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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    13 June 2017

Course content

About the course

The LLM in International Commercial Law and Human Rights will challenge you to master these two fascinating and complex subjects as they compete, cooperate and conflict on an international level. You will get to grips with balancing the rival demands of protecting human rights and promoting business interest through law provision. You will also complete an advanced and in-depth study of subjects including competition law to control monopoly and aggressive business practices to ensure the protection of human rights.

An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within the specialism of your choice. This is your opportunity to select a project topic which may have a direct bearing on your professional life. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.

The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in government departments, transnational corporations, corporate and rights lobby groups, international law firms and a range of non-governmental organisations.

The Aberystwyth Law School recently participated in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It found that 96.5% of publications submitted were of of an internationally recognised standard and that 98% of research activity in the department was rated as internationally recognised.

This degree will suit you:

• If you want to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
• If you would enjoy studying the legal interaction between two significant areas of human experience
• If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to human rights and business issues
• If you wish to nurture a legal career within government, non-governmental or corporate structures

Core modules:

Democracy and International Law
Dissertation
Human Rights, Environment and International Business
International Commercial Law

Optional modules:

Cross-Border Legal Issues on the Internet and Beyond
International Copyright Law
Maritime Law
Regulation of Business Cartels
The Law Relating to E-Commerce

Assessment

Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a Master’s dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your LLM will place you in the jobs market as a rigorous legal professional armed with impressive expertise in the latest developments in lawmaking for the turbulent global economy and internationally protected human rights. In addition, this course will help you to master key skills that are required in almost every postgraduate workplace. You will be pushed to improve your approaches to planning, analysis and presentation so that you can tackle complex projects thoroughly and with professional independence.

Study skills

You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information and you will refine your professional practices by engagement with multiple case studies. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build your legal argument. These skills in analysis and discourse, supported by your improved academic rigour, will stand you in good stead throughout your course and beyond into employment.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at LLM level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. Though you will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable skills

The LLM programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that apply in many employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

Visit the International Commercial Law and Human Rights - LLM page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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