St Mary’s University today launches its new Law School, by announcing an innovative Masters in International and European Business Law (LLM) to be run in collaboration with the Catholic University of Paris (Institut Catholique de Paris – ICP), which will see students gain awards from both universities. Together with a new Masters degree in International Business Law (LLM), the new degree will be offered from September 2019.
The launch at the St Mary’s campus in Twickenham features an address from Justice of the Supreme Court Lord Kerr on the ‘Challenges of Learning Law and the Social and Ethical Questions arising in International Law’ and will be attended by legal professionals, academics from the UK and France, and students from the University.
The new Masters degree in International and European Business Law will see students spending one semester at St Mary’s University and a second semester in Paris at ICP, an historic French university renowned for its excellence in its core academic fields such as Law, Education and Theology.
The LLMs in International Business Law and International and European Business Law offer a distinctive focus on current and future changes in the global and regional legal order. These features will form a crucial part of the courses through the focus that will be placed on International commercial and business operations, and will be aligned with the international and ethical orientation of both St Mary’s University and ICP.
The St Mary’s Law School aims to educate the whole person, not just academically, but by providing an ethical foundation that will serve the student throughout their career. It will offer three undergraduate programmes alongside its new postgraduate LLM degrees. It will also take an active role in the University’s research output through its Centre for Law and Culture and through its close links other centres in the faculty, such as the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery.
Commenting on the launch of St Mary’s Law School and the LLMs, St Mary’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Campbell said, “The new Law School and the LLMs underline our commitment to innovation, partnership and providing the best educational, social and ethical platform, from which our students can enter the legal community and make a tangible difference.”
“We firmly believe that through our partnership with ICP and the academic and external professional expertise at our disposal, we can offer our students an experience that will bring their courses to life and help them realise their potential before they leave us and enter the legal sector.”
The collaborative nature of the LLM International and European Business Law between St Mary’s and the ICP signals the commitment of both institutions to the continuing growth of the partnership between the two universities, which should lead to further academic co-operation in the future, and St Mary’s commitment to building closer links with European and International partners.