The Specialist LLM in European Commercial Law course focuses on the field of commercial law in a European context, including the fundamentals of commercial, corporate and financial transactions.
Who is it for?
This course will have a broad appeal to students from a range of backgrounds in law and in business from around the world. It will assist existing practitioners in appreciating the European dimension of their commercial clients and will facilitate transition into European law and policy practices areas for those who have recently obtained a legal qualification or aspire to do so in the near future. Graduates of the Specialist LLM should acquire the relevant transferable skills to work either within a European firm or organisation, or a firm or organisation outside the EU with intentions to conduct business in European countries.
This Specialist LLM is especially useful for those who wish to work in firms and organisations with business operations in Europe or those with vital business connections with companies or organisations from Europe.
The Specialism in European Commercial Law adopts a practical focus on the field of Commercial Law in a European context. Its many modules explore the dynamic regulatory environment for businesses operating within and engaging with the EU’s numerous organizations. As the EU is one of the largest trading blocs in the world, a solid grounding in European Commercial Law will benefit students from all backgrounds who have an interest in business relations and transactions within the EU.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 - choose from the following 30-credit modules:
-Air and Space Law
-European Business Regulation I: Foundations, Goods, Workers, Citizenship
-European Business Regulation II: Establishment, Services, Capital, Harmonisation
-EU Banking Law
-European Intellectual Property
-Regulation of Online Entertainment
-Substantive EU Competition Law
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.
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 field of commercial law.
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 may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.
You should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and be fluent in written and spoken English. Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered.