Robert Gordon University's (RGU) LLM Employment Law and Practice is currently the only UK Employment law course to give students an optional ADR stream.
The course is delivered online by The Law School at RGU's Aberdeen Business School and is focused on equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective, highly functioning employment law specialists.
The course content is designed to give an in-depth view of relevant employment law, within the UK perspective, and develop core legal and professional skills. It is taught by experienced law academics and practitioners who are highly skilled in the area of employment law and alternative dispute resolution. With the adoption of mandatory pre conciliation in employment law cases, and an increase in popularity of mediation and arbitration, ADR knowledge and skills are becoming increasingly necessary for an employment law specialist. It increasingly makes sound commercial sense to use alternative methods of resolving disputes as opposed to taking a court case.
The course leader Alison Stuart, lecturer of law and qualified solicitor, said: "Students have a choice of what they wish to specialise in, alongside gaining core knowledge of employment law.
"The course is designed to not only facilitate your knowledge and understanding of employment law but also to aid the development of key legal and practical skills. In today's competitive job market having demonstrable employment law and ADR knowledge and skills is a distinctive advantage not only for advancement in your career but also to enhance your own self confidence".
The flexible course structure ensures that those coming from a non legal background gain a sound grounding in law, whilst providing for further choice and development of knowledge for those who are legally qualified. It is delivered fully online (except for one optional module, which requires attendance at an on campus workshop) and can be studied either full-time or on a part-time basis.
The course structure allows not only for flexibility in when, during a week, you study but also what you actually study, with the taking of up to three optional modules, thereby allowing you to tailor the course to your interests and needs.
The Head of the Law School, Professor Ken Mackinnon, said: "Students are attracted by our distinctive programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level – particularly by the vocational focus – and because of our reputation as modern, and professional, yet friendly.
"The opportunities offered by online courses are a clear attraction for many. We aim to meet the educational needs of potential students coming from schools and colleges through to those desiring to raise their professional standing. Students here no longer simply learn the law, but, additionally, acquire a range of skills and expertise which makes them extremely employable."
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School