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LLM International Corporate and Commercial Law

Develop your understanding of global corporate law

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Department

York Law School

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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Take an international look at the key areas of corporate governance and corporate and commercial law.

Through this course you'll explore the differences in laws and governance in countries across the globe, and how they respond to economic and social pressures, economic stability and crisis

Research excellence

The Department was equal fifth in the Times Higher Education's rankings of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment results and had the highest overall proportion of research designated as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Course content

You'll study a total of 180 credits.

Your learning will reflect the latest innovations in legal education. You'll work in a student law firm to complete a number of problem-based learning exercises based on a series of varied real-life corporate commercial transactions and matters developed in consultation with legal practitioners.

You'll study four core modules which will enable you to develop a grounding in the key aspects of international corporate and commercial law. You'll also study research skills and methods to help you prepare for your dissertation.

By choosing from a range of options, you can focus your studies on what interests you most

Towards the end of your time with us, you'll work on a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Modules

You will study four core modules:

Legal Systems: Sources and Operation (10 credits)
Research Skills and Methods (10 credits)
International Corporate Governance and Company Law (20 credits)
Law and Commercial Transactions (20 credits)

You will be able to choose three 20 credit modules from the following list:

Intellectual Property
International Business Negotiation
European Competition Law
Private International Law
International Criminal Justice
Modern Actors of International Law

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice and under the supervision of a faculty member. You'll be supported in the preparation of the dissertation proposal during the ‘Research Skills and Methods’ module. You'll have a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing your topic.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Discuss and critically evaluate specific principles in relation to the laws affecting the conduct and governance of corporations and of commercial transactions and apply a comprehensive understanding of the operation of such principles to the analysis of legal and commercial problems.
  • Discuss and critically evaluate the fundamental principles and theories of common, civil and international law systems and apply a comprehensive understanding of the operation of such principles to the analysis of legal and commercial problems.
  • Apply and adapt problem-solving skills working efficiently and effectively to develop effective solutions to diverse, complex and integrated legal, practical or societal problem scenarios.
  • Influence debate in chosen areas of specialisation and interest by developing well-reasoned, critical and creative arguments, theories and solutions to broader legal issues within society, supported by researched evidence, with the capacity to draw on these to produce original responses.
  • Evaluate propositions and solve complex problems by reflexively drawing upon and applying a broad awareness of perspectives and interests in their work, capable of taking into account key considerations (such as: ethical, social, political, professional, commercial, financial, business, international, policy, human rights, ethnic, gender and client interest considerations).
  • Record, reflect on, and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and progress in their own personal learning and professional development.
  • Develop legal research skills including: the use of computer databases and search strategies; critical evaluation of normative research questions, determine research methodologies which can be used to successfully address such questions, apply the skills and knowledge developed on the programme to a selected problem, and plan, project manage and implement a substantial project with minimal guidance.
What drew me to the LLM in International Corporate and Commercial Law was its applicability for employment and the broad range of modules on offer. One of the highlights was taking part in a live negotiation with a Law School in Boston. Each student went through the whole process of a complex international commercial deal.
Elliott, LLM International Corporate Commercial Law

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll receive innovative, practical and relevant teaching integrating problem-based learning, simulations, student law firms. You'll also attend masterclasses from legal practitioners and academics.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

A core teaching method employed in most modules is problem-based learning (PBL). This will involve you working in a “student law firm” in which you will work on simulated, real-life corporate and commercial law problems brought to you by virtual clients. You will learn to identify the relevant legal principles, the known facts and facts which need to be ascertained, and through this process unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of the problem. As in real life, the problems are messy, and typically involve several legal topics interacting and overlapping.

Additional learning resources

Alongside PBL you will also learn through a range of other resources including: seminars, written subject guides, and a variety of relevant material in our virtual learning environment.

Teaching location

The York Law School is located on Campus East. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Law and Management building or nearby on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

As you progress through modules, you'll compile your work in a portfolio. Individual modules are then assessed by reflective reports demonstrating understanding of required knowledge, skills and commercial awareness, evidenced by chosen outputs your portfolio. These are followed by the independent learning project, where you will create 15,000 dissertation in an agreed format on two defined areas of corporate commercial legal practice.

Careers and skills

Throughout your time at York, you will receive active support in careers and development planning from the York Law School employability tutor.

We encourage you to get involved with our Careers and Development Programme. The bespoke programme includes several employers, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes.

There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non-legal employers or academic routes following your LLM.

Career opportunities

Previous York Law School students have gone onto to fill a variety of positions in the legal field including:

  • Lawyer
  • Litigation Paralegal Solicitor
  • Commercial in-house lawyer
  • Attorney-at-law

Some of our students also go onto work in sectors not directly related to law such as:

  • Finance
  • Health and Social Work
  • Public Administration
  • Retail

Transferable skills

Studying with York Law School means you will not only gain the necessary skills to become a legal professional but will also develop other transferable skills which are highly valued in any profession. These include:

  • Research skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Project management
  • Reasoning and judgement
  • Document and case analysis
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Advocacy

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in Law, management, or one of the social sciences, with honours (2.1 or higher, or its equivalent).

Applicants with equivalent legal professional, management or commercial experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. 

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing and no less than 61 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and no less than 176 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96 with a minimum of 24 in Writing and no less than 23 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components

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