Why study International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law at York?
The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law puts York at the forefront of legal education on corporations. It takes a comparative and international approach to the key areas of corporate governance and corporate and commercial law. The contextual approach taken in this LLM enables an understanding of why different countries adopt different laws and governance approaches and how they respond to economic and social pressures. It assesses these approaches in times of economic stability and in crisis, with particular reference to the current crisis. The course particularly focuses on corporate governance and on commercial transactions. The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law aims to provide: *a critical understanding of the process of corporate globalization *an in depth and contextual coverage of the main topics in corporate governance and commercial law
At the end of the course students should: *have an understanding of the economic and social context in which commercial decisions take place *an understanding of the nature of the company and company law and how this and corporate governance operates *a conceptual framework in which to understand these developments
The programme reflects the latest innovations in legal education including York’s pioneering Problem-Based Learning as well as more traditional lectures and seminars. Its research led teaching is built on the world class scholarship of the School’s staff. Our postgraduates are drawn from all over the world giving you the opportunity to study with and learn from a truly international group.
On the LLM programme you will be taught using a wide variety of modern teaching and learning methods. Through rigorous academic study you will engage with theoretical, applied and practical studies, ensuring that you develop a deep understanding of corporate and commercial law in its international context.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
A core teaching method employed in most modules is problem-based learning (PBL). This will involve you working in a “student law firm” in which you will work on simulated, real-life corporate and commercial law problems brought to you by virtual clients. You will learn to identify the relevant legal principles, the known facts and facts which need to be ascertained, and through this process unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of the problem. As in real life, the problems are messy, and typically involve several legal topics interacting and overlapping.
Careers and employability
The LLM programme will prepare you to pursue a wide variety of careers, both within and outside the legal profession as well as further research through doctoral studies. The research skills developed during the LLM are excellent in preparation for further research, including doctoral studies. Many of our successful LLM graduates have gone on to pursue PhD studies, both at York and elsewhere.