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Law at the University of Sunderland is ranked second for Satisfaction with Teaching according to The Guardian University Guide 2014.

Course overview

The University of Sunderland is an excellent place to study law: our research in law is rated as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework, and we are ranked second in the UK for Course Satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide 2014.

International trade is essential for every economy in the world. Around every successful multinational corporation is a framework of detailed commercial legislation, which allows companies and nations to trade smoothly and legally with one another. By studying Commercial Law and International Trade you will develop an advanced understanding of the legal structures which govern international commerce.

As a University of Sunderland postgraduate student you will have access to excellent law facilities, including mooting and debating, client interviewing and membership of the Law Society. You will also have access to the Sunderland Student Law Clinic, a professionally supervised service, offering free legal advice and assistance to the general public. This, together with organised visits by graduates now working as solicitors, barristers and other law professionals, will assist you in developing the professional networks you need to advance your career.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors. Modules on this course include:
Semester 1
-Advanced Legal Skills (30 Credits)
-International Perspectives in Law (30 Credits)

Semester 2
-Commercial Law and International Trade (30 Credits)
-Legal Research Project (in an area of Commercial Law and International Trade) (30 Credits)

Semester 3
-Dissertation (Commercial Law and International Trade) (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include weekly three-hour workshops. These are interactive and require a high level of preparation. The research project and dissertation are supervised by your tutor. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities for law students including a purpose-built mock courtroom and specialist collections of books and resources.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. It looks out over the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside.

Mock courtroom
We are one of the few universities in the UK to have a mock court that allows you to develop advocacy skills and apply legal knowledge in a realistic environment. The mock court is also used for mooting competitions. It’s one of the features that ranked Sunderland second in the UK for Course Satisfaction and Student Satisfaction with Teaching (source: Guardian University Guide 2014).

Law Library
The Law Library, which is located within the St Peter’s Library, offers an excellent selection of books. There is also a range of electronic sources of information such as Lexis and West Law.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant professional organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This LLM course equips you with advanced skills and knowledge in a specialised area of law. As a result you will have an important edge when applying for roles in the Crown Prosecution Service, police, and prison or probation services. Salaries of law graduates are among the highest of all graduates.

You will also be better equipped for applying for training contracts or pupillages, if this is appropriate to your career stage. In addition a Masters degree will enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

Visit the Commercial Law and International Trade - LLM page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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