Applications are expected to close 31 July 2017 (this date is subject to change).
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.
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').
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the 2017/18 academic year, all LLM modules will be single semester taught 22.5 credits. A full list of available modules and descriptions will be updated on the website as soon as possible.
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.
- QLLM009 Commercial Law Written and Oral Advocacy (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM011 Company Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM013 Comparative Commercial Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM021 Corporate Governance (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM025 E-Commerce Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM044 International and Comparative Competition Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM050 International Commercial Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM060 International Merger Control (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM076 Media Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM080 Multinational Enterprises and the Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM084 Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM087 Taxation Principles and Concepts (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM094 UK Competition Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM095 Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM120 Business Taxation (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM122 European Union Tax Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM124 European Union Competition Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM128 Telecommunications Law (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM138 General Principles of Insurance Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM139 Insurance Regulation (Sem 2)
- QLLM141 Insurance Contracts (Sem 1)
- QLLM142 Reinsurance Law (Sem 2)
- QLLM145 Intellectual Property in Business (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (Sem 1)
- QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem1)
- QLLM156 Introduction to Insurance Regulation (Sem 1)
- QLLM164 Elements of Islamic Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law (Sem 2)
- QLLM179 International and Comparative Petroleum Law and Contracts (Sem 1)
- QLLM180 US International Taxation (45 credits) *Module to be withdrawn and replaced with alternative single semester teaching modules for the academic year 2017/18
- QLLM181 Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade (Sem 2)
- QLLM182 / QLLG006 Charterparties: Law and Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM183 / QLLG005 Protection and Indemnity Clubs: Law and Practice (Sem 1)
- QLLM184 US Comparative Corporate Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM191 Competition and Regulation in EU Healthcare Markets (Sem 2)
- QLLM192 Market Integration and Regulation in the European Internal Market (Sem 1)
- QLLM300 / QLLG001 Marine Insurance Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM302 / QLLG004 Carriage of Goods (Sem 1)
- QLLM305 Cartels, Collusion and Competition Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM306 Competition enforcement: From investigation to sanctions (Sem 2)
- QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
- QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM316 Chinese Business Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM324 Comparative Contract Law (sem 2)
- QLLM328 Digital Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
- QLLM329 Informational Technology Transactions (sem 2)
- QLLM330 Comparative Copyright Law (sem 1)
- QLLM331 International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-Border Litigation (sem 1)
- QLLM332 Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets (sem 1)
- QLLM333 International Law of Patents and Related Rights (sem 2)
- QLLM334 Licensing Intellectual Property (sem 1)
- QLLM335 Intellectual Property and Fashion: Art and Design (sem 1)
- QLLM336 Intellectual Property and Fashion: Business and Law (Sem 2)
- QLLM337 Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
- QLLM338 International and Comparative Law of Unfair Competition (sem 1)
- QLLM339 The Law of Registered Trade Marks (sem 2)
- QLLM340 Global Intellectual Property: Fundamental Principles (Sem 1)
- QLLM341 Global Intellectual Property: Technology and Policy (sem 2)
- QLLM342 Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
- QLLM343 Interactive Entertainment Law: Contracts and Regulation (sem 2)
- QLLM345 The Business of Film (Sem 2)
- QLLM348 Music Industry Contracts (sem 2)
- QLLM354 Information Security and the Law (sem 2)
- QLLM358 Cyberspace Law: Internet Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution (Sem 2)
- QLLM360 Banking Law: International (sem 1)
- QLLM361 Banking Law (sem 2)
- QLLM362 International Finance Law (sem 1)
- QLLM363 International Finance Law Applied (sem 2)
- QLLM364 Law and Finance in Emerging Economies (Sem 1)
- QLLM365 Legal Aspects of Financing Development (Sem 2)
- QLLM366 Regulation of Financial Markets (sem 1)
- QLLM367 International Financial Regulation (sem 2)
- QLLM368 Corporate Rescue and Cross-border Insolvency (sem 1)
- QLLM369 Financial Distress and Debt Restructuring (sem 2)
- QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
- QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM372 Corporate Finance Law (sem 1)
- QLLM373 Mergers and Acquisitions (M and As) (sem 2)
- QLLM374 Law and Ethics in Finance (Sem 1)
- QLLM375 Corporate Governance and Responsibility in Finance (Sem 2)
- QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
- QLLM377 EU Financial and Monetary Law (sem 1)
- QLLM378 Securities Regulation (sem 2)
- QLLM385 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Context (sem 1)
- QLLM386 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM391 International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution (Sem 1)
- QLLM392 International Commercial Arbitration (sem 1)
- QLLM395 International Commercial Litigation (sem 1)
- QLLM396 Commercial Conflicts of Laws (sem 2)
- QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)
- QLLM401 Art and Governance
- QLLM403 Art, Cultural values and Ethics
- x CCLE019 Accounting for Lawyers (Sem 1)
- x CCLE021 International Macroeconomics for Lawyers (Sem 1)
- x CCLE027 Financial Models and Application to Corporate Finance (45 credits)
Applications are expected to close 31 July 2017 (this date is subject to change).
