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LLB (Hons)

International Law

LLB International Law
  • UCAS code(s): M130
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Course duration: Three or four years
  • Entry requirements: More information


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This qualifying law degree enables you to study both domestic and international law with the option to remain at the Law School throughout your degree or to spend either the second half of your second year or the whole of your third year studying abroad (returning to the Law School for your final year).

This course enables you to study Law from an international perspective. You will explore the foundations of international relations and you will be able to take optional modules such as the Laws of Armed Conflict or United States Law. By studying an exciting range of domestic and international law topics relevant to our global society, you will gain the skills that are needed in a changing business climate, both in the UK and overseas.

Why study this course?

  • It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree.
  • You have the option to study abroad in your third year.
  • You can take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
  • Work on a business/law project with our Employer Challenge.
  • You will benefit from our renowned expertise in mooting. You will take a mooting module and can get involved in international and national mooting competitions in which we have a winning track record.
  • You can join our thriving LEX Student Law Society and get involved with a range of sporting, social, and networking activities.
  • You will learn in outstanding facilities, including a suite of authentic mock courtrooms and mooting rooms.
  • Upon graduation you can apply for entry to our Legal Practice Course, LLM Barristers Training Course or PGDip Barristers Training Course which is the next stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.
  • 100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • 92% of our undergraduate law students were satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey, 2020).

What you'll study

You will build on your knowledge throughout the course to develop a sound appreciation of the role of law in relation to international issues, something that is vital in an increasingly globalised employment market.

In Year Three you have the opportunity to spend a full year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides an exciting chance to experience life in another country and look at law from an international perspective.

Our exciting new Employer Challenge

The Employer Challenge is an exciting new initiative. During your second year you will work on a legal or business related challenge set for you by a professional employer. It is a chance for you to make a real difference to their business by working on a current or hypothetical issue facing them. After meeting with your employer and receiving your challenge, you will be guided by a tutor to research the issue and develop your recommended solution. You, or your team, will get to present your results to your challenger a few weeks later and see what they think. There will be team and individual challenges, but you are assessed individually based on a reflective report, written by you after feedback from your challenger.

  • Year One

    Core Modules

    Law of Contract and Problem Solving

    Develop your understanding of the law of contract.  You will study the underlying theories and classifications of contracts and learn how to apply your knowledge to solve legal problems.

    Legal and Professional Environment

    Gain a foundational knowledge and understanding of the legal system in England and Wales.  Develop transferable intellectual, employability and professional skills.

    Public Law and Research Skills

    Examine and research constitutional law concepts to develop an understanding of the relationship between the individual and the state.  Exploring the protection of liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK.

    Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

    The law of torts concerns civil wrongs, and in this module you will learn to interpret case law, determine relevant legal principles, and assess the merits of legal reasoning.

    International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

    Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of international and European Union law, while developing team working and presentation skills.

  • Year Two

    Core Modules (first half year)

    Criminal Law with Mooting

    Expand your knowledge of criminal law and develop practical mooting skills that will enhance your employability.  You will learn how to argue within a ground of appeal, how to research and write skeleton arguments, and how to use legal language effectively.

    Land Law and Professional Advice

    Apply rules to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership.  You will study the distinction between real and personal property, and begin to draft professional advice in a property law context.

    Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

    Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and examine decided cases in detail. Learn how to apply your legal knowledge to the classification of property, creation and dispositions of property interests and management of trust property.

    Employer Challenge

    Work on a legal or business-related challenge set for you by a professional employer.

    Second half year

    Choose one of the options from below.

    Option One: International Study

    Option Two: You will study all the modules below

    Spend half of the academic year studying abroad at one of our partner universities*. You will study law from an international perspective and experience life in another country.

    *You will need to participate in the Employer Challenge prior to your departure abroad.

    Public International Law

    Enhance your understanding of public international law and related current legal issues.

     

    Comparative Law

    An introduction to the essential characteristics of different foreign legal systems.  Learn to critically compare and contrast these systems, both with each other and with the English legal system.

     

    Current Issues in International Law

    You will be introduced to foundational theories and current issues in international law, including access to justice, security issues, counter terrorism and criminal justice.

  • Year Three

    In your third year, you will choose to either study overseas or a work placement year.

    Gaining a placement is a competitive process – you’ll be required to apply to a firm and complete its selection procedures. The University can’t guarantee a placement, but our Employability team will offer lots of help and advice on finding one.

