Law with International Relations LLB


If you're interested in law and you're curious about foreign policy and international thought, this LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations degree course will match your interests.

The course is a qualifying law degree (QLD), which means it gives you the core legal knowledge to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. In your final year, you can also choose to take the CILEx Graduate fast-track diploma. This allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive following further professional experience.

As well as core legal subjects, you’ll get to choose from various optional modules to suit your own interests. These currently include Commercial Law, Employment Law and Jurisprudence.

After the course, you could continue your legal training or take up employment in areas such as finance, commerce, recruitment or the public sector. You could also continue your studies on a Master’s degree.

What you'll experience

On this course, you can:

  • Bring what you learn to life in mock trials in our replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview room
  • Use your skills advising members of the public on a variety of aspects of the law, by working in one of our community settings
  • Opt for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) in your final year, which allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer when you get further experience after the course
  • Join our student law society and take part in team competitions such as negotiation and mooting
  • Develop your understanding of global affairs and foreign political systems

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience to boost your career prospects further.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

What you'll study

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Key themes in International Relations
  • Tort

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Land Law
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Equity and Trusts
  • International Thought
  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
  • Legal Writing and Research

There are no optional modules in this year.

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  •  European Union Law

Optional modules in this year currently include:

    • Company Law
    • Family and Child Law 
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • CILEx Level 6 Practice
    • Advocacy, Practice and Theory
    • Law in Practice
    • Public International Law
    • Employment Law
    • Commercial Law
    • Jurisprudence and Ethics
    • Medical Law  
    • White Collar Crime
    • Legal Dissertation


    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • lectures
    • seminars
    • tutorials
    • clinical legal training
    • practical learning in our replica court     

    How you're assessed

    You’ll be assessed through:

    • examinations
    • coursework essays
    • presentations
    • participation in mock trials
    • written moot arguments

    You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

    The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

    • Year 1 students: 35% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
    • Year 2 students: 40% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 58% by coursework
    • Year 3 students: 60% by written exams and 40% by coursework 

    Careers and opportunities

    After the course, you could progress to a graduate training scheme, go straight into employment in the private, public or voluntary sector, or continue your studies.

    If you chose a career in law, you can do the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), which are the traditional routes to becoming a barrister or solicitor.

    If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma module in your final year, you can work as legal executive or paralegal when you graduate and become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer following 3 years of qualifying employment. This gives you similar career opportunities to barristers and solicitors.

    What can you do with a Law with International Relations degree?

    You could work in areas such as:

    • government
    • international organisations and multinational corporations
    • non-governmental organisations
    • pressure groups
    • voluntary organisations
    • policy research
    • the media

    What jobs can you do with a Law with International Relations degree?

    Roles our graduates have taken on include:

    • designated detention officer
    • paralegal
    • business development executive
    • environmental crime officer
    • trainee probation officer
    • firearms licensing operator administrator

    After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

    LLB, LLB Award
    September Start
    Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
    3 years Duration

    Entry Requirements For This Course

    120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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