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About the course
The LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law concentrates on the realities of modern commercial law and the importance of understanding its substance, as well as the most important method for the resolution of contemporary business disputes.
Developed in collaboration with an advisory board of internationally-recognised specialists, this LLB introduces students to specialised areas of knowledge while ensuring that they receive the broad legal education offered on a standard LLB course.
Over the course of study you will specialise in arbitration and areas of commercial law of your choice. This will result in a degree that is both focused on your specific interests and that uniquely prepares you for one of the few genuinely cross-border fields of legal practice.
Brunel Law School offers two routes to studying the LLB Law with a specialisation in International Arbitration and Commercial Law:
- The LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law (three years full-time).
- The LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law (Professional Placement) (four years) - this includes a one year industry placement. Previous placements at Brunel have been in solicitors' firms, barristers' chambers, governmental institutions and related organisations.
The LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law fulfils all the requirements of the traditional LLB, giving graduates qualifying law degree status that satisfies the requirements of the Law Society and the Bar Council.
Graduates gain the advantage of recognised specialised knowledge in the area of international arbitration and commercial law, and leave with a thorough knowledge and understanding of commercial law, cross-border transactions, international and comparative law, and cross-cultural dispute resolution.
- You will have the opportunity to earn a qualifying law degree and develop a perspective of International and English law. You will gain a thorough knowledge and understanding both of the substance of contemporary commercial law, and of the functioning of international arbitration as a form of dispute resolution.
- You will be encouraged to think critically about methods for the resolution of commercial disputes and the importance of cross-border transactions in the contemporary world.
- You will be able to apply relevant substantive and procedural law.
- You will demonstrate relevant career skills, especially skills which are pertinent to commercial law professions.
The LLB consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
The Criminal Justice System
The Civil Justice System
Legal Skills and Methods
Public Law in Context
Law of the European Union
International Sales Law & Arbitration
Intellectual Property Law
Consumer Law OR Employment Law
Taxation of Income
Sentencing and Penology
Intellectual Property Law
International Human Rights
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and what you will learn on the course.
91 per cent of our LLB Law graduates are in employment or further study. While most progress into the legal profession, some students opt to study law as a first degree as a foundation for careers in the corporate world, government or international relations-related professions. Graduates can take advantage of the professional exemptions available with a Brunel Law Degree and train to become barristers or solicitors.
Regular career events for law students are offered by the University's award-wining Professional Development Centre (PDC). The School avidly supports the professional development of our students, for example by offering weekly career clinics in collaboration with the PDC and offering an innovative range of skills-based experience such as mooting and debating, pro bono legal assistance, and in-court volunteering.
The Legal Skills and Method study block at Level 1 introduces students to fundamental career skills, such as writing a CV and performing well in interviews. The Legal Professionals Master Class (short course) gives students the chance to further enhancement such skills.
Opportunities for law graduates arise in a wide range of activities. You may take advantage of your professional exemptions and train to become a barrister or solicitor, but your degree could take you into careers other than law, including mediation, consultancy, industry, commerce, public administration, the social services, management and humanitarian aid.
Students on the LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law (Professional Placement) spend a year working in the industry gaining valuable experience. We are one of only a few UK law schools offering this unique opportunity as a part of the degree programme (and have extensive experience in doing so).
Students on the four-year placement programme graduate with a degree from a respected law school, a more distinct CV, work experience and excellent links with legal practitioners.
Most placements are with firms of solicitors or barristers' chambers, in the Crown Prosecution Service, and in the legal departments of commercial organisations, government departments and local councils.
The four-year route can also reduce the time required to become a solicitor after graduation, since the Law Society may credit part of your work experience against the solicitors' two year traineeship requirement.
The sandwich course also gives you valuable contacts for securing traineeships.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level ABB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D in Business or Public Services.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business or Public Services subject, with an A-Level at grade A.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Applied Law, Business or Public Services subject, with A-Levels grade AB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Law course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
Expert teaching staff
Brunel Law School is research driven and had outstanding results in the 2008 RAE. Through their research, the School’s lecturers are constantly extending the frontiers of domestic and international legal scholarship.
Staff members publish and edit international journals and books, organise conferences, present conference papers and are involved in external committees.
How will I be taught?
Lectures - Cover general principles and explain difficult concepts and normally last two hours at Levels 1 and 2, and one hour at Level 3. Handouts giving references, further reading and summaries of points covered, are provided. Some lecturers use innovative IT tools for presentations and lectures in some modules are audio recorded and made available as podcasts.
