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

Corporate FinanceThe LLM in International Commercial Law is unique, in that students can take core and optional modules at both the School of Law 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. The 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 would expect to encounter on a regular basis, including employment law, competition law, contract law and intellectual property 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 permit 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.

Students develop a broad general background in international commercial law as a discipline, while focusing on a specific issue area from the pathways. This has the benefit of providing a solid foundational grounding in all major aspects of commercial practice while providing the opportunity to concentrate and show especial emphasis and concentration in the selected pathway. This lets students stand out from the crowd as subject matter specialists as well as commercial law generalists.

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

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPR Project 40
LWMTPS Project Skills 10
LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law 20

No pathway:

Code Title Credits
LWMTCF International Corporate Finance and the Law 20

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

This programme 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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Commercial LLM Programmes

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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