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LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

Deadline for applications

Deadlines for Home/EU and International Applicants are available on the Taught Postgraduate application deadline page.

Module credits 2019-20

Please note that the credit framework for the LLM is changing from 22.5 credit modules to 15 and 30 credit modules for the academic year 2019-20. This will not affect the overall credits that you take for the LLM which is still 180.

The LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law covers a broad range of commercially focussed modules that draw on the wealth of commercial expertise across the School of Law.

Recent years have witnessed the globalisation of trade and investment, the emergence of new markets, increasing trans-border merger and acquisition activity, and the growing convergence of trade, finance and global corporate governance. Modules for the LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law deal with the global and regional regulation of international trade, structuring and managing international business transactions, and the economic foundations of trade and corporate law.

You will be able to attend a range of events in the field of commercial and corporate law hosted by Queen Mary. For example, the 'New Voices in Commercial Law Seminar Series', 'CCLS Open lectures: Ethics in Business and Finance' and the 'School of Law Corporate Law Lecture Series'.

Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.


Bursary

SCL - The IT Law Community and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) are offering a bursary for 2017 intake of students at CCLS.

Why study your LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills. 
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.
  • Professional module exemptions are available for the Chartered Banker Diploma from the Chartered Banker Institute (see course 'Structure').

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

 

Structure

The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Professional Module Exemptions

The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) has recognised masters programmes offered by the School of Economics and Finance for advanced standing for the Chartered Banker Diploma. Graduates can proceed directly to the Chartered Banker Diploma with no requirement for prior underpinning study, recognising the high level of commonality of elements within LLM programme content against the CBI’s Diploma modules.

Students on the LLM programme who take both the QLLM136 Ethics in Business and in Finance and QLLM007 Banking Law modules will be eligible for exemption from the Chartered Banker Diploma compulsory module: Professionalism Regulation and Ethics.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

LLM Year Planner

The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Part-time

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two 45 credit dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take only 45 credits of taught modules each year, one per semester.

Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Commercial and Corporate Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available LLM modules.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required – see the individual module description for more details. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.

    Entry requirements

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

    Non-law graduates

    Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
     
    In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
     
    A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

    International applicants

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

    How to apply - one LLM programme only

    You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

    If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

    Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

    Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

    The Draft LLM Teaching Timetable 2018/19 will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

    Independent Study:

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

    Assessment

    You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the six taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.

    Dissertation

    You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.

    Teachers contributing to this programme include:

     

    Fees

    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2019/20 Academic Year

    Full time £15,100
    Part time £7,550

    Tuition fees for International students

    2019/20 Academic Year

    Full time £22,150
    Part time £11,075

    Funding

    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide.

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
    email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

    Profiles

    Irfan Munawar Gill, Pakistan

    LLM Commercial and Corporate Law

    "After doing my LLB from University of Punjab, Pakistan, I started my professional career with a firm commitment to become a truly professional and leading lawyer with the ability to solve the legal complexities with a relative ease. Having spent about one year as a practicing lawyer, I realized that legal profession is a much competitive and demanding profession and the road to success is not straightforward, so I made up my mind to do LLM from the UK.

    Choosing a law school was not an easy task as I was looking for an institute which could grow and refine my academic skills on the one hand and give me better understanding of demands and challenges of legal profession on the other hand. Although I had been offered places by almost all top law schools, I made the best choice by selecting Queen Mary because it is the only law school that concentrates on the personal as well as the professional development of students."


    Manisha Sherchan, Nepal

    LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law, CCLS Scholarship Winner 2014-15, 

    Prior to joining Queen Mary, I had been called to the Bar by Inner Temple. I am pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a barrister. The fierce competition for pupillages means that I have to specialise after the foundation built on from Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to stand out from the crowd, who are all vying for a pupillage place in Chambers.

    Queen Mary is the perfect place for me to develop my legal and commercial skills and awareness. I am currently undertaking LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law where I am taking the Company Law, Insurance Law and International Commercial Law modules. I was bestowed with the CCLS Scholarship by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) to study for an LLM, without which I would not have been able to afford my tuition fees due to the cost of the BPTC, despite my eagerness to study further.

    Queen Mary and CCLS in particular, have certainly helped improve my chances of securing a pupillage, for which I will be applying for next spring. The in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience shared by practicing judges and leading authors in complex legal areas have made the course all the more fascinating. The trips organised by the university and the student union, including a visit to Lloyd’s Insurance Market, has helped to reinforce my knowledge of commercial law overall which may not have been available at other universities.   The close proximity of CCLS with the Inns of Courts, The Royal Courts of Justice and leading sets of Chambers in the ever thriving legal heart of London – Holborn – means that any student becomes thoroughly involved and absorbed in the legal atmosphere.


    Shana Hofstetter, USA

    LLM Commercial and Corporate Law

    Before attending Queen Mary, School of Law, I had completed my Juris Doctor at William & Mary School of Law in Virginia, USA. I decided to become a lawyer after working at a think tank specialising in economic development.

    Queen Mary's programme in international commercial law was a great fit with my interest in international trade issues. The course struck a balance between public and private international law, which opened up a number of career opportunities. After my degree, I will return to the United States and pursue a career in international trade law in Washington, DC.

    To hear more about Shana's experience at Queen Mary watch her profile video.


    Susan Iminza Kaisha, Kenya

    LLM Commercial and Corporate Law

    "I really wanted to study in London and chose Queen Mary after researching widely on Universities in London and establishing that the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary is renowned for its high calibre teaching staff and excellent research work.

    The course content is comprehensive and the quality of the teaching staff at Queen Mary exceptional. I also enjoy the interactive seminars including the sessions where eminent practitioners in various fields have been invited to speak to us about their areas of expertise. The web course tools offered by the university are extremely useful and provide easy access to the course materials, electronic journals and cases.

    The Queen Mary staff have been extremely friendly and efficient right from the start. After I received my offer letter while I was still in Kenya, I was kept up-dated on important details that were sent to me well before my arrival that helped me settle into the University quickly. Since my arrival at the University, I have found the staff to be helpful, knowledgeable and easily accessible.

    The University is well equipped with excellent modern facilities. It is a true melting pot with numerous nationalities from around the world represented here. This has enriched my experience all the more.

    After I complete my postgraduate studies, I intend to return to my country, Kenya, and work for a developmental agency where I hope to apply the knowledge I have acquired during my LLM particularly in the module relating to the Law of finance and foreign investment in emerging economies."


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