Studying on this programme gives you an opportunity to complete a qualifying law degree and in doing so also specialise in how law governs both national and international business and trade. As well as fulfilling undergraduate requirements for training towards a general legal career, the LLB Commercial Law is especially suitable for students interested in pursuing a career within a commercial legal practice or employed in in-house legal services. It is also a major asset for students who wish to take a solid foundation in legal understanding and skills into management, consultancy or entrepreneurship.
Researchers in the Middlesex University School of Law are engaged in a wide range of local, national and international projects in law. Members of staff also publish influentially on commerce-related law and international relations topics and issues, ranging from banking law, telecoms regulation, intellectual property, world trade law and international maritime law through to the impact of supranational organisations on national legal and regulatory systems.
The School has excellent relationships with London-based law firms through its active participation in the Middlesex Law Society (an association of lawyers across North London), as well as with London chambers and many national bodies. The School also works extensively with international partners, including European institutions and, through our overseas campuses, where our LLB programme is offered (most notably in Mauritius and Dubai), and is developing an extensive network of partners in the Indian Ocean and the Middle East. Through such links, selected students have an opportunity to gain invaluable work experience during their course in a range of possible settings.
This course allows you to acquire specialised understanding of the increasingly valued field of commercial law within a qualifying degree in law. A wide range of optional modules is available so that you can choose subject areas well matched to your particular interests and ambitions. Students will have use of original council chambers featuring judge's bench and public gallery for mooting and lectures. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
Since this programme leads to a qualifying law degree, students take nine obligatory modules: English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, European Union Law, Tort, Land Law, and Equity and Trusts. In addition, you will also study English and International Commercial Law and Business Organisations, as well as pick from a diverse range of optional modules in year three, including World Trade Law, Intellectual Property and Media Law, Employment Law, Evidence, and Public International Law.
In a competitive but thriving legal field, graduates who combine sophisticated understanding of business with solid grounding in legal analysis and knowledge have a significant advantage.
The LLB Commercial Law will sharpen your ability to interpret and contextualise the needs of national and foreign companies, and the legal frameworks within which they operate. Decision-making processes of and norms adopted by national, European and international regulatory bodies will also be examined as these are important concerns for any enterprise doing business. The understanding and skills acquired during this course prepare you for a variety of possible career tracks: e.g. in a company law department; commercial law practice; a national or international regulatory body; in management or consultancy; as an informed entrepreneur; or in many kinds of commercial organisation.
Year One: Public Law; Contract Law; English Legal System; Legal Method
Year Two: Criminal Law; Tort; European Union Law; English and International Commercial Law.
Year Three: Land Law; Equity & Trusts; Business Organisations; plus one optional module.
Module aims: to enable the student to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law; to examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. Students will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.
The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop students competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, to develop their legal research skills and to recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law.
This module aims to broaden and expand students understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, students will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution; appreciate how to read a case and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide the students with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instill a basic understanding of a lawyer s duties toward their clients and the court.
Module aims: To examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State; To provide student awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State; To consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the dispute resolution role of the lawyer and to acquire some of the skills relevant to that role. It will provide an opportunity for students to engage with key techniques, strategies, theories, values and cultural issues relating to the negotiation process; provide an understanding of the place of Alternative Dispute Resolution within the legal system; and an opportunity for students to evaluate critically aspects of the theoretical basis for mediation as a means of dispute resolution and the place of mediation with the legal system. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.
Module aims: to build on the students previous studies in law and to examine the general principles underlying the legal protection given to consumers under both the civil and the criminal law and the many ways those principles are applied. Students will also gain knowledge of areas of central importance in consumer protection and will be encouraged to explore the relevant social and business context within which the law operates. A key purpose of the module is training in writing, presentation and research.
The module enables students to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. Students will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law.
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union EU and of the rules governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU s internal market; to apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and to develop the student s skills of information retrieval from a range of sources, in accordance with the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board for the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. The key principles governing the free movement of goods, persons and services and capital will also be covered.
This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. Students will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. This course aims to introduce students to contemporary human rights issues in the theory and practice of international relations and within domestic jurisdictions. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide students with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise students career potential, providing them with an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening students knowledge of law and to becoming sensitive to other values and normative regimes.
This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of legal theorists and jurisprudential schools of thought ranging from the work of the ancient Greeks through to postmodernism. Students will be provided with an overview of the central thinking of various philosophers and will examine both the historical and cultural context within which these theories were developed and their relevance to the legal issues of our own time. Throughout the module students will consider law s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.
This module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise.
Module aims: to provide the students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing the various business organisations and business relationships in the United Kingdom; enable comparisons to be drawn between the laws relating to the various business organisations/relationships and to evaluate their different purposes; perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable students to bring this together with previously learned legal principles. The module will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of a selected area of the law of business organisations.
