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LLB Honours Commercial Law

LLB Honours Commercial Law

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
Fees
161,400

The LLB Honours Commercial Law Programme is offered at Middlesex University campuses in London and Dubai. Throughout this programme, students develop the knowledge and skills needed to follow a career in law. The programme satisfies the requirements of the UK professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board to enable graduates to proceed to the professional exams, Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, if they wish to do so. It additionally develops your understanding of the ethical, social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts within which the law operates, as well as providing skills of legal analysis and an ability to evaluate legal systems and processes. Students get special knowledge on how law governs national and international business and trade.

Why Study LLB Honours Commercial Law?

The LLB Honours Commercial Law combines the compulsory ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, a requirement of the legal professional bodies to satisfy the first academic stage of professional legal education, with optional modules that allow students to gain specialist knowledge and understanding of Commercial Law and its complexities and to develop skills and expertise to move towards qualification and practice in this area.

  • Study the only British Qualifying Law Degree offered in the region
  • Programmes accredited by the bodies regulating the legal profession in the UK 
  • Opportunities to interact and network with distinguished legal practitioners
  • Faculty with extensive experience and expertise in legal research, teaching and practice
  • Opportunities to participate in international mooting and MUN competitions
  • Opportunities to participate in field visits to international organisations
  • Gain exposure to legal practice through the Department’s extensive network of partnerships

Since this programme leads to a qualifying law degree, students take nine obligatory (core) modules, two commercial law-focused optional modules and a choice of an additional optional module. In Year 1, you will study English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law and Contract Law. Year 2 will focus on Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law, English and International Commercial Law, and in Year 3 you will study Land Law, Equity and Trusts, Company Law plus one optional module. In a competitive but thriving legal field, graduates who combine sophisticated understanding of business with solid grounding in legal analysis and knowledge have a significant advantage. The knowledge and understanding you will gain includes primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how laws are made and developed, how the institutions within which the law is implemented function and how legal practitioners practice law. You will understand a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, and the complexities of commercial law.

Module and programme information may be subject to change. Not all modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.

  • Year 1

    • Contract Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop students competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, to develop their legal research skills and to recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law.
    • Legal Method (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to broaden and expand students understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, students will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution; appreciate how to read a case and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide the students with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instill a basic understanding of a lawyer s duties toward their clients and the court.
    • Public Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Module aims: To examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State; To provide student awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State; To consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK.
    • English Legal System (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Module aims: to enable the student to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law; to examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. Students will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.
  • Year 2

    • Criminal Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The module enables students to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. Students will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law.
    • EU Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union EU and of the rules governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU s internal market; to apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and to develop the student s skills of information retrieval from a range of sources, in accordance with the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board for the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. The key principles governing the free movement of goods, persons and services and capital will also be covered.
    • Tort (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise.
    • English and International Commercial Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module will provide the student with a sound knowledge and understanding of the origin, history and contemporary principles of commercial law. It will introduce the most important of those legal issues arising in commercial transactions, both those completed within England and those that cross jurisdictional lines. The module will present and analyse the concepts of property, the role of agents, and the matters of payment, finance and security. Students will gain exposure to conflict of laws and efforts to harmonise national law in order to facilitate trade, manage risk, and to litigate or otherwise resolve disputes. The module will introduce international trade terms, contracts of carriage, and insurance; legal issues arising from electronic commerce will be considered. In addition the module will aim to strengthen legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to begin to develop commercial acumen; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material; and to enable students to integrate these skills with previously learned legal principles and concepts. 
  • Year 3

    • Land Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Module aims: to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The course builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Students ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with their personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.
    • Equity and Trusts (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies. It builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. Students critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law, to analyse practical problems accurately and to debate issues at a high level of understanding is developed.
    • UK Company Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module will provide the student with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing companies and other business organisations in the United Kingdom. Comparisons are drawn between the laws underpinning the various business organisations/relationships and their different purposes are evaluated. A framework of basic principles are worked out in practice. The module will further aim to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable students to bring this together with previously learned legal principles.

    • Integrated Learning & Work Placements (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Placement learning aims to link academic learning to a placement organisation providing an opportunity to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge from University to the placement and future employment. This practical experience module provides the means for students to link academic work with the ‘real world’ situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged the student will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of their learning. The placement learning experience provides for two types of placement; standard placements and project-based placements. The placement experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and cooperation. Students will also engage in risk assessment. 
    • Advanced Mooting & Advocacy (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. Students will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team. 
    • Global Trade Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will examine the international legal framework for international trade provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The importance of the WTO has dramatically increased in the last two decades, shaping the global trade regimes and regulatory governance. The module is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding and knowledge of global trade regimes: an overview of globalisation and contemporary international economic relations; the regulation of international trade through the WTO; and the relationship among international trade, harmonisation of the law and trade-related issues. The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the origins, structure, rationale and scope of the global trading system. Its objective is to enable students to demonstrate their legal and multidisciplinary knowledge, analytical skills and understanding through extended writing in a cogent and appropriate writing style.

      No prior knowledge of WTO law is necessary. Some familiarity with the basic principles of the international trade and international law, while not a prerequisite, is useful.

    • Project (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by the student, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme. Module leader’s permission needed for registration. Registration is subject to staff being available to supervise the project. 

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such participative approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require deep involvement in learning activities and collaboration with your fellow students, working and learning with others as part of small groups. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom. Workshops are used to enhance a range of skills and focus on specific areas of expertise. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.). By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law and commercial law at lectures, seminars and workshops, and supplement this with your own independent study.

  • Lectures are often interactive, involving exercises and informal assessment by other students, and by you of your own work.
  • Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. Here you will learn to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations, assess competing arguments and choose between alternative approaches.
  • Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills. Personal and career development as well as group work are reinforced through workshops.

The course will also teach you to do legal research, and to review information from academic sources, journals and electronic resources. As you progress, you will have the opportunity to do your own research into an aspect of commercial law which the course has not covered. The course also includes dedicated careers events, and a programme of guest speakers drawn from the legal profession and other careers, as well as extra-curricular student-led activities careers events and talks by guest speakers from the legal profession.

The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 70% overall
Minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,B,B
You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.

Students who have completed their GCSEs are eligible to join our International Foundation Programme – a one year programme to prepare students for entry onto our Undergraduate Programmes. Please note that students must meet the British AS and A Level entry requirements in order to gain entry into the First Year of any one of our Undergraduate Programmes.

UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** or equivalent programmes
Completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Students with American High School Diploma are eligible to join our Foundation programme. However, if you have passed the American High School Diploma with the university required GPA and SAT or ACT or AP Scores you may be eligible for direct entry into Year 1 of the undergraduate programme. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.
BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51

PearsonPTE General

Level 3


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The LLB Honours Commercial Law is especially suitable for students interested in pursuing a career within a commercial legal practice or employed in in-house legal services. It is also a major asset for students who wish to take a solid foundation in legal understanding and skills into management, consultancy or entrepreneurship.

The common career route for LLB Honours Commercial Law graduates is that of a solicitor, barrister, or in-house legal counsel, but there are many related sectors where a law degree is also highly desired. Graduates may also choose to continue into further study on courses such as the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or master’s programmes in law as well as related subjects.

There are many sectors where a commercially focused law degree is highly desired, including business (human resources, tax and insurance, compliance) charity, management administration, the Civil Service, education and government.  

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