This stream allows you to choose a range of areas of study dealing with international trade and finance, corporate law, e-commerce, intellectual property and the world trading system. Such modules can be combined with others dealing with public international law, European Law or Human Rights. The course allows you to develop expertise at international and regional level in the issues raised for trade, commerce and corporations by their legal regulation. It would suit those wishing to specialise in commercial legal practice or commercial legal work within corporations, NGOs or government.
Duration and mode of study
One year full-time or two to five years part-time.
You will take one 15 credit compulsory module in semester one:
* Writing Skills
You must then choose 75 credits of modules from the list below and 30 credits of modules from the LLM General Programme. You will also be required to complete a 60 credit dissertation on a topic within the area of international commercial law.
* Civil Dispute Resolution Methods
* Commercial Conflict of Laws: Choice of Law Issues*
* Commercial Conflict of Laws: Issues of Jurisdiction*
* Contemporary Legal Problems of World Trade
* Contracts for the Carriage of Goods by Sea
* Financial Services Crime
* Financing of International Sales Transactions*
* Intellectual Property and the European Internal Market*
* International Commercial Arbitration Moot
* International Corporate Insolvency*
* International Law and Development
* International Regulation of Companies
* International Sales Transactions*
* International Trade and Intellectual Property
* Issues and Procedures in European Union Competition Law
* Law and Organisation of the World Trading System
* Principles of EU Competition Law
* Regulation of Financial Markets
* module only available to students with a degree in law (or in which law is a substantial element) or an appropriate legal professional qualification
Teaching and assessment methods
The modules are taught by seminars which are designed to allow students to discuss and debate the subject, with guidance from the tutor. All modules are assessed by written coursework, although other forms of assessment may be used as well. Students also complete a dissertation over the summer months. This can be normally in the stream of their choice but is subject to the staffing resources being available. Students registered for the LLM in International Commercial Law have priority within that stream.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.