Develop the skills and confidence to enter the complex and fast-moving world of companies and corporations and help ensure their management and conduct is legal and correct.
1 year full-time
Our LLM in Corporate Law brings together the complex and fast-moving worlds of business and law. The course will equip you with the skills and confidence to play a key role in the management and conduct of companies and corporations, helping to ensure they operate in a legal and correct way against a backdrop of ever-changing business legislation.
You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of both the fundamental and the more advanced areas of corporate law – the latter being studied in-depth from a theoretical research perspective. The course will cover a wide range of topics that are relevant in the ever-evolving corporate landscape such as corporate compliance, mergers and acquisitions and environmental regulation.
The course is presented in taught modules and delivered by a mixture of stimulating lectures and smaller, student-led, dynamic seminar or tutorial groups. You will also be required to research and produce a substantial dissertation in an area of corporate law of your choosing, for which you will receive individual supervision.
The Law School is home to the Durham Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, and you will be encouraged to join its many activities during your time as a student, while the law library holds an extensive range of corporate law material, to which you will have access as part of your studies.
Nationally and internationally, the corporate law sector is constantly seeking legal experts who will be able to understand the growing complexities of business activity and governance and our LLM in Corporate Law will give you the knowledge and insight to be able to help meet that demand.
Fundamentals of Corporate Law is an introductory module that covers the basics of company and corporate law if you are new to the field. You will gain an understanding of what companies are, their main legal features, the economic role they play, and some of the key regulatory challenges they present through their activities. Those who have previously studied company/corporate law may be granted exemption from this module.
Advanced Issues in Corporate Law allows you to carry out a more in-depth study of the legal issues which corporations generate. The module is selective in terms of the legal issues it addresses but is designed to explore those issues at a deeper, and more theoretical, level.
Applied Research Methods in Law provides specialised knowledge on the latest research methods and skills available in legal studies as well as an advanced understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and of their relevance for different forms of legal research. The module also creates a framework within which you will be able to critically assess potential research topics and, importantly, where you will be able to design, discuss and develop a detailed research proposal of the appropriate standards for your dissertation.
The Dissertation is based on your particular research interest in an area of Corporate Law and can be of one of three lengths – 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words. The dissertation is equivalent to 2, 2.5 or 3 modules, depending on word count.
Depending on the dissertation length and prior subject knowledge, you can choose up to 1.5 optional modules (* indicates half modules) which in previous years have included:
Your remaining options can be chosen from a wider selection of law modules (* indicates half modules) which in previous years have included:
You will find the course is both challenging and hugely rewarding with taught modules delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will provide you with a framework for further learning on a range of topics while seminars are smaller-sized classes where you will be given set questions or problems to which you will apply the findings from your preparatory work.
Contact time for each module in total is 15 hours or 30 hours, depending on the modules chosen.
You will also write a dissertation which will be the outcome of your own independent research in an area of interest to you. You will have four one-to-one meetings about the project in an academic year with your supervisor whose area of expertise is the field you have chosen.
The assessment regime is rigorous and carried out through writing tasks with the majority of the modules you will choose assessed through essays of 3,000-6,000 words in length. The core module on applied research methods will be assessed on a proposal you will present for a research topic. Finally, you will present a dissertation on an area of corporate law of interest to you of up to 20,000 words.
A good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component.
|£12,750 per year
|£26,900 per year
|£12,750 per year
|£26,900 per year
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