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Clearing 2017 via Kingston University
Clearing 2017 via Kingston University

International Law LLB(Hons) with professional experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time M130 Clearing 2017
2018
4 years full time with study exchange M132 Clearing 2017
2018

Why choose this course?

This qualifying law degree is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

This course enables you to progress to the vocational stage of legal training if you aim to become a barrister or solicitor working in the UK. It also adds an international focus to your studies. A Kingston University law degree is also a great foundation for careers in business, industry and administration.

Today's employers are seeking graduates who are work-ready as well as academically qualified. This course offers content specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. You will combine your academic studies with the opportunity to undertake up to two professional internships, either in the UK or abroad. Alternatively you can undertake a professional module. There is also the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad – a great addition to your CV if you are considering an international career.

Our Professional Readiness Programme will help you develop new skills to prepare for internships and employment. You will explore topics such as writing your CV, communication, time management and presentation skills. We will also encourage you to gain a full university experience by participating in conferences and events organised by our research groups.

All this is within the same three years as a traditional degree. In addition, you will gain additional practical experience, and thereby develop the skills employers' value most.

What you will study

You will study the foundations of legal knowledge – Public Law, Criminal Law, Law of Tort, Law of Contract, Land Law, EU Law, and Equity and Trusts. These will bring an international focus to your studies.  You will also choose to undertake an internship or professional module at the end of your first and second year. The professional module will cover topics including: Professional Practice and Ethics, Mediation, and Dealing with and Managing change.

Year 1 will introduce you to the English Legal System and Method, including access and use of legal materials. Public Law deals with the UK's constitutional structure and the relationship between individuals and the state.  Law of Contract explores binding agreements and situations when they are breached. Law of Tort explores civil wrongs, for example negligence, nuisance or occupier's liability.

In Year 2, Land Law covers rights attached to property. Criminal Law will focus on murder, theft, and sexual offences. EU Law introduces you to the single market's institutions and rules. The content of this module is informed by recent politics and the effects of Brexit. International and Comparative Law focuses on American, German and French comparative law as well as an introduction in Public International Law.

In Year 3, everyone will study Equity and Trusts which considers wills, charitable trusts, and trustees' roles. You will also be able to select from a range of modules to suite your interest and passion, with two of them with an international focus. Current module options include for instance International Trade Law, International Criminal & Human rights Law, Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Law, Jurisprudence or Employment Law.

Years 1 and 2 last until mid-July, not June, providing time for internships or professional modules. You will graduate at the same time as those with other degrees, but with invaluable practical experience.

Law degree programme schedule

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module provides you with sufficient understanding of the English legal system (ELS) – courts, procedure and sources of law – to make sense of your legal studies. It also gives you a toolkit of legal method – skills for legal research and writing that will be useful to other academic legal studies and legal practice. Many of these skills, such as research, report organisation and effective writing, are also transferable employability skills. Successful completion of the module requires group work, which is not only an employability skill but also a requirement for the academic stage of the professional legal education needed to become a barrister or solicitor.

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  • The law of contract is the law of legally enforceable agreements and is at the heart of the English common law. It is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge and invariably forms part of any degree with an overt legal content. It describes the rules which govern commercial activity, allowing businesses and consumers to maintain stable, consistent relationships over time and over distance. These rules, for example, encompass the complex multi-party arrangements for the construction of a stadium, the employment of the cleaners and the star players, as well as the purchase of a hot dog from a stall outside.

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  • This is a core module on the LLB degree and is one of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree'.

    You will be introduced to the constitutional and administrative law of the United Kingdom through a study of the core constitutional principles present within the UK system and the control of executive action by the courts. Lectures will introduce you to the core elements of the subject while tutorials will be used to explore these ideas in greater depth based on assigned reading (and the lecture material itself). The module gives you an essential introduction to the study of law, since the validity of any particular law is a function of a constitutional rule which establishes manner, form and necessary pedigree for what is to 'qualify' as a valid particular or occasional law.

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  • Tort can be described as the area of civil law which provides a remedy for a party who has suffered the breach of a protected interest. This module focuses on the wide range of activity to which tort law applies and examines the remedies it provides for many different types of loss or harm. Tort is also one of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree' for those seeking entry to the legal profession.

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  • If you do not take an internship, the following short courses are available:

    • This module consists of up to 44 weeks of professional and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their internship and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible internship, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation. During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development. Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Professional Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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    • This module addresses theoretical and practical perspectives of dealing with change in the work place, as well as the wider social context.  Students will evaluate contemporary concepts of leadership alongside current practices of leading change in contemporary organisations faced with complex and uncertain environments. Students will reflect on their response to change and their leadership capacity and skills in initiating and leading change in different contexts.

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    • This module will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate the various methods available for resolving conflicts and gain a theoretical and practical knowledge of mediation as a means of dispute resolution. This module makes use of role-plays in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics underlying conflicts and the process of dispute resolution. The role-plays will be based on a number of scenarios, including the workplace.

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Year 2

  • The subject matter of this module is the substantive criminal law – the general principles of criminal liability, definitions of what constitutes particular crimes and how that law affects particular circumstances. This module covers both the general principles of criminal liability and a number of specific offences. You will examine not only the law but also the way it is applied, using hypothetical factual situations. As part of this module, you are required to research a topic that does not form part of the taught syllabus and to provide legal advice in relation to a given situation. Criminal law is one of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree'.

