LLM International Commercial Law

Globalisation is here to stay and the number of active international industries continues to grow each year. The LLM in International Commercial Law is a specialist legal course which will develop your understanding of the nature of international commercial law and regulation. It is suitable for individuals already working in the legal sector, as well as those looking to increase their knowledge in this area.

You can study aspects of commercial law that have international relevance, and consider specific issues that arise in commercial and consumer law. You will also explore different aspects of globalisation and how the law influences and responds to these. Outside of term time you will have the opportunity to volunteer in the University’s Legal and Financial Advice Clinic. There you will have the chance to put the knowledge and skills you have gained on the course into practice. The Clinic will allow you to engage directly with the legal profession, and work with a number of reputable law firms.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years February Pontypridd
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 3 Years February Pontypridd
Part-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years February Pontypridd
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 3 Years February Pontypridd
Part-time 3 Years September Pontypridd

To achieve this specialist LLM course, you will study compulsory modules designed to provide you with a firm foundation from which to complete your studies. You will also be able to select a further two optional modules to complement your studies and legal interests.

Compulsory modules:

  • Rights, Obligations and Remedies
  • Private International Law
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • International and Comparative Media Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • International Trade
  • Computer Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights

Teaching

Full-time delivery starts in February and September. It involves the study of all taught modules and the submission of your dissertation by the following February or September.

The LLM International Commercial Law is taught through lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-directed learning. Tuition is offered in small, friendly groups, which allow for detailed, individual support of your studies. We aim to foster a supportive learning environment, which enables you to enjoy your studies and progress to your future career options.

Reasons to Study Law at USW

From first-rate facilities supported by the latest state-of-art software to opportunities to provide members of the public and businesses with legal advice in our specialist legal and financial advice clinic, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying law at the University of South Wales.

Highlights include:

  • Opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with the profession.
  • We work with a range of national law firms to provide placement opportunities. These include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law, Clarks Legal, Geldards, NewLaw, Howells and many more.
  • You will be taught by leading experts who will use the latest innovative ‘SIMple software’ teaching tools and virtual learning environments to share their knowledge and expertise.
  • We go the extra mile to support graduate employability; you will be offered the opportunity to get involved in initiatives such as our very own leadership academy, industry-led guest lectures and employability conferences.
  • Legal research at the University is recognised nationally and internationally and our expertise directly influence your learning experience ensuring it is current and relevant.
  • Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by in-course assignments of approximately 4,000 words for each 20-credit module. During the LLM dissertation stage, you will complete a 20,000-word dissertation on a specific aspect of international commercial law, working under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any discipline, or a relevant professional qualification such as the Institute of Legal Executives, and others that include some element of law.

For applicants who do not possess formal qualifications, relevant professional experience may be taken into account via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (University regulations will apply).

Equivalent international qualifications will also be considered. International students must have English to IELTS 6.5.

Legal and Financial Advice Clinic

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All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £5150
  • Full-time International: £12600
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other: Travel costs if working in the Clinic £65
Legal Clinic is based in Cardiff. All Year

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

If you want to enter the exciting field of international commerce, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in international law firms, international banking and other sectors of the economy.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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