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Law LLM 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BEST036

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018
May 2018

Fees:

January 2017 start - £12,068 | May 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656

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Overview

You could find yourself a step ahead when you continue learning with a Law LLM. Focus on specific aspects of law that interest you the most.

The Master of Laws is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree in today’s highly competitive global career market due to its international credibility.

Law has been taught at Coventry University for nearly 50 years and we benefit from high levels of student satisfaction, 93% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016. Building on existing legal knowledge and experience, this course aims to help you to acquire a general knowledge of international law and legal regulation with the opportunity to choose from a large number of specialist international law modules, in areas such as business, human rights and corporate crime.

There will be opportunities for you to develop analytical, critical, communication and presentational skills, much valued by employers. It is an ideal entry route into careers in law teaching and research, government service, the judiciary, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and private practice.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

I chose LLM International Business Course due to the high global internationalization of businesses today and because the course feeds directly into my career path.I also find the diversity of this prestigious institution both welcoming and engaging,and I believe this provides a great experience especially for international students.

Maria Wamala LLM International Business Law, current student, 2016

Course information

The course focuses on international law, providing a coherent programme of study which has proved of particular interest to overseas students and those hoping to work abroad or with multinational companies.

You should gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic nature of law and law reform, underpinned by a thorough grounding in the legal concepts and principles relating to international human rights, international law and international business law.

Regularly reviewed and updated, this course is designed to reflect new developments, legislative and other changes which affect the global legal profession and an increasingly international marketplace. We will examine the premises on which international law is based, using case studies from the International Labour Organisation, the International Development Law Organisation and the United Nations (UN) Security Council, to better appreciate how it is influenced by state practice, diplomacy, treaties, arbitral decisions and, increasingly, moral imperatives, often linked to resolutions of the UN.

The increasing internationalisation of business means that a substantial amount of all business transactions are now done across national borders. As a result, we aim to provide you with knowledge of both the structure of international business and the legal environment in which it operates. Particular emphasis is paid to the economic, social and political forces which have and continue to influence the development of the law and the legal institutions which regulate international business transactions, including the World Trade Organisation, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Modules

Overview

In Semester Two, you have the chance to choose from a broad range of specialist subjects. The ‘International Corporate Crime’ module, for example, examines how the law makes corporations criminally liable for their acts or omissions. You’ll cover the history of corporate crime, its beginnings, definition, context and control.

In the final semester, you should choose an area to research and report for your dissertation. In the past, students have chosen topics as diverse as corporate governance and the failure of banks, whether companies should be criminally accountable for the acts and omissions of employees, the death penalty and international human rights and an analysis of the implementation of the trade-related intellectual property (IP) rights agreement in less developed countries.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. . Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

     

    • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena: Focuses on the legal framework regulating international relations, we examine the premises on which international law is based and how it is generated. We will consider the role of the UN and the problem of maintaining international security and defence. We will use case studies to analyse key concepts, such as international personality and international responsibility, and issues such as transnational crimes like drug trafficking and terrorism. 

    • International Human Rights: Provides an understanding of the historical development of international human rights law, its impact on traditional concepts in international law, such as state sovereignty, and its changing institutions, as well as their functions, powers and interplay of duties and rights in the gradual expansion of the human rights movement. We undertake a detailed examination of the sources of international human rights law and, in particular, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Bill of Rights and subsequent Treaties and Conventions.

    • Research Skills: Aims to develop your research and presentation skills appropriate to scholarship at postgraduate level, including information retrieval, library and communication and information technology skills, as well as the ability to employ and present legal arguments and other information in an appropriate academic, analytical and critical style. We aim to help you acquire research and writing skills and be able to adopt a critical approach towards research and to the selection of approaches, evidence and modes of presenting results. You should learn and practise appropriate legal research and writing skills, concentrating on retrieving and assimilating the variety of primary and secondary legal sources, providing legal authority in written work (including avoiding plagiarism) and being able to cite and reference such sources in an appropriate fashion.

    • Research Design

     

  • Semester 2

    • International Business Law: We consider the aspects of the law and the legal institutions which regulate international business transactions. We consider international business in three major forms: international trade through import and export; licensing agreements for the transfer of intellectual property rights such as copyright, patents and trademarks including franchising, and finally, foreign direct investment through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. We place an emphasis on the control and regulation of multinational companies.
    • Research Design
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

     

    Optional modules (choose 2 from the following):

    • International Trade Law
    • Gender and International Human Rights
    • International Corporate Crime• International Environmental Law
    • International Corporate Governance 
    • International Criminal Law
  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction of 93% overall, above the sector average of 84%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Guidance on research, study and writing skills together with research design and methods, in preparation for writing assessments and dissertation.
  • International perspective provided by staff exchange visits from other universities in the USA, such as the University of Maryland, who in the past have lectured on International Civil Rights Law.
  • Annual Law Student Conference, which was run in collaboration the British Foundation for the University of the West Indies (BFUWI) and was attended by over 120 students at its launch in 2015 with the theme of ‘Global Careers in Law’.
  • Opportunities to attend guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, building your professional network. Recent speakers have included the Vice President and Chief Accountability Officer at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA, and a solicitor and legal skills research and study coach at the University of London.
  • Established student exchange links with the Universities of Liege in Belgium, Strasbourg in France (French speaking), Castellon and Leon in Spain (Spanish speaking), The Hague in the Netherlands, Orebro in Sweden, Pecs in Hungary (where courses are taught in English), the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking) and the University of the West Indies Law Faculty in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (English speaking).

