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LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time (FT)
2 years part-time (PT)
Course code: LAWT83 (FT)
Course fees: See Postgraduate Taught Fees Look Up

Our approach to teaching is distinctive. First, we explore the issues and problems that corporate and commercial law has to deal with. Then, we discuss and evaluate the law as it exists. Finally, we critique the law and suggest ways in which it might be improved.

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It has helped my personal confidence and has developed my skills, especially in building a legal argument.


Why choose our LLM Corporate and Commercial Law?

  • Our modules are internationally relevant, research-led and highly topical, taught by leading professors and lecturers in the field.
  • We run a series of research skills workshops,enabling your ability to research, understand and critique the law.
  • Our class sizes are small, meaning that our staff are very accessible and able to offer more one-to-one support.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend events and activities held by the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law, based right here in the School of Law.
  • As well as continuing in academia, our graduates go on to pursue interesting and diverse careers in international law firms, companies, banks, government agencies and NGOs.

Alongside courses in specific areas of corporate and commercial law, we give you the skills to understand the law through a series of workshops on legal skills. Those workshops also introduce you to different methodologies. You will develop and hone your critical skills and research expertise. You will use these skills to write a dissertation during the second half of your LLM, with expert supervision from our staff.

We’ll help you plan for your dissertation right from the start. You will have plenty of opportunities to identify and discuss projects with potential supervisors, both formally in workshops, and informally during office hours and social events. As part of a lively community of postgraduate research students drawn from all over the UK and the world, you will also be able to discuss your research plans with your peers. This approach will enrich your study of core and optional modules, and will ensure that you reach your full research potential.

In joining us, you will join a leading UK law school with a strong European and international focus. We regularly invite national and international researchers as well as expert practitioners from the fields of law, finance and business to seminars and workshops at the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law. We encourage you to attend these sessions because they will broaden your horizons and allow you to draw even greater benefit from your programme of studies.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to apply to the LLM Corporate and Commercial Law pathway, the Sheffield LLM (general) or one of our other specialist pathways the LLM International Law and Global Justice or the LLM European Law when you apply. All of our pathways are under the same course code, which means you can choose any pathway on the application form and make your final decision once you are here at Sheffield (no later than the start of semester 2). All pathways follow the same structure during semester 1, which means you can wait to see where your strengths and interests lie. If known, simply indicate the pathway you are interested in on your personal statement or advise that you are keeping your options open until you arrive. 

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Course structure

Course structure

Most of the teaching on this programme is seminar-based. You will be given readings each week, and after an introductory overview, the professor or lecturer will lead discussions based around the reading. This gives you familiarity with the law, as well as the policies which underlie it. It also trains you to structure your arguments and research in a logical manner.

To complete the degree you must study 120 credits worth of modules, with most modules to be assessed by means of an essay. At the end of the course, you will write a final dissertation under the supervision of an expert member of staff.

Full-time study

The course is split across two semesters.

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

Semester 1

You will study modules to the value of at least 90 credits and a maximum of 120 credits from the following:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Legal Research and Writing Skills* LAW685 Non-Credit Bearing
Introduction to Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6155 15
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law LAW6098 15
Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6158 15
Principles of Commercial Law LAW6154 15
WTO Law: Foundations, Institutions, Challenges LAW60053 15
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration LAW6146 15
EU Internal Market Law LAW686 15
International Business Transactions LAW6163 15

* Students must satisfactorily complete LAW685 in order to be eligible for the Degree of LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law

Semester 2

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Trade Remedies in WTO Law LAW6159 15
International Commercial Arbitration LAW6102 15
Comparative Corporate Governance LAW6142 15
Trade Mark Law in a Branded World LAW6135 15
European Copyright Law LAW6149 15
Finance and Banking LAW6138 15
E-Commerce Law LAW6136 15
Intellectual Property and Human Rights LAW6164 15
Commercial Property in a Global Context LAW6165 15
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law LAW6169 15

