Deadlines for programs at 50 law schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Below is a short list of application deadlines for full-time LL.M. programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland beginning in fall 2016. 
 
Some schools have not listed their deadlines for fall 2016 intake; these will be updated as this information becomes available. Other schools have "rolling" admissions, where applications are processed as they are received.
 
Keep in mind that some schools have specific deadlines to apply for scholarships and other funding, and these dates are often before the actual application deadline. Law schools might also have different application deadlines for domestic and international students. Check with the schools you are applying to for specifics. 
 
The 50 law schools listed below were chosen based on the most-viewed UK and Ireland university profiles on LLM GUIDE. Unless otherwise noted, the application deadlines listed refer to each school’s full-time LL.M. program.
 
Oxford Law
  • Magister Juris deadline: January 22, 2016
  • MSc in Taxation deadlines: January 22, 2016 and March 11, 2016
  • Masters in International Human Rights law deadlines: November 20, 2015 and January 22, 2016
  • MSc in Law and Finance and MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice deadline: January 22, 2016
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice deadline: July 3, 2016 
 
King's College London
  • LL.M. deadlines: April 1, 2016 (recommended) and July 1, 2016 (subject to the availability of places) 
University of London - Queen Mary  (QMUL)
  • LL.M. deadline: July 31, 2016
London School of Economics
  • LL.M.: No application deadline; rolling admissions, closes when full.
  • Executive LL.M: 6 months before proposed start date
University of London International Programmes
  • LL.M. application suggestions: to sit exams in May, it's best to apply before September 30 of the previous year; to sit exams in October, it's best to apply before February 28 of the same year
Edinburgh Law
  • Deadline, LL.M: September entry: August 11, 2016; January 2017 entry: November 17, 2016
  • Distance Learning LL.M.: September entry: August 16, 2016; January 2017 entry: November 16, 2016
University College London (UCL)
  • LL.M. application deadline: May 1, 2016 (after 1 May will only be considered if places are available)
City University London - City Law School
  • LL.M. deadline, international students: September 6, 2016
  • LL.M. deadline, EU/UK students: September 15, 2016
Cambridge Law 
  • LL.M. application deadlines: November 15, 2015 (receipt of GRADSAF application form); December 10, 2015 (receipt of language certificate); for conditional offers, receipt of all paperwork: July 31, 2016
Trinity College Dublin School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline: Rolling, final deadline: May 31, 2016 (recommended to apply as early as possible)
  • Mlitt/PhD application deadline: No closing dates for applications but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Students are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their registration period
Nottingham Trent – Nottingham Law School
  • No deadline information, for scholarships February 2, 2016; April 29, 2016; June 24, 2016   
University of Glasgow School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline: For international students: July 22, 2016; for EU/UK students: August 2 (EU/UK)
University of Aberdeen School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline, September 2016 intake: End of June
  • LL.M. application deadline, January 2017 intake: End of October
Kent Law School
  • No fixed closing deadline (apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date.)
University of Essex School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline, October 2016 intake: Rolling with July 1, 2016 recommended (school advises that funding deadlines are much earlier)
University of Strathclyde School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline: Rolling, end of March 2016 recommended for September 2016 intake
University of Manchester School of Law
  • Application deadline, masters programs: August 15, 2016
  • Application deadlines, research/ PhD students: August 15, 2016 (for September, 2016 entry) November 30 (for January, 2017 entry)
Swansea University College of Law
  • Application deadline: July 31, 2016
  • Application deadlines, exchange students: May 15, 2016 (for autumn 2016 intake), October 30, 2016 (for spring 2017 intake)
The University of Dundee - Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) 
  • Application deadline, EUKUK students: Rolling, no formal deadline (EU/UK)
  • Application deadline for international students: January 15, 2016 (international)
The Liverpool School of Law
  • Recommended to apply as early as possible
University of Reading School of Law 
