You may opt or be required to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in International and Commercial Law. A Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded if you successfully pass 120 units of taught modules. After the first term of study, your performance will be reviewed and if it is of a sufficiently high standard, you will be permitted to upgrade to the LLM.
If you achieve a pass at your first attempt, you may decide that these units be credited towards the LLM in International and Commercial Law. If so, you may study a further 60 units of taught and/or research modules and if these are successfully passed, then an LLM will be awarded.
Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma 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 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
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.
All students on the course must study Advanced Legal Research. In addition, subjects may choose to study a combination of the following (the options may vary from year to year):
• Banking Law (40) • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20) • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20) • Indigenous Rights in Land and Resources (20) • Intellectual Property Law (40) • International Medical Law and Ethics (20) • International Oil and Gas Laws and Policy (40) • International Trade and Maritime Law (40) • Law of Business Organisations (40) • Law of War (20 • Law of World Trade (20) • Marine Insurance (20) • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20) • Public International Law (40)