LLM in Business Law
Business law covers any legislation that affects commercial enterprises, the agencies and regulations involved with them, and their impact on the economy, whether this relates to large multinational companies or small-town enterprises - although, at LLM level, the stress is often on the former. The main elements are: the regulation of commercial affairs on a local, national and global scale; financial and tax management; expansion; joint ventures; and generally maximising efficiency, profit and growth. The term commercial law is often used interchangeably and the two disciplines are very similar, but a master’s in commercial law may put more emphasis on trade and transactions.
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Business Law Courses
The majority of universities in the UK that provide law courses or have a law/business school run LLMs in some aspect of business or commercial law. This gives you a great deal of choice – over 50 possibilities, depending on where you prefer to study and if you want to specialise in a particular field. Most master’s in business/commercial law are ‘taught’ (ie attendance at tutorials, lectures and seminars is necessary). This field in particular has an extensive amount of published work around it. For example, every member of the academic staff at Nottingham School of Law is engaged in high-quality research and is an author of several major treaties on international commercial law. Research LLMs are available at a few universities, such as the University of Dundee, and various London colleges. All LLM programmes demand a final dissertation, which can range from around 10,000 words (eg at the University of Aberdeen) to 20,000 words (as at De Montfort and Northumbria Universities). Contact time with teaching staff is often higher than for other LLMs, as much as 12–15 hours at some institutions.
Entry to Business Law Courses
Students often possess a bachelor’s degree in law, but, with some exceptions, such as Kingston University and the University of Strathclyde, most courses are flexible on whether they will accept graduates of business- and finance-related disciplines.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (or equivalent) scores of 6.5–7.0 are usually needed. Because of ongoing changes in the law we advise international students to regularly check the UKBA website to make sure they can fulfil the necessary requirements. Most individual institutions also have useful information on the Tier 4 requirements for international students, and can offer assistance in terms of student queries about
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