    Students who have chosen to study abroad have done so in countries including France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland.

    By studying abroad you will benefit both academically and personally.  You’ll experience another culture and a new way of looking at Law.

    Take a look at a complete list of where you could go.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Choose one of the following:

    Law in Practice

    This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree.  You will undertake at least 35 hours’ work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

    Path to Professional Practice

    Develop key transferable skills in preparation for professional practice. You will hone your legal writing, drafting, negotiation and client-interviewing skills through a series of case scenarios and related case materials.

    Applied Legal Knowledge (Legal Advice Centre) - Criminal and Business Practice

    Learn how to put theory into practice by revisiting areas of core law modules from a practical and professional skills-based perspective, accompanied by workshops in the School’s Legal Advice Centre.

    Optional modules

    Choose five modules from the following options.

    You must choose at least three modules from the International Law Modules.

    Optional Modules

    International Law Modules

    Commercial Law

    Enhance your understanding of commercial law within a practical and business context.

    Comparative Law

    An introduction to the essential characteristics of different foreign legal systems. Learn to critically compare and contrast these systems, both with each other and with the English legal system.

    Company Law

    Acquire high-level knowledge of company law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics, including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights, and the dissolution of companies.

    Current Issues in International Law

    You will be introduced to foundational theories and current issues in international law, including access to justice, security issues, counter terrorism and criminal justice.

    Crime and Technology

    Study the role of emerging technology in facilitating a range of criminal activity and issues of effectively ‘regulating’ such behaviours. This module examines the evolution and dynamics of such crimes and looks at technology related crime in a wide social context.

    International Competition Law

    Explore the differing approaches to international competition law and the key institutions and initiatives. You will develop your knowledge of the role of economic theory and consider future developments.

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Enhance your understanding of criminology and criminal justice issues. You will learn about the significance of crime statistics, the media and crime, hate crime, prisons, and sentencing.

    International Criminal Justice

    An introduction to the key elements of international criminal justice - the body of laws and procedures by which individuals are held criminally responsible, at an international level, for serious offences such as genocide and war crimes.

    Critical Legal Thinking

    What makes a legal argument good or bad? Can legal decisions be justified by purely rational argument, or are they ultimately determined by more subjective influences? Explore these questions in this module designed for those with an interest in law, philosophy and human reasoning.

    International Trade Law

    Provides the professional skills required in a modern commercial environment. You will learn about the international sale and carriage of goods, and about the application of principles to solve international trade disputes.

    Employment Law

    Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve employment law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

    International Research Project

    Plan, research and write your own project on international law. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide expertise and guide you throughout the process.

    Evidence

    Study the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, and learn how to apply the law of evidence to factual situations.

    Laws of Armed Conflict

    Develop your knowledge of the international laws relating to armed conflict, terrorism, and the self-determination of peoples. Consider the growth and scope of modern international war crimes and current debates in the field.

    Family Law

    An introduction to the principal themes of English Family Law including marriage, divorce law, civil partnership, cohabitation, protection against domestic violence, and parental responsibility.

    United States Law

    Understand the essential characteristics of law in the United States and critically compare and contrast these characteristics with those of the English legal system.

    Insurance Law

    Study the contractual, commercial and regulatory environment of the insurance market in the UK.

    Human Rights

    Develop your understanding of human rights in an international context, exploring topics including the right to life, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression.

    Intellectual Property Law

    An introduction to intellectual property law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

    Immigration and Asylum Law

    Study the principal themes of UK immigration and asylum law and consider the scope for reform. You will learn about the current legal framework of immigration, international refugee law and asylum.

    Law in Practice

    This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree. You will undertake at least 50 hours’ work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

    Public International Law *

    Enhance your understanding of public international law and related current legal issues.

    * Must be selected if not already chosen in Year Two.

    Medical Law

    Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care, and apply the law to solve medico-legal problems.

     

    Mooting

    Develop a range of advocacy techniques through the medium of mooting. This module covers a range of topics including written pleadings, courtroom etiquette, and the skills of oral advocacy.

     

    Sexuality and the Law

    Develop an awareness of the concept of sexuality from legal, moral and sociological perspectives, balancing the needs of the victim and the defendant.

