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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year (September), 9 months (January)

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    International £12,240 Home £7,450

  • Last Updated

    01 August 2017

Course content

Course outline

The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. It stresses the importance of interaction between staff and student, as well as between student and student. We believe this is an essential element in the development of effective lawyers in this area.

Following successful completion of the LLM in International and Commercial Law, you should have developed a range of skills, which include:

• A sound understanding of each of the chosen areas of the law
• Confidence in the analysis of complex case-law
• The ability to make your argument convincingly, orally and in writing
• The ability to take a co-operative approach to problem solving

Start dates

Students may take the LLM over

• 12 months starting in September; or
• 9 months starting in January.

Teaching methods

Seminars are the primary teaching method for this course. They encourage the development of clear analytical skills and create a forum where you can test your ideas against the arguments of your peers. Whether you enter the legal profession or business world you will find it is essential to have developed persuasive abilities. LLM options are taught in the form of three hours of seminars spread over each of the teaching weeks of the course. LLM seminars for subjects which are also taught at LLB level take place in two hour blocks every fortnight.

You are expected to read the cases and other materials relevant to the particular seminar in advance. At the seminar you will be asked to support your opinions and discuss your analysis of the area with your fellow students. In some modules you may be expected to make a presentation on a topic given to you by your tutor. Whilst these tasks may seem daunting at the beginning of the year, you will rapidly gain confidence as your debating skills develop.

Where seminars are on a fortnightly basis, the course will be supported by three hours of lectures per week during the lecturing period. Seminars will complement the lecture series.

Course material is available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. This allows students to download lecture notes, submit assignments and share resources in an electronic forum both within the University’s computer network and remotely.

Specialist designations

Students can select specific modules to have their LLM designated as specialising in:

• International Trade and Maritime Law;
• International Oil and Gas Law; or
• Financial Services Law

Each designation requires the following to be taken:

• 20 unit Advanced Legal Research module;
• 40 unit Core module; and
• 120 units of Options.

The modules currently offered for the designations are as follows:

International Trade and Maritime Law

• Advanced Legal Research (20)
• International Trade and Maritime Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

• Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
• Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
• International Intellectual Property (40)
• Law of Business Organisations (40)
• Law of World Trade (20)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Dissertation (40)

International Oil & Gas Law

• Advanced Legal Research (20)
• International Oil and Gas Law and Policy (40)

120 units of Options from:

• Banking Law (40)
• Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
• Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
• EU Competition Law (20)
• International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
• Dissertation (40)

Financial Services Law

• Advanced Legal Research (20)
• Banking Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

• Law of Business Organisations (40)
• Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
• EU Competition Law (20)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
• Securities Regulation (20)
• Dissertation (40)

*Subject to final approval

Non-designated LLM

Students who wish to have an LLM in International and Commercial Law without a designation must take

• Advanced Legal Research (20)

160 units of Options from

• Banking Law (40)
• Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
• Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
• Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
• Intellectual Property Law (40)
• International Human Rights (20)
• International Medical Law & Ethics (20)
• International Oil and Gas Laws and Policy (40)
• International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
• Law of Business Organisations (40 units)
• Law of War (20)
• Law of World Trade (20)
• Marine Insurance (20)
• Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
• Public International Law (40)
• Dissertation (40)

September start

The September start allows students to take more time to adjust to postgraduate studies. In the first term students must take the Advanced Legal Research module and choose Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery, Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights, or EU Competition Law. All the modules are then available from January onwards, subject always to there being sufficient students opting for them

Visit the LLM in International and Commercial Law page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

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