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Part of our comprehensive range of postgraduate LLM programmes, the LLM in Commercial Law offers you a specialist pathway for indepth study in law relating to business.

Key benefits

There are two intakes to the LLM programmes, one in September and one in January, and you can study with us full or part time.

Course detail

Designed to give you a broad, contextual and critical understanding of the area of commercial law, the course covers the operation of judicial, legislative and administrative action in relevant domestic, European and international contexts. You will be working at the leading edge of scholarship in this field, giving you an advantage when seeking employment either in legal practice or the commercial world.

Pursuing an LLM enables you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available on the LLMs cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to pursue further.

Structure

The LLM in Commercial Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study one core module (Research Methods) and three optional modules.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four optional modules.

To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.

Modules

• Research Methods
• International Competition and Law Policy
• International Banking and Finance Law
• International Contracts
• International Environmental Law
• Globalisation and the Law
• International Financial Crime
• Shipping Law
• Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
• International Employment Law
• International Commercial Disputes
• International Intellectual Property Law
• Natural Resources Law
• Information Technology Law
• Dissertation

Format

The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.

Assessment

Taught modules on the LLM Commercial Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of commercial law.

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

Recent graduates from Bristol Law School have gained positions in local government, solicitors firms, the Ministry of Defence and other organisations including Marks and Spencer plc, Direct Line and Lloyds TSB.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the LLM / PG Dip / PG Cert Commercial Law page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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