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 and other European countries 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.
The general LLM consists of a compulsory module in Legal Research Methods plus taught modules, selected from the module lists below and modules up to the value of 30 credits delivered by the Bangor Business School, School of Social Sciences and the Welsh Institute for Social and Cultural Affairs. The dissertation could be on any legal topic, subject to the approval of the Law School.
Part 1: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of a 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 legal databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis.
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 a topic related to one of the Part I taught modules or other legally related topic of interest to the student. 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.
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.
30 non-unit specific credits at Advances Diploma level and the Diploma unit P05 (Insurance Law).
* 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 (all worth 30 credits; choose 3):
* Welsh Public Law
Public Law in Wales will explore the interface between the Welsh Assembly Government, the National Assembly for Wales, and Welsh local authorities and other public bodies.
* The Legal Regulation of Health And Social Care in England and Wales
This module intends to provide a critical overview of the legal regulation of health and social care in Wales, with a hope that with the understanding provided will contribute in due course to judicious decision making and the enhancement of service provision.
* Law of Devolution in Wales and Europe
This module, for which prior legal study is not essential, will examine the legal provisions relating to devolved legislative, administrative and judicial government in Wales, the United Kingdom and Europe.
* 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, design law and trade secrets law) in the United Kingdom.
* Competition Law
The module will consist of seminars and lectures relating to the theory and practice of competition law, in the United Kingdom and EU in relation to monopolies, oligopolies, cartels and restrictive practices. Comparative competition law regimes will be looked at particular 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-sale provisions relating to of the supply of goods and services to consumers focusing on both UK 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.
* International Corporate Finance and Merger Regulation Law
This module focuses on the study of leading case law and selected legislation relating to the regulation of corporate mergers and their financing, 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.
* 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. The module will focus on the legal regulation of modern corporate structure.
* 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 the 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.