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 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.
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 email@example.com - 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 sample LLM teaching timetable 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).
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.
You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.
You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Professor Peter Alldridge
- Professor Stavros Brekoulakis
- Professor Maher Dabbah
- Professor Alan Dignam
- Laura Edgar
- Dr Gail Evans
- Dr Gabriel Gari
- Professor Julia Hörnle
- Dr Christiana HJI Panayi
- Professor Rosa Lastra
- Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas
- Professor Spyros Maniatis
- Professor Duncan Matthews
- Andrew McKnight (V)
- Professor Loukas Mistelis
- Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas
- Professor Philip Rawlings
- Gavin Sutter
- Joy Svasti-Salee
- David Southern QC
- Professor Ian Walden
- Professor George Walker
- Mr Richard Walters
- Professor Guido Westkamp
- Dr Bernard Schneider
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Full time £13,400
Tuition fees for International students
Full time £19,500
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 (pdf).
Read more about funding a masters.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
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:
- Postgraduate Funding (pdf)
- Planning your budget and cutting costs (pdf)
- Part-time and vacation work (pdf)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
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.
Yigit Issever, Turkey
Jean Monnet Scholar 2013-14, LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
As you can easily see from the taught module list, Queen Mary has numerous courses including very transactional ones and this variety of modules is not common for most LLM programmes in other universities. As a practicing lawyer in Istanbul, the possibility of having transactional courses such as Corporate Finance Law and International Commercial Arbitration really affected my decision of where to study. One of the things that I like the most about Queen Mary is having renowned guest lecturers in classes from time to time for better practical understanding. I had a chance to attend lectures given by partners in Magic Circle law firms and highly experienced professionals. Having a discussion on cross-examination in international commercial arbitration with a Magic Circle firm partner and getting valuable practical knowledge on initial public offerings from a leading individual were priceless and have provided me with a unique experience.
Natália Porto Jardim, Brazil
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2012-13
I graduated in law in Recife in December 2011 from the “Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco – UNICAP”. I then started working in one of the biggest law firms in the Northeast region of Brazil, firstly in the civil litigation and later in the field of commercial law. I have always been interested in specializing in the subjects of commercial law and intellectual property, which led me to attend courses of the World Intellectual Property Organization, including the Brazil Summer School held in Sao Paulo in 2011.
As the bachelor degree offered in Brazil covers law in general, I wanted the opportunity to make a specialization abroad, and Queen Mary was definitely the best choice I could have made. The reason why I applied to Queen Mary was the high reputation in the field I wanted to specialize in and the strong recommendations I received from professors of my previous university.
I was very fortunate in being granted a scholarship from Queen Mary, and now I am here I can confirm that the academic and professional development of the students is always a priority for the academics. The good links that the university maintains with law firms allowed me to participate in an essay competition organized by Preiskel and Co LLP, [a boutique law firm based in London which specialises in UK and international corporate, commercial and regulatory matters]. My essay ‘Developing Software Solutions Based on Open Source Code: Ownership Challenges’, examines strategies for developers to utilize software created based on open source code. I was very happy to win the prize which included an internship.
This professional experience in an international law firm in London has certainly added great value to my Master’s degree. One of the great benefits of it is working closely with qualified lawyers from a range of different jurisdictions and having the opportunity to see UK legal work in practice, by drafting contracts and articles, participating in professional meetings and advising clients.
Studying at Queen Mary has been a brilliant academic and life experience, especially due to the international staff and alumni as well as the highly qualified team of professors. I believe that it will provide me with a broader perspective as a professional, by giving me an international approach of the law, but also as a person, after experiencing this amazing year.
Sneha Thakur, India
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law 2012-13, School of Law Scholarship Winner
I hold a degree of law from “Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, India” (2011). After completing my degree I had an opportunity to work as a corporate lawyer in one of the biggest life insurance (“Max Life Insurance”) companies in India for a year. I always wanted to pursue my master of laws degree in the field of Corporate and Commercial Law especially focusing on arbitration, which would help me channel my knowledge in resolving commercial disputes through the mechanism of arbitration and hence, I would prove to be as an asset to my country where there is dearth of lawyers who specializes in these areas. Through my extensive research I found out that Queen Mary is one of the few universities which has also a well-known School of International Arbitration and is a well-respected member of the Arbitration community. The courses are designed in such a manner that it would provide excellent foundation to the professional career in arbitration, focusing on both practice and procedure.
