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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Although we welcome applications from holders of a first degree in law (or equivalent), we also invite applications from people who do not have a law degree but have other relevant professional experience or backgrounds. Non-standard applicants may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Leader usually following an interview. If you are an overseas applicant whose first language is not English you will be required to produce evidence of competence in English. This will normally be a score of 6.0 on the British Council International Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) test or a Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550/213 (paper/computer based).
  • Academic Title
    LLM International Public and Private Law
  • Course description
    Are you looking to develop the knowledge and skills to take a leading role in the competitive marketplace of international business or law? This programme combines commercial, public and private aspects of international law, and will therefore provide you with all-round expertise in this expanding and well-rewarded area.

    The LLM International Public and Private Law is particularlyrelevant if you:

    • work in commercial or business law as an in-house lawyer, solicitor, barrister, legal executive or paralegal;

    • work within international corporations, not-for-profit organisations, or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); or

    • are a graduate in a business-related discipline and now wish to develop a thorough knowledge of international law and related areas.

    In Stage 1 of the programme (September to December), you will study core modules on public international law and comparative law.

    In Stage 2 (January to March), you choose modules of particular interest, ranging from International Trade Law through to International Criminal Law.

    In Stage 3 (from April onwards) begins with intensive teaching of research methods. You then apply these to a dissertation on an agreed topic that relates to your current work or interests.

    An LLM International Public and Private Law will help you stand out from other candidates for promotion or new job opportunities. You will have specific knowledge and skills that equip you to take on leading roles in international law or business.

    The qualification will also better equip law graduates wishing to apply for training contracts or pupillages in a competitive marketplace.

    Course Content

    Stage 1

        * Undertaking Legal Research
        * Public International Law
        * Comparative Law

    Stage 2

        * Human Rights
        * Transnational Crime
        * International Criminal Law
        * Conflicts of Law
        * European Law
        * International Intellectual Property Law
        * International Trade Law

    Stage 3

        * Dissertation

    Teaching and Assessment

    Sunderland has a long tradition of combining a practical approach with a strong theoretical underpinning and the development of transferable skills.

    Teaching methods include lectures and seminar discussions, role-play and practical exercises. You will acquire powers of analysis and research, and the ability to think critically and solve problems.

    You are encouraged to develop as an independent learner, supported by a variety of facilities including the well-equipped library, online databases, CD-ROMs, and full Internet access. Assessment techniques vary and will include essays, examinations, report writing and presentations.

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