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International Commercial Law LLM

Course Description

This programme explores the many facets of international commercial law; addressing the many conflicts that arise of which law applies between international parties when a dispute occurs. The course will also establish the challenges of International Corporate Crime (ICC), and what measures are in place to tackle it.

The LLM International Commercial Law equips law graduates and professionals with the understanding and skills to enable them to address these issues of economic globalisation. As a student, you will be able to apply these skills to enhance your professional and academic development.

You will benefit from studying in a University with an established reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research within Law, with a dedicated team of lecturers, many of whom have substantial commercial and professional legal backgrounds.

Course content

This course will develop analytical, evaluative and research skills and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the tensions that exist in the contemporary domestic and international legal framework.

The modules offer you a chance to explore international bodies such as the EU, its member states and the wider international community from the perspective of private, corporate and intellectual property law. You will also have the opportunity to investigate into an area of particular interest when you produce your dissertation. You will be supported by experienced lecturers who use a range of innovative teaching methods, which will enhance your studies.

You will generally study three or four modules in each semester, followed by the dissertation.

To be eligible for the award of LLM International Commercial Law, you must successfully gain 180 credits from the below compulsory modules. If you must successfully gain 120 credits from the below but not including the Dissertation you would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma, if you gain 60 credits not include the Dissertation you would awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.

Course modules (16/17)

-Principles of European Law
-Private International Law
-International Corporate Law
-Intellectual Property Rights Law
-Research Methods
-International Corporate Crime
-Research Methods

Methods of Learning

The LLM is offered for full-time study over 12 months, there are also options for part time and distance learning study. You will typically study three or four modules in each semester. This is followed by the dissertation period of 18 weeks.

This course is also available through distance learning, as well as taught at the University of Northampton. The distance learning element of the course delivery will vary module by module but typically includes podcasts of lectures combined with weekly or fortnightly online reading, exercises and discussions using a range of platforms, including blogs and discussion boards.

Where appropriate, Powerpoint slides will be available online at the same time as the lecture podcast. The readings will be in the form of links to online documents, case reports, book extracts or similar and will be available through online systems. Formative assessment is carried out regularly so that you can ensure on a regular basis that you are at the right place in the course. You will be allocated a personal tutor and will be able to arrange live one-to-one tutorial sessions using Skype or Google Hangout as necessary.

Formal course assessment is centred on module essays and submission of a dissertation, although the precise method of assessment may vary across modules. In addition, students may be informally assessed in a number of different ways, including individual presentations.

Facilities and Special Features

-Strong staff expertise, with substantial teaching experience on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
-An enthusiastic teaching team providing a supportive atmosphere for research.


On completion of the course, students have gone on to pursue careers in academia, in the United Nations, and many have used the LLM as a stepping stone for promotion in their existing legal careers.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good single honours degree. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but have relevant professional and personal experience and the potential to achieve the academic standard are also encouraged to apply. Those who have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course, or who are admitted as an advocate in a jurisdiction approved at the time by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for Registered Foreign Lawyers (RFL) Status may be eligible to apply for the LLM in Legal Practice.

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