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Course content

Commercial law professionals are expected to keep abreast of the commercial climate, changes and amendments in legislation, and regulations in order to support businesses in their transactions. They need to have a wide range of knowledge regarding English legal matters, notably company law and insolvency and commercial contracts. By studying on the PG Cert Commercial Law you will begin to gain specialist legal knowledge within a practical context, whilst developing expertise in chosen areas and enhancing your research skills.

With maximum flexibility in mind, this distance learning course allows you to work towards the LLM Commercial Law in stages. Once you have completed the PG Cert you have the option to continue to PG Dip then onto LLM.

Learn From The Best

Study on the PG Cert Commercial Law and you will learn from inspirational academics that have a real passion for their subject. The course has been designed with input from the sector and shaped by internationally excellent research to ensure the course is up-to-date and relevant.

Lecturers on this course have research expertise and practice-based experience in the areas of partnership law, travel law, legal education, international business transactions; international commercial litigation and arbitration, European Union law, World trade organisation law, competition law, international dispute resolution and corporate personality; knowledge that you can draw on as you progress through the course.

The course is delivered by Northumbria Law School, three times winners of the prestigious “Best Law School” accolade, awarded by the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards.

Teaching And Assessment

This innovative distance learning PG Cert Commercial Law course is delivered through three core modules. You will examine commercial contracts, company law and insolvency and legal research. There is an emphasis on reflective practice and applying what you have learnt to your own organisation.

You are able to tailor the course to suit your interests and career aspirations as once you have completed the PG Cert you have the option to take an additional three modules and exit with the PG Dip or choose to then complete a 15,000-17,000-word project, based on an area related to your own practice, or intended practice, and graduate with the LLM Commercial Law.

Assessment, both formative and summative, forms an integral part of the learning experience. Formative assessment includes self-test questions, group discussion, informal peer assessment and non-assessed exercises. The main summative assessment method is individual assignment to encourage a deep learning and a critical approach to learning.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (‘TEL’) is an integral part of this innovative distance learning course. The eLearning portal provides access to detailed learning materials including lecture materials, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms, self-evaluative tasks and opportunities to engage with your tutor and fellow students.

We offer optional study days in the Law School to help distance learning students get the best out of the course. Panopto software will be used to record teaching activity taking place on study days and the footage will be made available online meaning that you can learn at your own pace and at times that suit you.

Research-Rich Learning

Research is embedded throughout the course, and you will encounter all quadrants of research rich learning: research-tutored, research-led, research-based, and research-orientated. Starting with Legal Research, you will be exposed to a variety of research-informed experiences within subject modules.

Law School research focuses on the areas of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These internationally recognised groups act as a focus for research activity across the Law School, and their work feeds into the courses to ensure taught course content is informed by research developments in the sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

The PG Cert is designed to enhance your employability in the commercial law arena. Employers in the legal profession actively encourage practitioners to undertake continuing professional development and this course provides the most flexible option with the ability to graduate with a PG Cert or continue on to PG Dip and LLM.

Throughout the course, you will be supported in reflecting upon your own practice, applying legal skills to the common problems you are experiencing or are likely to experience in practice, examining policies and undertaking independent legal research to update your knowledge. The course is accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Law Society of England and Wales and the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.

You also have access to specialist careers support within the Law School, including employer engagement sessions.

Your Future

You will graduate fully equipped with expert legal knowledge, greater awareness of legal commercial issues, and the ability to critically evaluate legal issues in the context of commercial law. You will be able to further develop your intellectual curiosity, to recognise uncertainty in the law, to produce and present reasoned arguments and to offer creative solutions to complex legal and ethical problems. You will develop your critical, analysis, research and the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice in this exciting field.

The PG Cert Commercial Law has been designed as a starting point to meet the distinct, identified needs of commercial law professionals and legal practitioners who may wish to enhance their knowledge and employability in this area. The nature of the course means that, on completion, the majority of graduates progress to the PG Dip and LLM Commercial Law.

Visit the Commercial Law - PGCert page on the Northumbria University website for more details!





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