This programme will enable you to develop specialised and detailed knowledge and skills in relation to the legal rules regulating international corporate law and corporate governance issues in the UK, as well as at a global level. You'll investigate and apply principles and rules found in various areas of corporate law to novel problems, and real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You'll also critically evaluate the legal rules, regulations, theories and underlying policies relating to Corporate Law.
You'll have the opportunity to:
- investigate the corporate mind
- study contemporary issues in relation to directors' duties
- examine the role of corporate governance in the world economy
- look at issues of regulation in corporate governance, and explore the rights of shareholders in public companies.
Research and professional insight
LLM Corporate Law is offered within the dynamic Centre for Business Law and Practice with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. This includes opportunities for co-curricular activities that enhance transferable skills and develop knowledge of the law's impact in the wider world.
The Centre for Business Law and Practice offers a wide range of experience and expertise in a number of fields, with links to the business community through, for example, the Advisory Board, which includes practitioners amongst its members. Industry and professional speakers regularly participate in conference and seminar events, which you're encouraged to attend.
The Centre includes amongst its members internationally renowned researchers, not only in corporate law, but in other business fields, and a number of teaching staff are qualified in the legal profession.
'I really enjoy going to seminars and participating in class. My professors encourage me to critically analyse the law and its consequences, not only learning about the theory but questioning it.' Read more Melisa Martinez Delgado, International Corporate Law LLM
The compulsory modules studied will:
- give you an in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues and problems in corporate finance law and securities regulation plus ideas for solution and reform
- allow you to explore modern day and historical insolvency
- enable you to examine the role of corporate governance in the world economy
- hone your legal research and writing skills, culminating in your dissertation - an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.
You'll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.
If you're a part-time student, you'll take four compulsory modules in your first year. In your second year, you'll carry out your dissertation and study two optional modules.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Insolvency Law 15 credits
- Corporate Finance and Securities Law 15 credits
- International Corporate Governance 15 credits
- Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits
- Dissertation 60 credits
- Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 credits
- International Competition Law 15 credits
- Corporate Social Responsibility 15 credits
- International Corporate Rescue 15 credits
- International Law of Credit and Security 15 credits
- World Trade Organisation Law 15 credits
- Conflict of Laws in Business Transactions 15 credits
- Central Issues in Arbitration 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read International Corporate Law LLM Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information on typical modules, read International Corporate Law LLM Part Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of smaller group seminars and lectures, depending on the individual module. All students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, a number of one-to-one meetings and comment on draft work.
Independent study is integral to this programme - not just to prepare for classes, but to develop research and other critical skills.
Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of an essay of up to 4,500 words at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law, finance, economics, business or a related area.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Law admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Law and Society (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Law and Society (10 weeks).
How to apply
UK/EU students: 31 July
International students: 30 June
Documents and information you'll need
- A copy of your degree certificate or equivalent, as well as a copy of the transcript of your grades (or partial transcript if you're still studying) certified by the awarding institution
- Two academic references
- Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English isn't your first language.
The School of Law doesn't typically interview applicants. However, in certain circumstances programme leaders may require some form of written assignment from you to show that you have the necessary skills for Masters study. Additionally, you may also be invited for an interview as part of the selection procedure. If invited to interview, you'll receive an email invitation from the School to attend an interview or be interviewed by Skype on a specific date.
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
School of Law Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £8,000 (total)
International: £18,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
The School of Law is offering a number of Liberty Scholarships to UK/EU and international students of high academic quality starting a postgraduate taught programme in 2018. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance in your undergraduate degree. A Liberty Scholarship will not be awarded in addition to any other scholarship except a University of Leeds Alumni Bursary.
Find out more on the School's scholarships
Our graduates pursue careers in business, legal practice, the public service, or any career where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international corporate law. Graduates have gone on to work as lawyers and compliance officers as well as working in the education sector. A number of our students also remain with us to pursue a further research career as PhD students.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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