I was very fortunate to be awarded the “Centre of Commercial Law Scholarship” from CCLS at Queen Mary. Studying under the canopy of the likes of Professors Loukas Mistelis, Julian Lew, Alan Dignam and Dr Stavros Brekoulakis has been an intellectually stimulating experience. The tutorial classes in each module have been fruitful as it gives an insight and one to one chance to interact with the Professors and to know the correct methodology in solving the problems. The classes are very interactive and one needs to be prepared to participate in the discussions. It has provided me with a chance to study legal issues in classes composed of graduate students from numerous countries, who would resolve these issues differently and provide me with a completely different angle to look through. Frequent seminars organized by the School of Law regarding the emerging and controversial issues are also very benefiting and useful. There is an abundance of e resources to research upon and the libraries are well equipped with almost all the possible journals, reports and books.
Studying in an international environment at Queen Mary, with students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds has provided me a chance to know and understand different people and cultures which in itself is a wonderful and enriching experience and to add London as a location is perfect as a seat of Arbitration for all the global exposure and experience that one needs as it is the most inspiring and culturally rich city. London is a student friendly city and there is lot of activities to do and to enjoy your life in London. Ultimately everyone falls in love with this dynamic city.
On returning back to my home country I intend to practice law and would give my contribution to provide education about benefits of the ADR process to the community and members of the Bar and the Courts. I also intend to work with organisations like CIAC, FICCI, ICA so as to join together with UK and USA to utilize mutual wealth of knowledge to evolve a Research Foundation for providing continuing legal education in the field of ADR.
Juan Manuel Montero Zuccolillo, Paraguay
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law 2011-12, Chevening Scholarship Winner
I was working as a lawyer for the Paraguayan Government, as well as doing a Master in Criminal Law in the Centro de Ciencias Penales y Política Criminal. I was very fortunate to be awarded a Chevening scholarship. My experience as a Chevening Scholar has been outstanding. It's more than encouraging to know that the UK is willing to support South American students to become leaders in their country as they help them prepare for what the future demands. Studying in the UK is definitely an advantage that will deliver more and more satisfactions to my professional and personal life. I chose Queen Mary because of its reputation and location which are unique. Students are more than pleased with its teaching methods. The teaching staff are excellent.
The lectures are amazing, but unlike other universities, everything feels familiar. The way you can interact with the staff, the way they treat you it’s like you have always been studying here and you are talking with your own family. I enjoy the interaction between myself, the academics and my classmates. You have to keep up to date with lessons. You can’t go to classes unprepared, you have to do the readings otherwise you are wasting your time! People that come from civil law countries and have different backgrounds are expected to keep up, so you should take this LLM very seriously. I'm taking Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies, Company Law and International Comparative Commercial Arbitration.
Although I have been working in criminal law and I am currently doing a Masters in criminal law as well, the thing is that as a lawyer, you need to broaden your knowledge as wide as you can, in order to understand how the law works. If you are investigating a fraud committed in a company, you need to understand how a company works, who makes the decisions and how can then be held responsible.
As for being a postgraduate student in London -there is much study, but that’s not your entire life! London is an amazing city. Activities are everywhere, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, parades and tours. It’s impossible to do everything you are told to. You will end up LOVING this place. Regarding facilities available - the libraries are excellent; Wi-Fi is always available so it’s easy to keep up to date with lecture information and reading, as well as with your social life!
Rodrigo Borda Olarte, Colombia
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law 2011-12
School of Law Partial Scholarship Winner
“I hold a law degree from “Universidad de Los Andes” (2008). I also completed postgraduate studies in Public Utilities at “Universidad Externado de Colombia” (2010). I started my career with an Internship at the Colombian Parliament (Chamber of Representatives). After, I was hired by the Bogota Energy Group (EEB) where I was constantly involved in international transactions where the English law is highly used. I decided to look at LLM programmes in order to broaden my understanding of common law concepts involved in the drafting of international, corporate and financial contracts. I chose Queen Mary because it has the best academic credentials, it is listed among the top law schools in the UK and it has a centre dedicated to the study of private law, The Centre for Commercial Law studies (CCLS). Moreover, the University and the CCLS have excellent scholarship opportunities. In my case, I was awarded with a partial one. Finally, I would like to highlight the academic credentials of the professors, the University’s involvement with London law firms, multilateral banks and the truly international environment.”
