Law LLM 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT096

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £8,350

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Overview

We live in a society governed by a complex legal framework but how much do we really understand the rights we have and the obligations we must abide by?

Our new LLM in Law will provide you with an opportunity to explore this area and develop your knowledge around Law, particularly in areas affected by international and comparative law. You will be introduced to the relevant rules, values and institutions of comparative and international law, which then feed into, and challenge your learning, through study topics including public international law, international human rights, commercial law, and corporate social responsibility.

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

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

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.


International Association of Law

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.

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 student, 2016

Course information

Our new LLM in Law has been designed to challenged and cultivate your knowledge around Law. The focus is on international and comparative law but also offers the flexibility of selecting more diverse legal topics from our suite of LLMs.

The course will introduce you to the relevant rules, values and institutions of comparative and international law, which then feed into, and challenge your learning, through study topics including public international law, international human rights, commercial law, and corporate social responsibility. The course allows you to acquire substantive and practical knowledge of international and comparative law, which can then be employed in commercial and other practice.

You will be taught by experts in the field of 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 International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and Commercial Law, all designed to ensure you have a strong grounding in key legal principles.

In the final semester, you should choose an area to research and report for your project.

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.

Also in your final semester, 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
  • Research Skills
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Commercial Law in Action
  • Public International Law
Semester 2
  • Research Design
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Sale of Goods
  • Contemporary Issues in International Human Right Law
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
  • Research Skills
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Commercial Law in Action
  • Public International Law
Semester 2
  • Research Design
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Sale of Goods
  • Contemporary Issues in International Human Right Law
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

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Guidance on research, study and writing skills together with research design and methods, in preparation for writing assessments and dissertation.
  • Over 50 years’ experience teaching Law at Coventry University
  • Benefit from a Law School who are members of the International Association of Law Schools and European Law Faculties Association
  • 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
  • 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, giving you the opportunity to build on 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.

  • Public International and Comparative Law in Practice: An advanced knowledge and understanding of public international law is important for anyone seeking to work within this field of law. International lawyers draw upon both their legal knowledge and practical skills in order to apply them to the various and often complex situations and cases involving the application of international legal norms. This course incorporates a practice-oriented approach to study by challenging you to apply your knowledge and skills to contemporary issues affecting the interaction between States, as well as between States and non-State actors within the global community. 
  • The Internationalisation of Human Rights:The regulation of human rights at the regional and international levels serves as a means through which State behaviour is adapted in order to prevent and punish human rights abuses committed by and through State actors. It is therefore important within both academic and practical contexts for lawyers and legally-interested individuals to be able to critically analyse the way in which human rights frameworks serve to regulate the practice of human rights within the global system of States. This course therefore plays a crucial role in enhancing the knowledge, understanding, and skills of lawyers and legally-interested individuals.   
  • 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.
  • International Trade: Free and fair trade is crucial to the global economy. The conduct of international trade is regulated by both international institutions, such as the World Trade Organisations, and substantive rule such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. This course examines both the content of these international rules and their institutional setting. This course further considers the effects of international trade law on economies, global development, citizens, the environment, and international equity. 
  • Commercial Practice: An ability to place advanced knowledge and understanding in a practical context is crucial for any practicing lawyer. Commercial lawyers draw from a broad base of legal knowledge and skills and apply them to situations which are often both contentious and complex. This course incorporates a practice-oriented approach to study, allowing you to develop your skills as commercial lawyers by analysing complex scenarios and providing advice; considering the fiscal implications of commercial transactions; and debating remedies to commercial disputes in a courtroom setting. 
  • 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, in 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 expository ‘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.

Teaching methods include: lectures, workshops and tutorials.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will 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, you should be able to:

  • Evidence a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, values, principles and rules of international law within an institutional, social and global context.
  • Critically understand the various theories, concepts, values and principles of constitutional law within comparative constitutions.
  • Evidence an understanding of contemporary issues and developments within various areas of constitutional law, public international law and human rights, and commercial and corporate law
  • Identify, synthesise and critically analyse relevant and in-depth information from primary and secondary legal sources, using both digital and non-digital resources.
  • Draw reasoned and critical conclusions through the application of legal principles and knowledge to complex real-life and/or hypothetical legal, political and commercial problems.
  • Evidence enhanced intellectual independence including addressing and resolving legal and related questions, acquiring new knowledge, addressing and resolving ambiguity and engaging in critical analysis and evaluation.
  • Appreciate and demonstrate an awareness 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, and demonstrate self-management and an ability to work and research independently and collaboratively in order to enhance employability.
  • 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.

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.

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) 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


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £8,350 (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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £8,350 (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!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £14,000 (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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 student, 2016

Career prospects

The LLM aims to provide you with knowledge of international and comparative law and affairs in areas such as constitutional law, international affairs and international commercial and corporate law, 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, International and 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 students 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
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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