This stream is intended to give the widest possible choice from our range of modules and permit you to make up your own portfolio of topics to suit your own needs or interests. It is possible to combine one or more modules on commercial matters, human rights, European integration, public international law and legal research to meet specialist interests or the needs of niche career plans. This might be of particular help to someone planning a career in non-specialist legal practice or in widely based legal policy oriented organisations whether commercial, NGO or government based.
Duration and mode of study
One year full-time or two to five years part-time.
Teaching and assessment methods
The modules are taught by seminars which are designed to allow students to discuss and debate the subject, with guidance from the tutor. Most modules are assessed by written coursework, although other forms of assessment may be used as well. Students also complete a dissertation over the summer months. This can be normally in the stream of their choice but is subject to the staffing resources being available. Students registered for the LLM in International Commercial Law have priority within that stream.
Leicester LLM students are required to complete taught modules totalling 120 credits and a dissertation weighted as 60 credits. As most of the modules on the LLM programme are 15 credits, this normally means studying four modules in both semesters (a small number of modules are 30 credits).
For the Leicester LLM there is a 15 credit compulsory module in semester 1.
While every effort is made to offer the modules listed below, the availability of a particular module cannot be guaranteed. These can normally be in the stream of your choice, although this is subject to staff capacity, with students studying for the LLM in International Commercial Law having priority over places within their stream.
Compulsory 15-credit module:
* Academic Writing for Postgraduates in Law
* Civil Dispute Resolution Methods
* Commercial Conflict of Laws: Issues of Jurisdiction*
* Commercial Conflict of Laws: Choice of Law Issues*
* Comparative Law
* Consumer Protection in the European Union (DL)
* Contemporary Legal Problems of World Trade
* Contracts for the Carriage of Goods by Sea*
* Critical Perspectives in Law
* Current Issues of Law in International Business*
* Current Trends in International Law
* Diplomatic Law
* Environmental Protection in the European Union (DL)
* European Social Security Law (DL)
* Feminist Perspectives on International Law
* Financial Services Crime*
* Financing International Sales Transactions*
* Freedom of Expression
* General Principles of International Law
* Genocide and the Law
* Global Protection of Human Rights: Implementation Methods
* Global Protection of Human Rights: Core Principles
* Human Rights and Health Care Law
* International Banking Law*
* International Boundary Disputes
* International Commercial Arbitration Moot I & II*
* International Corporate Insolvency*
* International Courts and Tribunals
* International Environmental Law
* International Investment Law*
* International Law and Development
* International Regulation of Companies
* International Sales Transactions*
* Issues and Procedures in European Union Competition Law
* Law and Organisation of the World Trading System
* Legal Argumentation and Method
* Principles of European Union Competition Law
* Regulation of Financial Markets
* Regulation of Intellectual Property Rights in the European Union (DL)*
* Socio-Legal Research
* The European Convention on Human Rights: Convention Rights
* The European Convention on Human Rights: Institutions, Procedures and Fundamental Rights
* The Law of Armed Conflict
* The State, the Law and Religious Freedoms
* Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law
* Theories of Rights
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