Links with local firms of solicitors and practitioners, including the British Foundation of the University of the West Indies, Mills & Reeve LLP, Bailey Wright & Co Solicitors, 36 Bedford Row Chambers, Angel Solicitors LLP and Newsome Vaughan Solicitors, are amongst the many examples that support our employability initiatives.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.

We place great emphasis on enhancing your transferrable professional skills, so you will regularly have opportunities to lead discussions or develop your presentational skills. We will also encourage you to improve your analytical and critical skills, where appropriate, inviting you to participate in role-playing exercises or case simulations.

We will draw heavily on real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within tutorials, for example, we recently considered the Volkswagen case as an example of absolute failure in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We highlighted the fact that the company deliberately set out to design a means to circumvent emissions control – a stratagem known at the highest levels of management – to gain an unfair competitive advantage that made it the world’s number one car maker, in large part on the basis of its supposedly environmentally friendly cars.

We also organise workshops around a particular issue, which you will need to prepare for in advance, with the aim to develop your understanding of a particular subject, such corporate governance debate, which over the years has moved from debates about CSR to organisational responsibility and accountability.

We are proud of our interactive learning techniques, which we aim to continually update to reflect emerging trends and issues in the law. In recent years, for example, the Course Director has pioneered the annual ‘Coventry Legal Cinematic Review’, which uses film and the oral tradition as instruments of global social change, not least to demonstrate that law is not always a rigid ‘black letter’, text-based discipline. The film genre has long been an important aspect of primary and secondary education, but its use to enhance legal education at university level is still rare. Launched by leading British performance poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, together with barrister and ‘Poet of the People’ Dave Neita, the review encouraged students to creatively and candidly explore the socio-legal aspects of the short documentary ‘Rong Radio’, based on their professional and cross-cultural understanding of human rights legacies today.

One of the most popular aspects of this course is opportunity to attend guest lectures, which aim to help you to learn about real-life legal issues and experiences. In 2016, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione’ in conjunction with the Centre for Global Engagement and Global Leadership Programme, British Petroleum and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Keynote speakers included: the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development from The BP Group and the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, together with the Secretariat’s Legal Counsel for Maritime Law. Entitled ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the inaugural lecture was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty.

Teaching methods include: lectures, workshops and tutorials.

Course assessment methods vary and will include essays, problem questions, cases studies, presentations, submission of workshop papers, time constrained assignments, research reports and submission of the dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 25%
  • Practical or project work: 75%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

75% assessed by practical or project work

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the central features of international law, international human rights and international business law, together with the context, values, principles and rules which underpin them. 
  • Demonstrate an appropriate degree of critical analytical and communication skills and an enhanced ability to use primary and secondary sources, critically evaluate legal and other materials in the presentation of oral and written arguments, including the acquisition of advanced citation and referencing skills.
  • Design, execute and critically evaluate research and to identify and employ appropriate sources and methods for its completion 
  • Identify and apply relevant legal principles in the relevant legal area.  
  • Evaluate the impact of the law and principles at both national and international level. 
  • Research and update legal knowledge.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to a future career. As well as having an international theme throughout your studies, there will also be opportunities to attend field trips overseas, which in the past has seen us visit the University of the West Indies Law Faculty in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to experience a different legal system as praxis, and also engage in a moot debate. For 2017, students will be travelling to the University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA, and also visit the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

We have particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chonqing in China and the University of Central Florida in the USA. We have also established links with The University of the West Indies (Republic of Trinidad & Tobago) and the University of Maryland (USA). These provide opportunities for study exchanges and staff also regularly give guest lectures and host joint ‘live’ online seminars with their students. Previously, we’ve organised seminars on topics such as International Development Law, Oil, Gas & Energy Law, Intellectual Property, International and European Law.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I chose LLM International Business Course due to the high global internationalization of businesses today and because the course feeds directly into my career path.I also find the diversity of this prestigious institution both welcoming and engaging,and I believe this provides a great experience especially for international students.

Maria Wamala LLM International Business Law, current student, 2016

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

A good undergraduate degree. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A good undergraduate degree. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I chose LLM International Business Course due to the high global internationalization of businesses today and because the course feeds directly into my career path.I also find the diversity of this prestigious institution both welcoming and engaging,and I believe this provides a great experience especially for international students.

Maria Wamala LLM International Business Law, current student, 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £12,068 | May 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £12,068 | May 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £12,068 | May 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

I chose LLM International Business Course due to the high global internationalization of businesses today and because the course feeds directly into my career path.I also find the diversity of this prestigious institution both welcoming and engaging,and I believe this provides a great experience especially for international students.

Maria Wamala LLM International Business Law, current student, 2016

Career prospects

The LLM aims to provide you with knowledge of international law and affairs which could result in career opportunities in various employments, such as companies, government and state agencies and non-governmental organisations, either as a legal adviser or in a non-legal capacity.

Some students specialise in Business, Diplomatic Relations or Human Rights Law as lawyers both at home and abroad, while others have gone on to work for international organisations in a non-legal capacity in the areas of international human rights, the environment and for local and national government agencies. 

On graduation, you should possess a range of transferrable graduate and employability skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career."

Where our graduates work

Recent employers include: Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer a leading multinational law firm; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.

What our alumni say

The Trinidad and Tobago Law Trip enabled me to experience and understand a completely different law system and culture from my own country. Undoubtedly, it raised my self-confidence to apply my own potential to real-life situations.

Yusuf Oncirak LLM Law, graduated in 2017
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