LLM International Commercial Law with
Insolvency Law

London's financial district

Law and Business Intertwined

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

Financial RegulationStudying International Commercial Law with Insolvency Law will enable you to gain a detailed understanding of the legal, financial, economic and governance issues underpinning debt finance. You will also gain advanced knowledge of theoretical and practical issues guiding formal and informal debt restructuring procedures. This is a unique opportunity for you to join one of the few programmes addressing corporate insolvency issues in the UK.

An effective economy must be equipped with an insolvency system that efficiently disposes of insolvent companies while giving distressed but viable entities a second chance. This pathway invites the student to explore the complex web of legal, financial, economic and governance issues underpinning the insolvency system. It also encourages the student to attain advanced knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues underpinning globally recognised formal and informal debt restructuring mechanisms. The pathway provides a unique opportunity for you to join one of the few programmes addressing corporate insolvency issues in the UK.

At the end of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the concept, theories, legal and policy issues relating to the creation of effective corporate insolvency systems.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the legal framework of corporate insolvency law.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of formal and informal debt restructuring mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the debates on the allocation of responsibility for the failure of companies.
  • Comment on the current state of the law and its future directions.
  • Execute analytical written work which incorporates substantive, theoretical and practical understandings of a specific issue related to the program content

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.

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 Insolvency Law

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPSProject Skills10
LWMTAIAdvanced Issues in International Commercial Law20

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

Code Title Credits
LWMLCRLegal Aspects of Corporate Rescue20
LWMINSCorporate Insolvency Law20
LWMTMALegal Aspects of Mergers, Acquisition and Takeovers20
ICM270Corporate Governance and Accountability20

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law 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.

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Career prospects

Graduates from this course will enhance their prospects of employability in corporate banking, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, large corporations in need for restructuring 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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