LLM Laws (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.
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.
- Law of Obligations
- Research Methods
- Frameworks of International and European Law
- Corporate Law
- Commercial and Consumer Law
- International Business and Competition Law
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.
- 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. The Law Research Group at the University of South Wales comprises staff with a wide range of academic and practice experience. Their research interests span diverse subject areas, including: constitutional law; criminal law; employment law; equality law; family law; intellectual property law; international human rights; legal education and media law. These interests are showcased in our monthly law blog.
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 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9500
Full-time International: TBC
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: £10250
Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: £1140 per 20 credits
August 2025 - July 2026 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
|Other: Travel costs if working in the Clinic
Legal Clinic is based in Cardiff. All Year
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
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.