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.
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.
Due to the evolving situation as regards COVID-19, we are currently planning to deliver the LLB 100% online using a mix of live/recorded lectures and live seminars. Face-to-face seminars will however be offered if safe access to campus with social distancing in place allows us to do so, in line with Government advice.
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.
Due to the evolving situation as regards COVID-19, some or all of the work placements we normally make available to our law students may be suspended in 2021/22. However we are working in consultation with our professional partners to develop online work placements until it is safe to resume placements in person.
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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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).
We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s info on these updates below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
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.
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.
Many students pursue studies for the professional qualifications which for solicitors will be the Solicitors Qualifying Exam from the autumn of 2021 and for barristers is the Bar Practice Course/Barrister Training Course. The LLB complies with the Bar Standard’s Board requirements for the academic component of Bar training comprising the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge.
The LLB also provides a very good basis for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) which is being introduced in September 2021, although an LLB degree is not a requirement for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. Graduates also study for masters degrees, sometimes before pursuing the professional exams.
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.
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.
After qualifying as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Mariette embarked on an academic career focusing primarily on commercial law. She is currently the Programme Leader for the University’s LLB programmes, and lectures Tort, UK Company Law and Comparative Corporate Governance.
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 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
LLB Law student
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 4 years or 6 years part-time
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 or 5 years part-time
Start: October 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, Usually 4 or 6 years part-time