Queen Mary, University of London

About the university

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) launched an LLM programme in International Shipping Law in London in 2013 and an intensively taught LLM programme in International Shipping Law in Piraeus, Greece in 2015. The London programme is taught at the CCLS campus which is located in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library on Russell Square. Both LLM programmes offer courses in Charterparties: Law and Practice, Carriage of Goods, Marine Insurance Law, Wet Shipping Law: Collisions and Incidents at Sea; International Regulation of Shipping and Maritime Arbitration. In the London programme additional courses are offered in Admiralty Law; Law of the Sea, Navigational Freedoms and Practice; Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade and Protection and Indemnity Clubs: Law and Practice. These courses are designed and taught by CCLS staff with research expertise in the relevant fields who have published extensively in these areas. Teaching on these courses is enhanced by the contribution of distinguished guest speakers, including legal practitioners from City law firms with many years of experience in maritime law, and experts from the shipping and transport industry.

CCLS has developed important connections with law firms and practitioners specialising in this field as well as institutions such as the London Shipping Law Centre, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Lloyd’s of London and the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association. CCLS is home to postgraduate students from the UK and more than 90 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class. The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK and Europe for the quality of its research and teaching, and many of its internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally. There is a very high rate of employment of CCLS students within six months of graduation. CCLS has dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms. CCLS also offers a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve students’ writing and research in law skills. Students take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join QMUL’s extensive alumni network.

2019 student finalist