With rapid globalisation, a sound understanding of international trade and commercial law is one of the most sought-after attributes of modern legal practice. Law firms, enterprises and governmental organisations place a high premium on graduates with commercial law expertise and skills. The LLM course allows you to study some of the most important aspects of international trade and commercial law. Options available for this degree include international trade law, international investment law, international commercial arbitration, international labour law and international corporate governance.
The LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law is ideally suited to students from a law, business, management, politics or other social science background, offering an opportunity to explore this dynamic area of law. The skills and knowledge offered are particularly useful if you want to work in law, import-export, insurance, investment, shipping and freight, commodities, or intellectual property. It would also appeal to those who intend to pursue careers in international and national trade, and marketing bodies, as well as in government and academic posts.Why choose this course?
You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning strategies, from case studies to interactive seminars, presentations and moots.
Your fellow students are drawn from countries around the world giving you the opportunity to enjoy a truly international exchange of ideas.
With your future career in mind, particular emphasis is placed on skills training with opportunities provided to practice legal reasoning skills both orally and in writing.
Special support is provided for international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, to ensure that they find their feet quickly and are able to participate fully.
Consistently high ratings in the university guides and marks of excellence awarded by government teaching quality assessors.
A wide diversity of teaching methods are employed throughout the LLM courses in order to provide a high-quality learning experience. These include lectures, seminar discussions, individual and small group tutorials, case studies, and group and individual presentations. Particular emphasis is placed on skills training, with opportunities provided to acquire and practise legal reasoning as well as research and IT skills. Assessment methods include coursework and individual and group presentations.Career prospects
Graduates from the LLM succeed across an impressive range of careers from policy makers and human rights activists through to high-flying diplomats and commercial lawyers.
LLM staff can advise you and direct you to possible careers and employers depending on your particular needs and ambitions. Depending on your existing legal qualifications, you may wish to take additional legal training at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.
Pursuing an academic career in law
Research is fundamental to the Law School and is one of the reasons we performed so well in the latest RAE. Your own interests will be reflected in the modules you choose and many students feel moved to continue their academic studies and become specialists themselves. Several former LLM students have chosen to become researchers, publishing and lecturing on their work and graduating to do a PhD.
Where part time fees are quoted it is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each year
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Students studying for the LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law are required to complete the compulsory module in Law of International Business Transactions (20 credits), and the compulsory module in International Economic Law (20 credits) in the first semester, as well as the compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods (20 credits).
In the second semester you take the compulsory module in Advanced Issues of International Business Transactions (20 credits. In addition you can choose any two of the listed options below (20 credits each, totalling 40 M-level credits):
In Semester 2 you can choose any two of the following options (20 credits each, totalling 60 master's level credits)*:
You will normally be required to have (or to be expecting) a good honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom. The degree may be in Law or in a related discipline. We welcome applications from both non-Law graduates and work experience-based candidates.
Those of you new to the academic study of law will be advised to read a number of recommended texts by way of induction before you begin the course. You are also encouraged to attend the induction sessions provided in the week prior to the beginning of the course.
An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing) is required.
No work experience is required.
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