University Calendar 2012/13
Section VII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Business and Law

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Academic Unit Southampton Law School
Final Award Master of Laws (LLM)
Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate Law)
Master of Laws (European Law)
Master of Laws (European and Comparative Property Law)
Master of Laws (International Law)
Master of Laws (Maritime Law)
Master of Laws (Information Technology and Commerce)
Master of Laws (Information Technology and Telecommunications Law)
Programme(s) Master of Laws (LLM)
Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate Law)
Master of Laws (European Law)
Master of Laws (European and Comparative Property Law)
Master of Laws (International Law)
Master of Laws (Maritime Law)
Master of Laws (Information Technology and Commerce)
Master of Laws (Information Technology and Telecommunications Law)
Last modified August 2012

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
The School of Law follows the University's commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities and individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedure as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs.

The Programme follows the University regulations specified in Section IV : Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes.

The normal entry requirements are an upper second class honours degree or above in Law. Account can also be taken of practical experience within a relevant field of study. We select those who demonstrate the potential and commitment to study Law at Master’s level. Candidates are not normally interviewed.

Students whose first language is not English are asked to provide evidence of competence as follows: IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.5 in Reading and in Writing, TOEFL 625 (paper-based) / 263 (computer based) / 106 internet based test.

A score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600/250 together with attendance at the five week pre-sessional course on English Legal Language and legal skills will be accepted.

The LLM (Information Technology and Telecommunications Law) follows the University's standard English Language requirement.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
Mode of attendance shall be by full-time study in not less than 12 months and part-time study in not less than 24 months.

The LLM shall consist of the submission of a dissertation and completion of four taught modules from a list determined by the School annually. The availability of modules is dependent on staffing and timetabling constraints and it cannot be guaranteed that every module will be available in any particular year. Additional modules may be made available from time to time. It may be necessary to limit the number of candidates taking a particular module.

The LLM (Information Technology and Telecommunications Law) is taught by distance learning only.

Please refer to the Programme Specifications available at for further details of available modules, their credit values and other general programme content.

3. Progression
Candidates shall not be entitled to present themselves for any examination unless they have regularly attended (see 7, below) and performed the prescribed work for the programme to the satisfaction of the Head of Law. For the purpose of this Regulation, examination shall include all methods of assessment.

[3.1] In order to be awarded credit for a module, the module must be passed at the specified module pass mark. For Standalone Masters programmes the University standard pass mark at all levels will be 50%.

4. Assessment
The performance of candidates shall be assessed by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the University’s regulations governing examinations and are subject to confirmation by the School.

All modules and the dissertation must be passed in order to qualify for the award of LLM. Compensation does not apply.

[4.1] A student may take referral assessments in failed modules totalling not more than 30 ECTS [60 CATS].

5. Award of Qualification(s)
The degree may be awarded with Distinction, with Merit or at Pass level.

For the LLM (Information Technology and Communications Law) exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded.

The final award is made by Senate on the recommendation of the School to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.

For further details of the processes and procedures that ensure the successful completion of the degree please see the Examinations Handbook.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Not applicable for this programme.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

The School requires students to attend regularly. A student will be deemed not to have regularly attended and performed the prescribed work of a particular module where unauthorised absence exceeds 30% in classes where attendance is recorded. Where this occurs, the candidate will not be permitted to sit the examination for that module and a fail mark will be recorded. This will result in a referral though assessed work marks may be carried forward to the Supplementary Examination in September. Any recorded absence will be deemed to be unauthorised unless written evidence of medical or other exceptional or substantial circumstances is submitted for consideration by the Director of Student Affairs, showing how this might have affected the candidate’s ability to attend the course.

*The attendance requirement does not apply to students on the LLM (Information Technology and Telecommunications Law) programme.

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Last reviewed: 22-Apr-2012
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