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LLM International Commercial Dispute Resolution

Course Description

Course Summary

Increasingly globalisation has led to a growing demand for commercial lawyers with an understanding of international law.

This course meets this need and will help you develop an understanding of the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes, the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial disputes, and how these can be prevented, managed and resolved.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law LLM at Bedfordshire and:

- Study the critical application of legal theory to international commercial transactions, and develop contextual skills related to legal reasoning, analysis, research and independent judgement
- Explore the application of theoretical constructs to a range of commercial scenarios, and learn to provide an effective evaluation of legal options
- Develop the professional skills and values needed to put your knowledge into practice, and learn to think in the independent and creative way that would be expected from you as a legal professional employed by a client
- Gain an understanding of the interaction between commercial environments and international legal frameworks
- Benefit from learning how to discern the tensions between individuals, corporations and governments, and how the law can be used as a means of their resolution and, occasionally, their propagation.

Why choose this course?

The LL.M in International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law will provide you with the opportunity to study commercial law from an international perspective. This course is also designed for the personal development of lawyers who are concerned about the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes; the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial conflicts and disputes; and how they might be prevented, managed, and resolved. This course provides you with the opportunity for in-depth study of the procedural and substantive issues in the field. It is primarily concerned with the regulation of individual, corporate and public conduct in the context of international and commercial conflicts and disputes, including the relevance of issues such as the identification of the relevant courts and tribunals. This course adopts a practice-based, client-facing approach, underpinned by a strong grounding in the appropriate legal theory. Thus, problem-based learning will play a key role in the course, with many seminars and assignments centred on imagined real-life scenarios, your job being to advise the hypothetical plaintiff on how they might resolve the legal problem with which they are faced.

You will be taught by lecturers who have an outstanding reputation in their field with broad experience in City Law Firms. This means that you are being taught by lecturers who are internationally recognized experts in their field. Moreover, International Aviation Law is a very specialised area and that is a truly distinctive element of this course which is one of the very few in the UK giving you the opportunity to become an expert in this topic.

Entry requirements

Standard -

One of the following:

o LL.B or Joint Law degree with a minimum classification of Lower Second class honours (2.2), OR

o In the case of degree holders in disciplines other than law with sufficient and adequate legal content on the basis of `merit, OR

o Applicants with foreign qualifications on the basis of `individual merit.

Standard entry requirements for UK students http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/ukugentryreqs

Students from the European Union - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/eu/guides

International students - http://www.beds.ac.uk/international/international-applications

Additional -

Applicants with English as their second language must show proof of competency in speaking and writing English to IELTS 6.5 band or above or its equivalent.

For all other elements, the requisite level of competency for which again proof must be shown is: IELTS 6.0 band or above or its equivalent.

The Course team works closely with the admissions office and considers non standard applications by way of a course meeting.

Career Management Skills

Throughout the LLM course the focus will be on the identification, analysis, evaluation and application of legal and regulatory principles to the business environment. Embedding these transferable skills within the course is a conscious decision; to not only develop academic thinking, but also to prepare you for the demands that will be encountered in professional practice. In addition to which the range of learning and assessment tasks which you will undertake enables you to develop a range of communication skills, both as an individual and as a group. It encourages and develops your ability to engage confidently and appropriately with the subject area and audience reporting their actions autonomously and competently.

The preparation of the major project in the form of a dissertation requires the application of legal knowledge to a broad ranging and complex issue but also necessitates additional skills including time management, management of pressure to deadlines, concision in writing plus the ability to follow an idea from conception through to final delivery.

Career/Further study opportunities

Upon graduating from this course, there will be a number of career options open to you. For example,

- International Law firms
- International Financial organisations
- Solicitor in England and Wales
- Barrister at Law in England and Wales
- Paralegal
- Management consultant
- Non-governmental Organisations
- Dispute Resolution organisations such as:
- International Chamber of Commerce (Paris)
- London Court of International Arbitration (London)
- Permanent Court of Arbitration (Netherlands)
- Legal in-house positions in International Companies
- Government Legal Adviser

Further study:

M.Phil or PhD

Legal Practice course so as to qualify as a Solicitor of the senior Courts of England and Wales

Bar Professional Training Course so as to qualify as a Barrister in England and Wales.

Visit the LLM International Commercial Dispute Resolution page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

See Course Description

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