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International Corporate and Commercial Law - LLM

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    Full time available

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    1 year full-time

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    23 October 2019

Take an international look at the key areas of corporate governance and corporate and commercial law.

Gain a critical understanding of the process of corporate globalization through in-depth coverage of the main topics in corporate governance and commercial law.

Throughout this course you'll explore the differences in laws and governance in countries across the globe, and how they respond to economic and social pressures. You'll assess these approaches in times of economic stability and in crisis, with a particular focus on corporate governance and on commercial transactions.

By the end of this course, you'll have developed a comprehension of how commercial decisions are made taking into account their economic and social context. You'll understand the nature of the company, company law and how corporate governance operates, leaving you well-equipped to enter the world of commercial law.

Course content

Your learning will reflect the latest innovations in legal education. You'll work in a student law firm to complete a number of problem-based learning exercises based on a series of varied real-life corporate commercial transactions and matters developed in consultation with legal practitioners.

You'll study 180 credits over the course of your degree. Four core modules will enable you to develop a grounding in the key aspects of international corporate and commercial law. You'll also study research skills and methods to help you prepare for your dissertation. By choosing from a range of options, you can focus your studies on what interests you most.

Towards the end of your degree, you'll work on a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.


Core modules

  • Legal Systems: Sources and Operation (10 credits)
  • Research Skills and Methods (10 credits)
  • International Corporate Governance and Company Law (20 credits)
  • Law and Commercial Transactions (20 credits)

Option modules

You'll choose three modules from a list that may include:

  • International Business Negotiation (20 credits)
  • European Competition Law (20 credits)
  • Private International Law (20 credits)
  • International Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Modern Actors of International Law (20 credits)


You'll write a 12,000 word dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of your choice and under the supervision of a faculty member. You'll be supported in the preparation of the dissertation proposal during the Research Skills and Methods module (10 credits). You'll have a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing your topic.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You'll receive innovative, practical and relevant teaching integrating problem-based learning, simulations, student law firms. You'll also attend masterclasses from legal practitioners and academics.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

A core teaching method employed in most modules is problem-based learning (PBL). This will involve you working in a “student law firm” in which you will work on simulated, real-life corporate and commercial law problems brought to you by virtual clients. You will learn to identify the relevant legal principles, the known facts and facts which need to be ascertained, and through this process unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of the problem. As in real life, the problems are messy, and typically involve several legal topics interacting and overlapping.

Additional learning resources

Alongside PBL you will also learn through a range of other resources including: seminars, written subject guides and a variety of relevant material in our virtual learning environment.

Teaching location

York Law School is located on Campus East. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Law and Management building or nearby on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

As you progress through modules, you'll compile your work in a portfolio. Individual modules are then assessed by reflective reports demonstrating understanding of required knowledge, skills and commercial awareness, evidenced by chosen outputs your portfolio. These are followed by the independent study module, where you will write a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice and under the supervision of a faculty member.

Careers and skills

Throughout your time at York, you will receive active support in careers and development planning from the York Law School employability tutor.

We encourage you to get involved with our Careers and Development Programme. The bespoke programme includes several employers, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes.

There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non-legal employers or academic routes following your LLM.

Career opportunities

Previous York Law School students have gone onto to fill a variety of positions in the legal field including:

  • Lawyer
  • Litigation Paralegal Solicitor
  • Commercial in-house lawyer
  • Attorney-at-law

Some of our students also go onto work in sectors not directly related to law such as:

  • Finance
  • Health and Social Work
  • Public Administration
  • Retail

Transferable skills

Studying with York Law School means you will not only gain the necessary skills to become a legal professional but will also develop other transferable skills which are highly valued in any profession. These include:

  • Research skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Project management
  • Reasoning and judgement
  • Document and case analysis
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Advocacy

Visit the International Corporate and Commercial Law - LLM page on the University of York website for more details!




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