Our course is distinctive because it allows you to combine your study of Corporate and Commercial Law with complementary international and European law modules. Therefore, you may elect to take up to 30 credits from the following list:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Principles of International Law LAW60047 (Semester 1) 15
International Humanitarian Law LAW60054 (Semester 1) 15
International Criminal Law LAW684 (Semester 1) 15
Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations LAW6157 (Semester 1) 15
International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations LAW6109 (Semester 1) 15
Judicial Protection in the European Union LAW683 (Semester 1) 15
International Institutional Law LAW6153 (Semester 1) 15
International Security Institutions and Law LAW6141 (Semester 1) 15
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the UK LAW6146 (Semester 1) 15
International Law and the Use of Force Law60044 (Semester 2) 15
Intellectual Property and Human Rights LAW6164 (Semester 2) 15
EU Constitutional Law in International Context LAW682 (Semester 2) 15
EU Health Law LAW688 (Semester 2) 15
EU External Relations Law LAW6099 (Semester 2) 15
Comparative Corporate Governance LAW6142 (Semester 2) 15
European Copyright Law LAW6149 (Semester 2) 15
International Commercial Arbitration LAW6102 (Semester 2)


WTO Law: Foundation, Institutions, Challenges LAW60053 (Semester 1)


Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law LAW6098 (Semester 1)


Trade Mark in a Branded World LAW6135 (Semester 2)


E-Commerce Law LAW6136 (Semester 2)


International Business Transactions LAW6163 (Semester 1)


Finance and Banking LAW6138 (Semester 2)


Principles of Commercial Law LAW6154 (Semester 1)


Introduction to Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6155 (Semester 1)


Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6158 (Semester 1)


Trade Remedies in WTO Law LAW6159 (Semester 2)


International Business Transactions LAW6163 (Semester 1)


Commercial Property in a Global Context LAW6165 (Semester 2)


Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 (Semester 2)


Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law LAW6169 (Semester 2)


EU Internal Market Law LAW686  (Semester 1)



Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation (LLM in Law) LAW6162 60

We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Part-time study Please contact us for details of our part-time pathway.
Course team

You will be taught by professors and lecturers who have specialist knowledge and are leading researchers in the fields of company law and corporate governance; insolvency law; trademarks, copyright and other aspects of intellectual property; finance and banking; E-commerce and privacy; comparative contract law; relational contracts; regulation and governance; and all aspects of commercial law. Since 2013 we have considerably strengthened our Corporate and Commercial Law team.

Four nationally and internationally renowned professors teach on this course.

Meet the team

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Professor Andrew Johnston

I was appointed to a chair at Sheffield in January 2013. Before coming to Sheffield, I lectured at the Universities of Queensland, Cambridge, Sheffield (2003-5) and Warsaw. I teach and research in the fields of company law and corporate governance, broadly conceived. My latest research examines regulatory responses to the global financial crisis.

I studied law at Cambridge and wrote my doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence. Before becoming an academic I practised as a solicitor with Herbert Smith and the Treasury Solicitor

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Teaching Team

Professor Sarah Blandy

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Professor Robert Burrell

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Dr Jay Cullen

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Dr Ding Chen

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Dr Andreas Rühmkorf

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Gareth Bramley

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Professor Tamara Hervey

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Navajyoti Samanta

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Yin Harn Lee

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 Zoe Ollerenshaw

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Our LLM Corporate and Commercial Law could be your starting point for an international legal career. English commercial law is often the law of choice in international business. International law firms need lawyers with a good knowledge of English commercial law in its international context.

This course will give you detailed knowledge of specialist corporate and commercial law subjects. It will sharpen your critical faculties and equip you to research unfamiliar areas of law. Leading law firms tell us that these are the skills they are looking for in the graduates they recruit. If you decide not to go into legal practice, these essential skills will make you more employable in the worlds of business, government, academia and beyond.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.

For all LLM Corporate and Commercial Law applications you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in Law, or in another subject but with a substantial law component.
  • Provide supportive references from previous tutors.
  • In certain circumstances we may consider candidates who do not meet these minimum requirements.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements:

Our minimum English requirement is:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or for alternative English language requirements please see here.
  • Please note that the IELTS test must have been completed within the two years preceding the start of the course.

Please note:
We are continually reviewing our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.

How to apply

For information on the application process please select the 'How to apply' tab above.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

How to apply

Application procedure

To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.

For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page. You will also find important information on the supporting documents* you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

*If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply and provide these to us later.

Please note: you do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.

To apply, please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form

Application deadline

There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.

Funding and scholarships

There are a number of University scholarships available for postgraduate students, as well as School of Law LLM scholarships and Excellence Prizes for international students. 

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