     

    Sports Law

    Acquire knowledge of the law pertaining to the regulation of sporting activity and an appreciation of the impact of globalisation on sports law.

Further information on what you'll study

Optional modules may be closed if they reach maximum capacity in terms of numbers. We reserve the right not to run an optional module if the number of students registering for it is below the minimum threshold. For this course, the threshold is 36. If a module is closed or does not run students will be advised of alternative relevant modules they may choose from.

Study topics relevant to our global society.

How you’re taught

Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and linked seminars that provide you with the opportunity to enhance your understanding through further reading and debate. You will also make use of eLearning activities and will focus on project work and the application of your legal knowledge as the course progresses.

All our LLB courses operate within a common framework. This not only ensures consistently high standards but also means that should your circumstances change then we are normally able to facilitate a change in your programme and study mode. You should discuss any request to change course with your personal tutor.

Lecture Capture

Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a diverse range of methods that reflect the skills required. You will take part in:

  • oral presentations
  • mooting exercises
  • case analysis
  • research projects
  • group projects
  • problem-solving assignments
  • both seen and unseen examinations.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Learn from the experts

The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified and experienced solicitors or barristers and are experts within their research fields, ensuring that you will be taught with a real-life context and a focus upon practical relevance and impact.

Our staff have won a number of awards including:

  • Matthew Homewood who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1  coursework 43%, written 40% and practical 17%
  • Year 2  coursework 59%, written 33% and practical 8%
  • Year 3  coursework 73%, written 17% and practical 10%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops 22%, independent study 78%
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops 20%, independent study 80%
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops 21%, independent study 79%

Option to spend Year Three studying abroad.

Careers and employability

Your career development

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

If you complete your LLB with us and gain a 2.2 or above we will guarantee you a place on our excellent LLM Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors. If you are interested in a career as a barrister there is also the opportunity to progress on to our highly-regarded LLM Barristers Training Course or PGDip Barristers Training Course. We do encourage you to submit your application for these courses as early as possible to avoid disappointment. These courses can reach maximum capacity prior to the course start date.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Starting in September 2021, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a new common assessment that those wishing to qualify as a solicitor must pass. We’ve been preparing for the implementation of the new SQE system since the SRA decided to make the changes. As the SRA finalise different parts of the system, we are incorporating them into our courses. Find out more about the SQE and what it means for you.

A Law degree doesn't just have to lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister, however. On our LLB course you will gain a host of transferable skills including an international perspective and an appreciation of the law that many employers will value, both in the UK and overseas. In the last few years our graduates have gone on to positions including:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • in-house counsel
  • trade mark attorney
  • trade union consultant
  • freedom of information adviser
  • human resources officer
  • investment banker
  • auditor
  • victim support caseworker
  • review and features editor
  • quantity surveyor
  • business development manager
  • sports marketing analyst.

Excellent placement opportunities

You will find the work experience associated with this course invaluable in today's employment market. This is because you will gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd.

We will encourage you to get relevant work experience during the vacations. You will achieve our Certificate in Professional Practice if you successfully undertake ten weeks' relevant work experience. This qualification will:

  • look good on your CV
  • demonstrate you have developed practical skills and work-based competencies.

You will be responsible for organising your own placements with the support of the University. You will receive an introduction to the Certificate and advice on securing placements in the first year.

You can also work towards the University's Acceler8 Employability Award. This has been designed to provide formal recognition for everything you achieve outside of your studies.

100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Further information on facilities

Ask us about pro bono opportunities for students at our Legal Advice Centre.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4262

Email us

Students have the opportunity to practise pro bono in the Legal Advice Centre, our onsite teaching law firm.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE Maths or Science and English grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE Maths or Science and English grade C / 4.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work it out.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation course page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

We've created application guidance pages to help you with the applying process. If you find yourself struggling at all, try these pages and hopefully you'll find the answers you're looking for.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! For hints and tips on what to write, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. You may need a visa to study here, so you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to NTU, please visit our how to apply page. Here you will be able to find information on applying for a visa.

Struggling to write your personal statement? We have prepared a helpful guide for this too.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

The Apply button at the top of this page will take you through to the UCAS website.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students may choose to apply for International Study during their Year 2 study (Half Year Pathway). Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students may choose to apply for International Study during their Year 2 study (Half Year Pathway). Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Further information on fees and funding

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel+44 (0)115 848 2494

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