Practical learning experiences are the lifeblood of success for any law student seeking to become an accomplished legal professional. Beyond the confines of theoretical knowledge, it is through real-world application that they can truly understand what it takes to become competent and confident practitioners in the legal landscape of today and tomorrow. The University of York Law School understands this best, hence why it offers LLM programmes that are as hands-on as they are intellectually stimulating.
York Law School is home to six LLM programmes — each unlocks invaluable exposure to the intricacies of practice and beyond. In the process, students develop the skills and cultivate the attributes dynamic lawyers ought to have. Then, they return to the classroom armed with the confidence and know-how to make a lasting impact. When unsure, they can seek the guidance and insight of some of the industry’s finest practitioners.
One of them is Dr. Peter Harrison. He has litigation experience in high-profile cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal, Trial and Appeal Divisions of the Federal Court of Canada, the ECJ and the European Patent Office. He’s also acted on major intellectual property disputes that revolve around everything from genetically modified crops and hormone replacement therapy to memory chips and pork pies.
The latest addition to the York Law School faculty brings over 25 years of experience into his classrooms — Paul de la Peña, a former Eversheds Sutherland partner. He specialises in all areas of non-contentious corporate recovery and insolvency work. Who better to make legal concepts come alive with real examples? Such recruits are a testament to York Law School’s belief that the most inspiring mentors remain at the forefront of their profession, staying updated with the latest industry trends in the UK — a focus that undeniably attracts students from near and far.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Phoebe Liang graduated from York Law School with an LLB in 2021. Since then, she’s joined Addleshaw Goddard (Hong Kong) LLP as a Legal Assistant in November 2021 before relocating to Manchester and working as a Corporate Paralegal at Addleshaw Goddard LLP since September 2022.
“I aim to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales as I always wanted to practise law abroad to challenge myself,” she says. “For international law students who want to qualify in England and Wales one day, it is going to be hard, but hard does not mean impossible! Be proud of every step you take towards reaching that goal!”
The UK has a long-established legal tradition with a well-developed common law system that has been influential in many countries. Studying law here can provide aspirants with a solid foundation in common law principles, which are applicable in global corporations such as Amazon or Google as well as their home jurisdictions. At York Law School, they can specialise through the LLM Art Law, LLM Legal and Political Theory, LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice, LLM International Corporate and Commercial Law, or LLM Law (Juris Doctor).
The best part? A York Law School LLM, which can safely be considered a passport to global success, is affordable. An American law school costs around US$70,000 in tuition per year. Here, it only costs 21,950 to 24,480 pounds to earn a world-class degree. Those looking for financial aid can consider the Postgraduate 60th Anniversary scholarship or York Graduate Loyalty Discount.
“My time at York Law School and the University of York changed my life,” says graduate Scott Halliday. “I am the first generation in my family to attend university. The university provided me with a stimulating and rigorous space to develop my knowledge of the law and, frankly, myself. I was heavily supported by the academic faculty and a number of scholarships which enabled some brilliant experiences. A legal career is extremely rewarding, and the profession itself has to be representative of our wider society.”
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