International and European Business Law Courses

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What is International and European Business Law?

International business law is the practice of law in the global business community. It includes a focus on economics and the law, international commercial transactions, licensing, tariffs and taxes, and many other topics.

 International business law varies by jurisdiction. It builds on top of basic business law concepts by expanding them to an international arena. Globalization and advances in technology have made international law very important.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in International and European Business Law in the following subject areas:

  • International And European Business Law (LL.M.) – Develop skills to critically analyze the interplay between law and social change in a variety of different contexts within international and business law.
  • MSc in International Business and Law – Combine the core operational and organizational aspects of international business management with advanced theoretical and practical legal knowledge.
  • LL.M. in International Law – The LL.M. in International Law programmed aims to develop students’ academic capabilities to their fullest enhance their communication skills and develop their research skills, preparing them for career progression and/or laying the foundations for PhD study.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Commercial Law – The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Commercial Law offers students advanced, specialized legal training, qualifying them to work in a multinational legal environment
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Business and Law – This course is specially designed to prepare graduates for the world of international business.
  • LL.M. in International Commercial Law – The LL.M. in International Commercial Law offers students the opportunity to specialise in International Commercial Law in order to facilitate enhanced career opportunities and/or to lay the foundations for a PhD. study.

Studying International and European Business Law

There are many courses in International and European Business Law that may take place over a few days, weeks or even 1 year to 4 years depending on the course and modules selected. There are also part-time courses and night courses available so you can be sure to fit in your studies no matter what your schedule is like.

Courses will cover theory work through lectures, assignments, tutorials and taught modules. Assessments will take place on a continuous basis with written examinations and practical assignments combined in order to achieve a qualification.

You could also consider work experience or a work shadow in the industry. If you’d like to get some work experience that is directly related to the legal profession, you could do a mini-pupillage. This involves work shadowing that usually lasts for one week in a set of chambers. Relevant work experience is a good way of demonstrating a genuine interest in the field and is regarded favorably by employers.

Work Experience will not only give you the opportunity to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry, it will also give you a chance to do some essential networking with other industry professionals and gain valuable contacts for the future.

Career options

After completing an International and European Business Law course you will be able to get started in a career that uses specific knowledge of legal support and advice on a range of international commercial issues.

International Business Lawyers take instructions from clients and advise on necessary courses of legal action. Clients can be groups, public sector organizations or private companies.

Depending on your area of expertise, you can advise on a range of issues, including helping new enterprises get established, advising on complex corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions and business-related disputes

Once qualified, you can work in private practice, in-house for commercial or industrial organizations, in local or central government or in the court service. The actual work carried out varies depending on the setting, your specialist area and the nature of the case.

Working hours will depend on whether you are self-employed, employed by a company with set business hours or if you are contracted to various businesses or companies.  Long working hours are common. During busy periods you may be expected to work 12-hour days and weekend work may be occasionally required.

Related jobs include:

  • Arbitrator
  • International Lawyer
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • Ambassador
  • Policy Advisor
  • Mediator
  • Legal Advisor
  • Barrister
  • Barrister’s clerk
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Costs lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Political risk analyst
  • Trading standards officer

Further study

After completing a course in International and European Business Law you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field to increase your knowledge base and skill set. Postgraduate study can also be used as a means to change career focus or to gain professional qualifications required to practice in certain career areas such as International Relations, History, Law and Finance.


What skills could I learn from a course in International and European Business Law?

The range of skills that a law qualification provides includes:

  • Research skills using a range of sources, including verbal questioning
  • Evaluation skills and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • Analytical skills
  • Reasoning and critical judgement skills
  • The ability to formulate sound arguments
  • Lateral thinking and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to write concisely
  • Confident and persuasive oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents with precision.

Where can I study International and European Business Law?

Explore your options here

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