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LLB Law with International Relations

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LLB Law with International Relations

Code
M29C
Start
September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250* (UK/EU)
£12,500* (INT)
Course leader
David Keane

Studying an LLB at Middlesex you will gain the legal skills and abilities to complete the academic stage of training, and with your qualification, embark on the next stage of vocational training to become a fully qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. The LLB Law with International Relations gives you an opportunity to locate law in the turbulent, rapidly changing world of international relations.

Why study LLB Law with International Relations at Middlesex University?

An LLB Law with International Relations from Middlesex is recognised by the two main legal professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (barristers) as a Qualifying Law Degree that satisfies the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training. It additionally develops your understanding of the ethical, social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts within which the law operates, as well as providing skills of legal analysis and an ability to evaluate legal systems and processes.

The LLB Law with International Relations combines the compulsory ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, a requirement of the legal professional bodies to satisfy the first or academic stage of professional legal education, with optional modules that explore further specific areas of expertise within the law. The seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ are: Public Law, the Law of Contract, Tort, EU Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, and Land Law. These form the core modules of your LLB as a Qualifying Law Degree. Additionally gain the specialist knowledge and understanding of law and international relations and the complexities therein, developing skills and equipping you with expertise to move towards professional and related practice in this area.

The course further integrates work placements within the programme and extra-curricular to the programme. The School of Law has an excellent network of relationships with high-profile international organisations, including in European organisations where you may have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience as part of the course.

You will benefit from a vibrant clinical legal education initiative that places law students with professional legal bodies and practitioners in order to combine hands-on work experience with the formal requirements of legal academic education. They will support you in developing specialist skills such as mooting and mediation and you will have the opportunity to take part in formal mooting and mediation competitions nationally and internationally. Our LLB Law with International Relations graduates are experienced and skilled in the practicalities of everyday professional practice, indispensable for both the legal and non-legal graduate workplace.

Course highlights

  • You will study a programme that is relevant to the legal profession and employers in general and lays the foundations for a successful career in international relations, national and international public bodies, as well as commerce or business generally
  • You will study the core law modules that meet the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (barristers) for the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training
  • Your course is taught across three campuses, in London, Mauritius and Dubai, with the option of transferring for one (or more) year of study to one of our overseas campuses
  • You will integrate applied work-based and skills-based modules that allow you to prepare practically as well as academically for a successful career, both within and outside of the legal professions.
  • Our outstanding academic reputation places our students at the heart of legal research and innovation. You will be guided by an academic team of nationally and internationally-recognised experts in their chosen fields of law, with links to professional legal bodies and organisations at the local, national and international levels
  • As a student of this course you will receive a free electronic textbook for every module

What will you study on the LLB Law with International Relations?

In Year 1, you will study the English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, and in Year 2 you will explore Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law, Theories of International Relations. Year 3 will focus on Land Law, Equity and Trusts, plus two optional modules (if part-time, these modules will be studied over 4 or 6 years).

You will develop your knowledge and understanding, and cognitive and practical skills, through lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed study using a variety of resources, including the library and e-learning.

What will you gain?

In a competitive but expanding field internationally, given the growth globally of administrative law, graduates who combine sophisticated understanding of international relations with solid grounding in legal analysis and knowledge have a significant advantage.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how the laws are made and developed, of the institutions within which the law is administered and the personnel who practise law. You will explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, as well as the complexities of law and international relations.

Your cognitive and practical skills will also be expanded and you'll gain the ability to identify accurately and analyse legal issues by applying knowledge of legal principles and concepts to complex practical situations and make reasoned judgements based on informed understanding of arguments. You will be able to research and interpret the primary and secondary source material of law and apply the findings to the solution of legal problems, and then evaluate and judge the value of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to law and a range of legal topics as well as international relations. You will gain confidence in undertaking independent research and identifying, retrieving, investigating and managing information from a range of academic sources, both paper and electronic to produce up-to-date and relevant information. Finally, you will be able to use and apply correct and accurate legal and international relations terminology orally in moots and presentations and in writing.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • English Legal System (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law. You will examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Legal Method (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law. You will examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Contract Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Public Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2

    • Criminal Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. You will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Tort (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • EU Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU’s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Theories of International Relations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the main theories, concepts and themes of international relations. The rival paradigms of the discipline are initially explored and then applied to the understanding of key topics of relations between states and also non-state global actors.

  • Year 3

    • Land Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Equity and Trusts (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose two modules from the following:

    • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the processes, policies and practice related to contemporary humanitarian crises, be they the outcome of conflict, war, famine, extreme climatic events natural or man-made disasters. Case studies are a key feature of the approach in this module.

    • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding on the principles of public international law. You will be extend your ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. This might include debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment, or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes.

    • Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in previous modules. You will apply theories and concepts explored in those modules to a range of contemporary global political issues. A more advanced, critical appreciation of international politics will be gained along with a more detailed understanding of key geopolitical issues of the day.

    • Advanced Mooting and Advocacy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. You will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

    • Work Based Internship (120 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. You will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

    • Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by you, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the LLB Law with International Relations support your career?

The LLB Law with International Relations is especially suitable for students interested in pursuing a career within one of the many kinds of multilateral organisation to be found in increasingly globalised societies (e.g. political, diplomatic, regulatory, campaigning, service-providing, health, trade and other agencies, NGOs and charities).

As a Qualifying Law Degree, the LLB Law with International Relations satisfies the requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for the academic stage of training. Upon successful completion of the LLB, you may pursue the second (or ‘vocational’) stage of professional training via the Legal Practice Course (solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (barristers).

There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management,administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Executive, Paralegal, or in a community advisory role.

You could also choose to continue into further study on courses such as the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or master's programmes in law as well as related subjects.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops,events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited and recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Professor Joshua Castellino
Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Law and the Business School

Professor Castellino has authored and edited eight books in international law and human rights law, and a range of journal articles and other outputs. He regularly engages with multilateral organisations and with Law Societies and NGOs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, and is on the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Professor Laurent Pech
Professor of European Law, Head of the Law and Politics Department, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17)

Professor Pech is the author of two books and more than seventy scholarly publications, on such subjects as the rule of law in the EU, the scope of application of European human rights standards or freedom of expression in comparative law.

Dr Phoebe Moore
Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Dr Moore has published several books, articles and reports about labour struggle, industrial relations and the impact of technology on workers' everyday lives. Dr Moore has been awarded many external and internal grants, most recently the British Academy/Leverhulme award to research the use of self-tracking health devices in companies. She is the convenor of Practicum in International Organisations under which she secures high-profile placements for students.

  • David Eniolorunfe Oshame

    LLB Law student

    I was motivated to study the LLB as, not only is it a prestigious course, I felt it was the best option for me to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. I was also confident the course would allow me to work in a large number of organisations either as a legal practitioner, legal advisor or legal representative after I graduate.

    Every aspect of the course has been really exciting, as you can apply what you learn in modules to everyday legal issues. Most importantly, the course has improved my ability to think logically and it has taught me about the importance of precision in my work, which is essential if I'm going to work in the field of Law.

  • Jane-Bridgette Gathinji

    LLB Law student

    This course provides the opportunity to learn the foundations of our legal system and opens up many opportunities post graduation, including the option of exploring work as a solicitor or legal secretary.

    During this course I've learnt a lot, including Protection Laws that I never knew existed. I've had the chance to moot and take part in practical, case-based, projects. This course has been a great stepping stone to educating me on the rights and laws of the people, and I hope I'll be able to use this knowledge in helping and support those less fortunate in the world.

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