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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study International Commercial and Maritime Law at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study International Commercial and Maritime Law at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The wide range of LLM degrees including LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law offered by the Swansea College of Law and Criminology gives students the advantage of choice and specialism. For the student who does not wish to specialise to that extent, the College of Law and Criminology offers a general LLM postgraduate degree (LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law). This general LLM provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in both Commercial and Maritime Law by choosing specialised modules from both areas of law.

Key Features of International Commercial and Maritime Law

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law course is built upon the wide range of research of high calibre produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching diverse modules at the course. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods on the International Commercial and Maritime Law LLM are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students on the International Commercial and Maritime Law course are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Shipping and Trade Law Department offers its students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students on the International Commercial and Maritime Law course are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

Modules

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student of the International Commercial and Maritime Law course may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students pursuing the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law may choose any four options from the modules listed below. At least one module must be chosen from the asterisked (*) modules and at least one module from the double asterisked (**) modules.

Admiralty Law (*)

Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air (*)

Charterparties: Law and Practice (*)

Law of the Sea (*)

Marine Insurance Law (*)

Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities (*)

Competition Law (**)

E-Commerce (**)

International Corporate Law and Governance (**)

International Intellectual Property Law (**)

International Trade Law (**)

Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions (**)

Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments (**)

Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law (**)

International Commercial Arbitration

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

For further information on modules please visit the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities and enhance their practical understanding of shipping, insurance and commercial practice. Such activities include;

- employability lectures
- guest lecture series delivered inter alia by former judges, directors of international organisations and prominent partners from city law firms
- networking events, including an Annual LLM Career Fair
- visits to a number of leading enterprises within the City of London which also give our students another chance to network with professionals working in the commercial and maritime field
- mooting training throughout the year, including tailored guidance and weekly training classes
- free English language classes designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing

Careers & Employability

The International Careers Adviser at Swansea runs weekly workshops for international students, for example, on how to improve career prospects and improve interview techniques. The Postgraduate Department also employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.

The Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, one of our professors on the LLM programme was a senior partner, and is now a consultant with, Ince & Co, a leading London law firm, specialising in international trade, insurance and shipping law. The IISTL provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P&I Clubs and shipping organisations. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Shipping and Trade Law Department and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study International Maritime Law at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study International Maritime Law at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The sea constitutes two-thirds of the entire planet and is of fundamental importance to human activity, sustaining life, providing commerce and navigational routes and a substantial proportion of our natural resources. Taking into account the need to regulate such a wide range of sea-related transactions, this specialised LLM has been developed with a view to providing students with a sound and relevant body of information and understanding of Shipping Law. The course focuses on various aspects of maritime law, from the different contracts for the carriage of goods to marine insurance, international trade and law of the sea.

Key Features of International Maritime Law

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of international maritime law. The LLM in International Maritime Law course is thereby built upon the wide range of high calibre research produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching at the LLM in International Maritime law. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in International Maritime Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies offers its postgraduate students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

Modules

The LLM in International Maritime Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Students undertaking an LLM in International Maritime Law are required to take four modules from the following list. At least two of the options must be drawn from the asterisked (*) modules.

Admiralty Law (*)

Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air (*)

Charterparties: Law and Practice (*)

Law of the Sea (*)

Marine Insurance Law (*)

Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities (*)

E-Commerce

International Commercial Arbitration

International Trade Law

Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

For further information on modules, please visit the LLM in International Maritime Law page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities and enhance their practical understanding of shipping, insurance and commercial practice. Such activities include;

- employability lectures
- guest lecture series delivered inter alia by former judges, directors of international organisations and prominent partners from city law firms
- networking events, including an Annual LLM Career Fair
- visits to a number of leading enterprises within the City of London which also give our students another chance to network with professionals working in the commercial and maritime field
- mooting training throughout the year, including tailored guidance and weekly training classes
- free English language classes designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing

Careers and Employability

The International Careers Adviser at Swansea runs weekly workshops for international students for example, on how to improve career prospects and improve interview techniques. The Postgraduate Department also employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.

The Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, one of our professors on the LLM programme was a senior partner, and is now a consultant with, Ince & Co, a leading London law firm, specialising in international trade, insurance and shipping law. The ISTLprovides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Department of Shipping and Trade Law and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/.

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The LLM course in Maritime Law will give you the opportunity to acquire and develop the legal knowledge and skills vital to a career in the vibrant and fast growing sphere of Maritime Law. Read more
The LLM course in Maritime Law will give you the opportunity to acquire and develop the legal knowledge and skills vital to a career in the vibrant and fast growing sphere of Maritime Law.

Who is it for?

The Specialism in Maritime Law will appeal to students at all stages of their career and from around the world who have an interest in legal practice as it relates to maritime issues. It will enable students with this focus to develop their career in private commercial practice or in-house in this specialized sphere of commercial law.

Objectives

The unique specialist LLM course in Maritime Law provides you with an opportunity to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills for this niche but important field of law. This course is unquestionably one of the more popular specialist programmes for law students at the City Law School. It is taught by academics and practitioners who have years of experience in the field. The emphasis of the programme is on understanding how the law works in relation to matters such as shipping contracts, insurance, admiralty practice, international sale of goods, and commercial arbitration.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything the Institution has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus - with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work. Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Placements

Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

Assessment

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle. Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules you will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - each module is worth 30 credits.
-Admiralty Law
-Carriage of Goods by Sea
-Law of International Trade
-Marine Insurance
-World Trade Law
-International Law of the Sea
-International Commercial Arbitration

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in the maritime law sector.

Graduates from this specialist LLM course are well placed to pursue careers in:
-Professional legal and shipping practice
-Transport
-Business
-Management
-Government
-International or EU organisations
-Non-governmental organisations
-Media and press
-Academia and research

The skills and knowledge you develop during your postgraduate study will help you in a wide variety of career options and you will acquire many transferrable skills. The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

Students who complete the LLM in Maritime Law may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by the City Law School.

Maritime law research is prominent at the City Law School - PhD research in maritime law is currently undertaken by students supervised by Professor Jason Chuah, director of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group.

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This Maritime LLM Top-up route allows students who have passed the London Metropolitan University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law distance learning course to obtain a Master's qualification. Read more
This Maritime LLM Top-up route allows students who have passed the London Metropolitan University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law distance learning course to obtain a Master's qualification. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The LLM degree enables you to develop an advanced understanding of a specialist area of maritime law. It is suitable for those in both the legal and maritime industry who are looking to enhance their career prospects.

This unique distance learning programme for the shipping sector will:
-Allow you to develop an advanced understanding of an aspect of maritime law through independent research
-Improve both your research and independent study skills
-Enhance your ability to develop substantiated critical argument

There will be formative assessment on the research proposal and literature review which will precede the substantive research for the dissertation.

The summative assessment will be entirely by way of the dissertation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-LLM in Maritime Law Top-Up Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

After the course

This course provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant both to legal practitioners and to those operating more generally within the legal environment of the maritime sector. It would also assist anyone working in professions concerned with international trade and the maritime environment depending on the chosen line of speciality within the research framework.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Be a City Law School student in Piraeus, Greece, the heart of the shipping industry. Our group of students consists of either top-quality Law graduates or graduates of other disciplines who have relevant work experience of more than two years. Read more
Be a City Law School student in Piraeus, Greece, the heart of the shipping industry.

Who is it for?

Our group of students consists of either top-quality Law graduates or graduates of other disciplines who have relevant work experience of more than two years. We have students from Greece and from other countries including Switzerland, Italy, Norway, France and the United Kingdom.

This course is suitable for Law graduates who want to specialise in maritime law, or maritime professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of maritime law.

Objectives

-Further your understanding of maritime law by studying modules from the respected UK course.
-Experience studying at the esteemed Hellenic Lloyd’s Register in Piraeus, Greece.
-Have access to our online resources as well as the prestigious Laskaridou Library collection.
-Shape your study around your personal and work commitments.
-Enhance your CV by taking advantage of our dedicated team of UK academics and professionals.
-Benefit from the support of a full-time administration service based in Greece.

