LLB (Hons)

Law with International Relations

Understanding the legal connotations of global politics

M1L2UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Curious about what influences global law making and how countries are governed? On this course you’ll cover varied subjects such as why conflicts occur, the balance of international power and Third World poverty, all of which involve complex legal issues.
Take a close look at legal and political developments in a transnational context with our combined course.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role
  • Put your legal knowledge into practice in ‘real world’ situations by working in our Employment Law Clinic or new Debt Clinic
  • Take the stand in our Mock Courtroom to argue your case for the jury

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our LLB courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board. This means graduates can progress to the Bar Professional Training course or the Legal Practice Course which are the traditional routes to becoming a barrister or a solicitor.

However, you have the option of taking the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) papers in your final year, which gives you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your qualifying law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

The benefits are clear:

  • an opportunity to obtain relevant employment straight after graduation without the need for further study or a Training Contract
  • a recognised professional qualification in addition to your degree
  • as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, you have similar rights and opportunities of partnership as a solicitor

Combining law with International Relations is the ideal choice if you would like a greater understanding of global affairs and how law functions within a political context. Designed to enable you to pursue legal and other careers in international organisations, NGOs or the European Union, this course is great preparation for work at home or abroad.

Mark Onafeko-Badmus, LLB Law with International Relations student 2012

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

Mark Onafeko-Badmus, LLB Law with International Relations student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

This course offers students the opportunity to do a one year placement as part of their Qualifying Law Degree.

In this video Anastasija Serste explains how her time at Wiggle has helped her confidence grow and given her the opportunity to develop her employability in a professional working environment.

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Year one

The first year provides you with an understanding of current developments in the legal profession and the legal services market. You’ll also be studying some topics relating to international relations.

Core units in this year include:

  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Thought

Year two

In this year you will study global politics and institutions, and their related legal connotations. You’ll also have many opportunities to learn from experiencing law in practice as a volunteer in one of our pro bono projects.

Core units in this year include:

  • Land Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Research and Professional Development
  • International Politics
  • Perspectives on World Politics

Options to choose from in this year could include: 

  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Language
  • Advocacy Practice and Theory
  • Family and Child Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Medical Law
  • Media Law

Year three*

By this stage, you may have just completed a year of employment. You’ll return to your studies with relevant business experience and apply this to either a legal dissertation or project, or alternatively take The Reflective Practitioner Course, where students can gain credit for gaining practical experience of the legal system.

Core units in this year include:

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

Options to choose from in this year could include:

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

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

We place a lot of emphasis on student support and we aim to provide a stimulating and academically challenging learning environment. You will encounter a range of teaching methods, from lectures, seminars and tutorials to more practical learning experiences. This can include negotiation in our replica mock-court room and real-life clinical legal training.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is varied, with examinations forming an important, but not exclusive, part of the units you choose. Here’s how we assess your work:

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

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Claire Sparrow

This qualifying law degree will help you to see the big picture within which the law operates. International relations will give you an insight into the issues that face nations across the world, such as poverty, conflict and growing globalisation.

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Mock Courtroom

You can be part of our full blown mock trials and moots in our mock courtroom. The £1 million development is an exact replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview rooms. Gain firsthand experience of a realistic court setting.

Volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau

We are proud to be able to offer some students the opportunity to train as advisers or mediators, and use their new skills to help others. Each year a small number of students train as Citizens Advice Bureau advisors in order to specialise in offering debt and legal advice to the population of Portsmouth.


We pride ourselves on the good reputation we have in the area. Maintaining good links with the Court Service in Portsmouth allows us to facilitate court visits, marshalling and even work experience. Our mentoring programme also brings in members of the legal profession who work in local solicitors’ firms, for the government and in a variety of other contexts and links them with you.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

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

Final year project:
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 to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Studying this course, means you may wish to become a lawyer. But, due to its combined nature an even wider variety of careers will be open to you.

A specialisation in international relations will serve as excellent preparation for a range of careers in government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, pressure groups, voluntary organisations, policy research, the media and multinational corporations.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

You may participate in schemes run under the umbrella of our innovative Pro Bono initiative. These include:

  • our in-house Employment Advice Clinic
  • Portsmouth Trading Standards
  • Hampshire Police Constables
  • new schemes include working with BID South and the British Red Cross

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

The Reflective Student Practitioner course (offered in year 3) has been a great help in putting me in a graduate job. It gave me a years’ worth of legal work experience. I am now the Graduate Assistant Director for Explore Learning Limited, and I accepted the position less than two months after graduating.

Obi Williams, LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations student, graduated 2014

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