LLM International Commercial Law with
Information Technology Law and Commerce

London's financial district

Law and Business Intertwined

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time     Course starts: September / January

Financial RegulationThe LLM in International Commercial Law with Information Technology and Commerce addresses the legal and regulatory issues emerging in the online environment. This innovative and intellectually exciting legal specialization offers you the opportunity to study the laws that govern commercial transactions on the internet (eg intermediary liability, data protection, intellectual property law, contract law, privacy and freedom of speech). You will gain a thorough understanding of cutting-edge issues related to law on the internet (cybersecurity, ubiquitous computing and surveillance; plus other key emergent topics). You can choose from a range of specialised modules on information technology law, but can also study subjects in the closely related field of intellectual property law, or other subjects offered in the School on commercial law.

In addition to all of the benefits of our International Commercial Law programme undertaking this pathway will also provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of core issues in information technology law and ecommerce. You will have access to a wide choice of modules offered by the School of Law, Arts and Communication Design and the renowned Henley Business School.

On completion of the LLM programme, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of information technology law and the laws governing online transactions
  • Understand, critically assess and provide practical solutions to problems of the type commonly encountered in commercial online transactions

The programme will also develop students' practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, both online and offline; time management, verbal and written communication, presenting and planning.

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits).

Within the taught element there are three core modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (110) from the lists of pathway and optional modules. Projects (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic related to the chosen pathway.

Students wishing to pursue an LLM in International Commercial Law without a specific pathway must also take: LWMTCF International Corporate Finance and the Law (20 credits). The remaining 90 credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law, and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Permission to take unlisted modules will only be granted in exceptional circumstances; for example, where a student has work experience in a field then permission may be granted to take a module relevant to that field. Note that, as with all modules, any pre-requisites or co-requisites will also need to be satisfied.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Project submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Project topic.

LLM International Commercial Law with Information Technology Law and Commerce

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPRProject40
LWMTPSProject Skills10
LWMTAIAdvanced Issues in International Commercial Law20

To qualify for LLM International Commercial Law with Information Technology Law and Commerce, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMTWBInternet Law10
LWMTDPData Protection10
LWMTIIInternational and Comparative Intellectual Property Law10
LWMTCMCompetition Law20

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law, Arts and Communication Design, and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Part-time/modular arrangements

The programme can be taken part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

Please see general Postgraduate Entry Requirements for the School of Law but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.

Scholarships

For further information please see: Postgraduate Fees and Funding at the School of Law.

Staff teaching on this LLM law course

Career prospects

The pathway will be relevant to graduates or professionals aspiring to work in law firms, multinational corporations, government agencies, the judiciary and academia (subject to further study).

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'It was an amazing experience ... both in terms of professional development and social life. Studying at Reading helped me find my dream job in corporate finance as well as many good friends.'

Andriy Romanchuk, LLM in Corporate Finance (now working as an Associate at Avellum Partner in Ukraine)

 

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