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Spend a semester in London and another in Paris as you study this vocationally and ethically focused master’s degree. You will gain a solid foundation in areas of law practiced in international and City law firms.

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Why study International and European Business Law ?

This innovative master’s degree covers EU law plus cutting edge contemporary legal trade issues in the post-Brexit world. It will provide you with a detailed understanding of the complexities of international trade and business law.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s offers you a very supportive teaching team with additional input from expert practitioners. We take pride in our reputation as a friendly university with a community-feel, just 30 minutes from central London.

Our partnership with ICP, Paris provides you with a fantastic opportunity to study in Paris for one semester. Teaching is in English, but if you would like to develop or brush up your French language skills, St Mary's also offers French language short courses that can help prepare you for your semester in Paris.

The collaboration between ICP and St Mary’s offers you a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural learning, increasing your understanding of the English, French and EU legal systems. Academics from both institutions will teach at the other sharing specialist knowledge of their own legal system and discipline areas.

If you have not studied either English or French law before, don’t worry, the course has been designed to ensure you will receive the support and guidance to study these successfully.

If you would prefer to study in London throughout your degree, we also offer an LLM in International Business Law.

International and European Business Law is part of a successful suite of law programmes at St Mary's. You will be encouraged to get involved with a variety of employability events that includes a mock trial, mooting and commercial awareness seminars. The degree also has strong links with the MSc International Business Management and there will be opportunities for business and law students to engage in a diverse programme of extra-curricular events.

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Key facts

  • Opportunity to spend your second semester in Paris and receive an additional qualification
  • Comprehensive analysis of post-Brexit trade issues
  • Key coverage of cutting-edge international business law issues
  • Immersion in common law and civil law approaches
  • Taught on our Twickenham campus with direct public transport to central London and ICP in central Paris

Course content

Ethics forms an important part of the programme’s content; in particular, jurisprudential questions about how legal systems should co-operate in the regulation of international business, trade and finance. You will also be challenged to think how globalisation effects the practice of law and the provision of legal services across borders and in multiple jurisdictions.

The impact of Brexit on trade, finance and international business will be included throughout the degree. Identified complex issues will form part of your independent research project.


Modules

  • Approaches to Legal Research Core
  • Dissertation (or equivalent project) Core
  • EU Competition Law Core
  • European Freedoms of the European Union Core
  • International Economic and Business Law  Core
  • International Trade Law Core
  • Introduction to French Civil Law Core
  • Law and Justice in a Globalised World Core
  • Political Theories of European Integration  Core
  • EU Institutions (Fieldwork) Optional
  • International and EU Tax Law Optional
  • Law and Economics Optional
  • Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Law of AI Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

An LLM degree will provide you with an excellent specialist academic qualification to start a legal or business career, or to undertake further study. Postgraduate degrees can help you stand out from the crowd showing advanced intellectual ability as well as in depth substantive knowledge and practical legal skills.

The Careers Service has more information on careers, part-time work and internships available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The degree is taught through a mix of interactive workshops and seminars encouraging discussion within the learning environment. Fieldwork opportunities may include EU institutions visits.

As a postgraduate student, you will also conduct independent work and research that is supported by our experienced academic team.

Assessment methods

All assessments are designed to develop your employability skills. The programme will develop your in-depth legal knowledge and key skills of emotional intelligence, teamwork, inter-cultural practice and leadership. These will be evaluated through carefully crafted authentic assessments with significant opportunity for self-reflection.

Assessments take the form of individual and group work including reports, case studies, presentations, group projects and viva voce.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,750
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

St Mary’s Law School offers a range of scholarships for LLM students. There are five scholarships available to those LLM students enrolled in the International and European Business Law programme and who are committed to study the second semester of the year at the ICP in Paris. Scholarships amount to £1,000 per student granted in the form of a fee waiver. These scholarships apply irrespectively of the 20% discount for St Mary’s alumni. Specific information, including eligibility criteria, can be found with St Mary’s Law School admission services:  scholarships@stmayrs.ac.uk and feesoffice@stmarys.ac.uk.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

In addition to the course fees, fieldwork on the International Trade module is anticipated to cost £300.

Please contact mastersadmit@stmarys.ac.uk for further information.

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