The LLM in Comparative and European Private Law aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the core areas of private law in the world's two great legal traditions. This programme, which started in September 2011, builds on Edinburgh Law School's considerable strength in these fields and provides a course of study that is unique in the English-speaking world.
Students will have the opportunity to examine the principles on which the laws of major jurisdictions are based, both in the civilian tradition and the common-law world, along with current harmonisation attempts. It will provide them with an excellent foundation for doctoral research in the growing field of European Private Law as well as legal practice in transnational law firms or employment in international organisations.
Courses are taught by leading experts in their fields, building on Scotland's unrivalled position as Europe's main mixed jurisdiction and the University of Edinburgh Law School's distinguished tradition as a seat of learning. The various units on offer cover the main areas of the law of obligations (contract, delict/tort, unjustified enrichment) and the law of property (including trusts). Students can select further courses from a wide list of options offered by the School, allowing them to develop other interests - for example in European law, international law, commercial law, intellectual property law or legal philosophy. Finally, all students write a dissertation as part of their degree.
The LLM in Comparative and European Law may be taken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). In order to be awarded the degree, students must complete a total of 180 credits, including a 10,000 word supervised dissertation (60 credits).
Of the remaining 120 credits, at least 80 must be taken from the core courses listed below. The remaining 40 credits may be selected from the optional courses listed. Students must take 60 credits in each semester. Please note that those courses running in both semesters 1 and 2 count for 40 credits (students on these courses must complete both semesters)
Full year courses (40 credits)
* Contract Law in Europe
Courses in Semester 1 (20 credits)
* Comparative Property Law
* Delict and Tort
Courses in Semester 2 (20 credits)
* Comparative and International Trust Law
* The Anatomy of Private Law
* Comparative Unjustified Enrichment
* International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement
* Principles of Insurance Law
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Edinburgh Law School will offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence across all the LLM and MSc Programmes in the School starting in 2012, including the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law. This award will provide funding of £1,000 towards tuition fees.