Master of Laws International Commercial Law and Arbitration with Work Experience
Why choose Herts?
- 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
Entry requirements and key information
A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. Or, an overseas qualification which is equivalent to a UK Honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification.
You must satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.
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School of study
Hertfordshire Law School
- Full Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
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Careers within the area of international disputes both private and public and in organisations of all types and sizes.
Specialists in international commerce with knowledge and skills to mediate in the area of international disputes are in demand in both private and public sector organisations of all types and sizes. Successful completion of this masters degree will enable you to explore avenues into working as an in-house lawyer, in consultancy, or progress in academia or research careers.
Specialists in international commerce with the knowledge and skills to mediate in the area of international disputes are in demand in all sectors of industry.
Students with ideas for a new business, or wishing to grow an existing business, can access the support and networks of our University’s Enterprise Team. Our award-winning Enterprise Hub building on de Havilland campus, which has been part-funded by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and our status as a University Enterprise Zone, reinforce an entrepreneurial vision that runs through the University.
Support is available for early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs to use as and when it suits their needs, alongside access to our academic experts, talented graduates, facilities and equipment.
This course has a work experience and placement year study route available.
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
Ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
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 curriculars
Access careers support for duration of your degree and 4 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.
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.
We are very proud of our diverse student population and an active partner in inclusive futures
LLM students will have access to our inclusive futures fair in semester A
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.
|International Commercial Law||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Work Experience||60 Credits||Compulsory|
|International Commercial Arbitration Law||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Research Methods and Skills||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|LLM Dissertation||60 Credits||Compulsory|
|Banking Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|International Financial Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Data Protection Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Medical Law and Ethics||30 Credits||Optional|
|Employment Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Legal Risk and Compliance||30 Credits||Optional|
|Copyright and Artificial Intelligence Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Public International Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Private International Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|International Human Rights Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Intellectual Property Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Crimes of the Powerful||30 Credits||Optional|
|GLOBAL POLICING AND LAW ENFORCEMENT||30 Credits||Optional|
|Company Law||30 Credits||Optional|
Further course information
|Course fact sheets|
|LLM International Commercial Law and Arbitration with Work Experience||Download|
|LLM in International Commercial Law and Arbitration - Extended||Download|
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Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2023 31/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time)
Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2024 31/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time)