Academic facilities

Classes take place in the fully equipped Hellenic Lloyd’s Register seminar rooms in Piraeus, Greece.

Teaching and learning

The following academics teach on this course:
-Emily Allbon
-Professor Jason Chuah
-David Glass
-Professor Rob Merkin QC
-Anthony Rogers
-Professor Chris Ryan

Modules

Each module on the course is taught within 24 hours in the form of three teaching blocks of eight hours each (on a Friday and a Saturday).
-Introductory Course
-International Trade Law
-Maritime Insurance
-Admiralty Law
-Carriage of Goods by Sea
-Dissertation

Career prospects

Our graduates are equipped for work in:
-Law firms
-Shipping companies
-Insurance companies
-Shipbrokers
-P&I Clubs and more

Past graduates of the course are working in big shipping companies, law firms and P&I Clubs such as:
-LATSCO
-INCE & CO
-American P&I

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This course provides advanced level knowledge and skills in the areas of Maritime Law and Commercial Law. Students will develop international and commercial perspectives on issues relating to Maritime Law, and will learn to operate with expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different areas of the field. Read more
This course provides advanced level knowledge and skills in the areas of Maritime Law and Commercial Law. Students will develop international and commercial perspectives on issues relating to Maritime Law, and will learn to operate with expertise in the multifaceted interface between the different areas of the field.

Students will acquire a broad understanding of Maritime Law, including its fundamental principles and values, the influences upon it, the substantive rules of the discipline and the underpinning architecture and institutions; as well as an understanding of the different areas within the discipline, such as wet shipping law and dry shipping law. Critical awareness will be fostered by the study of the latest literature, international legislation, international conventions, EU law, and international case law.

Employment Opportunities
This programme will provide a springboard for graduates to enter into key positions in International Law firms, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and positions in public administrations. There is likely to be high demand for professionals in the area going forward, particularly in rapidly growing emerging markets.

Compulsory modules:

Legal Research Methods
Students choose at least three from:

Admiralty Law
Law of the Sea
Carriage of Goods by Sea
Marine Insurance
Optional modules:

Global Trade Law
International Environmental Law
International Sales Law
Intellectual Property Law
Competition Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Structure
Programmes commencing in September:

Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits.

The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Programmes commencing in January:

Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits.

The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

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Application deadline. 8th September 2017. Starts. 25th September 2017. The LLM in International Maritime Law continuation course allows students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law to continue their studies to the degree of LLM. Read more
Application deadline: 8th September 2017
Starts: 25th September 2017

The LLM in International Maritime Law continuation course allows students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law to continue their studies to the degree of LLM.

It is also offered as a standalone programme to students who meet equivalent entry requirements.

On successful completion of the programme, students will have:
• The ability to analyse academic issues of law at postgraduate level and to be able to develop a discursive critical analysis of such issues
• The ability to develop critical discussion of a postgraduate nature that is sound and valid; i.e. so that it is methodologically “self-aware”
• A capacity for independent research that is expected of postgraduate students

Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.

Syllabus:
Research based module: Researching Business Law:
This course will introduce you to legal research and the writing of legally researched papers
• Literature review (40% of the module)
• Research proposal (60% of the module)

Dissertation:
Your opportunity to do a major, extended piece of research on a maritime law topic of your choice. The dissertation should aim to suggest a new way of thinking about and/or improved understanding of the topic you have researched.

Ready to apply?
Do not delay your application – you may qualify for an early enrolment discount, and some courses have a maximum number of participants. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £, $ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

Course fees:

If paid on or before 02 Jun 2017: £9,995 / US$12,995
If paid after 02 Jun 2017: £10,795 / US$14,035

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The renowned part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the World Maritime University. The programme develops leading knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law, increasing understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues. Read more
The renowned part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the World Maritime University. The programme develops leading knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law, increasing understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues.

