Robert Gordon University: A veritable force in global legal education

Set amid the buzz of Aberdeen – the oil and gas capital of Europe and a hub in Northeast Scotland – the Law School at Robert Gordon University (RGU) offers a comprehensive range of accredited and professionally-recognised law degrees at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research level.

This is an institution that prides itself on its ability to structure courses with flexible study options, in line with industry demand and fostering tight-knit links with both local and international corporations. With a focus intent on promoting graduate employability and flexible course delivery, this university is the ideal base for you to gain vital real-world experience and showcase your potential.

The general Master of Laws Degree will equip you with the knowledge and relevant skills to enhance your professional career in a range of legal environments.  Responding to student and employer needs, there is a range of pathways allowing you to specialise in such sought-after areas of expertise as Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Law, International Law and Energy Law or to spread your studies across a wider selection of the modules RGU offer at Masters Level. There is a strong international flavour to the subjects offered.

The school is also armed with a host of (ODL) pathways, all made possible by the university-wide CampusMoodle tool. This versatile Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the ultimate resource for ODL participants, granting instant online access to a wealth of learning material and a platform from which you can interact with fellow students and peers.

Whether you’re keen to take the next step in your career, hope to catch the eye of a recruiting employer, or simply want to extend your knowledge and delve deeper into higher study; the ODL Law courses at RGU will give you everything you need to succeed.

RGU’s LLM/MSc in Oil and Gas Law, which is offered on campus or online, seeks to critically-assess and closely examine core legal issues within the oil and gas sector, not just in the UK but also in the wider world. After close consideration of factors like Energy Law and Policy, Maritime Law, Oil and Gas Contract Law, and Renewable Energy, you will be able to competently manage the complex legal matters that surround our energy production and consumption. Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain the key employability, enterprise and transferrable skills needed to lead this lucrative field.

The LLM/MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration, on the other hand, offers invaluable practical insight to Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. Delivered on an ODL-basis, this programme instils you with detailed knowledge and understanding of this global realm. Here, you’ll delve into diverse topics such as Arbitration Law, Practice and Procedure, International Construction Contracts, and Construction Adjudication; where practical training is enhanced by close examination of both recent and future developments.

Striving to provide the breadth and depth of flexible Law courses, RGU also offers the LLM in Employment Law and Practice. As the only UK course of its kind to offer an optional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) stream, this ODL programme is intent on equipping you with the expertise needed to thrive as a high-flying and effective expert in all things related to Employment Law.

This LLM has been specifically designed to grant a holistic UK perspective on the subject, resulting in an annual cohort of graduates who are highly specialised and sought-after by employers.

“As an HR professional it was an opportunity to enhance and consolidate my employment law knowledge and experience as well as boosting my personal confidence and credibility in the subject matter. Very quickly into the course I was able to put aspects of my learning into practice in my work – both in the way I approach and analyse cases and how I give advice and apply my organisation’s policies.” says Lee-Anne Stewart, graduate of the Employment Law and Practice LLM.

“I particularly enjoyed learning more around the human rights aspects of employment law and legal requirements on trade unions which has given me a new perspective on issues that I commonly deal with.  Interactions with fellow students and lecturers also made for interesting discussions and debates particularly when discussing the merits of the law or particular judicial decisions.” she adds.

The school’s long-held accreditations with bodies like the Law Society of Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Faculty of Advocates, the Energy Institute, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) greatly enhance the RGU legal student experience – regardless of whether you opt to pursue a campus-based or ODL option. The potential to gain first-hand business experience from RGU’s outstanding industry networks is something that truly is unparalleled, driving a rich profusion of legal opportunities that give students an edge over graduate competition.

“Higher Education is an adventure that broadens the mind and equips both learners and teachers to contribute to the community, to generate wealth for the benefit of all and to ensure that the value of scholarship is understood and appreciated and its benefits enjoyed by society,” concludes Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of RGU.

“Robert Gordon University invites all those who wish to contribute to these goals to join in this adventure.”

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