LL.M. Law (International Commercial Law) LLM, PDip

University of Kent

Application deadline: We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date.
Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,100 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,450 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible

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Description

Kent Law School (KLS) is a cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, offering a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees. Rated as the 6th best Law School in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (and 4th for the proportion of research classified as world-class and internationally excellent), KLS gives you unparalleled opportunities to study with leading academic experts in a variety of specialised fields of law.

International commercial law is one of the pillars of the contemporary globalising economy. Economic restructuring and technological innovation have influenced changes to the organisation and regulation of consumer relations, credit, banking and other financial services, business transactions and international trade. They have also stimulated the development and expansion of property regimes such as those governing electronic data, creative expression and inventions and financial assets. Students of International Commercial Law at Kent have been studying these developments since the early 1980s in a programme that has a well-established reputation for excellence.

The LLM degree in International Commercial Law opens up access to a range of occupations that require specialist expertise. It equips students with the necessary intellectual tools to practise international commercial law, or work for relevant government departments, regulators and international organisations in a policy-making or advisory capacity. The degree also provides an excellent foundation for students who may wish to pursue a research degree in the field.

The curriculum combines a thorough grounding in technical legal instruments of international commercial law with sophisticated training in interdisciplinary frameworks for analysis of global business regulation as well as reflective evaluation of the operation and effectiveness of law. The modules are taught by distinguished academic specialists who cover a large and diverse range of subjects within the field.

Contents

The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas. You can tailor your studies to your particular needs and interests to obtain an LLM or Diploma in a single specialisation, in two specialisations jointly, or by choosing a broad range of modules in different areas of law to obtain a general LLM or Diploma in Law.

As a student on the LLM at Canterbury, your choice of specialisation will be shaped by the modules you take and your dissertation topic. To be awarded an LLM in a single specialisation, at least three of your six modules must be chosen from those associated with that specialisation with your dissertation also focusing on that area of law. The other three modules can be chosen from any offered in the Law School. All students are also required to take the Legal Research and Writing Skills module. To be awarded a major/minor specialisation you will need to choose three modules associated with one specialisation, and three from another specialisation, with the dissertation determining which is your 'major' specialisation.

For example, a student who completes at least three modules in International Commercial Law and completes a dissertation in this area would graduate with an LLM in International Commercial Law; a student who completes three Criminal Justice modules and three Environmental Law modules and then undertakes a dissertation which engages with Criminal Justice would graduate with an LLM in Criminal Justice and Environmental Law.

International Commercial Law

This specialisation opens up access to a range of occupations that require specialist expertise. It equips you with the necessary intellectual tools to practise international commercial law, or work for relevant government departments, regulators and international organisations in a policymaking or advisory capacity. It also provides an excellent foundation for students who may wish to pursue a research degree in the field.

It combines a thorough grounding in technical legal instruments of international commercial law with sophisticated training in interdisciplinary frameworks for analysis of global business regulation as well as reflective evaluation of the operation and effectiveness of law. Emphasis is also placed upon the interaction of law with other disciplines, particularly economics and politics. The modules are taught by distinguished academic specialists who cover a large and diverse range of subjects within the field.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

LW801 - Intellectual Property

LW802 - International Business Transactions

LW807 - European Comparative Law

LW814 - Public International Law

LW815 - EU Constitutional and Institutional Law

LW839 - Environmental Quality Law

LW846 - International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law

LW847 - World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law and Practice I

LW852 - European Environmental Law and Policy

LW862 - Death and Dying

LW864 - The Foundations of the English Legal System

LW870 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

LW871 - Policing

LW905 - International Financial Services Regulation

LW906 - International Enviromental Law - Legal Foundations

LW915 - 'Reading' Murder Cases, 1860 - 1960

LW921 - Privacy and Data Protection Law

LW923 - Economic Sociology of Law

LW925 - Cultural Heritage Law

LW927 - Law and the Humanities 1: Ethos and Scholarship (Intensive Delivery)

