LLM in International and Comparative Commercial Law
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Law
Start of programme: September intake only
The globalization of commerce makes it extremely useful, if not essential, for anyone wishing to practice commercial law to study it from an international and comparative perspective. The huge growth in the importance of multinational corporations, and countries such as China and the Gulf states, makes it equally useful to study such corporations and countries as well. SOAS has a unique concentration of modules in this area, taught by experts who combine experience in legal practice and consulting with an academic scholarship. Many of those modules are equally useful for people wishing to study other areas of law, such as human rights, environmental law, Chinese law and Islamic law, as their main focus.
The LLM programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme but have the option of pursuing a specialized LLM.
Each LLM student is required to successfully complete 180 credits, which comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit 12,000-word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialization. Please see the 'Structure' tab for full information.
Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary.
Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.
Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialization.
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
Specialist Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
- Banking Law 15PLAC105 (30 credits) Full Year
- Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 (30 credits) Full Year
- Comparative Commercial Law 15PLAC175 (30 credits) Full Year
- EU Law in Global Context 15PLAH051 (15credits) Term 1
- Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 (15credits) Term 1
- International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 (30 credits) Full Year
- International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 (30 credits) Full Year
- International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 (30 credits) Full Year
- International Investment Law and Arbitration 15PLAH063 (15credits) Term 2
- International Trade Law 15PLAC120 (30 credits) Full Year
- Law of Islamic Finance 15PLAC159 (30 credits) Full Year
- Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 (30 credits) Full Year
General Law Postgraduate Module List
An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.
Postgraduate Open Option Modules
A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.
Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree
- LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 (60 credits) Full Year
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Last updated January 21, 2018