2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of Hertfordshire Law School at the University of Hertfordshire. Our approach to teaching, and the experience we offer students has evolved significantly since 1980 and we are proud of our reputation for being forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to the world around us.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
About the course
If you wish to apply for LLM Governance, Risk Mangament and Compliance, please apply through the LLM Masters of Law course page.
This highly practical and participatory course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in legal governance. The two compulsory modules – Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance, and Corporate Governance – offer a solid grounding on which you can build with a range of optional modules to suit your own unique requirements.
The Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance module introduces you to the basic concepts of project management in the context of risk management. It provides an in-depth understanding of some of the core challenges faced by businesses in this area, as well as knowledge of the relevant regulatory frameworks. In the Corporate Governance module, topics such as corporate governance theories, law and practice are covered. You can then build on this foundation with two additional modules from the range of optional modules on offer, to fit your own needs and preferences. Alternatively, you can combine it with other complementary study routes, and graduate with a named joint pathway.
All of your modules are assessed through written coursework. A practical assessment also forms part of the Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance module, and your preparation and participation during the course of the module is also evaluated and rewarded.
Why choose this course?
In the fast-moving corporate world, skilled, knowledgeable legal practitioners are always in demand. The University of Hertfordshire is well known for its strong links with industry and its high-quality staff, all of whom are specialists in their fields. You can therefore be sure that the teaching is always up to date, relevant and supported by cutting-edge research and practice.
The complementary pathways that are available mean that you can shape your study route according to your personal career goals and ambitions, which will also further enhance your attractiveness to potential employers.
The innovative, flexible and practical teaching methods will enable you to develop the intellectual, transferable interpersonal and practical skills you will need for your career in the professional, commercial, business or academic sectors.
What will I study?
The focus of this course is on active, practical learning to develop the skills required for employment. Class seminars are supported by group work, which are fantastic opportunities to pool knowledge and resources and to work collectively on problem-solving and real-world scenarios. Role plays, debates and discussions will enhance your skills of negotiation, persuasion, presentation, leadership and teamwork. A peer support and mentoring scheme is also available, which will further enhance all these vital skills and abilities.
The two written assignments and practical assessment require deeper, independent study, to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge of the subject.
Successful completion of the LLM Governance, Risk Management and Compliance will open up a wide range of career routes for you, in the commercial sector, as an in-house lawyer, or working within company secretariat or a legal risk department. The practical elements of this course, along with the learning and experience you will receive in both the compulsory and optional modules, will ensure that you are fully equipped to support the governance and risk management activities of the business. Alternatively, the door is open for an academic or a research career.
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