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LLB Commercial Law

Gain expertise in how law governs both national and international business and trade.
Code
M293
Start
September 2020
Duration
3 years full-time
4 or 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Ciara Staunton

Why study commercial law with us

Our commercial law degree gives you the initial skills and qualifications to pursue qualified solicitor or barrister status in England and Wales.

Commercial law courses give you the foundational skills and training to advance your career in commercial law, commerce or business – and our LLB Commercial Law is recognised as the first stage of professional legal education by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Building a specialist understanding of commercial law, you’ll enhance your awareness of the various contexts in which the law operates. You’ll also learn to analyse and evaluate a variety of legal systems through work-based and skills-based modules. Here, you’ll gain hands-on experience that’s relevant to both the legal profession and the wider commercial sectors.

Developing your practical legal skills

You’ll have the option to transfer to one of our overseas campuses in Mauritius or Dubai for a year (or more) of your studies.

We’ll match you with professional legal bodies and practitioners who will help you develop specialist mooting and mediation skills. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in national and international mooting and mediation competitions. You can also experience the buzz and atmosphere of the court room in our specialist chambers located inside Hendon Town Hall, which was built in 1901.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience with work-based and skills-based modules that will help you prepare practically and professionally for your career.

You’ll be at the heart of legal innovation, with plenty of support from tutors who are nationally and internationally-recognised experts in their chosen fields of law.

Get the support you need to succeed

During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.

Aside from being a route to pursuing a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal executive or paralegal, commercial law courses open up career opportunities in sectors that range from business and management to education and government. In fact, 82% of students are satisfied with this course (NSS, 2018).


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What will you study on the LLB Commercial Law?

In Year 1, you will study English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law. Year 2 will focus on Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law, English and International Commercial Law, and in Year 3 you will study Land Law, Equity and Trusts, Company Law plus one optional module (if part-time, these modules will be studied over 4 or 6 years).

You will develop your knowledge and understanding, and cognitive and practical skills, through lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed study using a variety of resources, including the library and e-learning.

What will you gain?

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 knowledge and understanding you will gain includes primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how the laws are made and developed, of the institutions within which the law is administered and the personnel who practise law. You will understand a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, and the complexities of commercial law.

The cognitive and practical skills you will gain will allow you to identify accurately and analyse legal issues by applying knowledge of legal principles and concepts to complex practical situations and make reasoned judgments based on informed understanding of arguments. You will have the ability to research and interpret the primary and secondary source material of law and apply the findings to the solution of legal problems, and evaluate and judge the value of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to commercial law and a range of legal topics.

You will undertake independent research and identify, retrieve, investigate and manage information from a range of academic sources, both paper and electronic, and from websites to produce up-to-date and relevant information, and then be able to use and apply correct and accurate legal terminology orally in moots and presentations and in writing.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • English Legal System (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you 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. You will 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. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Legal Method (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, you 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 you with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instil a basic understanding of a lawyer's duties toward their clients and the court.

    • Contract Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you 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 your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Public Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2

    • Criminal Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you 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. You 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 is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Tort (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The 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. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • EU Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. 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. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • English and International Commercial Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of the origin, history and contemporary principles of commercial law. It will introduce the most important of those legal issues arising in commercial transactions, both those completed within England and those that cross jurisdictional lines. The module will present and analyse the concepts of property, the role of agents, and the matters of payment, finance and security. You will gain exposure to conflict of laws and efforts to harmonise national law in order to facilitate trade, manage risk, and to litigate or otherwise resolve disputes. The module will introduce international trade terms, contracts of carriage, and insurance. Legal issues arising from electronic commerce will also be considered.

  • Year 3

    • Land Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Equity and Trusts (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon your 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. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • UK Company Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing companies and other business organisations in the United Kingdom. Comparisons are drawn between the laws underpinning the various business organisations/relationships and their different purposes are evaluated. A framework of basic principles of company law is provided, with some detail of how these principles are worked out in practice. The module will further aim to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable you to bring this together with previously learned legal principles.

