LL.M. International Commercial Law

University of Nottingham

Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,010 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 13,730 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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An increasingly globalised economy requires commercial law to meet a wide variety of exciting challenges, from the transactional to the regulatory, from shipping to finance, from access to markets to dispute resolution. The LLM in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham reflects international business in its diversity, innovation, and contemporary relevance.

The School of Law boasts an impressive and internationally-renowned team of international commercial lawyers, combining established experts with exciting early-career scholars. Published scholarship is extensive, with every member of the academic staff engaged in high quality research. Current Nottingham academics are authors of several major treatises on international commercial law. Howard Bennett is the author of The Law of Marine Insurance, the second edition of which was awarded the British Insurance Law Association annual book prize for 2007. James Fawcett is co-author of Cheshire and Norths Private International Law(11th - 13th editions)and International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws (2005), and together with Paul Torremans wroteIntellectual Property and Private International Law (1998).Niamh Moloney is the author ofEC Securities Regulation (2005),while Sue Arrowsmith co-authored The Regulation of Public Procurement: National and International Perspectives (2000).More specialist monographs on commercial law include:Cartwright, Banks, Consumers and Regulation (2004)and the prize-winning Consumer Protection and the Criminal Law (2001);Footer, An Institutional and Normative Analysis of the World Trade Organization (2005);Rotherham, Proprietary Remedies in Context (2002).Several members of the international commercial law team also serve as editors or as members of the editorial boards of leading journals or learned publication series.

The International Commercial Law programme supported by this team embraces several areas of special interest:

* International Trade and Maritime Law

Professor Howard Bennett, Professor Sarah Dromgoole, Ms Sope Williams

* Private International Law/Conflict of Laws

Professor James Fawcett, Professor Paul Torremans

* Intellectual Property Law

Professor Paul Torremans, Dr Estelle Derclaye

* Public Procurement

Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Dr Annamaria La Chimia, Ms Sope Williams, Dr Ping Wang

* Commercial Law of the European Union

Professor Jeffrey Kenner, Dr Aris Georgopoulos, Dr Ping Wang

* The World Trade Organization

Professor Mary Footer, Dr Emilie Cloatre, Dr Annamaria La Chimia

* Banking and Finance Law

Professor Niamh Moloney, Professor Howard Bennett, Professor Peter Cartwright, Professor Mary Footer, Professor Craig Rotherham

Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.

We also offer LLM pathways in the areas listed below, as well as a more general LLM (Master of Laws) qualification:

* LLM Criminal Justice
* LLM Environmental Law
* LLM European Law
* LLM Human Rights Law
* LLM International Law
* LLM International Criminal Justice & Armed Conflict
* LLM International Law & Development
* LLM Maritime Law
* LLM Public International Law

Key facts

* The School of Law is rated as internationally outstanding (Grade 5A on a scale of 1-5) for its research and as Excellent for its teaching quality.
* The School enjoys important professional relationships with international institutions; leading firms in the City of London and the provinces; private industry and consultancies; and non-governmental organisations.
* Students at the School of Law have exclusive access to the Slaughter and May Computer Room.
* Excellent Law Library has in excess of 60,000 volumes, immediate access to a very wide range of electronic materials and resources and dedicated Law Librarian.
* The School has an active Public Procurement Research Group.


You will take 120 credits worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.

You will conclude the LLM International Commercial Law by undertaking a 60-credit dissertation; this is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice. You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, the School of Laws Skills Programme, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the Universitys Graduate School.

The LLM (Master of Laws) in International Commercial Law can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 to 4 years.

In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.

All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a students doctoral research.

The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes. In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.

To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation. Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, free option.

In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism. The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.

Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.


* Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
* Including:Law degree or other with significant Law element
* Other requirements:Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
* IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
* Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (no less than 67 in writing, 62 in reading, and 55 in listening and speaking)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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