Commercial Law

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL202
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

English law is the preferred governing law for international contracts—even where the transaction has nothing to do with England. London’s judges, lawyers, and arbitrators have a worldwide reputation for excellence in resolving commercial disputes. LSE’s intensive course on Commercial Law thus attracts students and lawyers from all over the world.

The course provides a strong grounding in the fundamental principles of English contract law, focusing squarely on their application to business transactions. Additionally, the course examines English law’s procedures for adjudicating contractual disputes, including its approach to arbitration. Finally, the course explores in more detail the rules governing two particular kinds of commercial transaction: sales and financing.

Typically, the course attracts law students from high-ranking universities outside the UK, together with a substantial number of practising foreign lawyers seeking knowledge directly relevant to their work. Applicants working in a UK or international business setting may also benefit from the course.

Session: One - CLOSED
Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2022
Dr Andrew Summers
Dr Nick Sage
Professor Michael Lobban
Dr Joseph Spooner
Dr Paul MacMahon


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Introduction to legal methods or equivalent

Programme structure

  • Freedom of Contract
  • Contract Formation
  • Pre-contractual Duties
  • Terms and their Interpretation
  • Exclusion Clauses and Agreed Remedies
  • Remedies for Breach of Contract
  • Third Party Rights
  • Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
  • International Commercial Contracts
  • Sales Law
  • Financial Law

This intensive course commences with the basic common law principles governing commercial contracts, including the topic of pre-contractual duties and remedies for breach of contract. 

Course outcomes

The objectives of the course are that students will become familiar with these basic principles of law, so that they can apply them to a wide range of commercial transactions, in the light of the policy objectives which legal regulation pursues, and with an understanding of the context of commercial transactions in which the law operates. 


LSE’s Law Department is one of the world’s best. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 5 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2018. In the 2017 QS World University rankings, the Department was ranked seventh (out of 200 departments worldwide).

Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty.


Reading materials

Reference Texts:

For most of the topics there will be one main text:

E. McKendrick, Contract Law, 13th edition, Red Globe Press (2019)

Some later topics will refer to another book:

R. Goode, Commercial Law, 5th edition, London, Penguin (2017)

Extensive reading materials will be available for electronic access during the course.

*Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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