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LLM International Business Law

Programme code:LLM-LAW/IBLUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima Contact address:K.Patricio@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Law

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

The LLM in International Business Law is an advanced postgraduate course designed to provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the legal frameworks governing business activity within the United Kingdom, Europe, and globally. This programme distinguishes itself through its extensive focus on the legal aspects of international business activities, encompassing a broad spectrum of legal issues from corporate and intellectual property law to international trade and investment law.

Structured with a blend of compulsory and optional modules, the programme allows you to tailor your studies to your specific interests whilst ensuring a solid foundation in international business law. As a Compulsory module, Postgraduate Legal Research Skills enables you to develop your legal research and writing skills, culminating in an independent piece of research on your chosen topic, the Dissertation. Optional modules offer a wide range of specialisations, including financial, corporate, competition, tax, trade, and investment law. This modular structure provides you with the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest within the realm of international business law.

A distinctive feature of this programme is its commitment to the principles of the new Leeds Curriculum. It emphasises research-led teaching, ensuring that you engage with the latest scholarship and debates. The curriculum also promotes a breadth of learning, providing you with a holistic understanding of the subject matter. Contents are regularly updated to reflect the evolving nature of business and legal landscapes, preparing you to address current and emerging challenges in your professional career. Professional development is a key focus, with the programme equipping you with the skills necessary for both advanced research degrees and leadership roles in international business law.

While primarily delivered through in-person lectures and seminars, the programme also utilises digital technologies to enrich the learning experience. This combination allows for an inclusive, engaging, and flexible environment, accommodating diverse learning styles and needs.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have achieved a comprehensive understanding of the laws regulating international business, including its application to real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You will be able to critically evaluate legal rules and policies, undertake independent research, and effectively articulate your arguments. In addition to these subject-specific outcomes, the programme also develops transferable skills such as critical thinking, time management, and advanced communication abilities, which are indispensable in professional settings.

In summary, the LLM in International Business Law programme combines legal and academic learning with the development of key research and professional skills. It provides you with a unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of international business law, thereby preparing you for advanced research degrees or professional roles in legal and business sectors.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 75 credits of compulsory modules:

LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5780MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 105 credits from the following optional modules:

Semester 1
Candidates will be required to study 45 credits in Semester 1 from the following optional modules: 

Basket 1:  Choose 3 modules

NOTE: If LAW5613M (30 Credits) or LAW5861M (30 Credits) is chosen, these each count as one 15 credit option from Basket 1 AND one 15 credit option from Basket 2.

LAW5461MInternational Corporate Insolvency Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5550MCorporate Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5562MInternational Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5580MInternational Law of Credit and Security15 creditsNot running in 202425
LAW5584MPrinciples of International Financial Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5585MInternational Trade Finance Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5590MInternational Sales Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5613MInternational Tax Law and Policy30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5645MThe International Law of Foreign Investment15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5655MWorld Trade Organisation Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5861MInternational Human Rights30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5942MConflict of Laws in Business Transactions15 creditsNot running in 202425

* It is strongly recommended for candidates who wish to study LAW5556M Corporate Finance and Securities Law and have not previously studied Company Law in a common law jurisdiction to enrol on LAW5550M Corporate Law, as it will provide essential preparation.

Semester 2

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits in Semester 2 from the following optional modules: 

Basket 2: Select up to 4 modules 

NOTE: If LAW5613M (30 Credits) or LAW5861M (30 Credits) was chosen in Basket 1, these each count as 15 credit options pre-selected from Basket 2. If LAW5613M (30 Credits) OR LAW5861M (30 Credits) was chosen in Basket 1, choose only 3 modules in Basket 2. If LAW5613M (30 Credits) AND LAW5861M (30 Credits) was chosen in Basket 1, choose only 2 modules in Basket 2.

Basket 2

LAW5222MIntercultural Business and Organisational Communication15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5334MCyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5445MInternational Competition Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5556MCorporate Finance and Securities Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5565MInternational Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5568MInternational Corporate Governance15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5637MFinancial Crime15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5830MInternational Economic Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5952MCentral Issues in Arbitration15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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