In an increasingly globalised economy, almost all businesses operate internationally. Trade, investment and finance cut across national boundaries and are governed by a complex web of transnational laws and regulations. As a result, the demand for professionals with a rich understanding of how law and business operate at a global level continues to grow. This LLM in international law and business offers students with undergraduate qualifications in Law or Business the opportunity for advanced study in both disciplines and prepares them for the challenges of advising companies, governments and other institutions on issues such as the regulation of international trade, foreign investors' rights, and international litigation.
Why Study International Law and Business at Keele?
The Keele Law School has a long tradition of academic expertise in the field of international law. International law has been taught at Keele by world-renowned experts such as Michael Akehurst and Patrick Thornberry. In recent years, the Keele Law School has invested heavily in the area of international law. Students will be taught by dynamic academic staff with a wide range of expertise and research interests.
Keele is also a pioneer and leader in cross-disciplinary education. Students on the LLM in International Law and Business will take modules in both the Law School and the Business School. Students also have the opportunity to study modern languages as part of their degree, increasing their range of professional skills. Keele currently offers courses in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
The LLM includes a study trip to Geneva where students visit international institutions such as the UN, the International Labour Organization, and the World Trade Organization.
The programme can be completed in 12 months full-time, or 24 months part-time. There is also an opportunity to take the course on a modular basis, spreading modules over a period of 2 to 5 years, allowing maximum flexibility.
Academic Entry Requirements
You should have a first or second class honours degree (or foreign equivalent) in Law or a related discipline. Applications are welcome from current legal practitioners or any other person with appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience.
English Language Entry Requirements For International Students
Applicants for whom English is not the first language must provide evidence of a qualification in the English language. The minimum score for entry to the LLM is academic IELTS 6.5 (or TOEFL 91). Students who have taken one of the English language qualifications but did not achieve the required grade may be admitted to the programme provided that they study on a pre-sessional English Language course before they start their degree studies.
Keele University currently accepts Tofel iBT tests that have been taken outside of the United Kingdom. All Tofel iBT tests will need to be taken no longer than two years prior to your start date at Keele and must be verifiable with ETS. If you have taken your Tofel iBT test in the UK please contact the admissions team for more information.
The LLM in International Law and Business is a gateway into a range of employment opportunities. These include careers with leading international law firms, in-house counsel for major multinational businesses, positions at international institutions such as the World Bank, European Commission or World Trade Organisation, careers in management consultancy, government legal service, or academia.