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  • Entry requirements
    Entry We accept applications from graduates of LLB (Single and Joint Honours) and related subjects such as Accountancy, Finance, Banking and Management Studies, Politics, International Relations and the Social Sciences. For LLB graduates and those with a related degree, we normally require a minimum of a lower second class degree from an approved University. Applications with degrees in unrelated disciplines will be considered on a case by case basis for students with degrees in other subjects. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification or relevant practical experience may be accepted. In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits. Work experience and other factors are also taken into consideration.
  • Academic Title
    LLM/Diploma Commercial Law
  • Course description
     Law is an exciting subject to study and highly relevant in today’s rapidly changing society. The course addresses contemporary issues relevant to the business and political environment worldwide and will equip students with the knowledge and skills required for operating successfully in the global marketplace.

    Our team of enthusiastic and multilingual staff have taught in the UK, other European countries and Asia and our courses reflect this international expertise.

    With the ever changing environment of business, trade, society and our way of life in the 21st century, legal systems and regulations must also adapt and evolve, and Bangor University Law degrees address and reflect these changes.
    Description

    An exciting, commercially-relevant programme that provides an in-depth curriculum and thorough training in the law, policy and legal regulation that governs some key areas of commerce and industry worldwide. This course is particularly relevant for students who anticipate careers in business and industry, or intend to specialise in legal practice in the commercial area, and wish to develop expertise and hands-on ability to address and manage business development within a legal framework.
    Structure

    Part 1: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits and will represent 50% of the final mark.

    Teaching will mostly be seminar based which will promote group and individual interaction, which also ensures that every individual student is encouraged to contribute to discussions. Seminar based teaching enables lecturers and students to discuss issues and investigate topics in greater depth, develops critical thinking and solution based learning skills in students, whilst also allowing the course teachers to monitor closely each individual’s progress. Emphasis will be placed on the use of virtual learning through the mechanism of the Blackboard computer assisted learning system and databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. Throughout all modules comparative elements with other legal systems will be emphasised.

    Part 2: the dissertation is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September, on successful completion of part 1. The Dissertation of approximately 20,000 words in length, and will focus on a legal topic reflecting students’ specialised interests and may be on an area either related to taught modules or a commercially related topic outside those studied in the Part One taught modules. Part 2 will represent 50% of the final mark.

    Teaching will be in English, however according to the University’s Welsh Language policy, students who so wish may be examined, and present essays, coursework and dissertations through the medium of Welsh.
    CII Exemptions

    Graduates of this degree will be entitled to the Chartered Insurance Institute exemptions as follows:-

    Financial Services Framework
    30 non-unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma Level, as well as 25 non-unit specific credits at Diploma level.

    Insurance Framework
    30 non-unit specific credits at Advances Diploma level and the Diploma unit P05 (Insurance Law).

    Compulsory modules:

        * Legal Research Methods
          This module addresses the development of the necessary legal skills and research methods to enable the study of legal systems and specific legal issues at Masters level.          

    Optional modules (choose 3):

        * World Trade Law
          The module will study in depth aspects of the regulation of international trade through the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organisation.

        * Intellectual Property Law
          This module will consist of seminars on the fundamentals of intellectual property, the definition and scope of copyright; the authorship, ownership, duration and qualification for copyright protection.                             

        * Industrial Property Law
          This module will consist of seminars relating to the history and development of industrial property law (patents, trade marks, designs and trade secrets) in the United Kingdom, European and International context.              

        * Competition Law
          The module will consist of seminars and lectures relating to the theory and practice of competition law relating to United Kingdom and EU competition law and comparative competition law regimes, particularly that of the USA.            

        * International Banking Law and Capital Markets
          This module will provide students with a sound understanding of the law and practice of modern international banking.

        * Consumer Law
          This module will consist of seminar relating to the regulation of the marketing, supply and after-sales provision in relation to the supply of goods and services to consumers and will examine the law and industry self-regulation both UK law and EU law.

        * Credit and Security Law
          The provision of credit in both a consumer a business context is a major component of any developed economy. This module will focus on the legal regulation of credit and security and the legal problems posed by the increasing problems of consumer debt.

        * International Corporate Finance and Merger Regulation Law
          This module focuses on the study of leading case law and selected legislation from several common law countries such as the USA, Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and other appropriate examples from China, India and civil law jurisdictions as well as relevant European Union laws.

        * International Sales Law
          This module examines the law of sale of goods where international or cross-border transactions are involved. The main focus of this course is the study the legal relationship between seller and buyer of goods.

        * International Insurance Law
          This module will explore the nature and scope of the contract of insurance, evaluate its salient features of insurance contracts, consider the general principles of insurance contract, and examine the relationships between parties to the contract. This module will also examine statutory law and common law relating to insurable interest.

        * International Commercial Arbitration Law
          This module considers the theoretical and institutional structure of arbitration and dispute resolution (ADR), and examines the legal framework within which arbitral disputes are resolved and reviews the principles and practices if international commercial arbitration.

        * Comparative Corporate Governance
          A series of major corporate scandals in the US, Europe and the UK over recent years such as the Enron Affair and Parmalat in Italy have raised serious questions about the organisation and governance of companies and in particular large multinational organisations. The growth of private equity buy-outs has also raised issues of transparency and accountability. This module will focus on the regulatory environment in which modern corporate structures operate.

        * Employment Law
          Modern employment Law is both complex and imposes major compliance costs on employers if broken and this course will focus on the main issues of employment law, such as contract of employment, minimum wage legislation and discrimination against employees and unfair dismissal actions before Employment Tribunals.

        * International Financial Instruments Law
          This course will examine the often complex contractual and security documents used in major financial transactions such as syndicated loans and project finance. A comparative approach will be taken and there will be particular emphasis on transactions involving business in various jurisdictions.

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