We have worked with the legal professions, judiciary, prosecution service and police to design the LLM Commercial Law to be fit for the 21st century. Ideal both for lawyers and for professionals engaged in broader commercial practice, it offers genuine opportunities for flexible study and specialisation.
a good honours degree or relevant experience
if your first language is not English, you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.
Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma stages
You’ll enhance your research, communication and independent study techniques, which will help you throughout your Masters degree and will also assist with your personal and professional development. This module provides a stepping stone if you wish to present your work at conferences or have your work published. The skills you develop will also be of direct relevance if you are seeking to undertake a PhD and will help you progress through the early stages of a research career.
You’ll also study two pathway core modules:
You’ll gain an introduction to influential theories regarding the growth of commercial activity and how these theories relate to the evolution of commercial laws. Topics covered include the historical development of commercialism; economic, political and social theories of commercialism; American realism; critical legal studies; socio-legal studies; law and economics; and globalisation.
National and International Sale of Goods
You’ll examine the sequence and legal implications of contracts engaged in the sale and movement of goods at national and international levels, together with the finance and payment methods used for the sale of these goods. Topics covered range from distribution contracts, licenses and franchises to negotiable instruments and credit financing.
In addition, you’ll choose three optional pathway modules from the following:
Company Law - examining how the law has developed to regulate and accommodate the needs of corporate identities
Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution - a close look at the complex and interconnected contractual relationships required to complete construction projects
Corporate Governance - exploring corporate governance in relation to both the public and private sectors, including the roles of shareholders, general stakeholders, auditors and the company secretary
Information and Communication Technology Law - deepening your understanding of laws and procedures covering the control and operation of the internet, communication systems and other interactive technologies
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age - examining the legal principles and procedures relating to ownership, use and control of information in the context of the internet and other digital media
International Commercial Arbitration - focusing on the rules that govern arbitration agreements and arbitral tribunals, proceedings and awards, including the New York Convention and Uncitral Model Law
International Economic Law and Development - exploring the legal framework of international economic relations, with emphasis on international trade, international monetary law and international development law
You’ll study this core module:
This final module gives you the opportunity to develop deep and specialist knowledge through robust legal scholarship. You will use the intellectual skills you’ve gained during your course to carry out an extensive investigation of a significant topic. You will be supported throughout by a member of our law team with expertise in the area you choose to research.
As a Derby LLM Commercial Law graduate, you will be highly sought after by employers because you can demonstrate a unique specialisation. The qualification gives you a genuine advantage when applying for positions within and beyond the legal sector.
For non-lawyers, a postgraduate qualification in law can sharpen your commercial awareness so that you can contribute more effectively to operational and strategic management.
If you are already in employment, the particular benefit of our LLM is that you can combine modules to create a programme of study which reflects your specific vocation and future employment and career aspirations. In a turbulent world where professional roles and career pathways are constantly evolving, the Derby LLM offers you the flexibility and skill set to adapt to meet employers’ requirements and your own professional development needs.
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