International Commercial Law LLM
- Special Features
- Course Content
- Teaching & Assessment
- Entry Criteria
About the CourseBrunel Law School is proud to launch this LLM for 2012/13 entry. The International Commercial Law LLM replaces the International and European Commercial Law LLM, offering an exciting, updated course with new modules options. The course is designed for students seeking to gain a solid foundation in this growing discipline with an aim to become practitioners or to continue with further studies and research.
AimsThis research led programme is designed for law graduates who wish to develop specialist knowledge of aspects of the increasingly important field of international commercial law. It will focus on conceptual and theoretical sources of the substantive laws regulating the fields of study; the procedural mechanisms for the application of those laws; and the challenges that attend evolution of principles, rules and procedures. Such specialist knowledge is increasingly sought by law firms, businesses and governmental bodies all over the world, in response to the expansion of international trade and commerce and international regulation, resulting from economic, political and technological change.
EnquiriesJenny King, Senior PG Programme Administrator
Brunel Law School Brunel University
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Course Director: Dr Mihail Danov
Law at Brunel University is a well-established law school, highly rated for its published scholarship, and well known amongst law firms for its distinctive undergraduate sandwich courses. The school has considerable expertise in various aspects of commercial law.
Course ContentThe LLM International Commercial Law is normally awarded to students who successfully complete taught modules of 120 credits and a dissertation weighted at 60 credits (180 credits in total). It is for the students to tailor the programme to their needs and select the areas of commercial law in which they wish to specialise.
Typical ModulesNote: modules are subject to withdrawal at the School's discretion.
An LLM student will have to take 120 credits of taught modules by choosing any of the following elective modules:
- Principles of Tax Law (30 credits)
- Corporate Insolvency Law (15 credits)
- International Commercial Litigation (15 credits)
- Islamic Financial Laws and Islamic Banking Regulations (15 credits)
- International Trade Law (30 credits)
- International Economic Law (30 credits)
- Public International Law (30 credits)
- International Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
- EU Competition Law (15 Credits)
- International Labour Law (30 credits)
- International Finance Law (30 credits)
- International Commercial Arbitration (30 credits)
- Principles of Corporate Law (30 credits)
- Internet Law (30 credits)
- European Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
Typical DissertationsFrom the end of February, students will work on a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic in the field of their study. The dissertation is due at the end of the summer. This will provide students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of a particular area of interest. The dissertation has a value of 60 credits.
Some classes will take the form of a lecture, others will be taught seminar style; others may use a mixture of teaching methods (e.g. lecture, research, case law and problem methods), in order to promote a personalised learning that considers the individual student’s interests, needs and abilities. We believe that it is part of student experience to be exposed to different teaching styles.
There will be 32 hours of teaching per 30 credit module, spread out more or less equally over both teaching terms. There will be 16 hours of teaching per 15 credit module, spread out over one of the teaching terms.
AssessmentTaught modules of 30 credits are assessed late in Term 1 or early in Term 2 by means of coursework (3500-word assignment) and, again, at the end of Term 2, by means of a two-hour seen examination. Students must satisfy the requirements of each module, and it is up to them to ensure that they have fulfilled those requirements and the requirements of the course as a whole. Taught modules of 15 credits are normally assessed by coursework if running in term 1 or by exam if taught in term 2.
Brunel has always placed great emphasis on developing graduates who can innovate and implement, and who can add value to society through their industry. Brunel students become the kind of graduates who employers want to recruit, and as a result they currently enjoy the 13th highest starting salaries in the UK. This success is down to a several factors:
- Combining academic study with work experience
- Creative and forward-looking subjects
- An award-winning careers service
- Working while they study
- The entrepreneurial spirit
CareersThe expertise our students gain on our LLMs makes them desirable candidates in a number of law-related fields. While many of our students specialize to enhance their legal practice work, others are sought after by government agencies, the private commercial sector (such as in-house lawyers) and non-governmental organisations where a background in commercial law is valued.
As a research-led school, we attract a robust number of candidates seeking to continue in further studies to pursue an academic career in the UK or abroad.
UK/EU students: £8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time
International students: £13,500 full-time; £6,750 part-time
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
The normal requirement for admission will be a good undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2:2 or overseas equivalent) in law. The School may consider other applicants based on their qualifications, experience and potential to successfully to undertake and complete the course. Such applications are considered on a case by case basis by the Postgraduate Director.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL Internet test: 92 (R20, L20, S20, W20)
- Pearson: 59 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.