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International Commercial Law - PGCert


Course Description

An increasingly globalised economy requires international commercial law professionals to have a wide range of knowledge on issues relevant to international commerce, such as the World Trade Organisation and the law of international trade, and legal research. The PG Cert in International Commercial Law has been designed as a starting point for international commercial law professionals and legal practitioners who want to continue their professional development in this area. You will gain specialist legal knowledge within a practical context, whilst developing expertise in chosen areas and enhancing your research skills.

With maximum flexibility in mind, this distance learning course allows you to work towards the LLM in International Commercial Law in stages. Once you have completed the PG Cert you have the option to continue to PG Dip then onto LLM.

Learn From The Best

Study on the PG Cert in International Commercial Law and you will learn from inspirational academics that have a real passion for their subject. The course has been designed with input from the sector and shaped by internationally excellent research to ensure the course is up-to-date and relevant.

Lecturers on this course have research expertise and practice-based experience in the areas of partnership law, travel law, legal education, international business transactions, international commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and corporate personality; knowledge that you can draw on as you progress through the course.

The course is delivered by Northumbria Law School, three times winners of the prestigious “Best Law School” accolade, awarded by the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards.

Teaching And Assessment

This innovative distance learning PG Cert in International Commercial Law course is delivered through three core modules. You will examine legal aspects of international trade, world trade organisation law, and legal research, with an emphasis on the practical application of the law in a professional environment. You will learn through a combination of online lectures and seminars and eLearning technology.

You are able to tailor the course to suit your interests and career aspirations as once you have completed the PG Cert you have the option to take an additional three modules and exit with the PG Dip or choose to then complete a 15,000-17,000-word project, based on an area related to your own practice or intended practice and graduate with the LLM in International Commercial Law.

Module Overview
LW7003 - Legal Research (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7042 - Law of International Trade (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7044 - World Trade Organisation Law (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (‘TEL’) is an integral part of this innovative distance learning course. The eLearning portal provides access to detailed learning materials including lecture materials, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms, self-evaluative tasks and opportunities to engage with your tutor and fellow students.

We offer optional study days in the Law School to help distance learning students get the best out of the course. Panopto software will be used to record teaching activity taking place on study days and the footage will be made available online, meaning that you can learn at your own pace and at times that suit you.

Research-Rich Learning

Research is embedded throughout the course, and you will encounter all quadrants of research rich learning: research-tutored, research-led, research-based, and research-orientated. Starting with Legal Research, you will be exposed to a variety of research-informed experiences within subject modules.

Law School research focuses on the areas of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These internationally recognised groups act as a focus for research activity across the Law School, and their work feeds into the courses to ensure taught course content is informed by research developments in the sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

The PG Cert is designed to enhance your employability in the international commercial law arena. Employers in the legal profession actively encourage practitioners to undertake continuing professional development and this course provides the most flexible option with the ability to graduate with a PG Cert or continue on to PG Dip and LLM.

Throughout the course, you will be supported in reflecting upon your own practice, applying legal skills to the common problems you are experiencing or are likely to experience in practice, examining policies and undertaking independent legal research to update your knowledge. The course is accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Law Society of England and Wales and the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.

You will also have access to specialist careers support within the Law School, including employer engagement sessions.

Your Future

The PG Cert in International Commercial Law has been designed to meet the distinct, identified needs of international commercial law professionals and legal practitioners. It will also enhance their employability of both lawyers and non-lawyers working in international commerce, as well as law graduates.

You will graduate fully equipped with expert legal knowledge, greater awareness of legal commercial issues, the ability to apply specialist knowledge to practical problems and to critically evaluate legal issues in the context of international commercial law. You will develop your critical, analysis, research and the professional and reflective skills to progress in this exciting field.

The nature of the course means that, on completion, the majority of graduates progress to the PG Dip and LLM International Commercial Law.

Visit the International Commercial Law - PGCert page on the Northumbria University website for more details!



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