Masters | Postgraduate Course - International Corporate and Commercial Law LLM Course Details within University of York

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International Corporate and Commercial Law LLM

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Why study International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law at York? The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law puts York at the forefront of legal education on corporations. It takes a comparative and international approach to the key areas of corporate governance and corporate and commercial law. The contextual approach taken in this LLM enables an understanding of why different countries adopt different laws and governance approaches and how they respond to economic and social pressures. It assesses these approaches in times of economic stability and in crisis, with particular reference to the current crisis. The course particularly focuses on corporate governance and on commercial transactions. The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law aims to provide: a critical understanding of the process of corporate globalization an in depth and contextual coverage of the main topics in corporate governance and commercial law At the end of the course students should: have an understanding of the economic and social context in which commercial decisions take place an understanding of the nature of the company and company law and how this and corporate governance operates a conceptual framework in which to understand these developments

Module details

The programme reflects the latest innovations in legal education including York’s pioneering Problem-Based Learning as well as more traditional lectures and seminars. Its research led teaching is built on the world class scholarship of the School’s staff. Our postgraduates are drawn from all over the world giving you the opportunity to study with and learn from a truly international group. The LLM in International Corporate Governance and Commercial Law is a taught programme of one year. It runs from October to the following September. On the LLM you will study 180 credits. 120 credits are studied through a mix of compulsory and optional taught modules. The remaining 60 credits are obtained through undertaking a 15,000 word dissertation. The programme is structured in the following way: Autumn term: 50 credits (Introduction to Comparative Law; Law and Commercial Transactions; International Corporate Governance and Company Law) Spring term: 60 credits (Students will choose three 20-credit optional modules) Summer term/Summer: 70 credits (Research Skills and Methods, Dissertation) Core and compulsory modules (Autumn Term and Summer Term 50 credits) International Corporate Governance and Company Law (Autumn term, 20 credits) Corporate governance is at the heart of current global responses to the financial crisis. This module provides a contextual framework in which to understand and critically evaluate corporate governance and company law. It considers international and national corporate governance with particular focus on Anglo-American systems. Law and Commercial Transactions (Autumn term, 20 credits) This module evaluates the fundamental ideas and concepts underlying commercial law including its sources and institutions. It examines contracts for the sale of goods in English, European and International law, including specific clauses commonly used in international business transactions, in its commercial context. Introduction to Comparative Law (Autumn term, 10 credits) This module introduces you to the study of commercial law in its international context, by considering methods of undertaking comparative legal studies. It provides students with an introduction to the workings of the common law compared to the codified civil law. Research Skills and Methods (Summer term, 10 credits) This module is designed to prepare students for their dissertation. It will introduce students to a variety of research methodologies and key research skills. At the end of the module, students will prepare a ‘research proposal’ for their dissertation. Optional Modules (Spring Term, 60 credits) Students may choose three options from the following: Corporate Social Responsibility Intellectual Property European Competition Law Financial Crime International Business Negotiations Financial Citizenship and Social Justice (Please note that options may change or not be available.) Dissertation (Summer Term and Summer, 60 credits) Students will write a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice and under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will be supported in the preparation of the dissertation proposal during the ‘Research Skills and Methods’ module. Students have a wide flexibility in choosing their topic and they are encouraged to make the most of the international flavour of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in Law, management, or one of the social sciences, with honours (2.1 or higher, or its equivalent). Applicants with equivalent legal professional, management or commercial experience will also be considered on a case by case basis. English language requirements If English is not your first language and you have not completed an undergraduate degree in English we will need evidence of your English language ability to the required level, in addition to any academic entry requirements. We accept: IELTS - a minimum of 7.0 Writing - 7.0 Speaking - 6.5 Reading - 6.5 Listening - 6.5 Pearson (PTE) - a minimum of 67 Writing - 67 Speaking - 61 Reading - 61 Listening - 61

Student Destinations

It is widely known in the legal sector that those graduating from York Law School with a postgraduate degree possess legal minds of the highest calibre and, as such, our graduates are always in demand.

On average, an outstanding 94.2% of those graduating with a postgraduate degree in Law between 2009 and the present day had secured employment or further study after leaving York.

While most of our postgraduate students choose to enter legal fields, others go on to gain employment in the following sectors: finance, health and social work, public administration and retail.

Notable employers include: DWF LLP, the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Parabis Group, Amnesty International.

The most common job titles are: Lawyer, Litigation Paralegal, Solicitor, Commercial in-house lawyer and Attorney-at-Law.