LLM (Business and Financial Law)
This LLM pathway focuses your study on Business and Financial Law, introducing you to the contemporary legal and regulatory issues that govern international business and finance. You’ll study core modules that cover critical issues in the field, with the chance to choose from an extensive list of additional optional modules that address themes like the World Trade Organisation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Banking Law.
The course is perfect for lawyers and law graduates looking for career development, although all of our LLM courses can be studied by students without a background in law, since you will be trained in the necessary analytical and legal skills.
As such, the programme will also provide ideal training for paralegals, journalists, NGO and charity workers, policy advisors, consultants, lawyers, those working in business and finance or anyone who will benefit from a legal education in their career.
A sought-after specialism
A flexible course structure allows you to study the legal topics that interest you, while gaining core specialist knowledge in financial and business law – a highly sought-after specialism
internationally recognised research
Learn from area specialists, in a law department with 99% of its research rated as ‘international quality’ (REF 2014)
Study in the evening at our state-of-art USS campus and access materials in the library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at Russell Square
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
- International Law: Problems and Process (core)
- International Law and Business (core)
- Regulation of Financial Markets (core)
- Dissertation or Work-Based Project (core)
Any one from:
- Advocacy, Interventions and Practice
- War and Human Rights
- International Human Rights
- Law of International Finance
- Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Financial Crime and Corporate Criminal Liability
- International Corporate Governance
- The Law of the World Trade Organisation and Globalisation
- International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Oil and Gas Law and Policy
- International Refugee Law
- Regulation and Governance of Energy
- Economic Integration in Developing Countries
How you'll be assessed
All modules are research-based, involving coursework. You will take four modules of 30 credits each for which you will submit coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the term. The LLM dissertation, accounting for 60 credits, involves a 15,000-word essay. Full-time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part-time students complete the same in two years.
How you'll learn
The LLM Transitional Justice, LLM International Law and Legal Practice and LLM Human Rights Advocacy pathways are supported by regular events at the Centre for Human rights in Conflict. These involve presentations from prominent experts in the field of human rights in conflict. This year's speakers included Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University and Former Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Other recent speakers at UEL have included included Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the high-profile human rights lawyer (and UEL law graduate) Imran Khan.
What you'll learn
This pathway gives you a deep understanding of contemporary legal issues in international business and finance, while still offering the chance to tailor your learning with a broad range of optional LLM modules.
You’ll study core topics in International Law & Business and the Regulation of Financial Markets, forming a clear picture of the fundamental legal framework that governs international businesses and trading. You then have the chance to choose two modules from a range of options that include topics like International Banking Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights, and The Law of the World Trade Organisation. These options allow you to complement your core training with specific teaching in the topics that suit your interests or professional needs.
Our staff are experts in these fields, with the professional experience and academic expertise to give you a rigorous, contemporary understanding that’s ready for the workplace.
As well as choosing your optional modules, you can opt to either write a postgraduate dissertation or carry out a work-based project. Both of these options allow you to carry out independent study on a topic of your choice, developing your practical legal skills while honing your knowledge of a specific legal issue.
Your future career
This pathway gives you the necessary legal, financial and business training to develop highly sought-after specialist knowledge, as well as fantastic networking opportunities and the chance to work on real problems in the field.
The course allows you to undertake a work-based project so you can gain practical experience and build professional links, while our renowned Law Clinic enables you to work on real legal cases with local people to enhance your clinical skills.
Professionals in banking, finance, corporate governance and trade will benefit greatly from the specialist training offered in this programme, and it’s also an ideal course for law and business graduates who wish to work in the field of financial and business law.