It is estimated that 70% of a typical company’s value today lies in its intangible assets. Yet evidence would suggest that companies do not readily understand the nature of these legal assets nor manage them in an effective commercial manner, such that they are sometimes described as the ‘hidden assets’ of a business looking to operate in the today’s global market place. Students following this LLM will gain an in-depth legal knowledge of issues and the practical skills acquired will make them an invaluable asset to international commercial organisations. The Programme will not only have an appeal to the aspiring practicing lawyer looking for a high level career in an international law firm or multinational company but also for legal advisers to small/medium sized enterprises.
The entry requirements for the LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice is a good initial degree in law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.
We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above.
If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).
The LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students undertaking an LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice are required to take four modules from the following list. It is compulsory for students on the LLM Intellectual Property & Commercial Practice to study Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions. Students will also be required to take 3 modules from the rest of the modules listed below:
International Corporate Law and Governance
International Intellectual Property Law
International Litigation and Arbitration
Transnational Credit and Security
The International Careers Adviser at Swansea runs weekly workshops for international students for example, on how to improve career prospects and improve interview techniques. The Postgraduate Department also employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.
The Postgraduate Department also enjoys close links with law firms. For example, Associate Professor Andrew Beale OBE is a consultant with Capital Law and offers legal advice on IP matters. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally.
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