LLM International Commercial Law

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Law and Business Intertwined

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

The LLM in International Commercial Law is unique, in that LLM students can take some core and optional modules at the Law School and ICMA Centre, Henley Business School providing them with an invaluable opportunity to acquire a unique legal and financial perspective of commercial and corporate law issues.

Corporate LawThe LLM International Commercial Law provides an overview of the main commercial law issues that arise in a multiplicity of transactions. It covers those aspects of law that commercial law practitioners could expect to encounter on a regular basis, including contract law, employment law, competition law, intellectual property and environmental law.

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 commercial law in a range of areas where commercial law plays an important role.
  • Appreciate of the international dimensions of commercial law.
  • Understand, critically assess and provide practical solutions to problems of the type commonly encountered in International Commercial Law.

The overarching aim of this LLM programme is to facilitate the recognition and appreciation by students of international commercial law and permits detailed study of some aspects of law. As well as specific knowledge of commercial law, students will acquire the intellectual and practical skills expected of students with a postgraduate qualification.

The programme will also develop your 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 programme consists of 180 credits; a taught element (140 credits) and a project (40 credits). The project must be written on a topic that has a meaningful relationship to issues of international commercial law. The project must be written specifically on issues relevant to any of the modules offered on the programme (compulsory and relevant optional modules).

Within the taught element there are three compulsory modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTCF International Corporate Finance and the Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students take all the remaining credits (90) from the lists of relevant optional modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law
  • International Corporate Finance and the Law
  • Project
  • Project Skills

Part-time/modular arrangements

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

Entry requirements

Please see general entry requirements 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.  


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

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Career prospects for LLM law graduates

Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work in various capacities, in major national and international law firms, as in-house lawyers, in international organizations in UK and abroad. While many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practise law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. A postgraduate law degree will open many doors not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

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For me, the LLM programme International Commercial Law at the University of Reading was a valuable experience. Especially as a non-native speaker, the courses which are held in small groups of 5 to 15 people encourage an active participation of each student. With regard to content, the programme gives the opportunity to choose from diversified courses which cover a broad range of commercial law issues. Through a taught element on the one hand (courses) and research elements on the other hand (essays and project), communication skills, writing skills and research skills are optimally trained. Moreover, the staff are very friendly and always keen to help with any kind of problem. Overall, my LLM year at the University of Reading was one of the best years in my academic education.'

Stephanie Hake, LLM International Commercial Law

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