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International Commercial Law LLM

Course Details


Duration: 1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

Award: Masters

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Suzanne Nicholas
School of Law
353 61 202344
Sinead Eaton
+353 62 233231

Brief Description

The programme will be particularly attractive to law graduates who wish to develop a specialisation in commercial law, and especially an ability to understand and apply commercial law in multi-jurisdictional scenarios. The programme will enhance the career prospects of graduates, those starting careers in the legal professions, legal advisers to commercial entities and any lawyers whose work will involve cross border commercial relations.

Why choose the LLM in International Commercial Law

The Law School

The School of Law is a department of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. It is located in the ground floor of the Foundation Building.

The Law School also has a long tradition of committing ourselves to developing the transferrable skills of students through projects such as Advanced Lawyering and Moot Court, and through cutting edge core modules such as Alternative Dispute Resolution. All of these initiatives promote ‘big picture’ holistic thinking, and can explicitly enhance student soft skills such as problem solving, decision-making, communication, teamwork, planning, critical thinking and human relations skills. In combination with our compulsory clinical education initiatives, they provide an integrating impulse –promoting a sense of coherence across particular programmes of study and facilitating students in understanding how their learning applies in particular contexts. It is not surprising therefore that our graduates have ended up as partners in major law firms, as partners in major accounting firms, at the bar, in senior roles in government departments, NGOs, at the EU, in academia, and private industry.

Postgraduate students also benefit from this research expertise, whether they decide to enrol in a general LLM or specialist LLM (LLM International Commercial Law, Human Rights in Criminal Justice or European and Comparative Law), or undertake a research postgraduate degree as part of our significant doctoral cohort of students.

The School is also strongly committed to working with the practising legal profession, government departments, NGOs, and other relevant stakeholders across all disciplines of law. We have developed particularly strong working relationships with An Garda Síochána and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. We have also fostered strong international links and it is possible for our students to undertake placements in Canada and the US. Our students can also spend a full academic year in a European university in Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands. We also have links with universities in Germany, France and Spain where subjects are taught through the native language. We have a very vibrant international student body in the Law School. A recent International Student Survey, which involved over 5000 International students currently studying across the seven Irish Universities, voted UL as the number one University in providing the best student experience, the best student support and warmest welcome in Ireland. UL is also among the top 100 Erasmus host universities according to the latest statistics released by the EU Commission.

Why Choose the LLM in International Commercial Law?

The LLM in International Commercial Law has been a very successful programme since its inception, with, on average, over 88% of graduates finding employment within a year of graduation. The programme will be particularly attractive to law graduates who wish to develop a specialisation in commercial law, and especially an ability to understand and apply commercial law in multi-jurisdictional scenarios.
The LLM in International Commercial Law immerses the post-graduate student in more detailed aspects of commercial law, as well as developing broadly applicable legal research and other transferable skills. The emphasis is on those areas of law, such as credit and security, intellectual property and competition law, which are critical to the operation of any commercial enterprise in the modern world. The programme also takes account of the increasing internationalisation of commerce with modules in global competition law and international trade organisations. This international focus of the programme provides opportunities for graduates to find employment, not just in Ireland, but in many other jurisdictions.

Choose from a wide range of modules including:
• Law of International Trade Organisations
• Law of International Business Associations/Corporate Governance
• Global Competition Law
• International Protection of Intellectual Property
• Counter Terrorism Law and International Business

For details of our other LLMs, LLM General and LLM/MA in Human Rights in Criminal Justice, see:
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This degree can be taken on a full time, twelve month basis, or a part time twenty four month basis. Full time students complete the programme over a period of twelve months by taking four modules in both the autumn and spring semesters, before completing a dissertation during the summer semester.  Part- time students complete the programme over a 24 month period by taking two modules in both the autumn and spring semesters of each year, before completing a dissertation in the summer semester of the second year. The module selection for each semester will be by agreement with the Course Director.

