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Commercial Law LLM

Course Description

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

The Commercial Law programme offers you an opportunity to engage in intensive study of specialist commercial and industrial topics. You may wish to concentrate on European commercial issues, international trade or aspects of domestic commerce. It provides a solid foundation for anyone wishing to enter the legal professions, aspiring to a career in business and finance or planning to become an in-house lawyer.

Programme structure

Part one - You will choose four units to study, which will be assessed by examinations and/or essays. The selection of units can vary, but has included:
-Banking Law
-Carriage of Goods
-Company Law
-Competition Law of the EU
-Corporate Governance in the UK and US
-EU Trade Law
-European Contract Law
-Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
-Individual Employment Rights
-Information Technology Law
-Insolvency Law
-Intellectual Property
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Commercial Litigation
-International Corporate Finance
-International Law of Trade and Aid
-Law of E-Commerce
-Legal Perspectives on Sustainability
-Maritime Security
-Public Contract Law
-Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions
-The Law and Policy of Mergers and Acquisitions
-World Trade Law

Please view our programme catalogue (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCohort=N&ayrCode=17%2F18&programmeCode=9LAWD007T) for further information on the course structure and units available.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of commercial law for approval by the Law School. After passing part one of the programme, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.


There is a broad range of possibilities for those who successfully complete their Commercial Law LLM. It provides a solid foundation for any students wishing to enter the legal professions - in particular, to work in a commercial law firm or to embark on a career at the Commercial Bar. Alternatively, graduates might choose to work as in-house lawyers or with a variety of regulatory organisations.

Visit the Commercial Law LLM page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Orkhan Jalilli

5256.jpg The University of Bristol attracted me because of its rankings. The choice of taught units also played a crucial role in my decision.
I really enjoy the environment of education here. Everything has been designed to set students free from all other inconveniences and take a good grip of their study. The vast availability of online materials helps you study even at home. The tutors are so keen on teaching and trying to give you all they have got that you have every chance to get truly into the subject and try to learn every tiny detail with enthusiasm. They are all well-experienced professionals and the way they talk in lectures makes you absorb information with great curiosity. Seminars are usually fortnightly and organised to discuss topics that have been professed in lectures.

The vast choice of units allows me to discover some fascinating knowledge. All of my subjects are almost equally-interesting to me.
Here your study style is more independent and is basically up to you. What is important is your understanding of the subject, which is assessed through essays, courseworks and exams. While at first glance it might seem merely a difference in educational system, on the other hand, in my view, it is much more important than that. The free educational environment both on your study manners and ideological progress of your thoughts in essays are the guarantee of effectiveness of your work in terms of coming up with new ideas in the field as well as independent evolution of your ideas.

But it is not only about studying. Fortunately, in contrast to my expectations about Bristol that it would be a small city, it turned out to be vibrant and colourful. There is a mass of opportunities for hanging out and having fun, so you never get bored. Pubs and clubs are part of nightlife over here where people usually have fun. There are parks where you can enjoy fresh air and green environment or spend your time in museums. If you like shopping, then the city centre is designed for you where you can benefit from all of well-known brand names.

Put it short, it is a place where thought-provoking and hard-work-requiring education is effectively harmonised with all possible kinds of outdoor activities. that I can also take it back to my country and have it implemented in my future career.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law or a degree with an adequate law component. International students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

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