|Application deadline:||It's strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date.|
|Tuition fee:||Visit Programme Website|
|Start date:||September 2015|
|Credits (ECTS):|| 90 ECTS Details |
* Total Kent credits: PDip 120; LLM 180
|Credits:|| 180 Details |
* Total Kent credits: PDip 120; LLM 180
|Duration full-time:||12 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|Educational variant:||Part-time, Full-time|
|More information:||Go to university website|
|Duration part-time:||24 months|
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.
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.
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
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.
This programme aims to provide:
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
You develop intellectual skills in the following:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
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
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