The LLM course in Maritime Law will give you the opportunity to acquire and develop the legal knowledge and skills vital to a career in the vibrant and fast growing sphere of Maritime Law.
Who is it for?
The Specialism in Maritime Law will appeal to students at all stages of their career and from around the world who have an interest in legal practice as it relates to maritime issues. It will enable students with this focus to develop their career in private commercial practice or in-house in this specialized sphere of commercial law.
The unique specialist LLM course in Maritime Law provides you with an opportunity to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills for this niche but important field of law. This course is unquestionably one of the more popular specialist programmes for law students at the City Law School. It is taught by academics and practitioners who have years of experience in the field. The emphasis of the programme is on understanding how the law works in relation to matters such as shipping contracts, insurance, admiralty practice, international sale of goods, and commercial arbitration.
As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything the Institution has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.
As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
You will benefit from City, University of London
’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus - with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work. Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.
Teaching and learning
This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.
All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle. Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.
You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.
As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London
, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules you will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.
In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.
Specialism modules - each module is worth 30 credits.
-Carriage of Goods by Sea
-Law of International Trade
-World Trade Law
-International Law of the Sea
-International Commercial Arbitration
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.
As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in the maritime law sector.
Graduates from this specialist LLM course are well placed to pursue careers in:
-Professional legal and shipping practice
-International or EU organisations
-Media and press
-Academia and research
The skills and knowledge you develop during your postgraduate study will help you in a wide variety of career options and you will acquire many transferrable skills. The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.
Students who complete the LLM in Maritime Law may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by the City Law School.
Maritime law research is prominent at the City Law School - PhD research in maritime law is currently undertaken by students supervised by Professor Jason Chuah, director of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group.
You should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and be fluent in written and spoken English. Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered.