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LLM Professional Practice (Corporate Commercial)

Prepare yourself for a career in corporate and commercial legal practice

Year of entry: 2020/21


10 months full-time


York Law School

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Develop a broad range of practical legal skills and commercial awareness.

Developed in partnership with legal practitioners and taught by experienced tutors, you will learn the key skills to negotiate, advocate and resolve issues on behalf of clients.

Within a student "law firm", you'll work independently and collaboratively to solve client problems, applying legal principles and regulations to reach a resolution. You will learn to analyse client interests, legal, practical, commercial and professional issues, and identify relevant regulations, developing and applying a broad range of practical legal skills to progress transactions and settle client issues.

Closely supervised by your firm's "senior partner", you'll receive regular, individual feedback on your client work, allowing you to focus on developing the skills you need for a career in corporate commercial legal practice.

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.

Hands-on experience

Work in a student law firm during our dynamic problem-based learning sessions, ensuring you gain experience and understanding of law in its practical, social and theoretical contexts.

Problem-based learning

A key feature of our course is problem-based learning - a modern, dynamic learning method that ensures you experience and understand law in its practical, social and theoretical contexts.

Course content

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 a total of 180 credits through six core modules which will enable you to develop a grounding in the key aspects of corporate and commercial law. You'll also study research skills and methods to help you prepare for your dissertation.

Towards the end of your degree, you'll work on a 12,500-word independent learning project, based on two areas of corporate commercial legal practice of your choice.


Core modules

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


You will submit a 12,500-word independent learning project (60 credits) based on two distinct areas of corporate commercial legal practice. You'll choose the areas you'd like to focus on in consultation with your supervisor, who will support you in the preparation of your project output. There is flexibility in the format that your final submission will take. 

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply legal principles and regulations to legal and practice issues that affect clients
  • Work independently and collaboratively to solve client problems
  • Understand the operation and regulation of legal services providers and legal professionals
  • Apply legal, academic and interpersonal skills to engage with clients, peers, and other professionals
  • Advise and communicate confidently and effectively both verbally and in writing in a range of formats and to a variety of recipients and audiences
  • Understand the commercial interests of both clients and law firms
  • Work effectively and efficiently, both independently and as part of a team
  • Reflect on learning to identify both progress and areas for further development as a means of furthering personal professional ambitions

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £8,040£18,240

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

We're making changes to comply with rules on social distancing. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.

Find details of the measures we're planning to protect our community.

Course changes for new students

Teaching format

Your teaching will be innovative and practical, integrating problem-based learning, simulations and student law firms. There will also be the chance to attend masterclasses from legal practitioners and academics.

You'll develop an understanding of business organisations, commercial law, intellectual property, employment, litigation and property law, as well as the legal profession and the legal services market. Throughout the course, you'll be supervised by a designated tutor acting as senior partner for your student law firm who will provide regular support and feedback on your client work.

You'll advise clients and progress transactions and matters, interacting with simulated clients, drafting client communications and legal documents, negotiating with other law firms, and presenting arguments to resolve disputes.

Teaching location

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 your client transactions and matters during your modules, you will 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 in your portfolio. These are followed by the independent learning project, where you will create 12,500 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 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

Many graduates pursue careers such as:

  • 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

  • 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
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in Law. We may also consider applicants with a high 2:2 who can demonstrate substantial relevant work experience.
Other qualifications and experience Applicants with equivalent legal professional, management or commercial experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 7.0, minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components
PTE Academic 67, minimum 67 in Writing and 61 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 185, minimum 185 in Writing and 176 in all other components
TOEFL 96, minimum 24 in Writing and 23 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Distinction in all components
Duolingo Minimum overall score of 125

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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