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  • European Union (EU) law has been an integral part of the applicable law in the United Kingdom since 1 January 1973. The law stemming from the treaties has had an increasing impact in all the member states as the competences of the EU have expanded and the effectiveness of enforcement of EU law has increased. This module covers the core curriculum and falls into two parts.

    The first part of the module describes and analyses the constitutional/institutional law of the EU. This includes the legal principles developed by the European Court of Justice to ensure the uniformity and effectiveness of EU law and the general principles of EU law. The second part examines the most important areas of substantive law adopted to ensure the completion of the internal market.

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  • Land law is one of the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree'. You will be introduced to the substantive topics covered, including some of the history of land law. You will then consider the current legislative and case structure in areas such as: the concept of ownership; registration of title; the working of statutory trusts and implied trusts; the legal framework of adverse possession, licences and leases, and the third party areas of easement, restrictive covenants and mortgages.

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  • This module provides you with an understanding of how globalisation affects our lives, through a specific analysis of public international law and comparative law. The first part of the module introduces you to the legal systems of France, Germany and the United States, and then focuses on the comparative aspects of these three legal systems. In the second part of the module, you will learn about public international law as a globalised legal system regulating the relations between states. You will focus first on the relevant institutions, the sources of international law as well as the concept of international legal personality and statehood. You will then consider the use of force, the title to territory, the right to self-determination the law of the sea.

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  • If you do not take an internship, the following short courses are available:

    • This module consists of up to 22 weeks of professional and personal skills training, which follow on from the Level 4 module and is designed to prepare students for their internship and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible internship, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

      During their training, they will further build on their on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Professional Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas in law.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module addresses theoretical and practical perspectives of dealing with change in the work place, as well as the wider social context.  Students will evaluate contemporary concepts of leadership alongside current practices of leading change in contemporary organisations faced with complex and uncertain environments. Students will reflect on their response to change and their leadership capacity and skills in initiating and leading change in different contexts.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate the various methods available for resolving conflicts and gain a theoretical and practical knowledge of mediation as a means of dispute resolution. This module makes use of role-plays in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics underlying conflicts and the process of dispute resolution. The role-plays will be based on a number of scenarios, including the workplace.

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Year 3

  • This module examines the idea of conscience in English law. It looks at how, historically equity developed from the authority of the King in order to ameliorate the problems caused by an increasingly inflexible common law, at a time when Parliament met infrequently. The concept of the trust where ownership is divided between legal and beneficial is examined looking at the conscience inspired constructive trust. The use of the trust in many contexts including charity law and the administration of trusts are investigated.

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  • This module is a core module at level 6 for students taking the International LLB(Hons) degree. The module allows students to study in depth a specific area of international law or a single legal issue with an international dimension over two teaching blocks.

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  • Here are some of the modules that may be available for you to choose from. The choice varies from year to year.

    • The dispute resolution module makes extensive use of role play in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics underlying conflicts and the process of dispute resolution. Comparisons are made with litigation and with other adversarial and quasi-judicial mechanisms so as to place mediation and negotiation in a proper context. Themes are identified and discussed, often in light of role plays designed to bring these themes into focus, and the social and psychological aspects are considered. The module also incorporates theories of conflict and conflict management, as well as the landscape of dispute resolution.

       

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    • This module explores the legal protection given to intellectual property and considers the particular types of such property, such as copyright and patents. It puts this law into the increasingly influential international context and also draws on comparative study of the protection afforded in other jurisdictions. It enables students to pursue research in individual areas of intellectual property law.

       

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    • International trade is an elective which would be of interest to students wishing to be employed in the commercial field in both the UK and overseas. It examines the various contracts that are essential components of the international trade transaction, such as international sales contracts, the contract of carriage and the insurance contract.

       

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    • International Crime and Human Rights
    • This module provides an introduction to environmental law. It outlines the different sectors of environmental law as well as providing an insight and understanding of the principles and concepts upon which environmental law is based. It also analyses the ways in which particular issues are addressed and, where appropriate, places these in their international context. It introduces students to the role that international environmental law has within the development of national environmental law.

       

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    • Through the Jurisprudence module you will take an analytical step back. You will address issues that may have been presupposed, or simply left unspoken, during your degree up to this point. Jurisprudence builds upon the black-letter subjects you have studied and places you in a theoretical and social context. It is a meta-analysis of law which pulls together themes from the areas you have previously studied.

      In some respects this module may be regarded as an 'advanced legal method' course. It returns (at a level appropriate to your final year of study) to the very first things you will have been taught during your degree It asks you to question the most basic knowledge you were taught early on when you learned that law is to be found in statutes and case law (which was entirely appropriate at the starting point of your study of English law).

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    • This is a 'capstone' module which draws together strands from the first two years of the law degree and integrates them with final-year studies. You will consider the response of English law to a range of different wrongs and adopt a critical stance, questioning the effectiveness of the range of remedies available. This module complements the study of contract, tort, equity and public law by placing them within a single coherent whole.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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