LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Dr Iris H-Y Chiu
Other Teachers:
Professor Dan Prentice
Ms Vanessa Knapp
Ms Georgina Tsagas


The module will examine the fundamental principles which underlie company law and which flow from the Salomon doctrine. It examines what goes on behind the corporate veil; constitutional matters, issues of authority; the duties and liabilities of directors; classes of shares and shareholders’ rights and remedies.


  1. Legal Personality and Limited Liability
  2. Organs of Company
  3. The Company’s Constitution
  4. Directors’ Duties; Derivative Actions
  5. Minority Shareholder Remedies
  6. Contracting with the Company
  7. Corporate Governance and the Code

Background Reading (optional):

  • Pettet’s Company Law chapters 1 and 2

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment in September.

Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 20 x 2-hour seminars
Tutorials: Yes
Previous module enrolments: Medium – 16-50 students
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisities: None
Barred module combinations: None, though please note that this module is not suitable for students who have already studied Company Law in the UK at undergraduate level.
Core Module for LLM specialism: Corporate Law
Final Assessment: 3-hour unseen written examination
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional 1,500 word practice essay per term
Other Information
This module is not suitable for students who have already studied Company Law in the UK at undergraduate level.

This page was last updated on 8 July, 2014


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now closed.

Information regarding applications for September 2015 will be updated on the website in September 2014.

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