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This course is ideal for recent Law graduates seeking postgraduate qualification aiding pursuit of an international career, or practising lawyers wishing to enhance or acquire new expertise allowing them to work abroad. It is also open to international and UK students without a specific background in law, or those wishing to pursue a professional conversion. We guarantee

  • intensive induction with an introduction to the international commercial system
  • personalised sessions to improve academic, research and linguistics skills
  • accessible assessments (oral presentations and written coursework)

You will enhance your employability with the knowledge and skills (oral presentations, memos, report drafting) which are invaluable in a number of career routes upon qualification. The course includes

  • a complete programme based on four core Modules covering all the aspects of international commerce
  • an original expertise (such as trade in intellectual property) delivered by leading scholars in their field
  • work-based learning within the university through clinical activities or outside, through outstanding placements (including Appleton Luff)

Prepare for a a vast range of careers, from paralegal in multinational corporations to a solicitor in a global Law firm, to academic specialising in international trade law, to civil servant in a public administration.

Because of a strong Public Law component, the course is particularly suitable for British students who would like to be involved in the negotiation and the enforcement of the future trade agreements in a post-Brexit world.

As part of the course you will have the chance to conduct a master's degree project adapted to your personal interests. This will consist of a business consultancy, academic dissertation or civil servant report. It will be supervised by an experienced tutor with appropriate expertise.

If you are interested in working as an employee in a non-governmental organization to fight malpractices in international commerce, the course offers the opportunity to work in the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice under the supervision of a specialist, qualified lawyer or tutor.

Course structure



  • International Trade Law
  • Trade Dispute Resolution


  • Global corporate governance
  • Global corporate re-structuring


  • Postgraduate Degree Project

Placements will be offered as part of the Postgraduate Degree Project.


  • assignments 
  • oral presentations
  • case studies/experience evaluation
  • project/dissertation
  • oral exam


This course helps you to pursue a career as a practising lawyer, or work in business, banking or commerce in national and multi-national companies. You gain transferrable skills desirable to other employers, including international organisations via placement opportunities in the UK and across Europe.

The course also provides the foundations for you to pursue an academic or research career. 

Visit the International Commercial Law LLM/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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