Master’s Degree

LLM in Jersey Law

On the 22nd January 2015 the LLM in Jersey Law was launched at the Institute of Law Jersey.  The Master’s in Jersey Law (LLM in Jersey Law) is a degree conferred by the Institute of Law Jersey.  This course will allow those who have an LLB Bachelor’s degree in Law, or equivalent, or those practising Advocates who have passed the Jersey Law Course, to take the next step to a Master’s degree.

The aims of the programme:

  • Provide students with and advanced practical and conceptual understanding of the legal culture of Jersey.
  • Help students  to understand the specificity of Jersey law in a global and comparative context;
  • It will help them to develop critical, analytical and research skills, and transferable skills that lawyers need to acquire, particularly in a mixed legal system;
  • To produce graduates capable of working efficiently in the field of Jersey law either as practitioner or researcher;
  • To prepare lawyers, legal advisors, civil servants, regulators, or researchers with governments and international and international and business organizations to work on Jersey law and develop legal studies and research on Jersey law;
  • To prepare students to a comprehensive understanding of specific techniques applicable to their research on Jersey law and advanced scholarship through a comparative and/or theoretical analysis of Jersey law;
  • At the end of the programme, candidate will be able to deal with complex issues in Jersey law, make sound judgements using their knowledge and communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist;
  • Students will be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving day to day problems involving the use of Jersey law and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at professional or equivalent level;
  • Students will continue to advance their knowledge and understanding on the law of Jersey, and to develop new skills as a practitioner or an academic;

Course requirements:

  1. Students must be able to read and speak English proficiently as to be able to understand and explain relevant primary and secondary materials; present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and relevant manner; analyse legal materials that are complex and technical; read and speak French (working knowledge preferential but not essential).
  2. Students should be able to produce works, letters and essays in a word-processed form; use the internet, email, and ability to use relevant database (particularly legal ones) also some electronic information retrieval system including Virtual Learning Environments.
  3. Students should be able to, where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided  in numerical or statistical form.
  4. Students should be able to analyse a complex set of facts, where necessary in unpredictable situations, and apply relevant law thereto; form first principle, devise from existing laws a means by which to extend protection in a sphere where there has been none previously e.g. as a result of technical developments
  5. Students should be able with limited guidance, to reflect on their learning and to seek and make use of feedback.

Routes to the Master degree

There are two routes for the award of the Master degree:

Route A: The academic Route:

This route allows students to complete the Master by using seven taught modules from those available on the Jersey law Course. Jersey Legal System and Constitution is a core module and students on the academic route are free to select any other six modules.

Assessment is through coursework and examinations set by the Institute of Law, plus a dissertation.

This route is intended for students who seek and academic qualification and have no intention or are not eligible to qualify as a legal practitioner in Jersey.


Route B: the Jersey Practitioner route:

This route is available to students who have enrolled on the Jersey Law Course at the Institute of Law in order to qualify as and advocate or solicitor in Jersey. Attendance at teaching for relevant modules and successful completion of the Jersey Law examinations set by the independent Board of Examiners established by the Advocates and Solicitors (Jersey) law 1997 is recognised by the Institute of Law as earning credit towards the taught element of the Masters in Jersey law / LLM in Jersey law.

The dissertation will typically be written after completion of all seven examinations, though in some situations, it may be possible to research and write the dissertation simultaneously with the taught element of the programme.

The dissertation element:

Candidates satisfy the dissertation element by researching and writing a dissertation on an area of Jersey Law in Jersey approved by the Director & Chief Executive.

The dissertation is a piece of independent research carried out by the candidate under the supervision of a member of the Institute of Law or an external supervisor appointed by the Director & Chief Executive.

The dissertation must be:

  1. Between 12000 and 15000 words (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography)
  2. Submitted on the first working day of November or May (or exceptionally, on another date permitted by the Dean)
  3. In the format prescribed by the Director & Chief Executive.


The cost of the LLM in Jersey Laws is the total cost of the Jersey Law Course + £5000.00 for the dissertation element.