The LLM Commercial Law Programme offers modules that are at the cutting-edge of academic and research and legal practice.
This is a commercial law course, offering a series of standard modules with particular focus on modules that are at the intersection of law and technology, which is a topical and contemporary area of legal practice and academic research.
Additionally, some of the courses will be taught with industry collaboration in order to inject industry practice and ensure employability.
Apart from the compulsory dissertation module comprising 60 credits, all modules are optional, carrying 30 credit points each, and include the following: (a) Copyright & Information Law; (b) International Intellectual Property Law & Policy; (c) Internet Law & Policy; (d) Legal Technology, Innovation & Informatics; (e) International Corporate Law & Governance; (f) Corporate Social Responsibility & Human Rights; and (g) Ulster Business Law Clinic. Students are required to choose any four out of the seven modules.
The course is based at the University's Magee Campus in the heart of Derry/Londonderry. Derry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and has excellent transport connections including an airport, a train terminal and a major bus station. Northern Ireland is in the United Kingdom but the border with the Republic of Ireland is only a few miles from Magee Campus. The Campus overlooks the historic city and spans one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Europe, the majestic Foyle.The city has many places to eat and socialise and is within easy reach of the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland and the glorious beaches of Donegal.
The course aims to teach students substantive law and practice in the following commercial law-related subjects: international corporate law & governance; legal technology, innovation & informatics; international intellectual property law & policy; copyright & information law; internet law & policy; corporate social responsibility & human rights; and Ulster business law clinic.
The course will use proven teaching and learning methods, such as lectures and seminars to facilitate the development of knowledge, analytical, research, and advocacy skills that are keenly prized by employers. Also, some of the modules are delivered on Saturdays to facilitate participation by students in work.
Course contents and delivery systems are designed to improve students employability prospects. For example, some of the modules on offer are at the cutting-edge of legal practice and academic research, whilst elements of the modules will be taught in collaboration with industry employers, who have recruited directly from the programme.
Teaching Staff and Teaching Ethics
The course draws upon staff expertise in a range of areas related to commercial law and practice. The teaching team includes experienced teaching staff who conducts best practice teaching and internationally acclaimed research. It also includes specialist legal practitioners, in line with the focus on achieving a good balance between reflective and practical skills. The School of Law prides itself on the individual and supportive attitude that it takes towards all students.