About this course
Gain specialist legal knowledge on this LLM International Commercial and Corporate Law at the University of Southampton. Learn skills in a range of disciplines and develop skills for your professional life. Commercial law plays a key role in global trade giving you access to excellent career opportunities.
Southampton Law School in the UK has a strong reputation for its commercial and corporate law expertise.
This master's develops the practical legal skills you need to advise, litigate and negotiate. It draws on the research strengths of the School’s academic staff who are active at the forefront of international and national legal reform and development.
You'll be able to shape your degree towards your particular interests. For example you could choose to study:
- insurance law
- corporate governance
- intellectual property law in a global world
- international competition law and policy
- law of the World Trade Organisation
Our 'LLM Challenge' offers an extra learning experience. Students across all our LLM courses are assigned to a team and given a current topic to debate to compete for a small monetary prize. The LLM Challenge helps you develop your collaborative working and leadership skills.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Professor Uta Kohl's work looks at online and corporate governance. She has written about corporate human rights abuses, online jurisdiction and the regulation of online speech. Uta is a trustee on the board of the Internet Watch Foundation. Visit Professor Kohl's profile page to learn more.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2.1 degree in a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or at least 4 law modules in a bachelor’s degree.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This course includes campus-based, taught learning and a dissertation. You’ll complete your taught modules between October and June. Between June and September you’ll complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choosing.
You'll start this master's by completing an intensive, week-long introductory legal course on the common law. This means you’ll understand the way this important legal system works. During the taught element you must choose and complete a series of modules.
You may also choose a module/s from across our other postgraduate courses run by the Law School.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following module in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
There’s a strong focus on in-depth, practice-focused learning on this master’s degree.
Our small-group teaching through seminars and tutorials means you can analyse your chosen topics in detail.
Seminars and tutorials are structured around facts or issues relating to a particular case, or piece of research. You’re encouraged to explore and debate these topics, prepare presentations and sometimes argue a case in a simulated court hearing (a moot), in our purpose-built moot room.
Some modules may include:
- preparing a response to a public consultation
- examining the legal implications of new conventions
- drafting clauses to tackle potential problems
These activities enhance your legal skills and understanding. They’ll also help you to develop transferable skills including team working, critical appraisal and logical reasoning. Our diverse student group also gives you an insight into other cultures and the professional practices of your peers.
We’ll feedback on your work during class to help you to identify your strengths and understand the areas you can improve.
Formal assessment varies by module, but will include exams and coursework as well as your dissertation.
An important part of all our LLM programmes is the dissertation. This is a significant research project.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
When you graduate with us you’ll be well prepared to pursue careers in a variety of different industries around the world.
Working as lawyers in international law firms or ‘in-house’, in international commercial organisations, and working outside the legal sector, in government, insurance, finance, charitable organisations, consultancies and academia.
Firms who target Southampton graduates and regularly visit the Law School include:
- Campbell Johnson Clark
- Clyde & Co
- Addleshaw Goddard
- White & Case
- Ince & Co
- Womble Bond Dickinson
- Burges Salmon
A number of global firms also have practices in international arbitration:
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- Allen & Overy
- Herbert Smith Freehills
- Hogan Lovells
- White & Case
You’ll also be invited to the Law Careers Fair where high-profile organisations and law firms attend.
Explore our LLM careers brochure for more typical job opportunities and qualifying as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales.
This degree is also excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000