LLB (Hons)

International Law

LLB International Law
  • UCAS code(s): M130
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three or four years
  • Entry requirements: More information

This Qualifying Law Degree enables you to study both domestic and international law with the option to spend a year studying abroad.

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.
  • 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 Law Society, Lex, and get involved with a range of sporting, social, and networking activities.
  • You will study 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 or Bar Professional 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 (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

What you'll study

In your first year you will study the Foundations and Challenges of International Relations, which provides an essential political context for the study of International Law. You will build on this 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.

  • Year One

    Core Modules

    Law of Contract and Problem Solving

    This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the law of contract covering a range of topics including: underlying theories, terms, remedies and problem solving to develop your ability to apply the law and solve legal problems.

    Legal Method

    The Legal Methods module introduces you to the concept and classification of law. To produce graduates with knowledge and understanding of the English and Welsh legal system and of common law legal systems generally.

    Public Law and Human Rights

    This module develops your understanding of constitutional law with particular reference to the main institutions of the state. You will explore the power relationship between the individual and the state and the legal protection of the liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK. You will also develop your understanding of the law and practice of Judicial Review.

    Foundations and Challenges of International Relations

    Provides an essential political context for your study of international law, covering the historical background to international relations, conflict and cooperation, the role of the state, war, and economics.

  • Year Two

    Core Modules

    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, research and write skeleton arguments, and use legal language effectively.

    Land Law and Professional Advice

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of property law with an emphasis upon real property. To develop your ability to apply rules in order to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership. In order to achieve the above outcomes this module explores a range of topics including: the nature of land, estates and interest in land and the concept of the trust.

    European Union Law with Group Presentation Skills

    This module will provide you with an international perspective combining commercial, political and social elements within a core legal context, whilst developing your knowledge and understanding of European Union Law. As well as your ability to apply the law and to solve legal problems, you will also practise and develop team-working and communication skills.

    Law of Torts and Case Analysis

    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.

    Public International Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of Public International Law and of related current legal issues. To achieve this the module investigates a range of topics including sovereignty and use of force.

  • Year Three

    Optional overseas study or work placement year. If students choose to undertake overseas study exchange at a Nottingham Law School partner university or a work placement they will return to study in year four, alternatively students not taking this option can progress straight to the third and final 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.

    On a year-long placement you can:

    • reduce the time spent completing a training contract by up to six months; and
    • earn a salary.

    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.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Law of Trusts and Applied Legal Analysis

    Acquire high-level knowledge and understanding of the Law of Trusts; developing your ability to examine decided cases in detail. The module covers a range of topics including classification of property, generation of property and management of properties.

    Choose one of the following:

    Path to Professional Practice

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the client journey within the context of legal professional practice together with an awareness of business needs; to enable you to develop client focussed transferable professional skills.

    or

    Independent International Law Legal Research Project

    This module will develop your research and communication skills and your ability to exercise academic, professional and transferable intellectual and legal skills in the context of an agreed project title.

    Optional modules

    Choose four modules from the following options (at least two need to be international law modules):

    International Law Modules

    Comparative Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the essential characteristics of a variety of different foreign legal systems and to enable you to critically compare and contrast such characteristics with each other and with the essential characteristics of the English Legal System.

    International Competition Law

    This module gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of International Competition Law and the underlying theories and policies. Covering a range of topics which include cartels and the international enforcement of competition law.

    International Trade Law

    The international trade law module covers a range of topics in order to develop students understand of international trade law. This module investigates the principles and regulation of the international carriage of goods and the impact of public international law on the facilitation of international trade.

    Laws of Armed Conflict

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the sources, context, development and scope of modern international laws relating to armed conflict, war crimes, terrorism and the self-determination of peoples. To develop your critical awareness of current issues in respect of international laws of armed conflict and of their historical, social and political context together with relevant transferable intellectual and professional skills.

    United States Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the essential characteristics of the United States legal system and to enable you to critically compare and contrast such characteristics with the essential characteristics of the English legal system.

    Human Rights

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of human rights in an international context and appreciation of the social and political context of human rights covering topics such as nature of human rights, right to life and right to a fair trial.

    Immigration and Asylum Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the principal themes of UK Immigration and Asylum Law and to examine such law in its social, historical and political contexts, and to consider the scope for reform. Covering a number of topics including; asylum support schemes, detention of asylum seekers and illegal workings.

    International Commercial Insurance Law

    This module covers a broad range of topics including the contractual, commercial and regulatory environment of the insurance market in the UK and the EEA and the law and practice of insurance in England and Wales in order to develop your knowledge and understanding of insurance law.

    Other Optional Modules

    Commercial Law

    To enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of commercial law within a practical and business context. The module will cover a range of topics including the transfer of property and risk, title conflicts and agency and authority.

    Company Law

    This module will allow you to acquire high-level knowledge and understanding of company law. In order to achieve this the module covers a number of topics including different types of business organisations, company constitutions and minority shareholder protection.

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    To facilitate your knowledge and understanding of criminology and criminal justice issues, highlighting the significance of crime statistics. The module covers a range of topics including hate crime, the media and crime, organised crime and sentencing; the politics.

    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? These questions are central to the study of legal theory and are thoroughly and critically examined in this module.

    Employment Law

    To provide the opportunity for you to gain knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of employment law and the context within which they operate. The module covers both collective employment law and individual employment law.

    Evidence

    To provide you with knowledge and understanding of the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, providing an introduction to the law of evidence. The module also comprises a range of other topics such as silence, hearsay and confessions.

    Family Law

    To introduce the principal themes of English family law and to place them in a social and political context, covering a range of topics including divorce law, civil partnership and domestic violence protection.

    Intellectual Property Law

    The intellectual property module provides you with knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law, its rationales, its economic function within the legal environment and of the international influences on the practice of the law. Topics covered on this module include the law of copyright and awareness of design law.

    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.

    Medical Law

    To provide you with knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care. To produce graduates with transferable intellectual and professional skills who have developed the ability to apply the law and solve medico-legal problems.

    Mooting

    To enable you to identify, use and develop a range of techniques in advocacy, legal and logical reasoning and argument through the medium of mooting. The module covers a range of topics including written pleadings and courtroom etiquette and the skills of oral advocacy.

    Sexuality and the Law

    To develop your awareness of the concept of sexuality from legal, moral and sociological perspectives, balancing the needs of the victim and the defendant. In order to achieve this the module covers a range of topics including morality and the law, freedom of sexual expression and sexual behaviour.

    Sports Law

    To enable you to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law pertaining to the regulation of sporting activity whilst also providing you with the skills and knowledge to identify broader issues impacting on the relationship between sport and the law, and to raise awareness of relevant international aspects and the impact of globalisation on sports law.

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.

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 whohas 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.
  • Melanie King and Edward Mosley, members of the Law School Employability Team who were nominated by students for the Outstanding Teaching 2016 – Student Support Award. Edward Mosley went on to win the award.
  • Senior Lecturer and Pro Bono Director Nick Johnson who also won an Outstanding Teaching Award, voted for by students in recognition of his teaching and support for volunteer projects in the Law School.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1  coursework 33%, written 50% and practical 17%
  • Year 2  coursework 17%, written 66% and practical 17%
  • 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 20%, independent study 80%
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops 21%, independent study 79%
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops 20%, independent study 80%

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 (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

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 Bar Professional Training Course.

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 (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

Further information on facilities

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4262

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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.

The UCAS Tariff

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

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.

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.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?

Contact our NTU Admissions Team.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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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Still need help?

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