International Corporate Law LLM 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT085

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Corporations occupy a central role in international business. The internationalisation of business and commerce over the past century has posed new challenges to the regulations of corporations, exascerbated further by the growth of the internet and electronic commerce.

This course introduces you to various contemporary issues that exist in international corporate law, and provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of these issues; as well as enhancing your critical awareness of the regulation of international corporations. You will examine, in particular the obligations that corporations owe to their shareholders, their employees, states, other businesses, and society. 

Benefitting from over 50 years’ experience of teaching Law and having the opportunity to participate in the Coventry University Global Leaders programme, our CMI module, and new to 2020, having the opportunity to undertake a 1 year placement (subject to application process and additional fees), there are plenty of ways to develop your skills and stand out in the global graduate market.

Professional experience option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a professional experience opportunity during your first semester with us. The professional experience opportunity is designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the professional experience option.

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

Accreditations and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

International Association of Law Schools

Coventry Law School is a member of the International Association of Law Schools, an association of more than 160 law schools and departments from over 55 countries, representing more than 7,500 law faculty members. Having this status allows our Law students the opportunity for a variety of international experiences, including with our partner institutions across the world.


European Law Faculties Association (ELFA)

Coventry Law School is also a member of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) with over 250 members from Europe and beyond.

Course information

Aimed at graduates in law and related fields such as business and those already working in legal practice this new course has been designed to challenge and cultivate your knowledge around international corporate law.

This course introduces you to various contemporary issues that exist in international corporate law, and provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of these issues; as well as enhancing your critical awareness of the regulation of international corporations. You will examine, in particular the obligations that corporations owe to their shareholders, their employees, states, other businesses, and society.

The course offers a number of specialist modules covering important areas of international corporate law. In the first semester, you will study a range of modules which principally consider the obligations owed by corporations to their employees and broader society. In the second semester, you will build upon the knowledge acquired in semester one, with a focus on the obligations owed by corporations to their shareholders, markets, and states.

You will be taught by experts in the field of international commercial law, with assessment designed to test both critical understanding of the law, as well as its practical application. In addition to this, you will benefit from over 50 years’ experience of teaching Law, have the opportunity to participate in the Coventry University Global Leaders programme, our CMI module, and new to 2020, have the opportunity to undertake a 1 year placement (subject to application process and additional fees).

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Across semesters one and two, you will study a wide variety of legal topics, covering areas as diverse as Comparative Corporate Criminal Law, International Labour Law and International Taxation Law, all designed to ensure you have a strong grounding in key legal principles, and how they apply to international corporate law.

In the final semester, you should choose an area to research and report for your project. You will also have the opportunity to study a module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), focused on consultancy, which can lead to a professional qualification upon successful completion.

Without professional experience option


Semester 1
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Comparative Corporate Criminal Law
  • International Labour Law
  • Research Skills
Semester 2
  • International Competition Law and Policy
  • Advanced International Corporate Law
  • International Taxation Law
  • Research Design
Semester 3
  • Global Professional Development Consultancy
  • Project

With professional experience option

The ‘professional experience’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for optional professional experience typically 11 months long, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The professional experience provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Professional experience opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Professional experience opportunities are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Comparative Corporate Criminal Law
  • International Labour Law
  • Research Skills
Semester 2
  • International Competition Law and Policy
  • Advanced International Corporate Law
  • International Taxation Law
  • Research Design
Semester 3
  • Professional Experience (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Professional Experience (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Professional Experience (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Global Professional Development Consultancy
  • Project

In more detail...

