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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

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    14 September 2018

The LLM in International Trade Law focuses on specific issues related to International Trade. The International Trade Law programme looks at the legal and commercial issues associated with international sale contracts; from their formation to the organisation of the transportation of goods and finally the resolution of any international disputes that may arise.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of International Trade Law, which will provide you with a springboard to a future career in legal practice, education, industry, commerce, finance or arbitration.

Key Features of the International Trade Law

Study your LLM in International Trade Law at Swansea and you’ll benefit from:

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research – 96% of students are very satisfied with Swansea’s LLM teaching quality and 97% stated that the academic support they received whilst completing their LLM was exceptional (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • An exceptional student experience – LLMs at Swansea University have an overall satisfaction rating of 98%- a figure which is much higher than UK average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • A professional but friendly environment with excellent pastoral support
  • Free English classes, which attracts students from all over the world, ensuring a dynamic and diverse community
  • Innovative lectures delivered by academics at the forefront of scholarship in their field
  • Extra-curricular activities including mooting competitions and summer schools abroad
  • An excellent employability agenda – Swansea LLM programmes have close links with partners across the world, ensuring graduates are particularly well placed in the job market
  • Exemption from the level 2 requirements of CIArb membership, enabling you to apply for the level of Member of the Institute (MCIArb), on successful completion the International Commercial Arbitration module

International Trade Law Course Structure

This LLM in International Trade Law is modular, with students needed to accumulate 180 credits to graduate.

The International Trade Law programme is divide in to two parts:

  • Part 1 consists of four modules, each weighted at 30 credits

Following successful completion of the taught modules, International Trade Law students may proceed to part 2:

  • The second part of this LLM consists of two research projects
  • The projects are customarily researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable students to develop their research skills

We offer a wide range of full modules (taught from September till May/June). As part of this degree students can study the following modules (you must take at least 2 of the modules in bold):  International Trade Law, Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments, Charterparties: Law and Practice, Marine Insurance, E-Commerce, and International Commercial Arbitration.

International Trade Law students are taught in small classes to encourage active discussion. Teaching is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online learning. This also gives students access to course materials and shared areas for group work and discussion.

All LLM modules in International Trade Law are assessed using a combination of coursework and examination, with each carrying an equal weighting of 50%.


Modules on the International Trade Law may include:

  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments
  • E-Commerce
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • The Law of Marine Insurance
  • Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments

Careers and Employability

Enhancing our students’ employability is a key priority. In order to do this, we organise a number of initiatives for LLM students:

  • Personal employability advice from dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures to give a students an insight into practice in the field
  • Mooting competitions
  • The annual LLM careers fair, which gives students the opportunity to meet representatives from local and international law firms
  • Networking events and visits to leading practices within the City of London

Meet our student

Didem completed her LLM in International Trade Law and is now employed as a Legal Consultant/ Attorney at Law in K&P Legal Law Firm, which is one of the leading commercial law firms in Turkey. Her role involves advising both domestic and overseas clients on a range of topics, as well as providing legal consultation to Turkish companies on expanding their business abroad. Didem is also responsible for drafting and vetting contracts, including: international trade contracts (Incoterms), sales contracts, joint ventures, shareholders contracts, transportation contracts and agency agreements.

Didem Dogan (Turkey), LLM in International Trade Law

Visit the International Trade Law LLM page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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