LLM

International Trade and Commercial Law

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)

Growing in national and international importance, international trade law is one of the exports of the English common law system. The structure of international contracts is dominated by English common law principles. On this course you'll develop your expertise in key areas impacting international trade and commercial law.

About the LLM International Trade and Commercial Law

This popular course explores diverse areas of the subject including:

  • international sales and carriage of goods
  • insurance
  • international finance
  • international dispute resolution
  • World Trade Organisation law.

The latter is of particular importance since India and China joined the WTO.

Why choose this course?

  • Explore diverse aspects of International Trade and Commercial Law, a major export of the English Common Law System.
  • Benefit from close links to our Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.
  • Option to complement your study of International Trade and Commercial Law with with up to two modules from other LLM subject areas.
  • Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available.
  • Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.
  • 97% of our students are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey, postgraduate leavers 2014-15).

LLM International Trade and Commercial Law Video

In the video Brian Harris, a senior lecturer at Nottingham School, provides an overview of what the LLM covers and why he enjoys teaching on the course.

What you'll study

LLM International Trade and Commercial Law offers a significant opportunity to develop a high level appreciation of one of the fastest growing areas of law. Trade between nations is of huge importance to national and regional economies as well as having huge global significance.

The modules offered on this course offer the opportunity to develop expertise in each of the key areas impacting international trade law. The course explores diverse areas of the subject including international sales and carriage of goods, insurance, international finance, international dispute resolution and World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law. The latter is of particular importance since India and China joined the WTO.

  • Course modules

    • International Competition Law

    Acquire a critical understanding of the role, significance and basic structure of competition law in the context of increasing global trade and international economic integration. Competition law, (also called Antitrust Law), exists at national and regional levels and you will focus on the two leading competition law jurisdictions in the world, the United States of America (federal) and the European Union.

    • International Trade Risk Insurance

    Learn to critically appreciate the nature and effect of an insurance contract under English law, the established trade practices of the London Insurance Market and the insurance of international trade risks.

    • International Carriage of Goods

    Understand the core common law principles, and the main international customs and conventions, applicable to contracts for the international carriage of goods by land sea and air.

    • International Commercial Transactions

    Study the essential functional elements of any business to business contractual relationship concluded across international borders in the so called global village.

    • International Sale of Goods

    Critically evaluate the law relating to contracts for the sale of goods across international borders from the contrasting standpoints of buyer and seller and focus on the core legal components of international sale agreements under three distinct legal codes.

    • Private International Law

    Consider the scope of conflict of laws through the development of Private International Law, classification of actions, domicile and the issue of incidental questions. You will analyse judgments including the Brussels and Lugano Conventions and explore the development of this area of law in Contract and Torts, Family Law and Property Law.

    • World Trade Organisation

    An introduction to International Economic Law through an examination of the institutions and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Dispute Settlement System is central to the WTO and this module examines selected Covered Agreements through textual analysis and dispute reports.

    Or you may take up to two modules from another subject area, excluding Oil, Gas and Mining Law.

    You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.

    Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.

Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.

Part-time students who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.

Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.

If you're interested in studying this course by distance learning, please visit this course page.

Course length

One year full-time
Two years part-time

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.

Expert Teaching Staff

Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School’s vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.

Research Expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have a Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. To find out more visit our research page.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge. 97% of our students are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey, postgraduate leavers 2014-15).

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. For this course, we usually require one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

The 2016 student living index now lists Nottingham in the top ten of most cost-effective student cities (Natwest Student Living Index 2016).

Still need help?

NLS Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460