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).
|COURSE CODE||COURSE NAME|
|YEAR I||SEMESTER I (Students must offer the compulsory Course, LLM711 as well as 2 other optional Courses)|
|LLM711||Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Compulsory)|
|LLM712||Oil and Gas Law & Policy I|
|LLM714||International Criminal Law|
|LLM715||International & Regional Child Law|
|LLM716||Intellectual Property Law I|
|LLM717||Forensic Justice and Criminology 1|
|LLM718||Public International Law|
|LLM719||Human Rights in the Domestic Perspective|
|YEAR I||SEMESTER II (Students may choose 3 optional Courses)|
|LLM721||Governance and Anti-Corruption 1|
|LLM722||Natural Resources and Energy Law 1|
|LLM723||International Humanitarian Law|
|LLM724||International Law of Banking & Financial Institutions|
|LLM725||World Trade Organisation & Regional Integration Law|
|LLM726||Intellectual Property II|
|LLM727||Forensic Justice and Criminology II|
|LLM728||International Environmental Law and Policy|
|LLM729||International Tax Law|
|LLM7210||Forced Migration and Refugee Law|
|YEAR II||SEMESTER I (Research Methods and 2 Optional Courses)|
|LLM811||Research Methodology I (Compulsory)|
|LLM812||Governance and Anti-Corruption II|
|LLM813||Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|LLM814||International and Regional Human Rights Law|
|LLM816||Law and Development|
|LLM817||International Commercial Transactions|
|LLM818||Natural Resources and Energy Law II|
|YEAR II||SEMESTER II|
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:
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.
Students who have successfully completed the LLM Programme should be able to:
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.
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.
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.
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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