With English law recognised internationally as a dominant legal system providing the basis for maritime and trade contracts, and with London as the single most important forum for settling disputes, both through court litigation and arbitration, this course approaches law in relation to how it is applied in practice.
Students may continue their studies to the degree of LL.M in International Maritime Law. The LL. M is offered in collaboration between Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the World Maritime University.

On completing this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the principles of international trade and maritime law
• Explain the overall commercial context in which the law operates
• Analyse practical problems raising legal issues
• Learn how to apply the relevant law to problems that arise in practice
• Prepare to negotiate a dispute settlement
• Develop the capacity for independent study

Syllabus:
Introductory Module: An introduction to the English legal system
Module 1 - English Commercial Law and International Sales
Module 2 - Bills of Lading Contracts
Module 3 - Charter Party Contracts
Module 4 - Marine Insurance Law
Module 5 - Admiralty Law and General Average
Module 6 - Payment and Finance for International Trade
Module 7 - Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation
Module 8 - Conflict of Laws and Forum Shopping

Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.

If you would prefer, there is the option to study the full LLM over 26 months.

Course Fees:

If paid on or before 02 Jun 2017: £5450 / US$7085
If paid after 02 Jun 2017: £5995 / US$7795

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Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialised area of law. It brings together many aspects of law (e.g. contract, tort, bailment, agency) together with a plethora of international conventions attempting to harmonise the legal arrangements between states in order to facilitate trade and reduce conflict. Read more

Summary

Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialised area of law. It brings together many aspects of law (e.g. contract, tort, bailment, agency) together with a plethora of international conventions attempting to harmonise the legal arrangements between states in order to facilitate trade and reduce conflict. Taught by internationally renowned experts, the LLM Maritime Law develops the skillset required to advise, litigate and negotiate based on the rules of admiralty, international trade, marine insurance, carriage of goods by sea and air, ship sale, purchase and finance, marine environmental law, dispute resolution and the public international law of the sea.

Modules

Admiralty Law; Carriage by Air; Carriage of Goods by Sea; Commercial Conflicts of Laws and International Litigation; Ship Finance (half option); The Law of Ship Sale & Purchase (half option); Corporate Governance of Boards (half option); Corporate Governance – Shareholders’ Rights (half option); EU Competition Law; Insurance Law; International Commercial Arbitration; International Law of the Sea; Fundamentals of Public International Law (half option); Dispute Settlements in International Law (half option); International Trade Law; IT Law and Public Policy; International Marine and European Environmental (Liability) Law; Marine Insurance; World Trade Organization Law and Regional Economic Integration

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* High quality postgraduate legal education at an elite UK top 10 university. * Personal tutor support and close contact with academic staff who are leaders in their fields. Read more
* High quality postgraduate legal education at an elite UK top 10 university

* Personal tutor support and close contact with academic staff who are leaders in their fields

* Innovative, rigorous and flexible LLM programme which allows students to specialise in important areas of law

* Small seminar and teaching groups enabling you to fulfil your potential

* Opportunities to visit EU institutions, the United Nations and International Criminal Court

* Excellent career prospects

Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia.

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

Maritime Law

The LLM in Maritime Law is designed specifically for students who wish to study shipping and international trade law in detail. The modules are particularly suited to students who intend to pursue careers in chartering, trade and marine insurance (including Protection and Indemnity Clubs). English law is widely adopted in other jurisdictions, so a study of English law is particularly important.

Students wishing to specialise in an area of law by following one of our dedicated pathways will also benefit from having that pathway named on your degree certificate, highlighting the specialist knowledge and experience you have in this field.

Further information on this specialism can be found on our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/maritime

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This LLM is a product of the strength of the School of Law in three complementary areas. shipping, environmental and PIL. A high proportion of international trade is conducted by sea, involving annually in excess of four billion tonnes of cargo. Read more
This LLM is a product of the strength of the School of Law in three complementary areas: shipping, environmental and PIL. A high proportion of international trade is conducted by sea, involving annually in excess of four billion tonnes of cargo. The sea is not, however, merely a medium for transport. It harbours vast resources; under the sea bed and in its waters.

