1 year Full time / 2 years Part time
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.
The LLM in Law and International Commerce is designed to give students an advanced appreciation of the legal, regulatory and corporate elements in the governance of international commerce. Students will gain an overall appreciation of regimes and trends and will be well suited to pursue international careers in business, law or public policy.
The LLM is designed to give students a good grounding in theories of governance and commerce so that they can gain an advanced appreciation of the legal frameworks and the roles of law in shaping and driving international commerce. Students are encouraged to take modules from the available options that cohere with their ambitions for their careers. As such, they can build the programme towards any doctrinal, corporate or commercial interests that they may have.
This introduction provides a basic overview. If you want more details of course content and structure, please contact the Programme Coordinator, Dr Ciaran O'Kelly.
Where will course graduates find employment?
The programme is specifically designed to give students a good sense of the role of law in international commerce. As such, students will develop key skills for careers in business, law or in policy.
Furthermore, the inter-disciplinary nature of the course provides students with the expertise to pursue further academic study should they so choose.
Who is the course aimed at?
The course has been designed to prove equally attractive to those transferring from an undergraduate course and those who have gained practical experience in industry or public policy.
Teaching outline and methodology
The programme is taught within a directed learning framework through weekly seminars, which provide an overview to a particular area. Students gain an appreciation of how to design effective corporate governance structures that are applicable across a range of institutional settings. These seminars offer a starting point for the completion of assessed essay questions. The second major method of testing is a dissertation, the exact subject of which is to be chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator.
Resources within the Law School
Students registered on the LLM will be able to avail of an array of seminars and workshops grounded in corporate and political governance within the Law School and beyond.
The Law School provides postgraduate students with a range of excellent facilities including a computer room with high grade PC's. Students also have access to computerized research tools such as Lexis.
All students take three full, compulsory modules, two optional half-modules and one dissertation.
The Optional Modules will be drawn from the following list. Please note that not all modules will be delivered each year.
Finally, students will write a dissertation on a relevant topic of their choosing.
The course lasts twelve months when taken full time.
The dissertation is undertaken during June to September. Dissertations are between 15,000 to 20,000 words in length. They should relate to the intersection between corporate governance and public policy. The exact nature of the dissertation and the selection of appropriate advisors will be taken by the student in consultation with the Programme Coordinator.
Programme Coordinator: Dr Ciaran O'Kelly
Some funding opportunities exist for Taught Masters programmes