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LLM Commercial Law

Course Overview

The BPP University LLM in Commercial Law gives you the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to gain a real advantage in your career – whether you are a law graduate or practising lawyer looking to specialise or add another area of expertise. With a broad spectrum of business law modules, you will address the key legal and regulatory issues of today and tomorrow. You will receive excellent teaching and support, and will be encouraged to research and study independently with the support of your personal tutor, and when it comes to your dissertation a dedicated supervisor.

Key Information

    Course Name:

    LLM (Commercial Law)

    Total Academic Credits:

    180 credits

    Qualification Awarded:

    LLM

    Awarding Body:

    BPP University

    Professional Recognition:

    No

    Academic Level:

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study Mode:

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration:

    1 year

    Tuition Fees:

    £10,000

    Intakes:

    September, January and May

    Work Placement:

    No

    Course Location:

    London Holborn

Other Essential Information

Academic Entry Requirements:

Law degree (minimum lower second class honours); OR degree in law and another subject (minimum lower second class honours); OR non-law degree (minimum lower second class honours) and a pass in the GDL or CPE; OR non-law degree (minimum lower second class honours) and appropriate/relevant professional experience; non-graduates with appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

English Entry Requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Assessment Methods:

Memorandum of advice on a practical legal issue (30%), a written examination (70%) in each module (core and electives) and a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic within the compulsory module

Progression Route:

Professional career

Career Opportunities:

Legal Professional/Practitioner, Management position in private and public sectors.

Modules

In addition to the compulsory module and a 10,000-word dissertation, students are required to select three electives from the optional modules listed.

Compulsory

  • 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits)
  • Commercial Law (30 credits)

The dissertation will normally be written over a period of three months during the last semester of a student’s study and is supervised. There is a strict word limit of 10,000 words. Guidance is provided on how to conduct research and write a dissertation, and lectures are provided on: 

  • Legal writing,
  • Critical analysis,
  • Legal research,
  • Critical and referencing,
  • Plagiarism

Optional

  • Advanced Corporate Law (30 credits)
  • Business Organisations’ Law (30 credits)
  • Business Tax Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Business Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Finance and Investment Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Public Law and Human Rights (30 credits)
  • Comparative Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Corporate Finance Law (30 credits)
  • Corporate Securities Law (30 credits)
  • Financial Regulation and Compliance (30 credits)
  • Fraud and Financial Crime (30 credits)
  • International and Comparative Tax Law (30 credits)
  • International Business Law (30 credits)
  • Islamic Business Law (30 credits)
  • Islamic Finance Law (30 credits)
  • The Law of Investigations (30 credits)
  • The Law Relating to Financial Translations (30 credits)
  • Transnational Criminal Justice Law (30 credits)
  • UK and International Banking Law (30 credits)

Reasons for choosing this course

The degree is designed to provide you with integrated academic and professional training and to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant for pursuing a  career.

This programme aims to: 

  • Gain a wider strategic understanding of how commercial law works in practice;
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in specific areas of law by choosing from at least 20 specialist electives;  
  • Meet eminent academics, officials, judges and practitioners through guest speaker programme;
  • Outstanding careers support and an opportunity to gain legal experience by working on real-life cases through award-winning Pro Bono Centre to help you improve your employment prospects.

Main learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the law included within this module, combined with the use of real-life scenarios to provide commercial context, will develop the students’ ability to advice on complex commercial transactions as well as comprehend the way that a business may behave in order to limit or (where possible) eliminate its exposure;
  • Key issues including an overview of the legal principles in relation to offer, acceptance, consideration and intention to create legal relations, the termination of commercial contracts including a discussion of repudiatory breach;
  • An introduction to the use that businesses make of exclusion and limitation of liability clauses and an outline of the law applicable to the validity of such clauses, the statutory foundations of sale of goods law and the ways that goods are classified;
  • A discussion of why it is so important to be able to establish when ownership passes (including goods that perish and risk) and the overlap with frustration;
  • An overview of the provisions of Ss 12-15 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (implied conditions and warranties);
  • A review of an agent’s authority and the different classifications of agency arrangements and an introduction to the main provisions of the Commercial Agent regulations;
  • Acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected key principles, rules and concepts of commercial law in the UK, including their application in a practical context and to complex fact scenarios;
  • Evaluate the extent to which commercial law has adapted to the modern business environment in relation to those subjects within the syllabus;
  • Investigate and discuss selected proposed reforms in commercial law;
  • Research and analyse current issues in commercial law and to research the law of other jurisdictions in order to undertake a comparative analysis with UK law;
  • Develop the practical and cognitive skills appropriate for practice in commercial law;
  • Develop the transferable skills appropriate for general professional employment.