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International Trade Law - LLM


University of Birmingham Birmingham Law School

Full time & Part time September LLM 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

In the modern world it is vital to understand the principles and main tenets of international trade; such as tariffs and customs regulation, as well as understanding how it affects societies, regions, and the environment.

This LLM programme enables you to understand the complex issues emerging in the area of international trade, drawing on Birmingham Law School’s research strengths in the areas of international trade law, EU law, law of comparative regional integration and transnational economic relations more widely. The principal focus is on the multilateral trading system and the law of the World Trade Organisation. Our modules will allow you to develop in-depth specialisation in key related areas, such as the environment, public procurement, or competition law.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.


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Student Profile(s)

Jolanda Muller

Why did you choose the LLM at the University of Birmingham?

“The LLM at the University of Birmingham convinced me because of its wide range in modules offered. I liked how one can choose a specialised pathway or simply enrol in any module one likes.

What has been the highlight of your programme?

“The highlight of my LLM programme has been the whole second semester. I loved all my modules, and, in a way, they all were connected to each other! Studying subjects that were all very close to my chosen pathway, International Commercial Law, I always noticed similar issues coming up and case law that was relevant for several areas of law.”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“The LLM programme has taught me to think critically about law. Policy discussions make up a large part of the seminars – the substantive law is usually expected to be learnt from the reading materials over the week.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“As a student at the University of Birmingham, you study on a large and pretty campus that provides everything a student needs: Lecture halls and seminar rooms (obviously!), a fancy new library, food for any time of day, coffee, and a really well equipped sports centre with many cool sports club offers.”


Marsha Shaanika

Why did you choose the LLM at the University of Birmingham?

“I chose to study the LLM at Birmingham because I was attracted to the flexibility the programme offered. I had the option to choose from various pathways, a great selection of modules, and even the ability to take a module from the Political Science department.”

What has been the highlight of your programme?

“The highlight of my programme has been the opportunities I’ve been given outside of study. Through the Law School newsletter, I have been alerted to volunteer research opportunities, and Pro Bono work. I have also been able to engage in part-time work and attend a few conferences. This year the law school held it’s first-ever Annual Research Conference, and I felt like a proper scholar!”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“Thanks to my programme, I am a confident academic researcher with a deeper understanding of Public International Law. This programme has also contributed to my personal development and has also increased my confidence in my non-academic affairs. The ability to operate autonomously, the specialist knowledge, and the confidence I have gained will be sure to aid me as I make the transition into the job market.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“Being a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham means being a part of a diverse and well-represented student body. Postgraduate life may be a lot quieter but I have still been able to have an active social life with my peers.”



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