This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of Child and Family Law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse the development of both the legal and policy framework regulating child and adult relationships. The module will explore the tensions arising from the use of state intervention in to the sphere of the family with regard to issues of privacy, autonomy and welfare. Having taken this module students will have not only an appreciation of key areas of law and procedure affecting children and adults but also be sensitive to the complexities of the wider social issues raised.
This module aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of employment law and deepens the student s appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas; to encourage a critical appreciation of employment law and enable students to place the subject in the context of both their working and non-working lives. Having taken this module, students will have an appreciation of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination.
This module is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies. It builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. Students critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law, to analyse practical problems accurately and to debate issues at a high level of understanding is developed.
Module aims: to engage students in an active investigation of the practical rules and abstract principles underlying the operation of the Law of Evidence in criminal and civil trials. The module will enable them to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of their own value system. It builds on their knowledge of the substantive law by placing it in the context of trial practice. A key purpose of the module is training in advanced level writing, argument, analysis and legal research.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of immigration control, nationality law and asylum in the UK. The module will place legal controls in their historical, social and political context and will require students to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of the various legal mechanisms.
Module aims: to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The course builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Students ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with their personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.
Module aims: The module will examine the relationship between medical law and ethics and the role of the law on defining the doctor/patient relationship. The module will explore consent to treatment, consent issues relating to incompetent adults as well as minors and medical treatment. Clinical negligence will be explored as well as selected issues relating to beginning of life such as abortion, surrogacy and end of life issues such as euthanasia and assisted suicide. The module will also introduce mental health law and the law regulating medical research. The module will give an opportunity for an in-depth study of a selected area of medical law.
This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by the student, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.
Module aims: to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of public international law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. Whether it is debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes, questions of public international law are often in the news.
This module provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. Students will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.
This module examines different approaches to lawyering in the historical and contemporary contexts of the UK and globally. Best practice and lessons learnt from this examination will inform a critical appraisal of how the power of law might be deployed effectively to produce social change, community representation, human rights promotion/protection or to challenge abuses of (state) power. The module will utilise innovative techniques in a reflective learning approach. Students will hear from leading practitioners in different fields of law both from the UK and globally, as well as from practitioners with experiences of historical struggles for justice using different lawyering skills or legal strategies on how to develop a multidimensional approach to lawyering. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.
Employers in commercial organisations are often highly specific about what they want from graduates: not only solid grounding in the subject area but also confident analytic and professional communication skills.
You will gain both through an innovative combination of interactive lectures, seminar discussion, debates and simulations, projects (including some group work), task-based workshops, and mooting (i.e. advocacy in simulated appeal court hearings). Emphasis is placed on understanding issues that arise in often complex areas of law and on applying legal frameworks in a variety of commercial relationships and settings. Research collaborations engaged in by programme staff attract world-class scholars and practitioners to the School, who are happy to share their experience and engage with students during visits.
You will be assessed by demonstrating your knowledge and skills in a combination of coursework tasks, exams and projects, as well as in presentations and mooting.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or higher
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You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course requires you to have an interview. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and to explore why you want to study the subject with us. Full details of the interview process will be provided when you apply.
For students primarily interested in a career in legal practice, this course fulfils the standard undergraduate degree requirement for progressing to professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor, whether in a commercial specialisation or in general practice. Alongside this established career track, the programme equips graduates with up-to-date understanding of the legal needs of companies and organisations, as well as the policies and regulatory norms that govern companies and commercial transactions. It is also useful preparation for a career in management or consultancy.
Students on the programme will be considered for placements in a large number of London-based, national and international companies and other bodies. This is arranged and overseen by the School's Clinical Legal Education team, which is led by Susan Scott-Hunt, an academic in the Department who is both a US-educated lawyer and also a qualified solicitor in England & Wales.
This degree is accredited and recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). It satisfies entry requirements for the Legal Practice Course (if you are an aspiring solicitor) and Bar Professional Training Course (if you are an aspiring barrister).
Our Employability Service will support you in demonstrating that you have gained the skills that employers are looking for. Staff in the Service will also help you gain further valuable work experience in your chosen field.
The Service runs workshops, events and one-to-one support in job hunting, polishing CVs, writing covering letters, succeeding at interviews, and professional networking. It can support you practically in securing part-time work, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, and assists entrepreneurial students in their efforts to launch their own business ventures. Find out more here.
Careers you may pursue after graduating include barrister; solicitor; manager; consultant; and civil servant or public official (e.g. employed in a regulatory body, trade association or other commercial body). Employment is also possible in a range of capacities in international organisations; NGOs in different fields; and charitable bodies – all of these internationally as well as in the UK.