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International Trade Law

This exciting LLM programme allows students to focus on specific issues related to International Trade. It places emphasis upon the legal and commercial issues associated with international sale contracts, from their formation to the organization of the transportation of the goods and resolution of the international disputes that may arise.
The course is structured to provide a solid understanding of international trade law, thereby providing an effective springboard to a future career in legal practice or some other profession, or in education, industry, commerce, finance or arbitration.

The LLM in International Trade Law degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students pursuing the LLM in International Trade Law may choose four options from the modules listed above.

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the LLM in Internaitonal Trade Law is a 2:2 honours degree (or above) in law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test and the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component).

Free English classes are availavle which are designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing.

Course modules

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Optional Modules

NOTE : Students are required to take 2 modules from the list of the modules below:

  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments

AND

NOTE : Students are required to take 2 modules from the list of the modules below (excluding the modules selected above):

  • E-Commerce
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • The Law of Marine Insurance
  • Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments]

LLM 3 Year Part-time

Year 1

Optional Modules

NOTE : Students are required to take 2 modules from the list below:

  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments

Year 2

Optional Modules

NOTE : Students are required to take 2 modules from the list below (excluding the modules selected in Year 1):

  • E-Commerce
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • The Law of Marine Insurance
  • Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Projects

Assessment methods

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across.  Teaching in LLM modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students. 

All LLM modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Fees

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

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