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International Commercial Law LLM

Course Description

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

The International Commercial Law programme offers you an opportunity to engage in intensive study of specialist international and commercial topics. The international law units may be chosen from topics within the field of private international law and the commercial law topics within this programme have content that includes an international element, such as international trade. The programme will appeal to students from overseas and to students who wish to combine their areas of specialism.

Programme structure

Part one - You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the following list with a further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes:
-Carriage of Goods
-Corporate Governance in the UK and US
-EU Trade Law
-Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
-Information Technology Law
-Intellectual Property
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Commercial Litigation
-International Corporate Finance
-International Law of Trade and Aid
-Law of E-Commerce
-Legal Perspectives on Sustainability
-Maritime Security
-International Public Contract Law
-Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions
-The Law and Policy of Mergers and Acquisitions
-World Trade Law

Assessment is by examination and/or essay. Please view our programme catalogue for further information on the course structure and units available. Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of international commercial law for approval by the Law School. After passing part one, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.


This programme provides a solid foundation for a broad range of careers. It will be of value to any students wishing to enter the legal professions, in particular in a commercial law firm, including any of the larger law firms with international clients. The programme will also enable international students to gain the qualifications necessary to move on to training for their judiciary, for example students who come from Thailand. Graduates might also choose to work as in-house lawyers or with a variety of regulatory organisations or NGOs.

Visit the International Commercial Law LLM page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law component. International students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

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