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  • Local: $ 7.73k / Year (International)
  • Foreign: $ 7.73k / Year (International)
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  • English

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    LLM International Trade Law focuses on the public international law aspects of international trade, and the regulation undertaken by international law and international institutions, including the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.

    The course allows you to examine the significant role that international law has played in the redistribution of wealth and the reform of the global economic order, and develop a specialised and detailed knowledge of the law concerning international trade.

    You will investigate and apply the complex rules of international trade law to novel problems and real-world and hypothetical scenarios. The course also gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate the legal rules and underlying policies concerning International Trade Law.

    The distinctiveness of this LLM programme lies in its coherent provision of postgraduate level study in the area of international trade law.

    Career possibilitiesLLM International Trade Law will enable you to embark upon a career in legal practice, or any career, where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international trade law.

    A number of our students also remain with us to pursue a further research career as PhD students.

    If you want to ... * examine the framework of international law governing the economic relations between States
    * analyse bilateral investment and free trade treaties, and explore regional trade agreements
    * investigate the workings of World Trade Organisation law
    * study international trade regulation

    ... then consider LLM International Trade Law.

    This course has five compulsory modules. You also choose another four optional modules to complete your programme.

    Compulsory modulesInternational Economic Law provides a comprehensive and critical understanding of the main framework of international law governing international economic relations between states.

    The International Law of Foreign Investment focuses on the big shifts in economic relations witnessed in the recent past, underlining the significance of bilateral investment treaties, regional trade and investment agreements and bilateral free trade agreements.

    World Trade Organisation Law examines recent changes in economic relations that have underlined the significance of international trade regulation in international economic relations among States, and aims to consider and evaluate in detail some of the main topics within the WTO/GATT regime from the perspectives of both developed and developing countries.

    Postgraduate Legal Research Skills aims to prepare you for legal research required for seminar preparation, coursework assignments and for writing dissertations in law. The module focuses on instilling the fundamental research skills that you need to undertake any type of legal research.

    Dissertation allows you to pursue an area of particular interest within your programme in consultation with a member of staff with appropriate expertise.

    Optional modulesThe school offers a wide range of optional modules, although the list is subject to change.

    * Advanced Corporate Law
    * Alternative Dispute Resolution
    * Central Issues in Arbitration
    * Conflict of Laws in Business Transactions
    * Corporate Law
    * Environmental Law The Regulation of Pollution
    * Insolvency Law
    * International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans
    * International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework
    * International Competition Law
    * International Corporate Governance
    * International Corporate Rescue
    * International Economic Law
    * International Law of Credit and Security
    * International Sales Law
    * International Trade Finance Law
    * Islamic Banking and Finance
    * The International Law of Foreign Investment
    * Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets
    * World Trade Organisation Law

    Programme structure * For the LLM, you study the core modules (60 credits) and take a further four optional modules (60 credits) with an extended research project (the dissertation) of 60 credits over the summer.
    * For the PG Diploma, you study the taught core modules and four further options.
    * For the PG Certificate, you study the core modules.


    The structure of the programmes will provide breadth and depth of study and opportunities for drawing upon appropriate resources and techniques. The programmes are based on, at least, fifteen hours teaching time per taught module. Support for the dissertation rpoject is provided via two group sessions, a number of one to oe meetings and comment on draft work

    Modules are offered within a small group teaching model whichprovides you with the opportunity to develop interests and informed opinions, and to communicate your conclusions. A variety of teaching provision is offered through lectures and seminars and all students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training


    Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of a 4,500 word essay at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    The entrance requirements for our postgraduate taught schemes are that you must normally possess an upper second class honours degree or non-UK equivalent.If you do not meet the standard academic entry requirements, we will give consideration to relevant and substantial work experience of more than five years. In this case, we will require a full CV, describing the relevant work experience, with your application.We also encourage applicants with professional qualifications or substantial professional experience to apply.Language requirements The School has a minimum requirement. * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: at least 92 with, at least, 22 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing. * A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in listening and reading and at least 6.0 in writing and speaking.The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University of Leeds Language Centre can provide more details on your English requirements. Language Centre pre-sessional courseThe Language Centre also provides the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course that is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a taught postgraduate degree programme. Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August.For further information, please visit the Language Centres website or contact the Language Centre via email.We will also accept the following. * English Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Grade C or above * Advanced Certificate of English: Grade C or above * IGCSE or O level: Grade C or above * All India 'Standard 12': minimum of 70 per centWe also accept other alternative qualifications to IELTS and TOEFL tests.Alternative accepted qualifications to IELTS and TOEFL testsIt is not sufficient for you to submit a letter from your university that states that you can use the English language to a good standard. This is not relevant evidence. You must submit one of the documents above or be intending to take one of the tests noted above.Important information about language testsNew British government regulations state that an ... * IELTS * TOEFL iBT * or PET Academic... test score must be less than two years old when the University of Leeds issues a Certificate of Approved Study (CAS) to an international student that has been offered a place on a postgraduate taught programme.An international student requires a CAS in order to obtain a British student visa.What this time limit means for youWhen you apply to one of our postgraduate courses, you must ensure that your English Language Test score will be less than two years old when we make a decision on your application. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)

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