Top LL.M. Programs for Maritime/Admiralty Law 2023

Maritime law—sometimes known as admiralty law—regulates activities that take place on the sea. Many countries have their own laws which govern maritime activities within their borders, but there are also various treaties and conventions which provide a framework for international maritime laws. Students pursuing an LL.M. program in Maritime or Admiralty Law will be exposed to a number of issues important in the field, including regulation of shipping, marine insurance, and international trade. And increasingly, LL.M. programs in Maritime Law are also exploring related topics, such as marine pollution and climate change. An LL.M. in Maritime Law can prepare grads for a variety of jobs, including maritime specialists in private law firms, legal analysts at maritime insurance firms, or positions at international bodies.

Swansea, United Kingdom 76 Followers 122 Discussions
Swansea Law School

Home to a sizable port, the city of Swansea has long had a connection to the sea. This relationship has also been embraced by the school, which has a strong reputation for maritime law and hosts the Institute for International Shipping and Trade Law. The school offers an LL.M. in International Maritime Law, plus one in International Commercial and Maritime Law.

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Southampton, United Kingdom 51 Followers 132 Discussions
Southampton Law

Founded in 1982, the school’s Institute of Maritime Law explores various research topics in the field. Students pursuing the schools highly-regarded LL.M. in Maritime Law study near one of the United Kingdom’s biggest ports.

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New Orleans, Louisiana 71 Followers 81 Discussions
Tulane Law

Even though in the US there are very few LL.M.s in Maritime Law—Tulane is one of only a handful of law schools in the country offering an LL.M. in Admiralty—lack of competition doesn’t mean that it’s subpar. On the contrary, the school’s LL.M. in Admiralty is highly-regarded, in the US and internationally. The school also runs the Maritime Law Center and offers a specialized JD program in Admiralty.

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Singapore, Singapore 323 Followers 236 Discussions

NUS’ Centre for Maritime Law—one of the few maritime law research centers in the Asia-Pacific region—puts on relevant events and publishes research. LL.M. students can pursue a concentration in Maritime Law; Singapore, one of the world’s busiest shipping hubs, is a great place to study for those with interest in the field.

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Oslo, Norway 222 Followers 92 Discussions
University of Oslo

Students looking to study maritime law in Scandinavia can choose Oslo’s LL.M. in Maritime Law, which addresses a range of topics, such as shipping law, attacks on vessels, and the effects of the global financial situation on the shipping industry. The school hosts the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, which has been fostering expertise in the space since 1963.

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Rondebosch, South Africa 80 Followers 27 Discussions
Cape Town (UCT)

Situated along an active shipping lane, Cape Town is a great place for LL.M. students to see how maritime law works in the real world. The school also hosts the Institute of Marine & Environmental Law, which produces relevant research and teaches courses on the school’s LL.M. in Marine & Environmental Law.

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Msida, Malta 44 Followers 16 Discussions

Established in 1988 under the auspices of a specialized agency of the United Nations, the IMLI serves as a research and training hub for maritime law. While at first, IMLI's LL.M. in International Maritime Institute was designed for those from developing countries, it has evolved to help students from all over the world specialize in Maritime law. The LL.M. covers topics in shipping, public international law, international organizations, and more.

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Halifax, Canada 47 Followers 16 Discussions
Dalhousie - Schulich

Located in Halifax—one of Canada’s biggest port cities—Dalhousie runs the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, which has carved out a research niche in maritime law. Although the school doesn’t offer a specialized LL.M. in Maritime Law, interested students can pursue a range of electives in both marine and environmental law.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom 119 Followers 275 Discussions

Although the school does not host a dedicated maritime law research center, Nottingham’s faculty members actively produce research in the marine economy field. Students studying at Nottingham can pursue the school’s Maritime Law LL.M.

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London, United Kingdom 92 Followers 151 Discussions
City Law School

Students interested in the field can study City’s Maritime Law LL.M. The school administers the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group, and faculty produce research in maritime law.

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Honolulu, Hawaii 36 Followers 32 Discussions
Hawaii at Manoa - Richardson

The school offers an LL.M. specialization in Ocean Law and Policy, which is supported by the university’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Along with several other schools at the university, the Richardson School of Law has established the Center of Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, which publishes relevant research and puts on events.

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