The objective of Commercial Law is to facilitate commercial transactions, whether a sale of goods, dealing in digital content or data, secured financing arrangements, or mergers. Once a commercial transaction crosses jurisdictional borders, complex questions arise regarding the enforceability of all the terms in a commercial agreement, the law(s) which apply to the transaction, and where any disputes which might arise from the transaction can be resolved.
This LLM will provide you with a solid foundation for understanding the legal challenges of international commerce, and will allow you to explore how a range of international transactions are regulated through a combination of contracts, domestic law and internationally agreed rules.
You will be taught by academics who are recognised subject experts with UK and international experience. As well as teaching, most are involved in producing leading research, often providing expert advice to outside bodies.
How the course will be taught will depend on the modules you opt to take, but you can expect a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work.
You will take a selection of modules totalling 120 CATS followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. All our modules are worth 20 CATS and run for one term. Modules will be taken during terms one and two, leaving you term three and the summer to complete your dissertation. If you choose to study part-time, this will be split over two years of study. You will be required to select modules covering traditional commercial law subjects and a selection of modules which provide a contextual perspective.
The course incorporates a wide and varying range of assessment methods, which may include essays, examinations, portfolios, presentations and the dissertation.
We regard feedback as a vital part of the assessment process. We seek to help you reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding. You will be given feedback after your assessments each term.
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We would normally expect you to have at least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in Law or its equivalent from your home country. If you are an international student, please check the overseas equivalents for your qualifications
If your first language is not English, you should obtain one of the recognised English Language qualifications listed on our application pages
A postgraduate degree in law can lead to a wide variety of careers depending on your individual interests. It can also lead to further study and academia.
This LLM will provide you with the following transferable skills:
• An understanding the complexity of the legal environment for international commercial transactions.
• The ability to develop a reasoned critical discussion of a contested issue in international commercial law, drawing on a wide range of legal and scholarly resources.
• Specialist knowledge of the process of making international commercial law.
• An understanding of the wider economic, social and environmental context within which international commercial transactions are conducted
We have recently had graduates go on to work as:
• Practicing lawyers with a specific focus on international commercial law
• Commercial Arbitrators
• Civil Servants in departments dealing with aspects of international commerce
• Work in NGOs representing international businesses
The Law School has dedicated careers support on hand to offer one to one guidance on exploring values, strengths and skills for careers, career options, job search techniques, applications and building your profile.
They also offer regular skills sessions on employability, CV writing and interview techniques; plus bespoke careers and networking events with opportunities to meet potential employers.