This programme is part of the continuing cycle of development of Masters programmes within Aston Business School and draws upon the strengths of the school. The group has considerable expertise in the management and delivery of such programmes. The programme will be structured so that you study the Advanced Legal Research and Writing module and students from an international or non-law background will additionally study English Legal Tradition and System as core. Thereafter you will choose from a range of law and business related subjects.
Compulsory Modules (30 credits each)
Elective Modules (30 credits each)
- Students chose 90 credits in total; international students and students with a non-law background who study the English Legal Tradition and System module will choose only 60 credits of Elective Modules.
Electives (15 Credits each)
Supplemented by a range of modules from Aston Business School including:
- Human Resources Management
Please note module availability may vary slightly.
The taught modules are assessed through examinations, except for the Advanced Legal Research and Writing Module (details of the assessment criteria for each module are given in its module outline).
The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
The programme provides business and law graduates with an opportunity to enhance their career prospects or existing careers.
For information on sector opportunities see the Legal Services overview on the Prospects website.
Students will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.
Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:
A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students
24 hours access
Free Wi-Fi connection
Modern lecture/tutorial rooms
IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Ms Claire Howell
Claire graduated in 1984 with an LLB. from University College Cardiff. Continuing her studies at the Inns of Court School Of Law she was called to the Bar in 1985 as a Barrister of the Middle Temple. In 1994 she studied for an LLM in Commercial Law at Birmingham University.
Professor Jill Poole
LLB, LLM (Commercial Law)
Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Winner of the Leslie Alexander Prize in Arbitration Law and Practice, Barrister of Lincoln's Inn – First Prize Bar Final Examinations. Jill has taught on LLM Commercial Law programmes at a number of UK universities for over 20 years. She was the course director for the LLM in Commercial Law at Cardiff Law School and acted as external examiner for LLM programmes. A commercial lawyer, Jill specialises in contract law, comparative contract law and comparative corporate law and has written extensively in these areas, including publishing core texts on contract law for Oxford University Press. She is joint editor and reviews editor of Legal Studies and co-editor of the Companies Section for the Journal of Business Law.
Mr Robert Goddard
BA (Hons), LLM (Commercial Law)
Robert's teaching and research interests are in company law, corporate governance and taxation. He has particular interests in Scots law and company law in the Crown Dependencies. He has published widely in academic and practitioner journals and contributes to OUP's Annotated Companies Acts. He maintains a blog to support his teaching – visit it here.
Ms Claire Howell
LLB, LLM (Commercial Law), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, Called to Bar – Middle Temple
I am a lecturer in law at Aston Business School. My principal research and teaching interests lie in the areas of company law, corporate governance and intellectual property law. I am a co-founder of the European Intellectual Property Teachers Network and advise the European Patent Office on intellectual property teaching issues.