LLM Corporate and Commercial Law
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.
Why choose our LLM Corporate and Commercial Law?
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.
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.
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
Convenor of this course
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
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.
Find out what our graduates say.
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:
English language requirements:
Our minimum English requirement is:
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.
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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.
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.