambers really will not care about the modules you take; LLMs really are not about the substantive material as much as they are about the skills you gain (new ways of thinking, improved analysis etc). Generally, UCL keeps its modules quite confined, but there are a lot of modules that cross over significantly with human rights. 

Another big factor to consider is the faculty. When spending another 5-figures on education, you want to be learning from the best. For my course, I have legal gods like Tom Hickman KC, Rory Kelly, Jeff King etc. who provide a lot more insight than just what is on the paper (especially when they are the people behind the cases, articles, or books). My exposure to them has been utterly incredible, and more interesting than the actual substantive material on the course. 
In relation to human rights, the faculty at UCL are hard to match, let alone beat. We discussed cases such as Shamima Begum with Tom Hickman KC, who was her barrister. We also discussed Official Secrets Act reforms, and are taught by the Law Commissioner and LawCom researcher who was responsible for that topic. These provide greater insights. 

Ultimately, if you are undertaking an LLM because you want to learn specific topics, then Nottingham would be brilliant, but I would suggest really thinking about the soft skills, academic skills, and exposure that LLMs are actually designed for.

However, this is YOUR degree. You've completed the mandatory legal academic degrees; this is a voluntary one. You do not have to worry so much about LLMs, so go to wherever feels right to you, and that will be the right decision. 

If you're going largely for prestige, then UCL and LSE (in that order, but I am biased here) are without a doubt the safer choices.  

Sorry for the slow reply.&nbsp;<br><br>It is worth noting from the outset that firms and chambers really will not care about the modules you take; LLMs really are not about the substantive material as much as they are about the skills you gain (new ways of thinking, improved analysis etc). Generally, UCL keeps its modules quite confined, but there are a lot of modules that cross over significantly with human rights.&nbsp;<br><br>Another big factor to consider is the faculty. When spending another 5-figures on education, you want to be learning from the best. For my course, I have legal gods like Tom Hickman KC, Rory Kelly, Jeff King etc. who provide a lot more insight than just what is on the paper (especially when they are the people behind the cases, articles, or books). My exposure to them has been utterly incredible, and more interesting than the actual substantive material on the course.&nbsp;<br>In relation to human rights, the faculty at UCL are hard to match, let alone beat. We discussed cases such as Shamima Begum with Tom Hickman KC, who was her barrister. We also discussed Official Secrets Act reforms, and are taught by the Law Commissioner and LawCom researcher who was responsible for that topic. These provide greater insights.&nbsp;<br><br>Ultimately, if you are undertaking an LLM because you want to learn specific topics, then Nottingham would be brilliant, but I would suggest really thinking about the soft skills, academic skills, and exposure that LLMs are actually designed for.<br><br>However, this is YOUR degree. You've completed the mandatory legal academic degrees; this is a voluntary one. You do not have to worry so much about LLMs, so go to wherever feels right to you, and that will be the right decision.&nbsp;<br><br>If you're going largely for prestige, then UCL and LSE (in that order, but I am biased here) are without a doubt the safer choices. &nbsp;
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