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International Business Law LLM

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Overview

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

Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

Department

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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 £50 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.

Please note: References are no longer required to assess candidates for the LLM Master of Laws, though references may be requested in borderline cases.

Personal statement and supporting information

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Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

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

International Business Law 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 LLM module list that can be found by clicking here.

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

Structure

  • Required Modules

    You will have to take one of the following writing projects:

    • Dissertation (40 credits)

    • Dissertation (60 credits)

    • 10,000 word practice or research module (40 credits)

     

    Optional Modules

    In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 120-140 credits from a range
    of optional modules. Students who wish to specialise within a certain pathway must ensure that at least 120 credits are taken within that pathway.

    Examples of modules available with the International Business Law LLM:

    • Restitution Of Unjust Enrichment

    • International & Comparative Trust Law

    • International Business Litigation

    • International Tax Law

    • International Trade & Shipping Law

    • Law Of International Finance 1

    • Taxation Of Business Enterprises

    • Transnational & Comparative Commercial & Financial Law

    • World Trade Law

    • International Investment Law

    • Transnational Corporate Restructuring

    • Corporate Governance

    • Law Of International Finance 2 – International Project Finance & Loan Sales

    • Law Of International Finance 3 – Securitisations Derivatives & CDOS

    • Electronic Commerce Law

    • International Investment Arbitration

    • International Commercial Arbitration

    • Competition Law In Financial Services

    • International & Comparative Oil & Gas Law

    • Transnational Property Law

    • Law Of Restitution

    • Insurance of Commercial Risks

    • Principles of Insurance Law

    • Reinsurance Law

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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

£15,000 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£7,500 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,400 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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