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International Commercial Law (LLM)

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the main international commercial law issues that arise in a multiplicity of transactions.

This course covers those aspects of law that commercial law practitioners could expect to encounter on a regular basis, including contract law, employment law, competition law, intellectual property and environmental law. The overarching aim of this LLM course is to facilitate the recognition and appreciation of international commercial law. It also permits detailed study of some aspects of law.

This LLM course is provided by the School of Law in conjunction with Henley Business School, providing an invaluable opportunity to acquire a unique combined perspective of financial and commercial law issues.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/law-pg/llm-international-commercial-law.aspx

Modules include:

• Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law
• International Corporate Finance and the Law
• Corporate Governance and Accountability
• Financial Markets
• Legal Aspects of Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

Graduates from our LLM course have gone on to work for various national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and (NGOs). A good proportion of our recent graduates are working with the European Union, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Police (INTERPOL), amongst others.


The University of Reading School of Law is a leading UK law school with a world-class reputation.

Ranked joint 7th, along with Cambridge, for world-leading research and international excellence and 11th out of all UK law schools in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008).

A dynamic and international learning environment with teaching supported by first class research with renowned experts across the main fields of national, European and international law.

Active career development and co-curricular opportunities including an annual 'Working Internationally' career’s forum and a series of guest lectures by practitioners.

Collaborative teaching and research in our Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation and strong links with the Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies, Henley Business School, and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre.

Double Master’s courses offered with a wide range of leading partner universities worldwide, including Peking University and Renmin University in China, ALBA in Greece, MGIMO in Russia, Hanyang University in South Korea and CYCU and National Taipei University in Taiwan, amongst others.

Visit the International Commercial Law (LLM) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply. Standard requirement is a 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate degree. However, our participants come with a variety of relevant legal and non-legal experience and all applicants are considered on individual merit.

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