Growing in national and international importance, international trade law is one of the exports of the English common law system. The structure of international contracts is dominated by English common law principles. On this course you'll develop your expertise in key areas impacting international trade and commercial law.
About the LLM International Trade and Commercial Law
This popular course explores diverse areas of the subject including:
- international sales and carriage of goods
- international finance
- international dispute resolution
- World Trade Organisation law.
The latter is of particular importance since India and China joined the WTO.
Why choose this course?
- Explore diverse aspects of International Trade and Commercial Law, a major export of the English Common Law System.
- Benefit from close links to our Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.
- Option to complement your study of International Trade and Commercial Law with with up to two modules from other LLM subject areas.
- Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available.
- Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
- Scholarships available.
- Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.
- 100% of postgraduate leavers of this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey, postgraduate leavers 2014-15).
LLM International Trade and Commercial Law Video
In the video Brian Harris, a senior lecturer at Nottingham School, provides an overview of what the LLM covers and why he enjoys teaching on the course.
How you're taught
The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.
Full-time students - who complete the course over one academic year - study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.
Part-time students and distance learning students - who complete the course over two academic years - study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.
On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.
Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.
Distance-learning modules are structured, directed learning activities, delivered through the University's online learning platform - NOW. Distance learners will also have the opportunity to participate in virtual discussions with other students and academic staff, and will be asked to complete additional tasks - such as preparing essay plans or presentations - over the course of each module.
One year full-time
Two years part-time
21-24 months distance learning
In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.
The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.
Expert Teaching Staff
Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School's vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.
We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have a Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. To find out more visit our research page.
Careers and employability
Your future career
Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.
Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge. 100% of postgraduate leavers of this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey, postgraduate leavers 2014-15).
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.
Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.
While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.
Find out about the opportunities through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.