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Studying an online Master's in Law

Studying an online Master's in Law

by Newcastle University

In this blog, find out how you can study a postgraduate Law degree online from the comfort of your own home. Flexibility in learning creates more space to work your studies around your lifestyle and gains you access to leaders in the field through virtual interactive sessions...

Can I do a Master's in Law online?

Post-covid, we have all adjusted to hybrid working. More people than ever are enjoying the benefits and flexibility of working from home. Mirroring this shift in working-life, the discipline of online learning can now be extended to postgraduate students.

You can now complete your Law Master’s degree from home, through Newcastle’s fully online LLM. The LLM Law in Mediation & International Commercial Dispute Resolution is delivered completely virtually.

How is an online Master's taught?

Online MA and MSc programmes often follow the same structure, and deliver similar content, as in-person degrees - but are taught via video lectures and seminars – often a mixture of live and on-demand content.

You still get to take part in engaging and interactive live group sessions, as well as receive support from a tutor and your other lecturers.

But, you will also have the opportunity to engage with the on-demand content at a time that best suits you; ideal if you are working alongside your studies or have children.

Our online MA in Law is taught through interactive lessons, seminars, skills development sessions and both community and tutor-led discussion. Throughout your time on the degree, you will also be required to complete self-directed study and research to support your online learning.

Is an online Master's degree respected?

An online degree is just as credible as a traditional postgraduate degree with in-person teaching.

Post-covid, any queries around an online learning experience being less valuable or respected have retracted. Students all over the world had to study online as a matter of need, so Universities had to develop their online teaching offering.

But, not only has online learning improved significantly; this programme is delivered in partnership with Mediator Academy, a pioneering digital learning organisation designed specifically to be delivered online, offering an experience that rivals in-person teaching.

How is an online Master's assessed?

There are a variety of assessment methods that an online Master's can entail; much like an in-person programme, they are dependent upon which modules you choose – from essays and blogs to oral presentations.

On most Masters programmes, including the online offering at Newcastle University, you will be required to complete a research dissertation, throughout which you will have dedicated tutor support and supervision.

For full details of the assessments on the LLM Law in Mediation & International Commercial Dispute Resolution, you can scroll down to the module section of the course page to click through and see the assessment methods for each module.

What is the student experience like on an online Masters?

The flexibility of an online programme creates more time for social occasions and paid work around your studies. You can really tailor this course to you and your lifestyle, as above all else you don’t have to factor in travel time to and from university, your leisure time and opportunity for independent study is increased.

An online Master's degrees typically has a more diverse mix of students from across the world, as virtual learning cuts out the cost of moving overseas.

Your student experience will also be enriched with the opportunity to engage with lead thinkers and innovators in the field of Law. Build relationships that will enhance your employability and that could even lead to future job opportunities.

What does the LLM Law - Mediation & International Commercial Dispute Resolution cover?

Our online LLM equips you with an advanced understanding of the law, theory, and practice in the fastest growing area of dispute resolution.

You will study the latest legal and policy developments in international commercial mediation. You will also explore theories of conflict and dispute resolution throughout your studies.

Why study this online Master's programme?

In the case of this programme, you can do a Master's in Law without a law degree. Graduates from any discipline, anywhere in the world can enrol on this programme. To study on this MA programme, you simply need a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in any subject.

You can check your qualification’s eligibility if you have studied outside the UK on the course page.

This MA programme is well-suited to those who want to gain critical skills and knowledge for 21st Century dispute resolution practice.

This Law Master's degree will enable you to:

  • develop mediation and mediation advocacy skills
  • learn about UK and international legal frameworks
  • examine online dispute resolution and the role of technology in dispute management

How to fund your online Master's? 

The student experience costs for an online Master's are cheaper than an in-person degree, in that you can complete your studies from anywhere in the world. With all resources being online, you do not need to spend money on expensive books or equipment.

Additionally, you don’t need to budget for public transport, and you do not need to stay in university accommodation or even live in  Newcastle.

In terms of tuition fees, you can fund all or part of your online Master's degree with a scholarship; we have many available to both home and international students.

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Newcastle University also offers a 20% discount in postgraduate tuition fees for alumni who meet the eligibility criteria. With the alumni discount you can dramatically reduce the overall cost of your postgraduate studies.



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