The LLM International Business and Commercial Law course is aimed at students seeking to understand and work as a legal expert in the area of multinational corporations. Covering laws on business structure, corporate process, taxation, intellectual property, dispute resolution and legal aspects of international finance, the course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that are in high demand in the banking and finance sector. The course will also allow you to tailor the course to meet your personal and professional needs.
With London being the centre for global banking, finance and trade, you will be well placed to take advantage of the University's excellent links with major corporations to help you undertake your dissertation and develop your career prospects.
The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us as the top modern London-based law school.
During the course you will study the practical and theoretical issues in international banking, as well as the law, practice and theory of securities regulations under English law. You will study topics within a comparative international context that focuses on US Law and practice, enabling you to draw critical comparisons.
In addition, you will also examine the practical and theoretical issues of international private transactions, focusing on the traditional commercial sale and finance of such transactions, but also touching on the principles of intellectual property law, the knowledge of which is essential in the context of modern international business.
You will study the following core modules:
- Legal Aspects of International Financial Law
- International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
- International Commercial Law
- Research Methodology
- Laws on International Business Structures
Legal Aspects of International Financial Law (30 credits)
The module studies international finance from an English law perspective and within the context of the practical and theoretical issues that arise. Covering key methods of international finance, such as syndicate loans, debenture, financial derivatives, and also touching other jurisdictions such as the US, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, this module provides you with a comparative approach to the law of international finance.
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation (30 credits)
This module provides you with a detailed introduction to both the theory and practice of international commercial arbitration and mediation, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
International Commercial Law (30 credits)
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues in international private transactions. The module focuses heavily on the traditional commercial sale and finance of such transactions, but it also incorporates principles of Intellectual Property Law, the knowledge of which is essential in the context of modern international business.
Research Methodology (20 Credits)
This module provides a thorough basis for Masters level research methods. It addresses core content areas appropriate to research in a legal context, and supports you to achieve appropriate levels of competence in these areas, as well as broadening your knowledge of research tools.
Dissertation (40 Credits)
Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of a particular subject area, by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. Your dissertation will develop and test your ability to conceptualise, appraise and critically evaluate a significant topic relating to the legal issues surrounding international banking and finance.
Laws on International Business Structures (30 credits)
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues involved in business organisations trading across jurisdictions.
A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification with appropriate law content.
Students with three years' legal or relevant commercial work experience will also be considered subject to interviews.
Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.
Career and study progression
Our aim is to produce graduates who have employment prospects with multinational corporations, because they understand the legal regulations and constraints of international business, as well as the financial world of international trade agencies and multinational corporations.
You can seek employment opportunities in careers with investment, law, consultancy and accounting firms, especially those focusing on international practice. Practising legal professionals and human resource professionals can use their qualification and the skills and knowledge they have gained on the course to progress in their chosen field.
On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies with Ealing Law School and progress on to a PhD.
UK fees Main fee GBP4,300
International (non-UK/EU)Main fee GBP5,500
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Last updated October 12, 2015