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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please see University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Course content

Overview

This course examines how an increasingly globalised economy requires commercial law to meet a variety of challenges. 

It reflects international business in its diversity, innovation, and contemporary relevance, exploring transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution issues, as well as shipping, finance and access to markets.

You can study topics that interest you, such as international trade, maritime law, private international law, intellectual property, public procurement, banking and finance, as well as those regimes created by the EU and the World Trade Organization.

We have an internationally renowned team of commercial lawyers, combining established experts with exciting early-career scholars. Published scholarship is extensive, with every member of the academic staff engaged in high quality research. The school is also home to the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre.

Key facts

  • Top 100 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • 81% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 96% of law postgraduates in work or further study within six months of graduation
  • Dedicated resources including legal skills advice through workshops and one-to-one sessions, computer room, and a full range of legal study and research materials online and in the Hallward Library
  • Links to leading firms in London and the regions, private industry and consultancies, and governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations across the UK and wider world

Course details

You will complete a minimum of 90 credits of specialist optional modules. The remaining 30 credits can be chosen from the full selection of optional modules available on the LLM programme. You will also undertake a 60-credit dissertation.

Guidance and support on choosing an international commercial law dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.

Teaching

We teach in small-group seminars where possible, allowing for an integrated, interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from them.

Assessment

You will be assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.

Practice assignments, guidance on exam techniques, time management workshops, and one-to-one legal skills advice sessions are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.

Modules

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Qualifying module options

  • Advanced Copyright and Design Law
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • EU Competition Law
  • International and Comparative Copyright Law
  • International and Comparative Patent Law
  • International and Comparative Trade Mark Law
  • International Aspects of Corporate Law and Insolvency
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Consumer Protection
  • International Financial and Monetary Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Sale of Goods
  • Law of International Trade Finance
  • Public Procurement in EU and International Trade Law
  • Public Procurement Law
  • The World Trading System

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

Careers

Our graduates move into a wide range of careers. Many go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with specialist knowledge and enhanced prospects. Others successfully seek employment with international organisations as well as international and local NGOs. Recent graduate destinations include BAE Systems, Clifford Chance, London Stock Exchange and Simmons & Simmons.

Some graduates further their academic career by progressing onto our PhD programme. These students often choose to stay at the University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of academics becoming members of staff after completing their LLM/masters and PhD with us.

With an advanced law degree from the University of Nottingham, you will be well-placed to pursue your career ambitions and realise your goals.

Employability and average starting salary

96% of postgraduates from the School of Law who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £19,800 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Visit the International Commercial Law LLM page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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