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Master of Laws International Commercial Law and Arbitration

Why choose Herts?

  • Benefit from our strong industry links with law firms and specialists
  • Expert teaching led by practicing solicitors and barristers
  • Real-life scenario experience in our £10m Law Building which includes a full-scale replica Crown Court Room

About the course

Our LLM International Commercial Law and Arbitration degree is the ideal course to equip you for a specialist career in the area of international commerce. The combination of compulsory and optional modules will ensure that you build a solid ground within your chosen specialism. 

You’ll study two compulsory modules: International Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Law (your compulsory module).  

International Commercial Law covers topics such as the choice of law and jurisdiction clauses, the different types of international contracts and their respective implications for the parties involved, the international conventions applicable to international commerce, shipping law, the role of documentation, and finance and marine insurance.  

The International Commercial Arbitration module will examine arbitration as an alternative means of alternative dispute resolution. The role and appointment of arbitrators, arbitral awards, the arbitral procedure and the challenges to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards are some of the topics you will study. 

This course is ideal for students with an interest in the area of international commerce. The combination of compulsory and optional modules will ensure that you build a solid ground within your chosen specialism.  

Why choose this course?

  • We have excellent relationships with arbitrators and academics in the commercial and dispute resolution fields, including our links with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • We focus on ‘hot topics’ to ensure you have knowledge that will be of particular relevance to your future employers! 
  • Industry guest speakers are invited to share their experiences with our students to provide insight into your future career choices.  

Expect to develop a range of law skills, including: 

  • Research skills using a range of sources, including verbal questioning 
  • Evaluation skills  
  • Ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly 
  • Analytical skills 
  • Reasoning and critical judgement skills 
  • Ability to formulate sound arguments 
  • Lateral thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to write concisely 
  • Confident and persuasive oral communication skills 
  • Attention to detail  
  • Ability to draft formal documents with precision

These skills are in demand, connect with the graduate attributes outlined by the university and enable students to demonstrate their professional capability in a number of sectors and roles through the competency and strength-based evidence required throughout your interview and career development process. 

Class seminars are supported by practical work, group discussions, role plays and debates to develop your vital skills of negotiation, persuasion, presentation and teamwork. 

  • Students benefit from networking opportunities and have guest lectures led by credible industry professionals 
  • You’ll be taught by expert law specialists, practicing solicitors and barristers 
  • Gain experience of real-life law scenarios in our £10m Law Building which includes a full-scale replica Crown Court Room. 
  • Benefit from pastoral support throughout the course 
  • Participate in active law society events 
  • Be part of an engaging Law School community  
  • Partake in a wide range of employability boosting co-curricular 
  • Access careers support for the duration of your degree and four years following graduation
  • Hertfordshire Law School teaching is up-to-date regularly reviewed and updated to ensure your degree remains relevant in today’s rapidly changing international commercial environment
  • Learn and socialise within our College Lane campus, LRC, £10m Law Building with a full-scale replica Crown Court Room, Law Court social area, Enterprise Hub, Café Ambition and beautiful well-maintained green spaces
  • 4th for law in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)

What will I study?

  • Taught by specialists in their field and underpinned by cutting-edge research 

  • This course is focused on developing your intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills required in the world of international commerce 

  • We have a blended learning approach across all of our programmes, with a strong emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity.    

  • Hertfordshire Law School sustain a strategic focus around community, inclusivity, diversity of opportunity and employability in line with the University strategic objective (2020-25) of ‘Transforming Lives’ through the three pillars of Offering Opportunity, Building Community and Embracing Flexibility.    

  • You have optional modules available enabling you to tailor your course to your career goals and interests. 

  • You'll leave with core skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the world of International Commercial Law and Arbitration. 

  • We emphasise importance of authentic assessment where students are assessed in a manner designed to replicate aspects of situations and tasks they may face in the workplace. 

  • In addition to the compulsory and optional modules, the University’s co-curricular programme is specially designed to enhance your skills. 

  • You’ll have opportunity to gain client-facing casework experience working within our award-winning pro-bono Law Clinic providing community-based legal services. 

  • Gain co-curricular and pro bono activity experience across commercial awareness, adjudication, mediation, advocacy, mooting and legal technology, design & innovation.  

  • Our PhD academic staff are Qualified Barristers and Solicitors, Judges, Competition Law experts and Legal Risk Consultants 

  • Our teaching staff provide a wide range of skills and experience. Our connections with Law Firms and Industry ensure we remain up to date with legal and commercial developments.  

  • Students are well-placed in our Hertfordshire base to easily visit London and explore important legal landmarks such as the Supreme Court, Houses of Parliament, Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, to name but a few.  

  • You have opportunities to attend Legal Talks and Conferences relating to your choice specialism. 

  • Enjoy a digitally enhanced blended learning experience making full use of technology and using authentic activities and assessments to ensure you develop skills and understanding needed in your future career. 

  • Students with interest in mooting and advocacy can gain ‘real life’ experience of litigation in action in our replica Crown Court. 

  • Level 7
    Banking Law30 CreditsOptional
    International Financial Law30 CreditsOptional
    Data Protection Law30 CreditsOptional
    Medical Law and Ethics30 CreditsOptional
    Employment Law30 CreditsOptional
    Legal Risk and Compliance30 CreditsOptional
    Copyright and Artificial Intelligence Law30 CreditsOptional
    Public International Law30 CreditsOptional
    Private International Law30 CreditsOptional
    International Human Rights Law30 CreditsOptional
    Intellectual Property Law30 CreditsOptional
    International Commercial Law30 CreditsCompulsory
    International Commercial Arbitration Law30 CreditsCompulsory
    Clinical Legal Education and Research60 CreditsOptional
    Crimes of the Powerful30 CreditsOptional
    Company Law30 CreditsOptional
    Research Methods and Skills0 CreditsCompulsory
    LLM Dissertation60 CreditsCompulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    LLM International Commercial Law and Arbitration Download
    Programme specifications
    LLM International Commercial Law and Arbitration Download
    Additional information

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