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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 Commercial Law programme offers you an opportunity to engage in intensive study of specialist commercial and industrial topics. You may wish to concentrate on European commercial issues, international trade or aspects of domestic commerce. It provides a solid foundation for anyone wishing to enter the legal professions, aspiring to a career in business and finance or planning to become an in-house lawyer.

Programme structure

Part one - You will choose four units to study, which will be assessed by examinations and/or essays. The selection of units can vary, but has included:
-Banking Law
-Carriage of Goods
-Company Law
-Competition Law of the EU
-Corporate Governance in the UK and US
-EU Trade Law
-European Contract Law
-Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
-Individual Employment Rights
-Information Technology Law
-Insolvency 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
-Public Contract Law
-Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions
-The Law and Policy of Mergers and Acquisitions
-World Trade Law

Please view our programme catalogue (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCohort=N&ayrCode=17%2F18&programmeCode=9LAWD007T) for further information on the course structure and units available.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of commercial law for approval by the Law School. After passing part one of the programme, 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.


There is a broad range of possibilities for those who successfully complete their Commercial Law LLM. It provides a solid foundation for any students wishing to enter the legal professions - in particular, to work in a commercial law firm or to embark on a career at the Commercial Bar. Alternatively, graduates might choose to work as in-house lawyers or with a variety of regulatory organisations.

Visit the 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 not currently accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

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