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LLMCommercial Law and Professional Legal Practice

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Year of entry2024-25
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Entry requirements: 2:2
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Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a commercial law and professional legal practice master's degree at Solent University

Gain essential insight into real-world commercial law alongside practical expertise that can be applied to business, management, compliance, legal, tech, HR and other roles.

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  • Make use of specialist Law facilities including the University’s courtroom which offers a realistic environment for legal argument, as well as our extensive library of legal journals, case law and online materials which are an essential resource.
  • We are a founding member of Southampton City Law Network, so you can make use of an extensive network of professional connections, and experience workshops and guest lectures from visiting professionals, as well as additional opportunities to explore careers within the legal profession.
  • We have a vibrant student Law Society, and a Mooting Society dedicated to developing your advocacy, negotiation and public speaking skills
  • With many opportunities for internships, you could gain valuable commercial experience to enhance your professional skills.
  • Free legal career consultation is delivered by our careers advice service, Solent Futures, which is available to all Solent students and graduates for life, helping you to progress in your current career or discuss options for a change in career.
  • This course is eligible for a Postgraduate Master's student loan from Student Finance England and can be used to cover costs (ie, accommodation, tuition fees) associated with postgraduate studies (it was up to £12,167 for 2023 entry).

Course overview

Students will develop a solid understanding of the fundamentals of commercial law, building on existing knowledge from your law or other undergraduate degree, and enhancing your employability in business, management or other commercial areas – without the additional expense and investment of time required to become a fully qualified, court-specialised lawyer.

As a graduate of this LLM, you will be well placed to work on legal issues faced by businesses or other organisations – offering specialist knowledge and a practical approach to applying that knowledge in a commercial context.

For international students, English commercial law and the laws relating to international commercial law form the basis of contracts and dispute resolution around the globe. This LLM programme would provide significant value to international students who wished to study in the UK before returning home to work in their home jurisdiction.

After an early focus on the fundamentals of commercial law, you will develop your specialist expertise; exploring risk management and compliance within an organisation, and learning to reduce both internal and external risks. You will also look at alternative non-court-based dispute resolution mechanisms, from mediation to arbitration, and have the opportunity to develop your own negotiation and advocacy skills with our law school’s mooting and debate society.

You will complete your master’s with either a dissertation tailored to your own personal and career interests, or through a practical internship at a real-world organisation, giving you valuable commercial experience and enhancing your applied and practical professional skills.

Any questions?

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Call: 023 8201 5066Email: admissions@solent.ac.uk

Contact international admissions

Call: +44 (0)23 8201 5066Email: admissions.international@solent.ac.uk

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Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

This course is for

The course is ideal for students looking to add a legal element to their career, both in the UK and internationally – particularly those interested in managerial or in-house legal positions. While an undergraduate law degree is not required, prospective students should be able to show a passion for the law and interest in its practical commercial applications.

What this course leads to

This course is designed to lead to a range of non-practicing legal career options, primarily in business or commercial sectors, but with transferrable skills which are highly relevant in any professional environment. As an in-house legal specialist, or by enhancing your managerial or executive skillset with relevant legal knowledge, you will be well placed to take your career higher.

  • Legal and compliance
  • Managerial and executive positions
  • Risk management
  • Human resources
  • Procurement and tendering

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