Olga Kuprenkova, Russia
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law 2011-12
''I obtained my degree in law at the Far East National University in Vladivostok. While studying, I had the opportunity to join the largest construction firm in the Far East of Russia and worked there for five years. Whilst practicing law in Russia, I realised that most of the business ventures and contracts are carried out under the English Law since it is more convenient for the local firms. This, together with being interested in getting a specialisation on commercial law and arbitration made me look for a master's programme in the UK. After doing some research about the programmes offered by different universities, I found out that the LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law modules taught at Queen Mary completely suited my interests. This programme offers the opportunity of studying company law, international construction law and arbitration, and international commercial arbitration, and is one of the UK’s most complete master degrees in corporate law. Another important advantage of the LLM is that the lecturers are among the best, and that the teaching method is truly focused on providing the most complete view of commercial and corporate law. The social aspect is a very important advantage offered by Queen Mary because of its multicultural students and because of its location, London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world.''
Felipe Sperandio, Brazil
School of Law Scholarship Winner 2010-11
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
"I studied Law at Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná - UTP, and Business and Administration at Universidade Federal do Paraná - UFPR. Before leaving Brazil I had the chance work in some commercial arbitration along with helping to coach the arbitration moot team of a Law School from my city and, in both occasions, I used to consult and study from books written by Queen Mary professors. Queen Mary has a specialised Centre for Commercial Law Studies which is internationally famous, and within this, there is the School of International Arbitration, which is an icon of excellence among practitioners, scholars and students. For those reasons, Queen Mary was a natural choice for me in order to master my knowledge in Commercial Arbitration.
Upon practicing for five years as a licensed lawyer in Brazil, the LLM was both the perfect prospect to challenge myself and the path to a higher step in the law career. In Queen Mary I have the opportunity to interact directly with professors who are responsible for publishing some of the leading literature in the field, discussing personally real facts and cases in small tutorials frequently held. Furthermore, the varied nationalities and background of students allows us to exchange and compare experiences from different legal systems; situations which make the process of learning even more interesting.
Additionally, the University maintains links with globally respected law firms, enabling the students to attend law fairs and lectures inside these firms; circumstances which allow us to understand the demands of international market and help us to think outside the frame of our original jurisdiction.
Notwithstanding all the benefits of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies Scholarship I was granted, making this experience even more motivational and valuable. The LLM has been above any expectation and I already feel prepared to tackle law cases from different perspectives, applying the legal knowledge gained, which will accompany me throughout my entire career."
Jagdish Patel, India
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law 2008-9
“I studied at the University Law College (Bangalore University) in Bangalore. The reasons I came to London and Queen Mary were for the strong Arbitration and Finance courses and of course the reputation of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. In addition, the fact that UK is the second largest investor in India and the growth that such an investment would bring into the country. The legal sector has been opened up to the UK law firms. To make the best of this situation a qualification from the London University and also a dual qualification of being a solicitor and an advocate would definitely go a long way in establishing my own practice.
Life in London has been fantastic, a truly multicultural city, very culturally tolerant. There is everything in London to make sure you don't feel homesick especially the fact that you miss food!
Now that I have completed my LLM, I intend to take up the qualified lawyers transfer test (QLTT) this year on a conditional certificate issued by the SRA (Solicitors regulation authority). The condition being that I have to work a year or two but at least one year in the UK and the rest maybe in India to qualify as a solicitor.”
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."
Grancia Mugalula, Uganda
LLM Commercial and Corporate Law 2008-2009
Coming from a background of little means, I have always aspired to be a part of the solution to alleviate poverty from Africa and the rest of the developing world. Therefore shortly after my bachelors degree in Law I decided to pursue an LLM in Commercial and Corporate law so as to get an in depth knowledge in matters such as trade, investment, finance, arbitration which are key in today’s global economy.
I chose Queen Mary because of its great reputation and quality. Not only does it have a five star rating but the LLM offers you a wide range of courses to choose from, the lecturers are very friendly and helpful and I strongly believe that with my acquired knowledge in international finance, foreign investment and emerging markets law I am better placed to be of great benefit to my community and will become the advocate that I desire to become.
Being granted a scholarship by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), having the rare chance to study at Queen Mary one of the leading universities and having the privilege to study in London - the centre of law and government - not only exposed me to valuable and practical insights in law but is also one of the greatest rewards for my motivation and persistence for success. The legal career has given me the unique opportunity to express my innate intelligence while benefiting and influencing human life at the same time.
I am forever grateful to the CCLS, all the friends I made while in London and above all God who made my stay at Queen Mary worthwhile in one way or another.
Living in London can be quite challenging, but if you face it all with an open mind I guarantee you a successful time - both as a student and career wise if you plan to stay on after school.
I have now returned home to practice law there but I will not forget that I might not be who I am today if it had not been for the foresight and generosity of people I had never seen. I will not forget that I hovered on the brink of destiny which like all things fortuitous and providential lay far beyond my power to determine. Long live Queen Mary University of London!
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."
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.
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