LL.M International Business & Commercial Law (12 Months FT / 24 Months PT)

Welcome to Ealing Law School

Our law and criminology courses, with their distinctive focus on law in action, are delivered by highly qualified staff and designed to provide you with a well-rounded, skills-based and professionally relevant qualification. Our impressive on-site facilities boast a court room, equipped with state of the art technology including laptops and video equipment for judges/advocates, and is ideal for student mooting competitions.

Beyond the classroom we encourage you to get involved in the provision of legal advice to the local community, under the supervision of solicitors and barristers. There's a great social side to the school, with regular events and speakers from our impressive network of partners across London - the heart of the legal world.

The professionally focused courses at Ealing Law School will help you develop the knowledge and skills to forge a successful career in law or criminology. Our committed staff - dedicated professionals with a range of academic, practical and professional experience, are always on hand to help with your studies.

Therefore we host regular events with lawyers, judges, police officers, prosecutors and honorary professors, and our Law School Advisory Board comprises respected and experienced judges, broadcasters, solicitors and barristers, who give of their time and expertise to our Law School. 
The school benefits from a dedicated law library and mock courtroom. The school also enjoys close ties to the Middlesex Law Society (MLS) where new students can take part in the MLS Young Members Group. There you will have the chance to attend lectures from past students, find mentors and access job training opportunities.

The LLM (Master of Laws) courses:

We offer specialist LLMs focused on UK, European and International law

Our LLM (Master of Laws) course at the University is distinct from other London-based masters' degree courses for many reasons.

We offer:
  • specialist LLMs focused on UK, European and International law
  • close interaction with course tutors thanks to our excellent staff-to-student ratio
  • pre-LLM training to help with your studies
  • dedicated lecturers with academic, practical and professional experience relevant to the courses they teach
  • guest speakers, including international practitioners, who teach commercial awareness of how law operates in the real world
  • the top modern London-based law school according to the Guardian's University Guide 2013
  • a fantastic West London location close to parks, cafes and restaurants and only a short tube ride away from Central London.
We're proud to say that students from all over the world come to study with us, often staying to complete their doctoral (PhD) studies.  

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Course summary

This course is designed to introduce to you the theory and practice of international business regulation in the context of globalisation. London is the centre for global banking, finance and trade; you will therefore be well placed to take advantage of the excellent links with the major corporations.

The LLM International Business and Commercial Law course is aimed at students seeking to understand and work as a legal expert in the area of multinational corporations. Covering laws on business structure, corporate process, taxation, intellectual property, dispute resolution and legal aspects of international finance, the course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that are in high demand in the banking and finance sector. The course will also allow you to tailor the course to meet your personal and professional needs.

With London being the centre for global banking, finance and trade, you will be well placed to take advantage of the University's excellent links with major corporations to help you undertake your dissertation and develop your career prospects.

Course Details

This course focuses on international business law from a global perspective, identifying key characteristics of doing business in an international environment, main sources of regulation, key concepts of contract and corporate law.

You will also be introduced to business dispute resolution and explore the concepts of corporate social responsibility and, in particular, doing business in developing countries. The course also touches on other common law and civil law jurisdictions, and gives students a critical comparative law approach to international commercial law.

Course Structure

Sep - Semester One   Sep - Semester One
Legal Aspects of International Finance     Legal Aspects of International Finance 
International Commercial law     Research methodology
Research methodology     
Jan - Semester Two    Jan - Semester Two 
Laws on International Business Structures    
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law   International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law
    Sep - Semester Three
    International Commercial law 
    Jan - Semester Four
    Laws on International Business Structures
    Dissertation (hand in deadline 31 Aug)
  • FT course 12 months long.
  • PT course 24 months long.
  • Students may start in Sep or Jan.  
  • Full-time students commencing in Sep must complete their dissertation by 31 August.
  • Full-time students commencing in Jan must complete their dissertation by 30 April.


 International Commercial Law
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues in international private transactions. The module focuses heavily on the traditional commercial sale and finance of such transactions, but it also incorporates principles of Intellectual Property Law, the knowledge of which is essential in the context of modern international business.

 Legal Aspects of International Finance
The module studies international finance from an English law perspective and within the context of the practical and theoretical issues that arise. Covering key methods of international finance, such as syndicate loans, debenture, financial derivatives, and also touching other jurisdictions such as the US, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, this module provides you with a comparative approach to the law of international finance.

 Research Methodology
This module provides a thorough basis for Masters level research methods. It addresses core content areas appropriate to research in a legal context, and supports you to achieve appropriate levels of competence in these areas, as well as broadening your knowledge of research tools.

 Laws on International Business Structures
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues involved in business organisations trading across jurisdictions

 International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
This module provides you with a detailed introduction to both the theory and practice of international commercial arbitration and mediation, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of a particular subject area, by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. Your dissertation will develop and test your ability to conceptualise, appraise and critically evaluate a significant topic relating to the legal issues surrounding international banking and finance (13,000-15,000 words)

Entry requirements:

A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification with appropriate law content.

Students with three years' legal or relevant commercial work experience will also be considered subject to interviews.

Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). 

Teaching methods:

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group sessions, practical experience and workshops. We teach two modules each week, over four hours of teaching time. In addition, students will complete a 15,000 word dissertation, which will be supported by a Research Methodology module.


Term 1
 International Commercial Law
Exam 70%, Coursework 30%
 Legal Aspects of International Finance
Exam 70%, Coursework 30%
 Laws on International Business Structures
Exam 70%, Coursework 30%
Term 2
 International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
Exam 40%, Coursework 40%, Reflective Journal 20%
 Research Methodology

Career and study progression:

Our aim is to produce graduates who have employment prospects with multinational corporations, because they understand the legal regulations and constraints of international business, as well as the financial world of international trade agencies and multinational corporations.

You can seek employment opportunities in careers with investment, law, consultancy and accounting firms, especially those focusing on international practice. Practising legal professionals and human resource professionals can use their qualification and the skills and knowledge they have gained on the course to progress in their chosen field.

Study progression:

On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies with Ealing Law School and progress on to a PhD.

What our students say:

Emmanuel Adomako Nuakoh
'I knew very little about the University of West London till my search to pursue an LLM in Banking and Finance led me to Ealing Law School at UWL. However, that year not many students had applied for that particular course. I therefore sought advice from the then Head of the Law School (Kwame Akuffo) who talked me through the differences between Banking and Finance and the other option which was International Business and Commercial Law. He explained that I could get the most from my course by doing my dissertation in banking which was the only subject not part of International Business and Commercial Law course.
I completed in 2012 with an LLM in International Business and Commercial Law. Today I find myself working in the legal department of a Chinese construction firm whose dealings are mostly in line with International business and commerce. I do not know whether it was divine intervention or coincidence but all I know is that I was pointed in the right direction and today I can proudly say I am an alumnus of the University of West London.'

Melanie Berry
'Arriving in London as an Australian qualified Lawyer I would definitely recommend the LLM course at the University of West London as a step toward a further fulfilling and rewarding legal career. During my studies I  also gained a work placement in a prestigious international law firm, working in the commercial litigation department. My LLM studies have had a direct impact and my ability to provide a specialised skill has been invaluable.'
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