The LLM in Maritime Law embraces both private and public law and addresses aspects of the private law of shipping It also embraces important public international law issues that are addressed at regional and global levels.

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You develop a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the main principles of law in the areas of international trade and maritime law. Read more
You develop a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the main principles of law in the areas of international trade and maritime law. Exploring the social, political, cultural and economic background of the laws in question, you gain an understanding of how national, European Union Law and International Law interact. Our close proximity to London means you have access to the heart of the UK Finance, Insurance and Shipping industries.

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The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. Read more

Course outline

The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. It stresses the importance of interaction between staff and student, as well as between student and student. We believe this is an essential element in the development of effective lawyers in this area.

Following successful completion of the LLM in International and Commercial Law, you should have developed a range of skills, which include:

• A sound understanding of each of the chosen areas of the law
• Confidence in the analysis of complex case-law
• The ability to make your argument convincingly, orally and in writing
• The ability to take a co-operative approach to problem solving

Start dates

Students may take the LLM over

• 12 months starting in September; or
• 9 months starting in January.

Teaching methods

Seminars are the primary teaching method for this course. They encourage the development of clear analytical skills and create a forum where you can test your ideas against the arguments of your peers. Whether you enter the legal profession or business world you will find it is essential to have developed persuasive abilities. LLM options are taught in the form of three hours of seminars spread over each of the teaching weeks of the course. LLM seminars for subjects which are also taught at LLB level take place in two hour blocks every fortnight.

You are expected to read the cases and other materials relevant to the particular seminar in advance. At the seminar you will be asked to support your opinions and discuss your analysis of the area with your fellow students. In some modules you may be expected to make a presentation on a topic given to you by your tutor. Whilst these tasks may seem daunting at the beginning of the year, you will rapidly gain confidence as your debating skills develop.

Where seminars are on a fortnightly basis, the course will be supported by three hours of lectures per week during the lecturing period. Seminars will complement the lecture series.

Course material is available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. This allows students to download lecture notes, submit assignments and share resources in an electronic forum both within the University’s computer network and remotely.

Specialist designations

Students can select specific modules to have their LLM designated as specialising in:

• International Trade and Maritime Law;
• International Oil and Gas Law; or
• Financial Services Law

Each designation requires the following to be taken:

• 20 unit Advanced Legal Research module;
• 40 unit Core module; and
• 120 units of Options.

The modules currently offered for the designations are as follows:

International Trade and Maritime Law

• Advanced Legal Research (20)
• International Trade and Maritime Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

• Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
• Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
• International Intellectual Property (40)
• Law of Business Organisations (40)
• Law of World Trade (20)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Dissertation (40)

International Oil & Gas Law

• Advanced Legal Research (20)
• International Oil and Gas Law and Policy (40)

120 units of Options from:

• Banking Law (40)
• Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
• Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
• EU Competition Law (20)
• International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
• Dissertation (40)

Financial Services Law

• Advanced Legal Research (20)
• Banking Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

• Law of Business Organisations (40)
• Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
• EU Competition Law (20)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
• Securities Regulation (20)
• Dissertation (40)

*Subject to final approval

Non-designated LLM

Students who wish to have an LLM in International and Commercial Law without a designation must take

• Advanced Legal Research (20)

160 units of Options from

• Banking Law (40)
• Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
• Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
• Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
• Intellectual Property Law (40)
• International Human Rights (20)
• International Medical Law & Ethics (20)
• International Oil and Gas Laws and Policy (40)
• International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
• Law of Business Organisations (40 units)
• Law of War (20)
• Law of World Trade (20)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
• Public International Law (40)
• Dissertation (40)

September start

The September start allows students to take more time to adjust to postgraduate studies. In the first term students must take the Advanced Legal Research module and choose Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery, Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights, or EU Competition Law. All the modules are then available from January onwards, subject always to there being sufficient students opting for them

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Oil and Gas Law at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The business of hydrocarbon energy supply remains one of the most fundamental aspects of global commerce and natural resources law in the modern era. It is not limited to exploitation of petroleum but encompasses many different aspects of law and business, from protecting the intellectual property rights of new oil and gas technology, to complex joint venture contracts, and to compensation regimes for pollution liability.