    • Global Trade Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the international legal framework for international trade provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The importance of the WTO has dramatically increased in the last two decades, shaping the global trade regimes and regulatory governance. You are provided with a thorough understanding and knowledge of global trade regimes, an overview of globalisation and contemporary international economic relations, the regulation of international trade through the WTO, and the relationship among international trade, harmonisation of the law and trade-related issues. The course aims to deepen your understanding of the origins, structure, rationale and scope of the global trading system. Its objective is to enable you to demonstrate your legal and multidisciplinary knowledge, analytical skills and understanding through extended writing in a cogent and appropriate writing style.

    • Advanced Mooting and Advocacy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide 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. You 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.

    • Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by you, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      Placement learning aims to link academic learning to a placement organisation providing an opportunity to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge from University to the placement and future employment. This practical experience module provides the means for students to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged the student will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of their learning. The placement learning experience provides for two types of placement; standard placements and project based placements. The placement experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills of self-expression, communication, self reliance and co-operation. Students will also engage in risk assessment.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the LLB Commercial Law support your career?

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.

As a Qualifying Law Degree, the LLB Commercial Law satisfies the requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for the academic stage of training. Upon successful completion of the LLB, you may pursue the second (or ‘vocational’) stage of professional training via the Legal Practice Course (solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (barristers).

There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management,administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Executive, Paralegal, or in a community advisory role.

You could also choose to continue into further study on courses such as the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or master's programmes in law as well as related subjects.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops,events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Dr Ciara Staunton
Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Staunton is a lecturer in Law with research interests in the governance of medical research, particularly new and emerging technologies. She received a BCL and a LLM (Public Law) from the National University of Ireland, Galway after which she worked as a legal researcher at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland. She returned to NUI Galway to complete her PhD for which she was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship (2010-2013). During this time she was a visiting researcher at the Hastings Centre in New York. Prior to joining Middlesex, she completed her post-doctoral research at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where she also co-ordinated the Advancing Research Ethics in Southern Africa program.

Professor Joshua Castellino
Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Law and the Business School

Professor Castellino has authored and edited eight books in international law and human rights law, and a range of journal articles and other outputs. He regularly engages with multilateral organizations and with Law Societies and NGOs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, and is on the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Professor Laurent Pech
Professor of European Law, Head of the Law and Politics Department, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17)

Professor Pech is the author of two books and more than seventy scholarly publications, on such subjects as the rule of law in the EU, the scope of application of European human rights standards or freedom of expression in comparative law.

Dr Scott Morrison
Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Morrison's principal research interests deal with capital markets, corporate finance, fixed income securities, structured financial instruments and securitisation, and banking law more broadly, in which he exhibits a range of publications and research grants and projects; in particular he is currently engaged in research concerning the development and regulation of Islamic finance and investment, and retail banking both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

  • David Eniolorunfe Oshame

    LLB Law student

    I was motivated to study the LLB as, not only is it a prestigious course, I felt it was the best option for me to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. I was also confident the course would allow me to work in a large number of organisations either as a legal practitioner, legal advisor or legal representative after I graduate.

    Every aspect of the course has been really exciting, as you can apply what you learn in modules to everyday legal issues. Most importantly, the course has improved my ability to think logically and it has taught me about the importance of precision in my work, which is essential if I'm going to work in the field of Law.

  • Jane-Bridgette Gathinji

    LLB Law student

    This course provides the opportunity to learn the foundations of our legal system and opens up many opportunities post graduation, including the option of exploring work as a solicitor or legal secretary.

    During this course I've learnt a lot, including Protection Laws that I never knew existed. I've had the chance to moot and take part in practical, case-based, projects. This course has been a great stepping stone to educating me on the rights and laws of the people, and I hope I'll be able to use this knowledge in helping and support those less fortunate in the world.

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