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Master of Laws (LLM)



The LLM programme aims to equip students with the current legal theoretical concepts and practical skills for mastery over relevant areas of law, to enable them deploy skills in legal research and advocacy, formulate ideas and insights both in written and oral presentations.

The objectives of the programme are to equip students to:

  1. Identify and construct logically valid legal arguments;
  2. Manipulate and apply abstract theoretical concepts in order to secure a better understanding of complex issues;
  3. Identify and recognise the importance of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research;
  4. Critically, and succinctly summarise the key points of theoretical literature, legal and policy documents;
  5. Deploy skills in legal research and advocacy;
  6. Formulate ideas and insights both in written and oral presentations and in discussions; and
  7. Appreciate the social implications of law as a tool in aid of development. 



Entry Requirements

General Qualifications

  1. An applicant may be admitted to the candidature for the Master of Laws (LLM) degree, if he/she has fulfilled all the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, preferably with a minimum of Second Class (Upper Division) honours, or its equivalent from a recognised university.                                           
  2. An applicant who does not satisfy the requirement stated above but holds a second class lower degree in LL.B from a recognised university with at least two years professional experience, and adjudged suitable by the Faculty Board may be admitted to the programme upon a successful interview and or entrance examination.

Programme Requirements

  1. Candidates must attend and pass an interview conducted by the Faculty                                                                                               
  2. Candidates must demonstrate their ability to pay all approved programme fees for the duration of study.


The programme is fee-paying in accordance with Faculty considerations and in line with the University policy.


Duration and Progression

The Master of Laws (LLM) programme is for a period of two years. The first and second years shall be a taught and research respectively.


Graduation Requirements

For the award of the LLM, the student must have:

  1. passed all courses;
  2. achieved a minimum of 47 credit hours;
  3. obtained a minimum pass mark of 50 % in any examination;
  4. obtained a minimum CWA of 55.00; and
  5. submitted and successfully defended a Thesis



The LLM programme has the following options:

  • LLM (General)
  • LLM in Law and Development
  • LLM in Health Care Law and Ethics
  • LLM in Law, Science and Technology
  • LLM in Natural Resources Law
  • LLM in Real Estate and Construction Law
  • LLM in Legal Practice and Adjudication
  • LLM in Insolvency Law
  • LLM in National Security Law


Application for the 2018/2019 academic year is open until Tuesday July 31st, 2018. For further inquiries on the LLM programme please contact the Faculty's Graduate Programmes Co-ordinator at or the KNUST Graduate School.