General tips for the first few weeks studying an LLM at King’s

LLM studentDoing an LLM in one of the best universities is what I signed up for and you are doing that too. Master of Laws (LLM) is a Post-Graduate Course and the preparation during the course is also as mature and intensive. So, here are some tips regarding the course from a current student.

Firstly, it is important to understand the structure of the program. As you would have come across on our website, it is a 12-month program. You start your session in September, and you remain in session until the next September (even for Tier IV visa purposes). The course is divided into two semesters, which will have two aspects – taught modules and dissertation.

Secondly, KCL needs you to fulfil 180 credits – of which 120 must come from your taught modules and 40/60 credits must come from your dissertation/practice project. For the taught modules section, I would advise you to go through the Handbook of Modules updated each year on our website. Making a rough checklist of your preliminary choices of modules goes a long way in narrowing down your interests and shaping a course you came for.

But, do not worry. The above suggestion is recommended but discretionary. This is because, you would be given plenty of time to choose your modules once your session starts.

Thirdly, if you are an international student, I would advise you to book your tickets to London for at least a week in advance of actual session date. This is because, KCL has a welcome week before the session starts, where you can get acquainted with the different pathways of LLM, the faculty and other students of your course. Do not forget, the connections you make during this time are to last. After the welcome week, your session starts.

Fourthly, remember, for the first two weeks, you have the freedom and time to sit in any class you wish to. Keep a track of the timetable and the classes and plan well to attend them. If a class is clashing with another interesting class, make a point to attend one in the next week. But ensure that you have all your options laid out before you to make a choice. After all, it is the ‘shopping period’. There is one in each semester for you to choose a semesterly module (20 credits) or pick/drop a yearly module (40 credits).

Fifthly, try to keep updated with the reading material of your taught modules as provided by your faculty from time-to-time. It would be really helpful rather than cram everything before your exams in May.

Finally, understand that ‘Taught modules’ is just one aspect. You will have the deadlines for your Dissertation running parallel to the session (choosing supervisor, title etc.) The final submission would be in September. But regular consultation with your faculty is advisable.

Last but not the least, Enjoy your course!


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