It also aims to equip those students who wish to pursue socio-legal doctoral research, or a career in the legal academy, with an appreciation of the theoretical background to the field and appropriate research skills.
The PDip/LLM/MSc in Socio-legal Studies is designed to enable students to explore specific areas of the interaction between law and the social context within which it operates.
The programme may be completed in one year as a full-time student, or by part-time study over two years.
Students will be required to study four taught modules, each attracting 15ECTs and a dissertation based on independent research, which will attract 30 ECTs. There will be a compulsory module in advanced legal reasoning research and analysis, which will help to develop a deep appreciation of the core socio-legal research methodologies which are theoretically informed.
Three additional modules must also be studied. It is expected that ultimately these will be selected from a range of optional modules, but initially the available modules will be limited to law and the home, miscarriages of justice, law and the family, and law and employment.
The modules will be taught in a ‘short fat’ configuration so that full-time students study two modules in each semester (part-time students will take one module at a time).
Successful completion of the four taught modules leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma. If you pass the diploma assessment, you will be permitted to undertake a supervised dissertation. Those who opt to conduct explicitly legal research will be eligible for the LL.M, whilst research that adopts a more sociological approach will lead to the award of MSc.
University of Southampton
International Student Requirements:
All students should meet the University's English Language requirements. US students who have been taught and assessed in English do not need to provide evidence of their ability.