The topic for a student’s dissertation is determined during the spring semester, supervised by a faculty member, and submitted at the end of the summer semester.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • LA6001 Advanced Legal Research Skills
  • LA6031 Law of International Trade Organisations
  • LM6021 International Business Associations
  • LM6011 International Business Transactions
  • Dissertation Methodology

3 Electives from

  • LA6032 Global Competition Law
  • LA6022 Counter Terrorism Law & International Business
  • LA6112 International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
  • LA4062 International Labour Law
  • LA6102 Law of Credit and Security
  • LA6072 International Tort Law and Business 
  • Dissertation

Where a student wishes to complete the Masters over a two-year period of part-time study, two modules will be taken in each of four semesters followed by a 15,000 word dissertation. The module selection will be by agreement with the Course Director.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


A second class honours in an undergraduate law degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) will be required for enrolment on this Masters programme. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


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The LLM in International Commercial Law attracts students from China, Germany, India and many other jurisdictions. The programme allows the students to specialise in Commercial law and do develop the legal English and commercial English which dominate the world of commerce.  The International students react positively to UL and to the programme.

Graduate Profiles LLM in International Commercial Law


Pierre Sylvestre LLM in International Commercial Law Class of 2017 "Desde o International Office que te fazem sentir a acalorada hospitalidade irlandesa até a brilhante equipe e coordenação acadêmica do curso é possível perceber a seriedade e o compromisso com os estudos e desenvolvimento profissional daqueles que escolhem pela Universidade. Se você procura o melhor ambiente para o seu desenvolvimento, crescimento e amadurecimento, a Universidade de Limerick tem o melhor a oferecer. E eu tenho orgulho de falar que estudei aqui”. Rafael Sitta, Class of 2018
Je recommande ce LLM à tout étudiant passionné par le droit des affaires. J’ai été particulièrement intéressé par l’ensemble des matières enseignées et je me suis senti renforcé par la dimension internationale de ce cursus. C’est une formation complète pour un étudiant étranger souhaitant perfectionner son anglais et s’engager dans une carrière juridique."

Eimear Cleary LLM in International Commercial Law, Class of 2011 "I graduated from the LLM in International Commercial Law in 2011. The LLM attracted me because of its focus on the understanding and application of commercial law in international scenarios. I believed that it would enhance my skill-set and career profile by strengthening my credentials for prospective employment. In my experience, the LLM was beneficial from both an academic and personal perspective. Through a combination of lectures, interactive tutorials, legal research classes, comparative law dissertations and presentations, I developed my analytical, research and presentation skills. My experience at UL prepared me to competently overcome challenges and embrace opportunities in my professional training. I am now an associate in the commercial property department in Arthur Cox. Arthur Cox’s reputation of excellence in commercial property impressed me. As an associate, I am engaged in the highest quality legal work. Multiple and diverse learning opportunities are presented on a daily basis. I work in a very stimulating, collaborative and rewarding environment. In my opinion, UL not only facilitates education, it is instrumental in shaping character."


Thomas Costello,LLM in International Commercial Law, Class of 2015 "I graduated from the LLM in International Commercial Law in 2015. I was attracted to the LLM because of its focus on the practical application of Commercial Law across a wide variety of jurisdictions. The LLM was both academically challenging and rewarding, with an emphasis on learning through interactive tutorials and presentations. It was through the LLM that I was given the opportunity to apply Commercial law to current world market and business scenarios, to step into the shoes of lawyers or businessmen and assess situations from their point of view, all of which has been vital in developing my legal reasoning and analytic skills. Currently, I am a trainee in the litigation department of Eversheds Sutherland, having won the Eversheds Sutherland LLM Scholarship and successfully progressed through the Eversheds Sutherland Summer Intern Programme. In my opinion, the University of Limerick, and the LLM, have been instrumental in improving my skillset and obtaining my training contract, and I would highly recommend the LLM to any student seeking to further their legal career."