The course is designed for graduates seeking to gain a solid foundation of the growing discipline of financial regulations and corporate law in the international context.
The programme focusses on the conceptual and theoretical aspects of substantive law and regulation in the field; the procedural mechanisms for the application of law; the challenges faced with the evolution of principles, rules and procedures; and the wider impact that regulations have on the wider society.
Beyond the conceptual and theoretical focus, the course also covers the practical aspects of financial regulation in domestic and international context. Brunel is one of the only law schools in the UK to offer this innovative programme.
The programme is available full-time: September (12 months) January (15 months, due to dissertation submission requirements)
And also part-time: September (24 months) January (27 months, due to dissertation submission requirements)
The course is aimed at graduates from all over the world who are keen to develop an expertise in the evolving discipline and develop a career in financial services industry, law practice and the academia or continue into research.
You will develop an expertise in the corpus and complexities of corporate law and financial regulations.
You will acquire critical and analytical skills in this complex international field.
You will be able to demonstrate through original research the application of knowledge, practical understanding and critical appreciation that can contribute to the discourse on both corporate law and the financial regulations in place.
You will gain professional skills required to develop a successful career in financial services industry, law practice and the academia.
The International Financial Regulations and Corporate Law programme provides students with the knowledge and understanding to confidently tackle areas of controversy in these areas of law, to be able to assess critically situations and challenges, appreciate the importance of the international boundaries, and the influence of culture on the processes of law.
The programme is designed to give as much flexibility as possible, in order to provide students to tailor their learning to their interests.
The LLM consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Theory of International Financial Regulation (15 credits)1 Corporate Law I (15 credits) 1 Corporate Law II (15 credits) 2
Term II Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (15 credits) 1 Practice of International Financial Regulation (15 credits) 1
Term I EU Competition Law (15 credits) 2 Principles of International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits) 2 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law (15 credits) 2 Privacy and Data Protection (15 credits) 2
Term II International Trade Law (15 credits) 1 or 2 Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits) 2
The superscript 1 or 2 indicates which year of study each module will normally take place in for part-time students.
From the end of February, students will work on a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic in the field of their study. The dissertation is due at the end of the summer. This will provide students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of a particular area of interest. The dissertation has a value of 60 credits.
We promote a personalised learning experience that considers your interests, needs and abilities. This course is delivered through a combination of lectures which introduce you to new subjects and provide an overview of subject matter, and seminars that allow these topics to be investigated in more detail. There will be 16 hours of teaching per 15 credit module, spread out over each of the teaching terms, and classes are taught in groups of approximately 30 students.
The faculty places great emphasis on the creation of a unique learning experience. In addition to attending seminars and preparing coursework and exams, students will also learn by participating in research centre activities and research trips, contributing to newsletters, making oral presentations, attending law film screenings, as well as participating in debating events and reading group sessions.
Assessment methods in this programme range from coursework, seen examinations and a dissertation (15,000 words) to oral presentations and assessment by contribution in seminars.
Flexible start times and learning options Programme is available in full-time and part-time mode, with start dates in September and January. Students gain greater flexibility with this programme because Brunel Law School offer smaller 15 credit modules, which provides students a range of options to both tailor study and have additional flexibility in study arrangements.
Research and Research Centres The Law School benefits from active research centres which regularly host seminars and workshops, which help to support students' learning. Brunel Law School believes that an active research community is important in providing postgraduate with the latest thinking in human rights, and it is important to us that all staff are included in our Research Assessment’s (RAE). In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) we were ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law.
Extra-curricular activities The Law School offers students numerous opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities, including a Reading Group, a Law Film society, mooting and debating societies and research workshops organized by the research centres based at the School. LLM students are expected to play a leading role organising and participating in these activities.
Research skills The Law School offers a comprehenseive scheme of research and writing skills sessions designed to facilitate students’ learning and to equip them with appropriate transferable skills. Some of the modules in this programme also integrate skills training, for example on how to answer essay questions, make use of electronic legal databases and cite legal authorities.
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