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International Business Law LLM



This well-known specialist LLM, led by a team of reputed academics, explores the complex legal issues arising out of international banking, trade and business from the standpoint of both transactional perspective and dispute settlement mechanisms (litigation and arbitration). Particularly oriented towards practice in these fields, the modules have a strong international dimension.

Key benefits

  • Reputed teaching team made up of senior academics with a strong practitioner background, giving the specialist LLM its strength and credibility.
  • Oriented towards professional practice; approaches the law and teaching from a problem-solving standpoint, with emphasis on critical analysis of the law and its development and practical application.
  • Unrivalled location in the heart of legal London, with links to the global law firms and the Bar.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years to four years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Law Society CPD points

Course intake 360 overall for the LLM (FT and PT)

Course leaders Professor Ravi Tennekoon

Course contact for further information Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7171 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements to be considered for the LLM:

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.

Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies (such as a Graduate Diploma in Law) and where work or experience (at least three years legal work experience) has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer.

Applications for this programme are competitive. 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable).

All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our specialist LLMs. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to programme/module leaders before you make a decision on whether to do a specialist or tailored LLM.


Personal statement and supporting information

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date and up to 01 July 2016 applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


The LLM will focus its core on international trading and financial/banking transactions (eg. modules such as International Trade Law and the Law of International Finance) and the resolution of international business disputes through arbitration and/or business litigation (eg modules such as International Commercial & Investment Arbitration and International Business Transactions – Litigation).

It is strongly oriented towards practice in these fields and therefore has a support group of relevant comparative law modules that are regarded as being useful to working in this area, such as Transnational & Comparative Commercial & Financial Law and International & Comparative Law of Trusts.

The regulation of global trade under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation and the taxation of international business is also covered.

The leader of this pathway is Professor Ravi Tennekoon.

Course purpose

This highly respected LLM aims to offer a unique student experience by taking advantage of our outstanding and wide ranging academic reputation in this field, with emphasis on innovative and problem-solving teaching methods as well as our comparative and international outlook.

This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Further literature

LLM brochure

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. Please see further details for each individual module in the module list below.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.


  • Required Modules

    You may choose to study one of our six specialist LLMs or create a unique programme tailored to your areas of interest. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to module leaders before you make a decision on whether to undertake a specialist or tailored LLM.

    For all options, you will need to study full or half-modules that add up to a total of 180 credits. A list of all modules is shown below. Each module is worth 40 credits (with half modules worth 20 credits). You will need to select modules of your choice that add up to 120 credits in total.

    To achieve the additional 60 credits you need to choose between guided LLM research options, which include a longer dissertation or shorter research essay requirement.



Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks.

The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

13,800 (2016)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

19,800 (2016)

Generous scholarships are available to support the brightest and best students. for more information on these scholarships and how you can apply, please click the link here.

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