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LLM - International Commercial Law

The LLM in International Commercial Law at The City Law School is a flexible Masters course that enables students to develop a full understanding of international commercial law through scholarship, extensive practitioner contact and real-world insights.

Our unique course provides a real opportunity for you to launch your career with major national and international commercial law firms. Taught at our Gray's Inn campus in the heart of the legal community by high-profile professionals from around the world, this masters truly opens up the world of commercial law.     

There are three major programme options for the LLM: first, you can take an LLM in International Commercial Law. You are able to choose four courses from approximately 30 different course subjects. You can then take your dissertation in any one of the four courses you have already undertaken.

Alternatively, you can gain a subject LLM in a particular area of law by taking four courses and a dissertation in your chosen area of law. We offer subject LLMs in EU Commercial Law; International Banking Law; International Competition Law; and Maritime Law.

Thirdly, you can also choose to add a specialism to your LLM in Commercial Law by taking two courses a dissertation in a chosen specialist area of law. We offer specialisms in: Energy Law, EU Commercial Law; International Banking Law; International Competition Law; International Tax Law and Maritime Law.

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Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold an upper second class Honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in the humanities or a related field. However, credit is given for an appropriate professional qualification and/or relevant work experience

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 or above
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 107 or above.


  • Full-time: £12,000
  • Part-time: £6,000

Postgraduate study at City University London is an affordable option for students from wide-ranging backgrounds. Although you will usually have to pay for postgraduate study yourself, many sources of funding exist, including scholarships, studentships and professional development loans. And during your time at City you can get financial advice and support from our award-winning Student Centre.

Rewarding excellence

Investing in your future through education and training is important and at The City Law School we understand how difficult it can be to make ends meet whilst studying.

Our range of scholarships, prizes and gifts are there to make things just that little bit easier for you. We offer a total of 17 full fee scholarships and 18 part fee scholarships, along with more than £35,000 worth of cash prizes.

Masters of Excellence Award

Our Masters of Excellence Award gives students the opportunity to apply for eight full fee scholarships when they accept their place on the following courses:

  • International Commercial Law LLM, International Commercial Law MJur, EU Commercial Law LLM, International Banking and Finance LLM, International Competition Law LLM or Maritime Law LLM (UK)
  • Criminal Litigation LLM
  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM
  • Public International Law LLM.

The City Law School Prize for Excellence

Two prizes worth £1,500 are awarded to the students with the best overall result on the Maritime Law (Greece) LLM.

Three prizes of £1,500 each are awarded to the students that achieve the best overall result, best module performance and best dissertation in the following courses:

  • Criminal Litigation LLM
  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM
  • Public International Law LLM.

Future Lawyer Advancement Reward – £1,500 off your next course!

Once you have studied at City we are sure you will want to stay with us to progress to the next stage of your legal training. As an added incentive, we offer City students a loyalty reward upon enrolling on a second course here at the School (Taught LLMs, PhD/MPhil). 

City University London is proud to have a large population of international students. We are a truly global University, located in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, and we benefit from the diverse cultures, skills and experiences of our students. Our students benefit from our internationally recognised research and the quality of education that keeps us in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

Entry qualifications

To gain a place at City, you will need to meet the University’s general requirements and the specific requirements of the course. Our Admissions Office is experienced in dealing with international qualifications and can help you with any queries you may have.

English language courses and support

As City’s courses are taught in English, you will need to provide proof that you are competent in English before admission. We run full-time courses in English during the summer to help students improve their English before their course starts.

Visa requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course.

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Career opportunities

The LLM in International Commercial Law, subject LLMs and specialisms provide you with a sound basis for developing a career in international commercial legal practice; whether it will be with a national or international firm, in-house or with a national or international regulator.

Career development

You will be given a personal tutor who will guide your academic and professional progress. City University London's Career Skills and Development Service provides a range of events and advice services that may help to make you aware of career options.


We encourage all of our students to obtain internships and placements with organisations, whilst they are studying with us. A number of internships are on offer to The City Law School students each year. We offered the following internships in 2012/13:

  • Crowell & Moring Antitrust Recovery Scholarship Internship
  • Howrey LLP Brussels Antitrust Law Internship
  • K&L Gates International Energy Litigation Internship
  • Sidley Austin International Commercial Law Internship
  • Thomas Cooper International Shipping Law Internship
  • Stibbe Internship

Postgraduate experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.


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