Key Features

Students pursuing the LLM in Oil and Gas Law have the opportunity to study an impressive and diverse choice of subjects of relevance to this growing area of law, enabling them to study and understand the complex legal features of the petroleum industry.

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law course is built upon the wide range of high calibre research produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching at the LLM in Oil and Gas Law. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Department of Shipping and Trade Law offers its postgraduate students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

Modules

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Oil and Gas Law students are required to take four modules from the following list. It is compulsory for students on the LLM in Oil and Gas to study International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law . Students will also be required to take 3 modules from the rest of the modules listed below:

Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities

Charterparties: Law and Practice

International Commercial Arbitration

International Trade Law

Law and Practice in International Banking and Commercial Payments

Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions

Law of the Sea

Marine Insurance

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law or Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

For further information on the modules, please visit the LLM in Oil and Gas Law page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities and enhance their practical understanding of shipping, insurance and commercial practice. Such activities include;

- employability lectures
- guest lecture series delivered inter alia by former judges, directors of international organisations and prominent partners from city law firms
- networking events, including an Annual LLM Career Fair
- visits to a number of leading enterprises within the City of London which also give our students another chance to network with professionals working in the commercial and maritime field
- mooting training throughout the year, including tailored guidance and weekly training classes
- free English language classes designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing

Careers and Employability

The Department of Shipping and Trade Law employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.

The Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), one of the foremost shipping and commercial law firms in the world, has very generously agreed with Swansea Shipping and Trade Law Department to sponsor the best student in Oil and Gas Law. The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I (protection and indemnity) Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Department of Shipping and Trade Law and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/ and http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmstudentsdestinations/

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With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Legal employers now place a high premium on graduates with international commercial law skills. This programme focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community, as well as various legal issues surrounding international trade and global markets.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/law/intllaw

Law

With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Legal employers now place a high premium on graduates with international commercial law skills and our LLM focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community, as well as various legal issues surrounding international trade and global markets.

What you'll study

We regularly update our programmes to reflect the ever-changing nature of the discipline, so the programme structure, mode and the courses and course structure can be subject to change. The list provided here is for illustrative purposes only. Please note that some 'core' courses are only open to certain students - for further details on any restrictions that apply or, for any other query on the programme's structure, please contact the School of Law (insert hyperlink to ).

Structure for the full-time programme starting in September 2016:

Core courses

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

- Research methods in law (15 credits)

- Common law foundations OR pro bono placement (15 credits) (NOTE: Certain applicants will only be permitted to study common law foundations - please see note 1 below for details)

- Corporate law OR public international law (30 credits) (NOTE: Certain applicants may not have a choice of option OR may not be able to study either option - please see note 2 below for details)

- Dissertation (60 credits)

Important notes on core courses

1. Where a student has the choice of common law foundations or the pro bono placement, overseas students who do not have any experience of a common law jurisdiction only be permitted to take common law foundations. Also, any former University of Greenwich student who has already taken the pro bono placement as an option in the 3rd year of one of the University's LLB programmes, will not be permitted to take this course on the LLM programme.

2. Any former University of Greenwich student who has already taken corporate law or public international law as part of one of the University's LLB programmes, will not be permitted to take the same course(s) again as part of the LLM programme.

Anyone with any query about Note 1 or 2 above should contact the School of Law at .

Option courses

Students are required to choose two 30-credit options from the following:

- International labour law (30 credits)
- Intellectual property law (30 credits)
- International human rights law (30 credits)
- Competition law (30 credits)
- International criminal law (30 credits)
- Public shipping law (30 credits)
- Banking and finance law (30 credits)
- International trade law (30 credits)
- Environment, regulation and responsibility (30 credits)
- Oil and gas law (30 credits)
- Business, human rights and the environment (30 credits)
- Commercial landlord and tenant law (30 credits)
- Law of maritime security (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, class presentations and a dissertation.

Career opportunities

Graduates may take up careers with international institutions or nongovernmental organisations, or pursue university teaching and further research.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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