Art, Business and Law (LLM)

Overview

The LLM in Art, Business and Law, offered by CCLS, QMUL in partnership with the Institute of Art and Law (IAL) is a unique and challenging new programme focusing on a relatively new legal area both in terms of teaching and research.

The programme will draw upon the expertise of existing members of CCLS staff and direct the focus of this expertise towards the legal aspects of doing business in the art world. CCLS members of staff will team up with IAL instructors (who are practitioners in this field) to offer an exciting and innovative approach to learning.

Internationally recognised, IAL delivers, through its educational and publishing programmes, a depth of knowledge unrivalled elsewhere.

The programme is held in the heart of London, the second largest art market in the world.

“This sounds like an excellent and original partnership between two well-respected institutions. We’re sure that the new LLM in Art, Business and Law will be very popular with lawyers, art professionals and creators.” – Erica Crump, Co-Head of Culture+Creative, Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP.

“We are excited to see the launch of the new LLM programme. We have enjoyed working with the IAL over recent years in relation to what is a complex and often controversial area of law, and wish them all the best with this new course.” – Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.

Why study your LLM in Art, Business and Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.

We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.

Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.

You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.

Institute of Art and Law

The Institute of Art and Law is an educational organisation giving knowledge and perspective on the law relating to cultural heritage, a concept which includes art, antiquities, archives, archaeology, architecture, monuments, treasure and more. IAL’s educational remit is fulfilled through publishing and courses. It convenes distance learning and intensive courses (both public and in-house) on art and museums law, as well as seminars, study groups and conferences in the United Kingdom and abroad. It also publishes monographs and commentaries on all aspects of the law relating to cultural heritage, in addition to a quarterly periodical, Art Antiquity and Law, now in its twenty-first year. Read more about IAL.

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection.

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

Structure

The Master of Laws (LLM) in Art, Business and Law is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

You will take 135 credits worth of taught modules (examined in May-June) and thereafter you will work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid-August).

Induction

At the start of the year after registration, you will have an opportunity to meet with staff and Programme Directors who will welcome you and give you an overview of the programme.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Students must take 3 modules in Semester 1 and 3 module sin Semester 2. Each module is taught for 2 hours.

Part-time

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will complete 90 credits of taught modules from the compulsory module list for the programme, 2 modules in Semester 1 and 2 modules in Semester 2. In year two, you will take the remaining 45 credits of compulsory taught modules, 1 module per semester and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits).

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can’t find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules

Students will undertake a 15,000-word dissertation for 45 credits.

They will also undertake all of the six 22.5 credit modules below:

  • QLLM401 Art and Governance
  • QLLM402 Art Transactions
  • QLLM403 Art, Cultural values and Ethics
  • QLLM404 Art and Money
  • QLLM405 Art and Intellectual Property Law
  • QLLM406 Art Disputes and Their Resolution

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study. Particular regard will be had to (i) successful completion by the applicant of any certificate or diploma course or courses offered by IAL and (ii) professional experience in the art field with a legal element.

In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

How to apply for a place on the LLM in Art, Business and Law

This programme will launch in September 2017, applications will open from early mid-October 2016, please keep checking the site.

You may not apply simultaneously for any other London-based LLM Programme. This restriction does not include the London-based LLM in Law and Economics programme or other non-London based LLM programmes. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further programme in any other Department, should you wish.

If you apply for one of the LLM in Art, Business and Law, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk – prior to enrolment – to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is based at the School of Law’s postgraduate centre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn) or the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies(nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

The teaching timetable, including relevant teaching venues for the different modules, will be given to students during the welcome programme but a draft will be available on the website late summer.

It is envisaged that modules on this programme will be offered after 4pm Monday – Friday.

Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

Teaching is based at the School of Law’s postgraduate centre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Classes may also be held at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies(nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

The teaching timetable, including relevant teaching venues for the different modules, will be given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.

Dissertation

You will complete a dissertation of 15,000-words. The School of Law run many advisory sessions on dissertation writing and structure, which you will be able to attend.

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students – find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

School of Law scholarships

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Read more about funding a masters

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).

Read more about funding a masters.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

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