LLM Masters of Laws: International Commercial Law


International Commercial Law is one of the most popular, challenging, and relevant areas of law to study at postgraduate level. Our faculty includes some of the most respected international names in the field, including the authors of leading practitioner and student texts and editors of important journals. We are confident that Exeter is the best possible environment in which to study the exciting, fast-paced, and lucrative commercial world, including subjects like corporate finance, international trade, intellectual property, energy and the environment.

The LLM in International Commercial Law provides a wide range of options. Students may focus on banking and financial law, corporate law or general commercial law. Exeter’s strong links with the legal profession’s top global firms and employers make this LLM a particularly attractive one for students who are looking to go into private practice or to work in banks or financial institutions. This LLM is also an ideal preparation for a career in international business as it covers areas of expertise required to succeed in senior positions in international trading companies. Internships in Europe and further afield, are often advertised to participants in this course, especially those with hard-to-find linguistic or other skills.

Students wishing to specialise in an area of law by following one of our dedicated pathways will also benefit from having that pathway named on your degree certificate, highlighting the specialist knowledge and experience you have in this field.

Students wishing to obtain a specialised LLM must complete three 30-credit modules in your chosen specialism, and must write a dissertation worth 60 credits in that subject area.

Modules in this specialism are regularly updated to remain topical and may include:

LAWM640 Dissertation in topic related to Commercial Law 60
LAWM044 Trademarks 30
LAWM072 International Trade 30
LAWM067 Carriage of Goods by Sea 30
LAWM087 Competition Law 30
LAWM089 Consumer Protection 30
LAWM084 International Commercial Arbitration 30
LAWM080 International Banking Law 30
LAWM079 Marine Insurance 30
LAWM100 Mergers and Aquisitions 30
LAWM101 Patent and Design Law 30
LAWM103 World Trade Law 30
LAWM104 Corporate Social Responsibility: Globalisation, Regulation and Law 30
LAWM714 Oil and Gas 30

The remaining 30 credits can be taken from our full list of modules.

Osvaldo Contreras Buteza, LLM International Commercial Law (2013/14)

My principal reason for coming to Exeter was the excellent programme of study that the Law School offers in International Commercial Law. I would definitely recommend studying at Exeter due to its excellent academic staff and rigorous programme, which undoubtedly guarantees obtaining an excellent qualification.

The opportunity to meet new people in Exeter is really something that had a great impact on me. People who come to the University are from all over the world. As a result, you can expect to make friends and meet people who may come from different cultural backgrounds, something that for me has provided a very enriching and satisfying experience.

After graduation I would like to do an internship related to my field of study in a law firm based in London, in order to put in practice all that I have learned here. Afterwards, I will return to my home country to the law firm where I formerly worked, but this time with a deeper legal background both at national and international level, thanks to my studies at the University of Exeter.

Osvaldo Contreras Buteza, LLM International Commercial Law (2013/14)