LLM in Commercial Law

Objective

The immediate objective of LL.M. in Commercial Law is to equip law graduates with knowledge and skills that are most useful for lawyers working in-house for corporations or with law firms doing commercial transactions.

The long-term objective of the program is to provide law graduates with an extensive understanding of regional and global trends in commercial law, in their areas of interest, producing academics and practitioners that are able to improve the existing legal framework for businesses in Pakistan.

Standards and Benchmark

The program is structured in accordance with the precedents set by top European and American law schools while adhering to the guidelines prescribed by Higher Education Commission.

UMT School of Law and Policy (SLP) implements standards devised by its faculty on the same lines as top American, European, and South East Asian universities. The faculty’s aim is to produce commercial lawyers who are able to meet these benchmarks. Resultantly, LL.M. in Commercial Law is a rigorous program. Those interested in pursuing the degree must be hardworking, creative, eager to learn, and committed to excel in the field of commercial law. Unlike certain other LL.M. programs in Pakistan, the degree requirements cannot be completed in a piecemeal, casual manner. It is a serious commitment.

Strengths and Prospects

  1. The faculty comprises alumni of top North American and European universities like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, BU, UC Berkeley, McGill, University of London, Cambridge, and Oxford.
  2. During summers, subject to certain conditions, the students can take courses at Boston University School of Law, University of Antwerp, University of Erlangen, and University of Munster.
  3. The visiting foreign faculty exposes the students to latest trends in North American, European, and East Asian jurisdictions, consequently, preparing them for the globalizing legal market.
  4. The students, subject to certain conditions, are provided opportunities to participate in summer internships, foreign moot competitions, and foreign study trips.
  5. The program offers quality legal education at an affordable price.

Instructors and Students

The full-time and visiting instructors teaching in the LL.M. in Commercial Law program, offered by SLP, hold degrees from top North American and European universities. While selecting the instructors, it is ensured that they are able to employ the modern teaching methodologies, which they experienced at the foreign universities during their studies, in the LL.M. in Commercial Law program. Where SLP engages experienced lawyers as instructors, it also provides opportunities to promising young lawyers, as it is important to constantly develop new talent guaranteeing the availability of quality intellectual capital.

The students pursuing the LL.M. in Commercial Law program have diverse backgrounds. Some are fresh law graduates, some are experienced independent practitioners, and some are in-house lawyers. This diversity tremendously enriches the class discussions. Consequently, the environment becomes conducive to learning for not only the students, but also the instructors. Yes, our instructors are always eager to acquaint themselves with new perspectives.

Etiquettes

While interaction between the students and the instructors is strongly encouraged, the students are strictly required to maintain the decorum expected of a graduate student of law. Lawyers all over the developed world, regardless of the area of practice, have impeccable etiquettes. SLP strives to cultivate the same behavior in the students pursuing LL.M. in Commercial Law.

Zero Tolerance for Plagiarism

SLP has zero tolerance for plagiarism. That is why we make sure to inform all graduate students about using sources, locating sources, evaluating sources, integrating sources, citing sources, and, in other words, avoiding plagiarism. We not only implement the plagiarism policy prescribed by Higher Education Commission, but also refer to the standards set by Harvard University.

Duration

Total duration of the program is two years.

Credits and Roadmap

The program comprises of 36 credits and has the following structure:

 

Semester

Courses

Credits

1st

Intellectual Property

3

 

Islamic Finance

3

 

Competition

3

 

 

 

2nd

International Trade

3

 

Multinational Enterprises

3

International Commercial Arbitration

3

 

 

 

3rd

Corporate Governance

3

 

Taxation

3

 

Negotiation

3

 

 

 

4th

Transnational Commercial Law

3

 

Mergers and Acquisitions

3

 

Research and Writing for Commercial Lawyers

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

36

 

Students interested in submitting a thesis may do so by dropping any two of the courses, except Research and Writing for Commercial Lawyers, mentioned above.

Admission Criteria

An applicant must have a first law degree (i.e., J.D., LL.B., LL.B. (Hons.), B.A/LL.B., or equivalent) from a Pakistani or foreign university in order to be considered for admission.

SLP conducts its own written test, which consists of three parts. Applicants who pass the written test are interviewed by a committee of three faculty members whose decision is final. The committee considers the applicant's performance in the written test, previous academic performance, letters of recommendation, professional and personal accomplishments, and other relevant factors.

Teaching Methodology

Courses are taught using the Socratic Method, which has been used at top American law schools for over a century.

Fee

Total fee for the program is Rs. 400000/- (rupees four hundred thousand).

Recognition by Pakistan Bar Council and Higher Education Commission

Before 2015, according to anMoU finalized between the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC), an LL.M. program was supposed to be first accredited by PBC and then recognized by HEC. PBC never prescribed the procedure for the accreditation of LL.M. programs in Pakistan. Therefore, no LL.M. program in Pakistan was ever accredited by PBC.

PBC has recently promulgated the Pakistan Bar Council Legal Education Rules, 2015. The procedure for the approval of LL.M.programs by PBC is prescribed in Rule 13. Finally, LL.M. programs in Pakistan can apply to PBC for approval. The LL.M. programs to which approval will be granted by PBC, will also apply to HEC for their recognition.

University of Management and Technology (UMT) has submitted the application for the recognition of its LL.M. in Commercial Law program by PBC.

UMT is determined to devote all necessary resources and to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education to qualify for approval by PBC. However, it makes no representation to any applicant that it will be recognized by PBC prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.

For Further Information

Ali Ammar, Coordinator

Tel: +92-42-35211058 (Direct Line)
Tel: +92-42-35212801 (Ext. 3308) Cell: +92 305 444 0 672 (between 10:30AM to 03:30PM)
Email: ali.ammar@umt.edu.pk
http://slp.umt.edu.pk

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