Entry requirements

Degree Classification UK Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
Degree Subject Law or related degree

Months of entry


Course content


There are few states around the world that don’t engage in international trade, and in an increasingly economically interdependent world, the importance of an efficient and effective legal framework for the facilitation of international trade and investment is widely acknowledged. Studying international trade law (rather than national trade law) is essential if you intend to enter a career in trade or in a trade-related government department.

This course provides an opportunity for you to engage in specialised study of international trade law and related subjects of relevance to modern business environment as well as a degree of wider choice of modules if desired. By becoming an expert in this specialist area of law, you will build a firm foundation in the law and legal practice in this challenging and complex area, gaining a clear understanding of why a predictable and clear legal framework is essential for efficient and effective cross-border trade. This course is ideal, therefore, if you have an analytical mind and a curiosity about how law can assist world trade.

You will learn to think from an international, rather than national, legal perspective, as well as developing your research and analytical skills.

Our LLM International Trade Law graduates are highly regarded by employers, both inside and outside the legal profession, and we have well established relationships with many local, regional, national and international law firms, some of which offer exclusive placements to UEA students.


Study at UEA Law School and you will be joining a School that excels in its dedication to offering intellectually diverse, varied and stimulating postgraduate courses, supported by a wide range of subjects and modules taught by leading experts. The School is based in Earlham Hall, a building of significant historical importance, built in 1642 but recently refurbished, where most of the postgraduate LLM teaching takes place – it will therefore be your home for your period of study.

Each year we welcome around 100 postgraduate students from a wide variety of geographical and personal backgrounds, and it is the vibrant and dynamic community they create that completes the student experience.

We place significant emphasis on choice, building your confidence, maximising your employability, and developing adaptable transferable skills. We believe small-group teaching at postgraduate level is important, and we aim to keep class sizes low, offering you an unparalleled personal teaching environment with access to our team of international specialists drawn from academia and practice.

We also believe practical and careers experience is extremely valuable, and we have developed a programme of opportunities tailored specifically to the needs of our postgraduate students, including placement opportunities for both UK and overseas students. During your course, you can apply for one of UEA Law School’s internship placements. You can also attend careers panels, commercial awareness workshops, mock job interviews, our annual Law Careers Fair and many other events organised by the UEA Law School and the Careers Service.

Law Masters (LLM) degrees are increasingly seen by employers to distinguish applicants. Our graduates have progressed to a wide variety of successful careers, from private practice to government legal departments and international organisations, and from universities to industry and commerce.


You will experience a variety of assessment methods, but with a particular focus on coursework. We believe this enables you to best demonstrate your attainment of the learning objectives, and therefore enhances your performance, aiding your successful completion of your Masters degree.

Throughout your course, you will be given guidance on your work and constructive feedback to help you improve. This feedback will be on both your formative and summative assessments and can be discussed with your Academic Adviser and your module organiser.


After the Course

You will graduate ready for a variety of exciting legal careers, including legal practice, practice before the bars of various jurisdictions, posts in government and international organisations, and public service. Past LLM graduates have gone into specialist areas of law, finance, the civil service, local government, administration or even teaching.

Alternatively, you might continue your studies with a PhD.


A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.

Examples of careers you could enter include:

  • International legal practice

  • Thai Judiciary (via the accelerated pathway)

  • Other law-related careers (NGOs, international organisations, in-house compliance, legal researchers, police)

  • Public sector (Civil Service Fast Stream, prosecutors, local government, politics, education)

  • Financial services (tax, banking, insurance, investment, accountancy)

Discover more on our Careers webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,500 (full time)
International students
£19,800 (full time)

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:

  • UK Students: £9,500 (full time)

  • International Students: £19,800 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
A mix of assessment, with a focus on coursework100

Course contact details

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