The focus of the LLM in International Commercial Law is on the legal and practical challenges arising out of the diverse international commercial transactions. The International Commercial Law programme offers the opportunity for an intensive but integrated education in different areas of commercial law. The course in International Commercial Law aims to develop an in-depth and specialist knowledge of International Commercial Law with a view to enhancing graduate employability.
The LLM in International Commercial Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. International Commercial Law students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies offers its postgraduate students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.
The LLM in International Commercial Law degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students undertaking an LLM in International Commercial Law are required to take four modules from the following list. At least two of the options must be drawn from the asterisked (*) modules.
Competition Law (*)
International Corporate Law and Governance (*)
International Intellectual Property Law (*)
Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions (*)
International Commercial Arbitration
Law and Practice in International Banking and Commercial Payments
Transnational Credit and Security
Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.
Careers & Employability
The International Careers Adviser at Swansea runs weekly workshops for international students for example, on how to improve career prospects and improve interview techniques. The Postgraduate Department also employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.
The Postgraduate Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, one of our professors on the LLM programme was a senior partner, and is now a consultant with, Ince & Co, a leading London law firm, specialising in international trade, insurance and shipping law. The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I (protection and indemnity) Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Postgraduate Department and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Postgraduate Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers.
In the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment conducted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, the teaching in the College of Law & Criminology was awarded the highest rating possible of ‘Commendable’, confirming the excellent standard of teaching. Members of the LLM team are active in research and are at the cutting edge of their discipline, publishing books and articles at the highest level. Consequently, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2014), an evaluation of the quality of research underway across the UK higher education institutions, 95% of research conducted in the College of Law & Criminology has been recognised to have achieved an international standard.
The entry requirements for the LLM in International Commercial Law is a good initial degree in law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test and the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component).
Recipient: Swansea University
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