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International Economic Law (LLM) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-M3P7
  • Part-time: P-M3P7P
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • LLM
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Department of Study
  • Law
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


On our International Economic Law LLM you will think deeply and critically about issues surrounding the shifts in global economic power and reconstituted global networks. Warwick Law School, ranked 25th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021, has designed this LLM for those wishing to practice in a government agency or private industry.


International economic law broadly refers to the legal and regulatory architecture that governs our global economy.

The rules and institutions of international economic law constitute the framework within which cross-border economic transactions, for example, trade, finance and investment, take place.

On this programme, you will study the legal and other regulatory foundations of the global economy. You will be introduced to the operations of the main global institutions and frameworks governing international economic relations, including trade and investment treaties, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

You will examine both the wider issues of governance and regulation, and specific legal issues arising from various types of international economic transactions ranging from trade, foreign direct investment, competition law, international taxation, intellectual property and international arbitration.

The course also develops your understanding of, and asks you to consider, legal implications of the changing roles of international economic institutions in both global and regional contexts.


Core Modules

  • International Economic Law
  • Legal Research and Writing Skills

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • International Investment Law
  • Legal Aspects of International Trade and The World Trade Organisation
  • Issues in the Taxation of International Business
  • International Arbitration

You will take a selection of modules totalling 120 CATS followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. All our modules are worth 20 CATS and run for one term. Modules will be taken during terms one and two, leaving you term three and the summer to complete your dissertation. If you choose to study part-time, this will be split over two years of study.

Teaching

You will be taught by academics who are recognised subject experts with UK and international experience. As well as teaching, most are involved in producing leading research, often providing expert advice to outside bodies.

How the course will be taught will depend on the modules you opt to take, but you can expect a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work.

Contact Hours

You will typically have around 11 hours of contact time per week on the full time course but will be expected to do additional research and reading outside of the classroom.

Class Sizes

This will depend on the popularity of the modules you select but class sizes can range from between 10 and 40 students per module.

Assessment

The course incorporates a wide and varying range of assessment methods, which may include essays, examinations, portfolios, presentations and the dissertation.

We regard feedback as a vital part of the assessment process. We seek to help you reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding. You will be given feedback after your assessments each term.

Skills from this degree

  • Understanding of the economic principles and legal institutions that govern the negotiation of regional and international trade agreements, foreign direct investment, international financial transactions, project finance and technology transfer
  • Drafting of international investment transactions and project finance instruments
  • Transferrable skills for careers in a government agency or private practise

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Scholarships

Please see the Warwick Law School website for details on funding available.

Additional Course Costs

There are no other integral aspects of the course where additional costs are incurred. We may offer extracurricular events (trips) but these are not an integral part of the programme.


Studying at postgraduate level can provide a platform to a wide range of career opportunities in the commercial and legal sectors, in management consultancy, international development, government and NGOs and in compliance and regulation to name but a few. 

It enables students to differentiate themselves for opportunities where a postgraduate qualification is a requirement or desirable. We have recently had graduates go on to successful careers in:

  • government
  • financial institutions
  • investment banks
  • competition agencies
  • trade organisations
  • taxation commissions
  • NGOs
  • private law firms
  • academic institutions

The School of Law has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant (part of the Student Opportunity careers team) to help with your personal career journey during your time at Warwick.  She offers impartial advice and guidance (one to one support) and delivers workshops and events tailored to the needs of Law students.

This is in addition to specialist speakers who may be invited to contribute to your LLM programme.  Events are also organised by the wider Student Opportunity team.  They include:

  • Careers fairs and sector events including Law Fair, Business and Finance Fair, Management Consultancy, HR and Management, Working in the Public Sector
  • Career Pathways to International Development (presentations and networking)
  • Don’t want to be a lawyer? (Alumni presentations and networking)
  • Becoming a Solicitor
  • The Journey to the Bar
  • Workshops on all aspects of the recruitment and selection process including applications, CVs, covering letters, interviews and assessment centres.

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.