LLM in International Commercial Law


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Program Description

Course summary

This course balances the best of a rigorous, traditional legal education with a contemporary perspective. Our areas of specialisation address today’s most important business and legal challenges, including the study of commercial relationships in the international arena, the role and impact of electronic commerce, and the gradual harmonisation of international commercial law.

This Master is not merely about what you learn in the classroom, it is also about actual practice in today’s world of globalisation and international commerce. That is why the LLM provides, in addition to a strong academic dimension, a concentrated, real-world-oriented legal education.

The course offers you the opportunity to develop strong academic and practical skills in a highly competitive and intellectually satisfying area of law. It is ideally suited to those who come from commercial law, international business, management, or economics background. You will have the opportunity to explore your own ideas, gain knowledge and enhance transferable skills in a supportive environment. You will benefit from a strong programme of visiting speakers, excellent online materials and learning resources, top-quality instruction and a professional and practical focus in a department with a strong research profile.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

International Commercial Law students may also take one free choice LLM module per semester of full-time study (or two total for Part-Time) from any other course, in areas such as Dispute Resolution, Corporate Finance, International Law and Entertainment Law.

Please note that option modules are subject to student demand and staffing availability, therefore not all modules may be offered in any one academic year.

Core modules
  • Dissertation
  • Foundations in International Commercial Law
Option modules
  • Carriage of Goods
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Issues in Business and Law
  • International Taxation Law
  • Law of International Sales
  • Legal Aspects of Electronic Commerce
  • Multinational Corporate Entities and Direct Investment
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Economic Law
  • International Banking Law and Regulation

Entry Requirements

You will typically be expected to have either a good Second Class Honours (or equivalent) degree in law or an Upper Second Class non-law degree with a demonstrated legal interest (this can be via your Supporting Statement).

You will also be considered without standard qualifications provided you are sufficiently motivated to study effectively on a Masters programme and/or have had a significant amount of relevant experience.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Career path

Our modal student will go on to (or return to) professional legal career in the UK or overseas law firm, quite often in a Civil Law jurisdiction, interacting with the English Common Law in such areas as shipping or sales disputes. Other students go on to study to become a Solicitor or Barrister in the UK or abroad.

The International Commercial Law LLM qualification also equips graduates to work in a legal liaison role within small to medium enterprises, especially those involved in the transnational provision of goods and services. In a liaison role, the graduate employee is able to informally assess legal risk and to advise and take legal advice from specialist lawyers, on behalf of their company.

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less