  • Guidance on research, study and writing skills together with research design and methods, in preparation for writing assessments and dissertation
  • Access to an Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) dedicated to career advice and guidance
  • Access to Legal Futures, a dedicated service for those students seeking placements and employment
  • Access to Coventry Law School’s Moot Room
  • Benefit from a Law School who are members of the International Association of Law Schools and European Law Faculties Association
  • 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
  • Opportunities to attend guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, building your professional network
  • 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)

Corporate Social Responsibility: Exploring the role of corporations in our society, the relationship between law, morality, and religion, the interconnections between ethics and globalisation. We will examine the ethics of corporate power and wealth (e.g., exploitation of labour, tax avoidance and evasion, bribery and corruption); environmental ethics and sustainable development; ethics and responsibilities within the supply chain; standards of health, safety, and security; bioethics and healthcare; and the adoption of new technologies.

Corporate Governance: Corporations occupy a central role in international business. They are the principal actors in the international business world, as well as the primary vehicles through which commerce is conducted. This course examines the ways 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 markets. We will consider the different approaches to these issues in a variety of legal systems. You will have the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the theories and policies that underpin various approaches to corporate governance.

Internationalisation of Regulation: The internationalisation of business and commerce over the past century has posed new challenges to the regulation or corporations, exascerbated further by the growth of the internet and electronic commerce. It is therefore crucial in both academic and practical contexts for lawyers to be able to critically appraise the international regulation of multinational corporations, and apply knowledge and understanding of such regulation in a practical context. This course plays a crucial role, therefore, enhancing the knowledge, understanding, and skills of lawyers and legally-interested individual.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years.

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

Teaching will principally be delivered through flexible workshops, which will include ‘lecture style’ content, in-class activities, and discursive seminars. We will draw heavily on real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within workshops. You will be expected to prepare in advance of workshops, with the aim to develop your understanding of a particular subject.

We seek to supplement teaching with regular guest lectures – from the UK, Europe, and beyond – bringing new perspectives to the material covered in class.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include, practical or project work, coursework, tests and essays.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:

  • Critically assess the theories, concepts, values, principles and rules of corporate law and governance in a global context.
  • Evidence an advanced understanding of contemporary issues and developments within international corporate law.
  • Synthesise and critique relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources, using both digital and non-digital resources, and draw reasoned conclusions.
  • Apply advanced legal knowledge to practical scenarios in the context of corporate governance and market regulation.
  • Work independently, including addressing and resolving legal and related questions, identifying gaps in their own knowledge and acquiring new knowledge, tolerating ambiguity, and engaging in critical analysis and evaluation.
  • Understand the importance of social responsibility and ethical behaviour in an academic and vocational capacity.
  • Communicate effectively, by explaining and conveying information at various levels appropriate to the audience.
  • Undertake complex research-based projects independently, including an ability to manage their work effectively, be reflective, make effective use of feedback, and to work independently and collaboratively as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course.

In your first and second semester, you should have up to 12 contact hours of teaching a week, which will include medium size teaching such as workshops.

A strong emphasis is placed on the Project module in your final semester and therefore total teaching contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of studying and revising in your own time each week, which will be both self-directed, and also guided, through the use of, for example, hand-outs or online activities.

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.

We have particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing in China. We have also established links with The University of the West Indies (Republic of Trinidad & Tobago), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Nebrija University (Spain), Brunswick European Law School (Germany), 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.

*Travel costs for mandatory field trips are covered by the University’s flying-start scheme. The cost of optional international field trips are borne by the student. All field trips are subject to availability, application and visa requirements.

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 days.

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


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.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by CU Recruitment and Admissions limited. For information regarding what might amount to “a good undergraduate degree” please contact 024 7765 2222.

 

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.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by CU Recruitment and Admissions limited. For information regarding what might amount to “a good undergraduate degree” please contact 024 7765 2222.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 politics and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by CU Recruitment and Admissions limited. For information regarding what might amount to “a good undergraduate degree” please contact 024 7765 2222.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


UK 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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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 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

Graduates on similar courses have gone on to start their legal careers at organisations such as the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Crown Prosecution Service and in high street, national and international firms specialising in commercial and business law. Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm; 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. International NGOs include PeaceDirect.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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