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LLM International Trade and Commerce

Course Description

The Law School at Staffordshire University is recognised as one of the best Law Schools in the country for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional awards.

Our Common Professional Examination (CPE) is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board. Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) has received the highest possible SRA rating of ‘Commendable Practice’ in all areas. Our LLM awards are the acknowledged way to further legal expertise and hone research skills.

Choose to complete the LLM International Trade and Commerce at the Staffordshire University Law School and you will be taught by renowned academics and benefit from the expertise that stems from our links with major legal practices.

World-class, our Law School is purpose built, well-equipped and offers modern lecture theatres, an excellent Law Library with a Learning Resources Centre, mock courtroom with video facilities, Legal Practice rooms and study rooms .

Flexible study
Understanding that you may need to balance study around work, our LLM programme offers considerable flexibility in terms of time, content and outcome.

You may attend to study the LLM International Trade and Commerce full-time (one morning and afternoon each week) or part-time (one morning or afternoon each week).

As well as Law graduates, students with non-Law degrees and from non common Law jurisdictions may study on the LLM. Students may be credited for prior study.

What it's about
If money makes the world go round, lawyers grease the wheels that keep it turning. In a global world of trade and commerce, a knowledge of international rules is imperative, whether these are trade regulations, banking codes or contractual terms. The LLM in International Trade and Commerce offers our widest range of modules from which you can tailor your award to reflect your own Commercial Law interests, and so sculpt your own future career, whether in Law or in Business.

What you do
The LLM award (delivery by attendance)
For a general LLM award, you may offer the required credits from any combination of modules available within the programme. The 15-credit single module Legal Research Methodology is compulsory if you do not have postgraduate research training. It is also a good introductory module if you are returning to study after a gap.

In addition, if you have graduated in a subject other than Law, or are a Law graduate from a non common-Law jurisdiction, you will normally be required to take part, or all, of the single module. For the award of LLM, where a dissertation is required, that dissertation may be on any legal topic.
Please note: not all modules may be offered in any single semester, or indeed in any single academic year, but every effort will be made to accommodate your wishes.

LLM awards with Specific Designators
To receive a specific named award, such as the LLM International Trade and Commerce, you must study at least 30 credits worth of taught modules in the designated subject area and your dissertation must also be in that area. Where there is the possibility of a number of named routes being available, you will be able to select the designation of your award when you submit your dissertation.

Masters degrees are awarded in three classifications: pass, merit and distinction.

Where next?
The LLM International Trade and Commerce is particularly suited to legal practitioners looking for an alternative to the LLM Legal Practice, Law students seeking a specialist route prior to commencing an LPC/BVC and foreign lawyers wishing to extend their area of competence.

For a full range of career opportunities, please refer to the general LLM award.

Visit the LLM International Trade and Commerce page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.II) in Law or Equivalent, and an IELTS Score of 7 (if English is not your first language)

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