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LLM Professional Practice (Corporate Commercial)

Prepare yourself for a career in corporate and commercial legal practice

Year of entry: 2020


10 months full-time


York Law School

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Please note our next recruitment round for this course will be for 2020 entry.

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.

Leading research

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


You will study six core modules that run throughout your Autumn and Spring terms.

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


You will submit a 12,500 independent learning project to be based on two distinct areas of corporate commercial legal practice of your choice and agreed with your supervisor. You will be supported by your supervisor in the preparation of your project output – on which there will be flexibility in terms of format.

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 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

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

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

Home/EU students

International students

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.

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.

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. 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 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

  • 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

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in Law, 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 Academic: 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
  • CAE (before January 2015): 75, with 'Very Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): B
  • 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

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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