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LLM Commercial and Corporate Law (1 year)

Learn from internationally renowned experts in commercial and corporate law and advance your career in this exciting and complex field. The highly flexible structure of this LLM means you’ll be able to tailor the programme to suit your ambitions.

Introducing your course

Whether your aim is to progress within a law firm specialising in commercial and corporate work or join the legal team of a global corporation, this LLM degree will provide essential in-depth knowledge to help you succeed. Its flexible structure will enable you to design a programme that suits your individual needs by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. These draw on the world-leading expertise of our academics in areas such as corporate governance, secured transactions, conflict of laws, international business law and maritime law. The options also include modules on ship finance, insurance and ship sale and purchase that are not widely available elsewhere. In addition, our extensive links with law firms will enhance your learning and help you to build professional networks.

This LLM degree offers essential knowledge and skills for recent graduates who are keen to enter the competitive world of commercial and corporate law, and for more established practitioners looking to move into a new specialism.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

Programme Structure

Course structure and content 

The LLM Commercial and Corporate Law can be studied full time over one year or part time over two years. It includes a number of taught modules and a dissertation.

An introductory course on English common law at the start of the first year ensures that students from different jurisdictions and countries understand the workings of this important legal system.

There are no compulsory taught modules on this programme; you can design your own programme by choosing from a wide range of optional modules that draw on the exceptional expertise of our academics.

The modules cover topics that are essential for the practice of commercial and corporate law, such as:

·         Corporate Governance – Regulating Boards of Directors
·         Principles of Secured Transactions
·         Commercial Conflict of Laws
·         Global Trends in Copyright & Trademark Laws
·         International Commercial Arbitration
·         Insurance Law
·         International Trade Law

The programme also includes options that are not widely available elsewhere, such as modules on ship finance, insurance law, and ship sale and purchase.

The dissertation is another opportunity to tailor your learning to suit your interests and career goals. With guidance from the academic team, you will be able to choose a topic to explore in depth. This could be an area you have found interesting on the course or something that will deepen your knowledge of an industry in which you would like to advance. Past projects have covered topics ranging from the legal ramifications of the liquefaction of iron ore cargos, to the potential consequences of Brexit on court jurisdiction. Whatever aspect of law you choose to study, you’ll be allocated a supervisor to support you during the process.  

Outstanding academics

You’ll learn from academics who are at the forefront of their specialist areas, who write many of the key law text books and who regularly publish papers and speak at conferences around the world. They are at the cutting edge of legal developments through their consultancy, advisory work and research projects. These include projects run through specialist Law School research groups such as the Centre for Private and Commercial Law and the world-renowned Institute of Maritime Law, in areas such as autonomous shipping and the legal implications of Brexit.

Module leaders include

Professor Brenda Hannigan, an internationally renowned specialist in company law and author of Company Law, a leading text book on the subject. She contributes to company law reform initiatives as a guest member of the Company Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Professor Sarah Nield, a former solicitor who has practised in London and Hong Kong. Her research interests include corporate lending, with a focus on the security for loan capital and its role in the insolvency process. She is a member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project, which is formulating reform proposals in this area.
 

Industry links

Our strong links with industry will also inform your learning. Many modules include guest lectures, and the Law School’s weekly seminar series regularly features industry speakers who share insights into the latest developments in their field. Past speakers have come from law firms such as Holman Fenwick Willan, Clyde & Co, Campbell Johnston Clark and Roose & Partners, as well as government bodies such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

You’ll be able to attend events organised by the School’s research institutes and the active student-run law societies. Our reputation enables us to attract speakers of the highest calibre, such as Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court. 

Through our business links we can also offer prizes for high-performing LLM students on some modules. These may take the form of monetary prizes or placements, which are a great opportunity to gain professional experience and build networks.

Key Facts

Develop an in-depth understanding of the world of Law, whilst benefitting from the exceptional expertise of our scholars

Learn from world-renowned academics who are the authors of key texts in their specialist areas.

Academics’ areas of expertise include corporate governance, secured transactions, conflict of laws and maritime law; they bring the latest research and legal developments to their teaching.

The highly flexible course structure means you can design a degree that suits your ambitions.

An opportunity to study options that are not widely available elsewhere, on ship finance, insurance law and ship sale and purchase.

Regular talks by external legal professionals will enhance your learning.

Join a diverse postgraduate community and develop a global network of contacts that will be invaluable as your career progresses.

Did you know?

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters. You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.

At Southampton Law School we are proud of our worldwide reputation for research excellence in many fields. Research is of key importance within the School and is embedded in everything that we do, including our teaching. Please click here for more information about our Centres of Research

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

An Upper Second Class Bachelors Degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required, but account may also be taken of practical work experience or professional qualifications within the relevant field of study. We welcome applications from international students. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. Access to the internet, Word Processor (MS Word compatible) and an email address are also required; webcams desirable.

Language requirements

In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.

The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:

IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 in each component  

For a full list of English language tests accepted please see here

A score of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component together with satisfactory completion of the six week LLM Pre-sessional programme on English legal language and skills will be accepted.

Progression to this LLM programme

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-Masters (LLM) course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The Law School will offer a selection of the optional modules listed below.

Students are required to complete 180 CATS. 60 CATS is awarded for the LLM dissertation. Students are therefore free to choose modules in total completing 120 CATS. For instance, a student who selects 4 modules of 30 CATS will complete the required taught modules.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
LAWS6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6138Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
LAWS6129Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6137Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6140Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Commercial and Corporate LawLLM 2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
Commercial and Corporate LawLLM 2019Part-time£4,625£9,052
View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

The LLM Commercial and Corporate Law offers an unrivalled opportunity to study specialist areas of law in depth. Most modules are delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. In tutorials you’ll apply your learning to the type of complex problems you are likely to face in a professional context. For example, in Commercial Conflict of Laws and International Litigation, you might be asked to examine a ship purchase contract guarantee where the parties involved are from different jurisdictions and decide which law is applicable to the claims between the parties and which court or arbitration tribunal has jurisdiction to determine those claims. Or you might consider different aspects of the legal implications of Brexit. 

As well as advancing your legal knowledge, these exercises will hone a range of transferable skills such as group work, communication, reasoning and analytical thinking, all of which will serve you well in the workplace. 

Assessment methods include exams and coursework, and your dissertation will also contribute to your final mark.

The LLM Challenge

The annual LLM Challenge is another opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge. During the first semester students from across the LLM pathways are assigned to teams and asked to research and prepare a case on a given topic. The teams debate against one another, competing for a small monetary prize. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow students and a chance to explore a topic that may be new to you. You’ll also be able to hone your group work, research, reasoning and presentation skills.

Support for students

There is plenty of support on offer to ensure that you fulfil your potential and enjoy your student experience at Southampton. Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor with whom they can discuss course-related or personal issues. For students who want to improve their English before starting their main degree, a specially designed pre-sessional course is available, and further English language support can be accessed during the academic year.

 

Study locations

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