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LLM - International Corporate and Commercial Law

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Why study International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law at York?

The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law puts York at the forefront of legal education on corporations. It takes a comparative and international approach to the key areas of corporate governance and corporate and commercial law. The contextual approach taken in this LLM enables an understanding of why different countries adopt different laws and governance approaches and how they respond to economic and social pressures. It assesses these approaches in times of economic stability and in crisis, with particular reference to the current crisis. The course particularly focuses on corporate governance and on commercial transactions.

The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law aims to provide:

    a critical understanding of the process of corporate globalization

    an in depth and contextual coverage of the main topics in corporate governance and commercial law

At the end of the course students should:

    have an understanding of the economic and social context in which commercial decisions take place

    an understanding of the nature of the company and company law and how this and corporate governance operates

    a conceptual framework in which to understand these developments

Details of the LLM programme

The programme reflects the latest innovations in legal education including York’s pioneering Problem-Based Learning as well as more traditional lectures and seminars.  Its research led teaching is built on the world class scholarship of the School’s staff. Our postgraduates are drawn from all over the world giving you the opportunity to study with and learn from a truly international group.

The LLM in International Corporate and Commercial Law is a taught programme of one year. It runs from October to the following September. On the LLM you will study 180 credits. 120 credits are studied through a mix of compulsory and optional taught modules. The remaining 60 credits are obtained through undertaking a 15,000 word dissertation. The programme is structured in the following way:

Autumn term: 50 credits (Introduction to Comparative Law; Law and Commercial Transactions; International Corporate Governance and Company Law)

Spring term: 60 credits (Students will choose three 20-credit optional modules)

Summer term/Summer: 70 credits (Research Skills and Methods, Dissertation)

Core and compulsory modules (Autumn Term and Summer Term 50 credits)

International Corporate Governance and Company Law (Autumn term, 20 credits)

Corporate governance is at the heart of current global responses to the financial crisis. This module provides a contextual framework in which to understand and critically evaluate corporate governance and company law. It considers international and national corporate governance with particular focus on Anglo-American systems.

Law and Commercial Transactions (Autumn term, 20 credits)

This module evaluates the fundamental ideas and concepts underlying commercial law including its sources and institutions. It examines contracts for the sale of goods in English, European and International law, including specific clauses commonly used in international business transactions, in its commercial context.

Introduction to Comparative Law (Autumn term, 10 credits)

This module introduces you to the study of commercial law in its international context, by considering methods of undertaking comparative legal studies. It provides students with an introduction to the workings of the common law compared to the codified civil law.

Research Skills and Methods (Summer term, 10 credits)

This module is designed to prepare students for their dissertation. It will introduce students to a variety of research methodologies and key research skills. At the end of the module, students will prepare a ‘research proposal’ for their dissertation.

Optional Modules (Spring Term, 60 credits)

Students may choose three options from the following:

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    European Competition Law

    Financial Crime

    International Business Negotiations

    Financial Citizenship and Social Justice

Students may be permitted to study subjects offered in the LLM in Human Rights and the LLM in Clinical Legal Education.

Students may be permitted to study non law subjects offered outside of the law school with the permission of the programme director.

Dissertation (Tummer Term and Summer, 60 credits)

Students will write a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice and under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will be supported in the preparation of the dissertation proposal during the ‘Research Skills and Methods’ module. Students have a wide flexibility in choosing their topic and they are encouraged to make the most of the international flavour of the programme.

How you’ll be taught on the LLM

Modern teaching

On the LLM programme you will be taught using a wide variety of modern teaching and learning methods. Through rigorous academic study you will engage with theoretical, applied and practical studies, ensuring that you develop a deep understanding of corporate and commercial law in its international context.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

A core teaching method employed in most modules is problem-based learning (PBL). This will involve you working in a “student law firm” in which you will work on simulated, real-life corporate and commercial law problems brought to you by virtual clients. You will learn to identify the relevant legal principles, the known facts and facts which need to be ascertained, and through this process unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of the problem. As in real life, the problems are messy, and typically involve several legal topics interacting and overlapping.

Additional learning resources

Alongside PBL you will also learn through a range of other resources including: seminars, written subject guides, and a variety of relevant material in our virtual learning environment.

The LLM programme is international both in its teaching but also through its students. The PBL process actively supports students to learn from each other, and to make the most of the diverse backgrounds of your fellow students.

For more information on fees and funding offered at York, please see below:

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/

For more information please visit the link below:

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/

Careers and employability

The LLM programme will prepare you to pursue a wide variety of careers, both within and outside the legal profession as well as further research through doctoral studies.

Developing key skills through the LLM

The LLM programme involves a significant amount of collaborative work, primarily through problem-based learning (PBL). Through this approach you will gain necessary skills to become a legal professional, including legal and fact analysis and research. You will also develop many skills which are highly valued in any profession. These include; communication and presentation skills, analytical and problem solving skills, project management, and the ability to negotiate and formulate an opinion based on a rounded view of an issue or problem.

Careers & Development Support

All students on the LLM programme will get active support in careers and development planning, both through structured sessions and workshops as well as individual advice from the Law School’s Employability Tutor. The Law School Careers & Development Programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students and we would encourage you to get involved with this.  Several employers take part in the programme, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes.  There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non legal employers or academic routes following your LLM.

There are also taught postgraduate and research postgraduate versions of the Employability Tutorial available to you.  The Employability Tutorial is an online resource which is aimed at helping you to think about or review your personality and values, to assist you when you are thinking about your options after the LLM and how to move forward with your career plans.

Undertaking further research study

The research skills developed during the LLM are excellent in preparation for further research, including doctoral studies. Many of our successful LLM graduates have gone on to pursue PhD studies, both at York and elsewhere.

ESSENTIALS

UCAS Code 0-

Entry Requirements

  • 2:1 Degree or equivalent

Start Date 30/09/2015

Duration 1 year

Full-Time/Part-Time Full time

Distance Learning No

Employability

LLM - International Corporate and Commercial Law

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OVERVIEW

York Law School is an inspirational place for study and research. We have a vibrant community committed to excellence and are a top rated school for research, teaching and learning. Our new, purpose-built school provides exceptional facilities and a dynamic environment for learning and research. We pride ourselves on our innovative teaching and forward thinking approach that keeps us at the forefront of legal education. Our students are taught by some of the UK’s top legal scholars engaged in specialist research. Our program is modern and relevant to the legal profession as well as the many other professions our students go on to join.

Programmes

3 Year LLB

2 Year LLB

LLM in the Theory and Practice of Clinical Legal Education

LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law

LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice

FEES & FUNDING

For more information on fees and funding offered at York, please see below:

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Yes
EMPLOYABILITY

ESSENTIALS

UCAS Code -

Entry Requirements - 2:1 Degree or equivalent

Start Date 30/09/2015

Duration 1 year

Full-Time/Part-Time Full time

Distance Learning No

Employability

Email: law-ug-admissions@york.ac.uk

Visit Website

York Law School
University of York
York
YO10 5GD

Contact

York University

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325810

Email: law-ug-admissions@york.ac.uk

York Law School
University of York
York
YO10 5GD

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