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About Art, Business and Law, LLM - at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

This LLM, offered by Queen Mary's Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) in partnership with the Institute of Art and Law (IAL) is a unique and challenging programme exploring the legal issues surrounding art and cultural objects. You'll get an in-depth understanding of the workings of the law when it comes to the arts industry and cultural property, as well as the application of the law in everyday practice.

  • Learn from legal experts and meet expert practitioners in the field
  • Conduct advanced research in this exciting, innovative legal area
  • Take part in networking and social events run by the Art, Business and Law student representatives, CCLS, and the IAL.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to attend the numerous public lectures, workshops and seminars on all sorts of topics reflecting the wide and various areas of study on offer by CCLS to all its LLM students across specialisms. 

As part of the programme, we organise visits and discussions at some of the most influential art establishments in the UK. Previously, this has included guided tours of the British Museum, The Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum, together with legal discussions of their collections and practices. Some of these visits are part of our formal Co-Curricular Programme we offer across the semesters where we invite practitioners across the field to engage with our students, while other visits are conducted on a more informal, ad hoc basis.

Further enriching the academic experience, is our Visiting Scholar and Researcher in Residence Scheme, augmenting the research environment for our faculty and students through interactions with a visiting scholar and the various workshops or masterclasses delivered by them during their time with us.  For example, our first scholar in residence, from the University of Amsterdam delivered a public lecture as well as a student seminar on restitution issues relating to Nazi-looted art, and also a master class on research methodology for all post-graduate students.  

You will also have voluntary access to an excellent series of lectures in Critical Thinking and Writing in Law, a programme offered to all our LLM students to help you to improve your writing and legal research skills.

You will also have the opportunity to attend introductory lectures offered to LLM students during the CCLS induction weeks, including seminars on the common law, commercial law and other relevant topics.

Educational activities

CCLS's qLegal clinic offers further career training opportunities for our students.  It is an award-winning law clinic, providing legal assistance and support to tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, providing students with in-depth commercial and legal training, with an emphasis on innovation and creativity.  Past projects in the creative industry including working with clothes designers, film makers, immersive experience organisers, NFTs and IP issues.

qLegal also hosts a blog competition allowing students to research topics of their choice. These articles can be creative and link to any area of law, such as this blogpost about the menswear industry published in 2021.

An experience in the field of art law is not guaranteed. However, qLegal's experience is always legal and commercial. The programmes will allow you to develop a set of skills and knowledge transferable to any field.

Join the Queen Mary Network and speak to our community about this programme.  

Lecture Series

The ABL programme has introduced two lecture series since its inception. The first, Visiting Scholar and Researcher Lecture Series involves scholars and researchers visiting at CCLS.

Another exciting new initiative was introduced in 2022 with artist, Ben Kinmont giving the inaugural lecture of our Artists' Talks series which explores issues such as the relationship between art and law from the artist's perspective. The series is the brainchild of one of our former students, Mary Rinebold, writer and consultant at Canvas Art Law, who is the curator of the series and has continued this year with artist Haley Mellin exploring the link between art and conservation.

Structure

  • Six compulsory modules over 2 semesters (150 credits)
  • Compulsory 10,000-word dissertation (30 credits)

This programme is available as part time study. Part time study allows the student to complete their programme over a 2-year period. The same credit requirements apply as for the full-time LLM apply but are spread over 2 years.

Learn more about Art, Business and Law, LLM - at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

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Notes about fees for this course

Full-time study

September 2024 | 1 year

Conditional deposit

Home: Not applicable

Overseas: £2000
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Part-time study

September 2024 | 2 years

The course fee is charged per annum for 2 years. Note that fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis - see details on our tuition fees page.

Conditional deposit

Home: Not applicable

Overseas: £2000
Information about deposits

Queen Mary alumni can get a £1000, 10% or 20% discount on their fees depending on the programme of study. Find out more about the Alumni Loyalty Award

Entry requirements

UK

Degree requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Law or a degree with substantial law content.

Law graduates with a 2:2 honours degree who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Other routes

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study. Particular regard will be had to (i) successful completion by the applicant of any certificate or diploma course or courses offered by IAL and (ii) professional experience in the art field with a legal element.

Find out more about how to apply for our postgraduate taught courses.

Visit the course page for international entry requirements.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

You can check out our scholarship offering through our website's scholarships database.

Student reviews of Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Find out what students say about Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

"I greatly enjoyed that the teaching was based on an open teacher-student method, encouraging students to share views and ideas with the professors."

-Pauline Moorkens, Art Business and Law LLM (2022)

“Queen Mary is also the best place to meet people from all over the world and to establish long-lasting friendships. Queen Mary really is the whole package!”

-María Barraco, Human Rights Law LLM (2021)

"I would definitely recommend any future or prospective student to enjoy all the opportunities and services provided by Queen Mary, including the events, networking opportunities, talks with professionals and appointments with careers advisors. The university provides all the resources for you to achieve the desired success in your future career."

-Laís Helena Octaviano Manarin, Laws LLM (2022)

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