Currently working in the legal profession? Hoping to specialise in international trade? On this specialist course you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that are particularly sought after in both the legal profession and wider legal practice, with a focus on international trade and business.
- Students are taught by an expert team of lecturers with extensive professional experience.
- The course covers key areas in international business, including corporate social responsibility, international commercial disputes, the global digital environment and specifics of international trade.
- The School of Business and Law has its own dedicated campus which includes modern teaching spaces and IT suites equipped with the latest business analytics software.
- The course has strong industry links both locally and internationally.
- Students have the opportunity to build hands-on experience through a work-based project.
- Past students have benefitted from access to a range of guest speakers.
The industry -
Southampton Solent’s international trade regulation course has been developed in conjunction with a wide range of legal professionals including solicitors, barristers, company secretaries, legal consultants and compliance officers.
Within the legal profession, a postgraduate specialisation on top of a law degree could offer a significant career advantage. This course offers students the opportunity to gain specialised skills and knowledge that can enhance suitability for roles in business, public sector or governmental organisations.
The programme -
Focusing on international legal business structures, this master’s course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of international business agreements and dispute resolution mechanisms.
Students study a broad range of contemporary topics including legal regulation, mechanisms of obtaining redress in international commercial disputes, issues relating to the protection of creative endeavour in the digital environment, and the specifics of international trade.
Delving into these subjects teaches students about corporate social responsibility; the Law of Corporations; shareholder rights and the duties of directors; ‘private international law’; ‘conflict of laws’; arbitration agreements; intellectual property rights; domain names; licensing; digital rights management and encryption; data protection and information privacy.
During the course, students will also study standard trade terms, major international trade conventions, the sale, transport and regulation of goods, customs regulations, services and capital in the EU and beyond, e-commerce, electronic contracts, and computer crime.
Practice-based case studies give students the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills to the real world. A work-based project, either with a current employer or under placement, also provides first-hand experience of the field of international trade. The University can help finding placements, which could mean working with employers such as Medicom Healthcare, Lawdit Solicitors and other similar organisations.
Previous students have benefitted from a programme of guest lectures from speakers including commercial solicitors, managing partners, police officers, trading standards officers, barristers and members of the judiciary.
LLM International Trade Regulation comprises five core units, including a work-based project which accounts for a third of the course.
Law and Regulation of International Business Organisations: This unit focuses on the functioning and types of business organisations typical across the world, and their legal regulation. Subjects include corporate social responsibility, the Law of Corporations, shareholder rights and the duties of directors.
International Commercial Enforcement and Dispute Resolution: This unit is primarily concerned with mechanisms of obtaining redress in international commercial disputes. It focuses on what is traditionally called ‘private international law’ or ‘conflict of laws’ but it develops further to cover areas such as arbitration and arbitration agreements.
Creativity and Regulation in the Global Digital Environment: This unit focuses on issues relating to the protection of creative endeavour in the digital environment, covering intellectual property rights, domain names, licensing, digital rights management and encryption, data protection and information privacy. You will also have a chance to build practical skills in the valuation of intellectual property and due diligence processes.
The International Market in Goods and Services: This unit focuses on the specifics of international trade, covering standard trade terms, major international trade conventions, the sale, transport and regulation of goods, and customs regulations. You will also study services and capital in the EU, e-commerce, electronic contracts and computer crime.
Work-Based Project: The work-based project provides an exciting opportunity to put your newly-learned knowledge to a practical purpose for either a current employer or as part of a short-term placement. Example projects include a study of intellectual property protection or data protection compliance in the company, a review of trade regulation and export opportunities in the EU, or various other possibilities.
Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152
Teaching, learning and assessment -
The course is primarily classroom-based, with a practical work-based project.
Work experience -
The work-based project is a great opportunity to apply your learning to the real world. The University has a wide range of contacts with employers within the sector and you will be supported in finding and securing a suitable placement though ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to do so.
If you are already in employment and studying with us part-time, you may undertake the placement with your existing employer. In the unlikely event of a student not being able to secure a placement, a written project will be submitted instead.
Coursework, plus a work-based project that accounts for a third of your final mark.
Web-based learning -
The University’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of master’s study. It provides you with access to course content, case studies and additional study resources, as well as interaction with peers and tutors.
What do we offer?
From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.
Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx
City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx
Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx
Within the legal profession, a postgraduate specialisation on top of your law degree could offer a significant career advantage. On this course, you’ll gain specialised skills and knowledge that will enhance your suitability for roles in business, public-sector or governmental organisations.
Suitable roles for graduates of this course are:
- In-house lawyer
- Legal executive
- Trademark and patent attorney
- Company secretary
Links with industry -
The course was developed in conjunction with an extensive variety of legal professionals including solicitors, barristers, company secretaries and legal consultants and compliance officers.
You will also benefit from Solent’s programme of professional guest speakers such as commercial solicitors, managing partners, police, trading standards officers, barristers and members of the judiciary.
Transferable skills -
High-level research and planning skills, due diligence presenting written and oral material, working independently and in groups.
The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635
International full-time fees: £11,260
UK and EU part-time fees: £2,320 per year
International part-time fees: £5,630 per year
Graduation costs -
Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx
Want to gain a competitive edge in your legal career? Southampton Solent’s specialised international trade regulation master’s degree can enhance your existing law qualifications and provide you with the skills and knowledge required to further your career.