Our flexible LLM gives you the freedom to tailor your studies to suit your career aspirations, and graduate with an LLM in International Business Law, Business Law or Law depending on the modules you choose and the subject of your dissertation. On this course you will delve deeper into core aspects of business law and regulations in domestic and international contexts. We will introduce you to common law and civil law legal systems, and compare approaches to legislative interpretation, use of precedent and codification.
From international trade contracts to the international exploitation of intellectual property rights, or examination of how the internet works and the legal problems that arise from it, the areas of study we offer within the international private corporate and commercial law specialism are vast and specialised.
Our diverse range of modules equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop your career, whether you want to work in law, management, exporting, consultancy, or academia. Study in a setting that encourages debate and meaningful discussions on international business practices, and protections that the law gives. Your learning will also benefit from the close links that Leicester De Montfort Law School maintains with local and national companies.
- Gain an edge in this competitive field and set yourself up for international employment opportunities by learning in greater depth about the common law and civil law approaches to business law.
- Design your own course. The diverse range of specialist modules within the course will allow you to tailor your studies to meet your career aspirations.
- Enjoy a diverse learning experience with students from other legal systems.
- Widen your career options. This course will prepare you for employment in international fields such as management, exporting and consultancy or academia.
- Learn from lecturers with extensive academic international experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. In addition to academic and research expertise, the teaching team also includes experienced legal practitioners, to give the course a balance of practical and academic focus.
“The course took the learning content beyond the remit of the classroom by providing us with real-world challenges and showing us the implications of legal procedures on business practices.” – Merul Parekh, LLM International Business Law graduate
Structure and assessment
The course begins with an induction week with a range of sessions introducing the course, library resources, the optional modules (with a view to assisting you in your choice of options), research skills and general orientation sessions. You will also be allocated a personal tutor.
Following the induction week, you will study two core modules:
Introduction to Comparative Business Law – introduces you to common law and civil law legal systems, and compares and contrasts their different approaches to legislative interpretation, use of precedent and codification. It also examines the role of European Union law in attempting to harmonise the law relating to contract.
Research Methods – this module looks at the main methods of social science research, including qualitative and quantitative. It considers the elements of valid and reliable research and the various approaches that can be considered in designing a research strategy. Technical skills of research in law in the UK and EU will also be covered.
You must also select a further 90 credits of taught modules for study in the first and second semesters in accordance with your interests and needs from a range of 15 and 30-credit optional modules. As you have chosen the international business law pathway, at least 30 credits must be selected from one or more of the following modules with an international business law emphasis:
- International Sales Law (15 credits) – covers international trade contracts, Incoterms, the Vienna Convention, modes of trade finance, payment and resolution of trade disputes
- International Carriage of Goods (15 credits) – looks at bills of lading and other shipping documents, international carriage of goods conventions, including Hague Visby, Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules as well as problems of multimodal transport
- International Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights (15 credits) – examines the nature of intellectual property (IP) law, evaluates its justifications and explores the global structure of international IP law. You will focus on: the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of IP (TRIPS) 1994; the Berne Convention; the Madrid Protocol and the European competition law that effects its exploitation. This module also investigates: the Community Design Regime, the Community Trade Mark; the national structure of copyright and patent; issues of international enforcement specific to IP; and the comparative differences in US law. You will also look at the international agreements for IP licensing and distributorship, including the impact of EU competition law upon them and review of the exploitation of image rights across all IP fields
- Private International Law (15 credits) studies domicile, jurisdiction under EU and traditional rules, choice of law and enforcement of judgments
- EU Competition Law 1 (15 credits) – explores the economics of competition, the scope of EU competition law, abuse of a dominant position (Article 102), prohibition against restrictive practices (Article 101) and vertical agreements
- EU Competition Law 2 (15 credits) – studies merger control, public enforcement, private enforcement and state aid. Completion of EU Competition Law 1 is a pre-condition for study of this module
- European E-Commerce Law (15 credits) – looks at how the internet works and the legal problems that arise from it. You will explore how contracts are formed electronically, the Brussels Regulations on Jurisdiction, the Rome Regulation on choice of law and the EU’s e-commerce regulations and directives. This module also covers e-signatures, payment for goods and services over the internet, the Distance Selling directive, the sale and supply of goods to consumers, spam, data protection, on-line market places and what to do if a transaction goes wrong
You must also complete a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) over the summer period on a topic that is relevant to an aspect of international business law. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to study an aspect of international business law that is of particular interest to you.
Note: Please note that modules are offered subject to minimum demand and availability of staff and may change each year. All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Thanks to the staff expertise and the mentoring element of the course, the Law School maintains close links with both local and national companies.
This offers graduates a host of opportunities when seeking employment. The LLM is a good preparation for PhD study for those seeking academic careers.
An understanding of International Business Law is relevant to those seeking careers in exporting and International Business in addition to law.
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