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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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  • Last Updated

    16 December 2016

Course content

Programme description

This programme is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and understanding to operate successfully in today's international and commercial environment.

Advanced knowledge of commercial law is a significant asset in an increasingly globalised world. Growth in international trade, international investment and new markets has led to greater regulation of commercial activity at a regional and international level, increasing the demand for suitably qualified business professionals and lawyers.

Supported by a respected academic team, you will have the opportunity to gain a highly valued qualification that could give you a real advantage in your professional life.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects across the field of commercial, corporate and banking law from an international perspective, allowing you to tailor a programme to suit your interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following core and option courses.

Core Courses (80 - 120 credits)

Full year courses (40 credits, counting as 20 credits per semester)

  • Company Law
  • Contract Law in Europe

20 credit courses in semester 1

  • European Labour Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • The Law of International Trade - new for 2017!

20 credit courses in semester 2

  • Insolvency Law
  • Principles of Corporate Finance Law
  • Principles of Insurance Law

Please note, students may have the possibility to take the 20 credit course EUCOTAX Wintercourse (LAWS11349) on the LLM in Commercial Law, but entrance to this course is competitive as places are restricted to no more than 6. Students will be provided with more information on this course during Induction Week in September.

Option Courses in Commercial Law (0 - 40 credits)

  • EU Competition Law
  • Comparative and International Trust Law
  • Comparative Property Law
  • Delict and Tort
  • Fundamentals of Comparative Private Law – new for 2017!
  • International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments
  • Principles of European Tax Law
  • Principles of International Tax Law

The 40 credits of option courses can also be taken from any of the courses offered by the Law School, depending on availability and with the express permission of the Programme Director.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come the start of the academic year.

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





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