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Why study the LLM in Commercial Law at Birmingham?
* The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise puts Birmingham Law School 7th in the country for world-leading and internationally excellent research
* Taught by a dedicated team of internationally recognised specialists
* Wide range of core modules in Commercial Law
* Strong, established links to legal practitioners
* A generous range of available scholarships
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 four taught modules (30 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. The modules normally available are:
* Agency and Domestic Sale of Goods
* Commercial Conflict of Laws
* English Law of the International Sale of Goods
* Financing of International Trade
* Health and Safety at Work Law
* Marine Insurance
* Maritime Law
Students can also choose to study one of their four modules from those available on the General LLM|:
* Criminal Law and Medicine
* LLM European Criminal Law
* European Human Rights Law
* EU and WTO Procurement Law
* EU Competition Law
* EU Constitutional Law
* EU Security and Defence Law
* Globalisation and Labour Rights
* Health Law and the European Union
* Human Rights and Health Care Law
* International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
* International Commercial Arbitration
* International Criminal Law
* International Law of Human Rights
* International Investment Law
* Law and Policy of the WTO
* Legal Responses to Terrorism
* Public International Law
* Restorative Justice
* Sentencing and Penal Policy
* Theory of Criminal Law
* Transnational Criminal Law
* The Vienna Sales Convention
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 (Old) 600 / 250 plus Test of Written English (TWE) 4.0
|CAE score:||80(Grade C)|
See the University of Birmingham Website for more details on fees and funding.
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