LLM International Trade and Commercial Law
This area of the law is of growing national and international importance. International trade law is one of the exports of the English common law system with the structure of international contracts being dominated by English common law principles, making this the ideal country in which to study.
About the LLM International Trade and Commercial Law
This popular course explores diverse areas of the subject including:
- international sales and carriage of goods
- international finance
- international dispute resolution
- World Trade Organisation law.
The latter is of particular importance since India and China joined the WTO.
Why choose this course?
- Explore diverse aspects of International Trade and Commercial Law, a major export of the English Common Law System.
- Benefit from close links to our Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.
- Option to complement your study of International Trade and Commercial Law with with up to two modules from other LLM subject areas.
- Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available.
- Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
- Scholarships available.
- Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards.
You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.
- International Competition Law
- International Trade Risk Insurance
- International Carriage of Goods
- International Commercial Transactions
- International Sale of Goods
- Private International Law
- World Trade Organisation
Or you may take up to two modules from another subject area, excluding Oil, Gas and Mining Law.
You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.
In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.
The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.
How do I study?
The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.
Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.
Part-time students and distance learning students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.
On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.
Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.
Distance-learning modules are structured, directed learning activities, delivered through the University's online learning platform – NOW. Distance learners will also have the opportunity to participate in virtual discussions with other students and academic staff, and will be asked to complete additional tasks – such as preparing essay plans or presentations – over the course of each module.
You will need a good degree in Law (minimum 2.2) or, an honours degree in another discipline plus either the CPE (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) conversion qualification.
Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.
English language requirements
International students need to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English before starting the course. We usually require one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
- An equivalent English language qualification.
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