Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law, the humanities or social sciences; other honours degrees will be considered. Equivalent international qualifications will also be considered.

Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience are welcome and will be taken into account.

Excellent English language skills are essential.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM Law with Commercial Law is a research-led course focusing on the law governing private economic relations and businesses. It offers you the chance to combine theoretical analysis with practice-oriented approaches to commercial law.

A highly relevant area of legal practice, knowledge of commercial law will prove useful in your career in law or in the corporate sector. It is also an area which raises a series of fundamental questions about our economy.

Throughout the course, interdisciplinarity and the international dimension of commercial law are emphasised. Instead of offering you a purely black-letter analysis, the course is designed to supply you with the necessary tools to critically understand the social relevance of the law of market relations as well as equipping you with more practical knowledge of this highly important area of the law.

Your studies will be centred around small seminars in which we:

  • discuss and assess the key principles of commercial law and market regulation
  • evaluate national and international socio-economic dimensions
  • appraise different approaches to the regulation of businesses and market relations
  • engage with emergent legal and policy discussions regarding market regulation in a critical and innovative way.

  • This LLM Law with Commercial Law offers you the chance to gain an advanced legal degree in the heart of London with a particular emphasis on critical analysis of this area of law, nationally and internationally.
  • We have a proud tradition of critical scholarship in law and you will be taught by staff who address issues of law through power and inequality and who are led by principles of social, economic, political, environmental and racial justice.
  • You will be able to attend our Law School Annual Lecture and specialist research seminars which feature international scholars speaking to current issues and path-breaking interdisciplinary research.
  • We are home to the Birkbeck Law Press which publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
  • Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for a Postgraduate Fee Award.
Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue career paths in the legal profession, government, the private sector, and research or journalism. Possible professions include:

  • barrister
  • solicitor
  • researcher
  • journalist
  • chartered legal executive
  • licensed conveyancer
  • human resources officer
  • patent attorney.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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