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Birmingham Law School has an international reputation for its research and teaching across several broad areas of commercial law. This programme enables you to develop expertise in a wide range of commercial law subjects providing you with a strong foundation for your future career. The LLM in Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in English commercial law. The School has a leading reputation for excellence in its research and teaching in this area and the modules available on the LLM in Commercial Law draw on these strengths.
You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the Commercial Law programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:
* Banking Law
* Business Taxation
* Commercial Conflict of Laws
* Commercial Property and Regeneration Law
* Company Law
* Comparative International Commercial Arbitration
* English Law of International Sale of Goods
* Financing of International Trade
* Intellectual Property Law
* International Investment Law and Policy
* Law and Finance in Emerging Markets
* Law of Agency
* Law of Domestic Sale of Goods
* Marine Insurance
* Maritime Law
* Partnership and LLP Law
Students can also choose to study up to two of their six modules from those available on the General LLM:
* Advanced Political and Legal Theory
* British Legal Responses to Terrorism
* Crime and Gender
* Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
* Criminal Law and Medicine
* EU Competition Law
* EU Constitutional Law
* EU State Aid Law and Policy
* European Criminal Law
* European Health Law
* European Human Rights Law
* EU Security and Defence Law
* Global Crime Problems
* Human Rights and Criminal Justice
* Human Rights and Health Care Law
* International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (upstream)
* International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
* International Criminal Law
* International Humanitarian Law
* International Human Rights Law
* International Trade Law and Policy - Advanced Issues
* International Trade Law and Policy - Foundations
* Law of International Organisations
* Mentally Disordered Offenders
* Oil and Gas Law: Contracting, Decomissioning and Trade
* Public International Law
* Public Procurement Law
* Restorative Justice
* Sentencing: Prison Studies
* Socio-Legal Method
* Socio-Legal Theory
* The Death Penalty in Law and Practice
* Theory of Criminal Law
* Trading with the European Union
* Transnational Criminal Law
* Victimisation and Victim Policy
* The Vienna Sales Convention
Students are also allowed to choose one of their six modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department.
Structure of the Birmingham LLM programme
Birmingham's LLM programmes have been designed to allow in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 30 credits in length to enable students to develop significant expertise which will enhance their career prospects.
The LLM programmes last 12 months, running from September to September. All five programmes follow the same basic structure.
* In part I of the programmes, you take four 30 credit modules: the range of choice depends on the programme you decide to follow. Assessment in those modules, by essays or formal examinations, is in May and June.
* In part II of the programmes, you research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a selected topic of law under the supervision of a member of staff.
The programmes enable you to develop expertise in a range of subjects. You will acquire a systematic understanding of these along with a critical appreciation of the problems that arise these fields. You will be encouraged to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge.
Law School Induction
At the start of the course there is a 2-day induction designed to help you settle in and gain an understanding of the LLM programme.
Students do not register for modules before arrival as we feel it is important that you are able to make an informed choice. As part of the induction process module leaders will give a detailed description of what their subject entails and you will have the option to attend any areas which you are interested in for the first two weeks of the course before having to submit a final decision.
All the LLM programmes may be taken part-time and completed over a period of two years. This mode of study is particularly suitable for barristers and solicitors who wish to combine professional practice with university-level study, gaining CPD points in the process.
International students are invited to participate in an orientation course run by the universitys International Office before the start of the academic session. For students from outside the UK, there are also lectures on the British constitution, sources of English law and the working methods of the common law system. The English for International Students Unit provides a range of support in reading and writing academic English.
Typical Taught LLM entry requirements:
* A first or upper second class Honours degree in law (or a joint Honours degree with a major law component). Students with lower second class law Honours degrees will also be considered if supported by strong academic references and where some modules were of good upper second class standard.
* An overseas qualification of equivalent standard, whether from a common law, civilian or other jurisdiction.
* A UK Honours degree in a non-law subject with a good pass in a Common Professional Examination course (eg the Birmingham Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies)
* A UK Honours degree of at least upper second class Honours standard (or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard) in a non-law subject, where the applicant can demonstrate substantial relevant legal experience
English proficiency requirements for Taught LLM programmes:
If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications are:
* IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any band
* TOEFL 95 with no less than 22 in any band
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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To view available awards across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.