Career prospects

The combination of courses and seminars included in the LLM degree make you interesting to ship-owning companies, insurance companies, P&I clubs, law firms, advisory positions in governments, port authorities and other institutions within the private and public sector that deals with maritime and transport law.

Work opportunities for students with a previous bachelor degree in law

Graduates of the LLM programme that have a previous bachelor or professional degree in law, reports that the LLM in Maritime Law enhance their chances to pursue a career in big law firms that specialise in maritime and transport law, both in their home country, in Norway and in other countries abroad. Many graduates with a complete BA and MA degree in law report that they find jobs outside law firms, for example in insurance companie, ship-owning companies and in the public transport sector.

Work opportunities for students without a previous bachelor degree in law

Among students without a previous education in law, several report that they have got positions in the marine insurance industry, ship-owning companies and in the public sector after graduation.

Examples of where former students have found work

Former students at the institute, both Norwegian and International work today for institutions and companies in the Nordic counties like the Danish Maritime Authorities, P&I Clubs (GARD, Skuld, Swedish Club), Kongsberg Maritime, Stena Rederi, Wilhelmsen Insurance, Höegh, Willis, StatoilHydro, EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and Law Firms (Wikborg Rein, Thommessen),

What the LLM does not qualify for

Please note that the LL.M. degree in Maritime Law does not qualify for jobs as a lawyer or civil servants in legal practice in Norway. To qualify for a lawyer/civil servant in law in Norway (in Norwegian: jurist/advokat), you will need a legal background in Norwegian law. In Norway it is the Supervisory Council for Legal Practice that is in charge of issuing Licenses to Practice Law in accordance with the "Norwegian Act relating to the courts of justice" (in Norwegian: Lov om Domstolene. )

Further studies

To be admitted to the Ph.D. programmes at the University of Oslo, an applicant must have completed at least five years of higher education, i.e. studies that are recognised by the Faculty of Law as forming a sufficient basis for admission. Notice that the completion of the LLM degree therfore does not in itself qualify you for Phd studies.

For more information about admission criterias for Ph.D.studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, please visit the Law faculty's Ph.D programme.
Please note that the admission criteria to Ph.D.studies may vary from country to country.

Searching for work after completing the LLM

The Career Centre at the University of Oslo can be of use when you are close to complete the LLM programme. The Career Centre can help you in different ways in the process of searching jobs. They offer courses on how to write a CV and application and offer courses in interview techniques and you can contact them for a conversation about possible work and career opportunities. Especially if you would like to try to get a job in Norway after you have completed the LLM degree, this can be a good place to start. Since 2009 they have offered “search for a fulltime job courses” to international and English speaking students (these courses tend to get filled up quickly so you have to register early). Phone: 22 85 32 52, e-mail: karriere at The Career Centre is only open to students at the University of Oslo.

Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Nov. 29, 2017 3:40 PM