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LLM Commercial Law

A LLM in commercial law will focus on issues related to running a business. Commerce is central to society and so the laws relating to it need to be strong to protect the agreements that companies enter into. Commercial laws are there to provide solutions when something goes wrong.

There is a strong focus on the international aspects of this area of law, as most companies have dealings with clients abroad. Commercial lawyers will need to understand and keep up with the current business climate, changes in legislation and a wide range of jurisdiction regulations. This is a large and varied area of law, meaning there's a lot you can cover in an LLM. 

Module choices

Exact module options will vary from university to university, but you can expect some of these topics to come up:

  • Shipping/maritime law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Banking and finance law
  • Competition law
  • Contract law
  • Tort law
  • European/international tax law

Many law schools also offer LLMs specifically for international commercial law, if you're interested in specialising even further.

Course structure

LLMs in Commercial Law will have a selection of core and optional modules, allowing students the opportunity to focus their research and learning whilst providing a general basis for understanding this particular area of law. Modules will usually be assessed by written coursework, but you may be required to give presentations as well. Most courses will also require a dissertation or extended essay of a topic of the student's choosing.

It is possible to study this LLM part-time at many universities across the UK.

Entry requirements for Commercial Law LLM

You will need at least a 2:2 in a law degree. If you have a non-law degree you will need to have relevant work experience; you will need to have a high level of understanding of the law. 

By Lauren Bowes, Editor,