  • Rolling deadlines, school recommends to apply at least two months prior to course start (international) or one month prior to course start (EU/UK). Most postgraduate degrees start in January and in September
University of Birmingham School of Law
  • Rolling admissions; for applications after July 1, 2016, a fee of 50 GBP applies 
University of Nottingham School of Law
  • Rolling admissions; courses start late September. School suggests to apply as early as possible
University of Southampton School of Law
  • No formal deadline. Deadlines for research funding are usually at least six months in advance of the start date
SOAS, University of London
  • LL.M. application deadline: June 30, 2016; for scholarships apply a month earlier
Durham Law School
  • No formal deadline, research programs start late September, January, and April; students are advised to apply well ahead
NUI Galway School of Law
  • Rolling admissions with four reviews per year: February 1 (round 1), March 1 (round 2), May 1 (round 3), June 1 (round 4). Once quota is reached applicants may be subject to a wait-list.
University of Bristol School of Law
  • Rolling admissions, with an end of June recommended deadline
University of Dundee School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline, November intake: July 31, 2016
  • LL.M. application deadline, January 2017 intake: November 30, 2016
Warwick Law School
  • Application deadline for international students starting in September 2016: July 31, 2016
  • No formal deadline for EU/UK applicants
  • Check individual program, additional deadlines may apply
University of London - Birkbeck College School of Law
  • Application deadline, LL.M. starting in September: May 31, 2016
  • LL.M. by Research deadline: Rolling
Oxford Brookes University School of Law
  • General LL.M.: No deadline information
  • LL.M. in Legal Practice: May 15, 2016
University of Westminster School of Law
  • LL.M: No deadline information
  • Scholarship application deadline: December 4, 2015
Northumbria Law School
  • Deadlines, international applicants: July 31, 2016 (for September 2016 intake), December 1, 2016 (for January 2017 intake)
Cardiff Law School
  • Rolling until places are full, deadlines for funding applications are earlier than those for course applications
  • Application deadline, LL.M. Legal Practice: November 13, 2016 (for January 2017 intake)
University of London - Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS)
  • LL.M. application deadline, September 2016 intake: July 31, 2016
University College Dublin (UCD) Sutherland School of Law
  • Application deadline, September 2016 start: July 31, 2016
  • Application deadline, January start: November 30, 2015 
University of Leeds School of Law
  • LL.M. application deadline, international students: June 30, 2016
  • LL.M. application deadline, UK/EU students: July 31, 2016
  • LL.M. by Research application deadline: Rolling admissions with, mid-June recommended, earlier if you apply for funding
University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), School of Advanced Study
  • LL.M. application deadline: August 30, 2016
  • Bursary applications deadline: January 30, 2016
University College Cork (UCC)
  • Application deadline, EU applicants: January 15, 2016 (round 1), March 1, 2016 (round 2), May 1, 2016 (round 3), July 1, 2016 (round 4), late applications up to September 1, 2016
  • Application deadlines, non-EU applicants: June 1, 2016
  • Application deadline,Research Degree in Law: June 30, 2016
University of Derby (Online Programs)
  • Application deadline, February 2016 start: January 15, 2016 (February start)
  • Application deadline, May 2016 start: May 13, 2016
  • Application deadline, September 2016 start: September 9, 2016
University of Leicester School of Law
  • No information supplied, courses start in September 
De Montfort University
  • No deadline information
Queen's University of Belfast School of Law
  • Application deadline: End of August, 2016
Bangor Law School
  • Application deadline: By end June, 2016
The Liverpool Law School
  • Rolling admissions, applications should be received no later than June, 2016
  • Research degrees (PhD, MPhil) may begin on the first day of any month of the year
University of Sheffield School of Law
  • No institutional deadline
BPP Law School
  • No formal deadline, September, January and May start
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • Taught LL.M.: No formal deadline, apply as early as possible
  • LL.M. by Research and to be considered for funding: Before the end of February, 2016
  • Distance Learning: Two months prior to the course start
University of Salford School of  Law
  • Submit your application at least one month prior to your chosen course starting date
 
IMPORTANT: All prospective students are advised to double-check the above application deadlines with law schools as soon as possible before applying.
 

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