Master of Laws (LLM)

The Master of Laws (LL.M) is a two-year postgraduate taught degree programme with a compulsory dissertation in semester four. The Programme exposes students to new legal perspectives, deep and comparative analyses with the opportunity to specialise by choosing related courses in one of three specialisations namely Natural Resources Law, International Commercial Law, ‘Human Rights, Governance and Development’, and a unique course offering on Forensic Justice and Criminology.

Students who choose unrelated options will be awarded a Master of Laws with no specialisation named (LLM General).

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Course Overview

YEAR ISEMESTER I (Students must offer the compulsory Course, LLM711 as well as 2 other optional Courses)
LLM711Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Compulsory)
LLM712Oil and Gas Law & Policy I
LLM713Corporate Governance
LLM714International Criminal Law
LLM715International & Regional Child Law
LLM716Intellectual Property Law I
LLM717Forensic Justice and Criminology 1
LLM718Public International Law
LLM719Human Rights in the Domestic Perspective
YEAR ISEMESTER II (Students may choose 3 optional Courses)
LLM721Governance and Anti-Corruption 1
LLM722Natural Resources and Energy Law 1
LLM723International Humanitarian Law
LLM724International Law of Banking & Financial Institutions
LLM725World Trade Organisation & Regional Integration Law
LLM726Intellectual Property II
LLM727Forensic Justice and Criminology II
LLM728International Environmental Law and Policy
LLM729International Tax Law
LLM7210Forced Migration and Refugee Law
YEAR IISEMESTER I (Research Methods and 2 Optional Courses)
LLM811Research Methodology I (Compulsory)
LLM812Governance and Anti-Corruption II
LLM813Alternative Dispute Resolution
LLM814International and Regional Human Rights Law
LLM815Cyber Law
LLM816Law and Development
LLM817International Commercial Transactions
LLM818Natural Resources and Energy Law II

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A major benefit of the LL.M is that it allows the student an opportunity to specialise, to engage in an in-depth study of a more specific area of law and that greater emphasis is laid on lateral thinking, and on international and comparative aspects of the law. Deliberate attempts are made to position the law within the wider political and socio-economic context.

The LL.M may enhance a graduate’s employability because completing it demonstrates an intellectual mind and genuine passion for the law.

Below are some of the career paths for Master of Laws graduates:

  • Work in Humanitarian Organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross;
  • Consultants in positions requiring in-depth specialised legal knowledge;
  • Civil Service- Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer following the Study of International Law; Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Trade, and other Government positions that require an understanding of the law at an advanced level;
  • The Police and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions- for those who have studied Forensic Justice and Criminology;
  • Academic Researcher;
  • Starting an academic career by gaining the qualification to start a PhD;
  • Company Secretary;
  • Legal Counsel for in-house legal departments;
  • Non- Government Organisations handling issues of human rights, development, and governance;
  • Legal and compliance experts in the financial industry which includes banks, insurance companies, pension funds (NSSF), telecommunication companies, etc.;
  • Lawyers, in the Corporate/Transactional and Financial practices departments of law firms for graduates with a Bachelor of Laws degree as their first degree;
  • Legal and compliance officers for supervisory and regulatory authorities such as Bank of Uganda; National Environment Management Authority, etc.
  • Authorities such as the Uganda Revenue Authority.

The Master of Laws degree qualification is very versatile and graduates can seek employment in almost any industry or Sector such as Justice, Environment, Compliance and Communications, Business, Energy, Banking, Insurance, etc. The skills gained are also vital to graduates who may want to start their own enterprises such as Consultancies, Non- Government Organisations, Private Detectives and Investigators, etc.

Whether one enrolls for the LLM right after the first degree or after years of work experience, it is possible to use this qualification to support one’s resolve to make subtle changes in career direction or start work in a completely new and exciting field.

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  • Holders of at least a second class Honours Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) Degree from an accredited University;
  • Holders of a Second Class Honours Degree in Humanities or Social Sciences from an accredited university who can demonstrate at least three years’ work experience in a field where knowledge of the law may enhance their career development.

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Students who have successfully completed the LLM Programme should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the law and the social, economic and political context in which it is constructed and implemented.
  • Apply legal theory and philosophy in analysing legal problems and crafting solutions to them.
  • Critically evaluate social, economic and political problems from a legal point of view and suggest solutions that promote social and economic justice and harmony.
  • Critically evaluate scholarly legal texts, analyse and synthesise texts to produce compelling propositions about legal matters.
  • Use various research methods to explore and analyse socio-legal problems and compile the findings into a publishable format.

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  • To improve the post-graduate students’ understanding of the context in which the law operates and to stimulate greater intellectual and philosophical understanding of the law as one of the vehicles for achieving economic growth, human development, and social justice.
  • To enable post-graduate students of law to specialise in particular areas of law according to their interests for their personal and career advancement.
  • To enable post-graduate students of law to enhance their understanding and knowledge of particular legal topics through a supervised research project and make a contribution to knowledge by writing a dissertation of publishable quality.
  • To facilitate comparative study of the law to take globalisation into account

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The nature of our course offering

Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) is the only University in Uganda offering a Master of Laws Programme with courses on Forensic Justice and Criminology. These courses are crucial to those working in criminal investigations and prosecutions or who may wish to pursue a career in this field.

The Master of Laws Programme at CUU also offers an International Commercial Law specialisation with highly marketable course offerings such as World Trade Organisations, International Trade and International Financial Systems to target individuals employed by Government, Banks, Telecommunication companies, Insurance Companies and NGOs. The Banking and Finance course under this specialisation covers anti-money laundering which is very important and highly sought after, following the requirement under International Financial Regulations that all banks must comply with anti- money laundering processes which makes persons with this kind of training highly sought after.

Our offering on ‘Human Rights, Governance and Development’ takes into account the socio- political and economic aspects of the law in the sustainability and stability of communities and society.

The expertise, commitment, collegial and student centred approach of our Faculty

We have a team of experienced and dedicated facilitators on the Programme. The student is at the centre of what we do at Cavendish University Uganda. The classes are active, allowing students to play a dynamic role in their learning. Classes are highly interactive and encourage active participation of each individual through the use of the flipped classroom model which frees class time, allows vibrant discourse with the facilitators, and in turn engenders learning. After all, neuroscience, biology, and cognitive science research have made it clear that it is the one who does the work who does the learning. Many Faculty do too much of the work for their students, which results in diminished student learning. At Cavendish University Uganda, the students do the work with the support and guidance of the Facilitators, in a well -resourced and conducive learning environment and at the end of the day, it is the students who achieve their learning goals.

A truly international post- graduate study Programme

The Master of Laws at CUU lays emphasis on international and comparative perspectives of law in the trending fields, which are reflected in our programme structure, our diverse student population, and the international experience of our teaching faculty.

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Both conventional attendance-based and distance learning (DL) modes are on offer. Students studying under the conventional attendance-based mode will attend classes on weekends at the University Campus.

Students on the distance learning mode will take advantage of our versatile learning platform (CU-LP). However, owing to the COVID-19 situation, all students are currently studying online on the CU-LP under the emergency Open, Distance, and e Learning (ODeL) arrangement commissioned by The National Council for Higher Education.

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