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International Business Law LLM 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BEST037

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019

 

Fees:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

Law has been taught at Coventry University for over 50 years and we benefit from high levels of student satisfaction. This specialist postgraduate course aims to expand your existing legal knowledge of the legal framework and environment in which transnational business is conducted.

We will provide you the opportunity to learn about the specific laws and regulations pertaining to areas such as international sales, intellectual property and corporate governance.

As more and more companies seek to capitalise on globalisation, many increasingly find themselves faced with complex legal issues arising out of international banking and trade – from negotiating different intellectual property rights to adhering to in-country regulations which can vary depending on supplier location.

The Master of Laws is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree, which can often provide a fast-track for career advancement in today’s highly competitive global career market due to its international credibility. We aim to develop and enhance your analytical, critical, communication and presentational skills, much valued by employers. This could potentially lead to 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

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Course information

Responding to the rising volume of business transactions taking place across national borders, this course aims to provide you with an understanding of international business law, the structure of international business and the legal environment in which it operates.

The mandatory modules provide tuition in the core substantive legal areas of international trade law, business law, competition law, corporate governance, intellectual property and market regulation.

Emphasis is paid to the economic, social and political forces which 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.

In Semester Two, you have the chance to choose from a broad range of specialist subjects. The ‘International Environmental Law’ module, for example, examines the legal and policy issues surrounding protection of the global environment. We consider the complex social, economic and political context in which international environmental law exists. You will also have the opportunity to become familiar with some of the current environmental concerns, such as the protection of biodiversity, the export of hazardous waste, the relationship between international trade and the environment, and the commercialisation of genetically modified organisms.

In your final semester, following extensive guidance on research design, methods and writing skills, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct a collaborative research project supervised by staff for your dissertation. Past students on this course have, for example, carried out research on FDI and the role of bilateral investment treaties, the World Trade Organisation, the contract of carriage of goods and licensing agreements in intellectual property Law, among others.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Courses are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, together with the needs of industry and new legislative and other changes. The modules below are an example of those undertaken for those who start the course in September.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • International Trade Law
    • International Corporate Governance
    • Research Skills
  • Semester 2

    • International Business Law
    • Research Design
    • CMI Global Professional Development 


    Optional modules (choose 2 from the following):

    • International Corporate Crime 
    • International Environmental Law 
    • International Competition Law and Practice
  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation

In more detail...

  • Extensive 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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).

High levels of student satisfaction of 93% overall, above the sector average of 84%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Your main study themes are:

  • International trade law: Examines the legal aspects of international trade transactions, which are often comprised of multiple different agreements. With a focus on international trade by sea as the most frequently used transport, we will analyse components of trade transactions, including sales contracts, the contract of carriage by sea, marine insurance policies, methods of financing and dispute resolution. You will have the chance to learn to apply the concepts of passing of risk, passing of property, specific goods and unascertained goods, and the appropriation of goods to the contract.

  • International corporate governance law: Explores how the law attempts to make corporations, and those that manage them, accountable for the way they are managed – to their owners (shareholders), employees, creditors and the wider community. We will consider the approaches of three different economies (UK/USA/Germany). You will have the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the theories and policies that underpin various approaches to corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR). We will examine the relatively recent drivers that attempt to make companies and their managers more accountable, such as the cases highlighting the collapse of Northern Rock and Lehman Brothers. Reference will be made throughout to actual company approaches to accountability, especially to their shareholders.

  • 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 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. You will be provided the opportunity to acquire advanced research and writing skills and adopt a critical approach towards research and to the selection of approaches, evidence and modes of presenting results. You will have the chance to 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.

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.

Modules are normally taught via a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials. 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 will also organise workshops, which you will have the opportunity to prepare for in advance, to debate a specific subject or issue. For instance, we divide students into small groups to tackle the facts and the law of the various case studies (scenarios). An example of law in action as opposed to the law in books, the use of case studies is a successful method to teach law, because it encourages active learning.

One of the most popular aspects of this course is the diverse range of international expert guest lectures, which can enable 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. 

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:

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

25% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The objectives and conceptual underpinning of international business law.
  • The principal common law and statutory rules and principles of international business law.
  • The codes of practice and other non-legal rules operating within international business law.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • 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 each week 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 your future career. As well as having an international theme throughout your studies, you will also have the opportunity to attend field trips overseas (availability and additional costs may apply), 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.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


What our students say

I chose an award-winning institution in international experience and student satisfaction and have found the diversity and experience-based nature of teaching here immensely useful in studying international business law. I particularly like how the curriculum and delivery are structured so each student can develop useful research as well as professional skills for a future career in international business law.

Kemibefuojo Ofagbor, LLM International Business Law student, 2017

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 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 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.

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

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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


January 2019

£7,750 (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


January 2019

£7,750 (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


January 2019

£13,350 (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!

Career prospects

The LLM in International Business Law can provide successful graduates with career opportunities in various areas and aspects of international business, either as a legal adviser or in a non-legal capacity.

Some students choose to specialise as international business lawyers both at home and abroad, whilst others have gone on to work for international organisations affecting the world of international business such as the IMF, World Bank and WIPO, as well as the international trade departments of the United Nations. 

Upon successful graduation, you will 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

Our graduates have been highly successful in finding employment, with recent employers including: 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.

This course can also be an excellent preparation for further degrees and research and academic careers in universities and other academic and research institutions.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.