LW924 - EU Criminal Law and Procedure

LW916 - European Union International Relations Law

LW884 - International Environmental Law - SubstantiveLegal Aspects

LW885 - Law and Development

LW886 - Transnational Criminal Law

LW888 - Climate Change and Renewable Energy Law

LW899 - Corporate Governance

LW900 - International Migration Law

LW904 - Laws of the Maritime, Air and Outer Spaces II

LW866 - Medical Practice and Malpractice

LW867 - Reproduction and the Beginnings of Life

LW863 - Consent to Treatment

LW858 - Foundations of European Common Market and Economic Law

LW843 - International Human Rights Law

LW844 - Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

LW810 - International Law on Foreign Investment

LW811 - International Commercial Arbitration

LW813 - Contemporary Topics in Intellectual Property Law

LW919 - Legal Research and Writing Skills

LW928 - Law and the Humanities 2: Current Issues (Intensive Delivery)

LW988 - Dissertation in Law

Assessment

The postgraduate programmes offered within the Law School are usually taught in seminar format. Students on the Diploma and LLM programmes study three modules in each of the autumn and spring terms. The modules normally are assessed by a 4-5,000-word essay. Students undertaking an LLM degree must write a dissertation of 15-20,000 words.

Learning outcomes

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide:

  1. LLM: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) advanced research, writing and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
    PGDip: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) written and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
  2. LLM: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of particular areas of law.
    PGDip: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of the subjects studied.
  3. LLM & PGDip: A degree of specialisation in areas of law and policy chosen from the LLM option streams available and an opportunity for students to engage with academic work at the frontiers of scholarship.
  4. LLM & PGDip: A critical awareness of the operation of law and policy, particularly in contexts that are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.
  5. LLM: The skills to undertake supervised research on an agreed topic in their specialisation and to encourage the production of original, evaluative analysis that meets high standards of scholarship.
  6. LLM & PGDip: Critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of contexts.
  7. LLM & PGDip: The skills of academic legal research and writing.
  8. LLM: A sophisticated grounding in research methods.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the institutions, principles and structures of law in areas studied, and the policy background and interrelationships between them
  • the key concepts, policy issues, principles; and relevant sources of law and policy in the areas studied
  • the substantive law relevant to a range of key areas of law and policy
  • the theoretical, social and academic debates which underlie the substantive areas of law studied
  • the practical contexts in which law operates
  • the importance of evaluating law alongside its theoretical and practical contexts: and
  • the relationship and inter-relationship between areas of law studied.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in the following:

  • effectively applying the knowledge of law and policy in areas studied to a wide range of situations where relevant practical or theoretical issues are under consideration
  • evaluating issues according to their context, relevance and importance
  • gathering relevant information and access key sources by electronic or other means
  • formulating arguments on central issues and areas of controversy, and being able to present a reasoned opinion based upon relevant materials
  • recognising potential alternative arguments and contrary evidence to your own opinion, and presenting a reasoned justification for your preference
  • independence of mind and the ability to offer critical challenge to received understanding on particular issues
  • the ability to reflect constructively on your learning progression.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the ability to identify and characterise issues relating to areas of law studied, which arise in practical situations
  • the ability to research and access the main sources of law and policy that are relevant to the area of law studied
  • the ability to appreciate and evaluate the main theoretical and political perspectives that underlie the legal provisions
  • the ability to provide a reasoned and justified opinion as to the possible legal consequences in particular circumstances
  • awareness of the limitations of present knowledge and matters needing to be resolved by further research
  • the ability to utilise research skills, at least, to commence further research into unresolved issues

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • the ability to identify relevant issues from potentially complex factual situations
  • the ability to undertake research from a diverse range of sources;
  • the ability to summarise detailed and complex information concisely and accurately
  • the ability to formulate arguments in verbal presentations and defend these against opposing views
  • presenting information and arguments in written form, in accordance with academic conventions, and appropriately to the intended readership
  • evaluating personal performance.

Requirements

A first or good second class honours degree in law or a related subject. Kent Law School (KLS) may also take account of relevant work experience when considering applications

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

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