Seminars - Throughout the degree students in this specialist programme attend Arbitration and Commercial LLB seminars/clinics delivered by a combination of law scholars and practitioners. Following an introduction into the major concepts and theoretical principles necessary for an understanding of the field, monthly seminars develop into research clinics. Students get the opportunity to work in small groups on topical and controversial issues.
Personal tutor - At all levels students have a tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. Students who go on placement will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor their progress, visit them in their placement and provide further support if they need it.
Legal skills - We are one of the few UK law schools with a dedicated skills tutor who runs weekly essay clinics, designed to meet the needs of law students in the areas of essay writing, critical thinking, analysis and examination, presentations and time management. International students can take advantage of free in-sessional English language classes as well.
Study trips - Students benefit from the opportunity to participate in study visits to institutions in both the UK and abroad, potentially including places such as the London Court of International Arbitration, the UK Supreme Court, and the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris.
Private study - It is at the centre of learning in higher education. Students study specific materials (textbooks and monographs, academic articles, judgments, official reports, etc) in advance of lectures and seminars.
Online provision - Lecture and seminar materials are made available through Blackboard learn, Brunel’s virtual learning environment. Module sections in Blackboard learn also give students access to podcasts (when available), online discussions, revision tests and links to other sources of interest.
The seminars and relevant foundation/qualifying law degree first year subjects prepare students for an in depth examination of arbitration and commercial law subjects in the final year of the programme. These include a mandatory module in International Sales Law and Arbitration (with moot preparation and possible participation) as well as two out of the following commercial law subjects: Banking Law, Company Law, Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation of Income, and either Consumer Law or Employment Law. A fourth module may be selected from any Level 3 modules offered at Brunel.
All LLB Law programmes provide students with an essential foundation in 'Legal Skills and Method' in year 1. Students are also offered a range of master classes, workshops and training opportunities throughout each academic year.
Modules are assessed by various combinations of coursework and/or examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
- The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the primary professional body within arbitration, have granted Brunel Law School the status of Recognised Course Provider for the LLB with International Arbitration and Commercial Law. This means that when you graduate from the course you will be eligible to become a member of the institute. Unlike other graduates you will not be required to complete any additional courses to qualify, meaning a saving of up to £3,000 in additional course fees.
Graduates have the opportunity to obtain the highly regarded status of MCIArb after their names, subject to the successful completion of Level I of the curriculum and the Level 3 Module ‘International Sales Law and Arbitration’.
- The degree gives students full exemption from Part 1 of the Professional Examinations for the Law Society and Bar Council.
This is a qualifying law degree which provides training in the seven foundations of legal knowledge (specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board). The degree is one of requirements needed to practise law.
- Students can choose to combine the sandwich degree (a superb opportunity to spend a year working in the industry) with either the commercial law or arbitration specialism, and gain the 'LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law (Professional Placement)' qualification. Students can also switch from the LLB Law or other programme to the 'LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law' (and vice versa) at any time, up to the beginning of Level 3.
- The International Arbitration and Commercial Law LLB provides students with an insight into a range of arbitration and commercial law perspectives from law scholars and practitioners. It offers the chance to undertake research and write reports on topical issues.
- Students will benefit from Brunel’s connections with leading practitioners within the field of international arbitration. An example of this is the incorporation into the programme of an Advisory Board of leading arbitration practitioners and academics who are actively involved its development and supervision.
- At Level 1 students examine Contract Law in parallel with the Civil Justice System and are assessed in these areas (a distinctive feature of the Brunel LLB programme).
- In the 'Legal Skills and Method' module students are introduced to fundamental legal skills which are indispensable to successfully progressing through the programme and succeeding in the legal professions (e.g. legal reasoning and legal argumentation, legal writing as well as research, analysis and interpretation of sources of law). This, again, is a unique feature of Brunel’s approach to learning.
- Students can participate in arbitration and commercial law related extra-curricular activities, such as mooting, debating, the Pro Bono centre, the advocacy, fraud examination and client interviewing short courses, reading group sessions and law film screenings.
- Students benefit from the active programme of research activities that have been generated relating to arbitration. In recent academic years, this has consisted of public lectures, visiting lectures to classes and workshops on psychology and arbitration.
- Law at Brunel is ranked 8th in London (The Complete University Guide 2018)
Facts and Figures
For over 45 years UK and international students from over 100 countries have chosen Brunel Law School for its outstanding reputation as a respected London law school.
Brunel law students have amongst the highest graduate employment rates in the country (84 per cent) and the School has excellent links within the industry. Our students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available to enhance their employability. We also offer many activities to keep you socially engaged such as our active student law society and Union of Brunel Students.
We are proud of our award-winning 'Professional Development Centre' (PDC), acknowledged as one of the best in the country.