Law with International Relations LLB (Hons)

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UCAS Code
M1L2
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

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 units 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.

Professional accreditations

This course is professionally accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

These accreditations show that the course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to complete the undergraduate portion of your academic training as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

This degree course is a qualifying law degree which means you're able to move straight to solicitors' professional examinations (LPC) without the need for an extra year of study.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

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

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 unit 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.

You could work in areas such as:

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

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.

Mooting competitions, the Employment Law Clinic and other practical activities for students to participate in are invaluable.

Mark Onafeko-Badmus, LLB Hons Law with International Relations student

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Land Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Research and Professional Development
  • International Thought
  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Language
  • Advocacy Practice and Theory
  • Family and Child Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Medical Law
  • Streetlaw
  • White Collar Crime
  • Law of Succession

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.

Core units in this year include:

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • EU Law
  • Public International Law

Optional units in this year currently include:

    • Company Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Family and Child Law
    • CILEx Level 6 Practice
    • Advocacy, Theory and Practice
    • Commercial Law
    • Employment Law
    • Jurisprudence and Ethics
    • Medical Law
    • Law of Succession
    • Streetlaw
    • White Collar Crime

    We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

    Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

    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.

    Placement year

    After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year with support from our placements office.

    You'll get support in choosing and applying for placements that fit your aspirations, whether you want to work in a legal or non-legal context.

    Learning support

    As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

    ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

    • academic writing
    • note taking
    • time management
    • critical thinking
    • presentation skills
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques

    If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

    Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

    In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

    Teaching

    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • lectures
    • seminars
    • tutorials
    • clinical legal training
    • practical learning in our mock-court room

    Teaching staff profiles

    These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

     

    Juliet Brook, Principal Lecturer

    A solicitor specialising in property law before moving into lecturing, Juliet has lectured on both the post-graduate Legal Practice Course and the LLB, and teaches Land Law, Equity & Trusts, and the Law of Succession. Her research covers various aspects of succession law.

    Dr Michael Connolly, Senior Lecturer

    Michael is a specialist in equality and discrimination law. He has trained judges, advised Parliamentary committees, and published many papers and books on the subject. He is an experienced teacher of equality, employment, contract and commercial law.

    Dr Marnie Lovejoy, Senior Lecturer

    Marnie is a dual-qualified solicitor who specialises in transnational financial crime. She lectures in criminal law and white collar crime. Her research interests include corruption and embezzlement of public funds and the legal problems arising from the global nature of these crimes.

     

    How you'll spend your time

    Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

    • Autumn teaching block – September to December
    • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
    • Assessment period – Easter to June

    Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

    There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

    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 units 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 

    Entry requirements​

    Entry Requirements

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees (2019 start)

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

    Additional costs

    Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

    You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

    We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

    If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    Apply

    How to apply

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M1L2
    • our institution code – P80

    You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

    Not quite ready to apply?

    Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.