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International Law with professional experience LLB (Hons)

Why choose this course?

In an increasingly globalised world having an international perspective is vital. This course will allow you to study other legal systems whilst understanding the written and unwritten rules governing relations between states. You will also study international law's increased relevance to individuals through human rights and personal liability for international crimes.  

This course offers a qualifying law degree that is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. It will enable you to progress to the vocational stage of legal training if you aim to become a barrister or solicitor.

Throughout this degree you will not just study the law but will participate in ‘Law in action' to gain essential practical experience whilst developing the skills employers value most. Practical experience will be achieved through participation in national and international competitions, mock sessions at the Kingston Law Courts, assisting the Legal Advice Centre and through the core elements of the course: professional experience and the professional readiness programme.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time M130 Clearing 2019
2020
4 years full time with study exchange M132 Clearing 2019
2020
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Through practical modules, you'll develop and practise legal skills necessary to successfully complete Stage 1 of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE).
  • This degree adds an international focus to your studies. You'll be able to participate in prestigious international law competitions.
  • You'll also have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad – a great addition to your CV if you are considering an international career.

With Professional Experience

This degree comes with Professional Experience, which will place you in the real world. It will enable you to acquire the relevant work experience and develop critical skills. You will have the opportunity to:

  •  Undertake up to two professional internships in a law firm or in a law-related field 

or

  • take professional modules in Mediation and/or Professional Practice and Ethics. 

This professional experience will help you gain valuable experience in preparation for securing a job role after you graduate.

With Professional Experience

Professional Readiness Programme

This course features the unique Professional Readiness Programme that runs across Year 1 and 2. It is designed to help you develop your professional skills in preparation for an internship(s) and future employment. You will undertake a range of practical workshops that will forge and nurture your soft-skills as well as build your industry knowledge. Workshops may focus on:

  • networking techniques aimed at building contacts and creating opportunities
  • building your personal brand to maximise your potential
  •  understanding the legal sector and career paths. 
Professional Readiness Programme

Studying law at Kingston University

What you will study

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

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

Year 1 introduces the English Legal System and Method, including access and use of legal materials. Public Law covers the UK's constitution and relationships between individuals and state. Law of Tort considers civil wrongs such as negligence, nuisance and  occupier's liability. Law of Contract explores binding agreements and breaches. In the summer term you will undertake your chosen professional experience module.

Core modules

English Legal System and Methods

30 credits

This first-year module provides the incoming student with sufficient understanding of the English legal system (ELS) - courts, procedure and sources of law - in order to make sense of their legal studies. It also provides a toolkit of legal method, meaning skills for legal research and writing in their other academic legal studies and in legal practice. Many of these skills, such as research, report organisation and effective writing, are also transferable employability skills. 

Law of Contract

30 credits

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 encompass the complex multi-party arrangements for the construction of a stadium, and the employment of the cleaners and the star players, as well as the purchase of a hot dog from a stall outside.

Public Law

30 credits

The module introduces students 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. The module provides 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.

Law of Tort

30 credits

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. The 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.

Law Professional Readiness and Skills (Stage 1)

0 credits

This module consists of professional and personal skills training, designed to prepare you for your internship and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible internship, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. You will work with the module leader, employability professionals, faculty staff, including your personal tutor, to identify your skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas in law.

It is a core part of the 'Professional Experience' part of the LLB with Professional Experience.

Optional modules

Internship

0 credits

The internship, of a minimum duration of two weeks, will enable students to apply and develop in real organisations, in the legal sector as well as in other professional sectors, the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom. It will prepare them to excel in the final year of their studies, as well as enhancing the skills and attributes employers expect new recruits to possess. This module is delivered during Teaching Block 3.

Professional Practice and Ethics

30 credits

This module will consider the ethical dimension in professional environments, whether legal or non legal ones. It will enable students to acquire knowledge of key ethical topics as well as an understanding of the variety of enforcement mechanisms in place.

In Year 2, your Land Law module will cover property ownership, use and rights. In the Criminal Law module you will study murder, theft and sexual crimes. EU Law considers the single market (informed by recent politics). International and Comparative Law focuses on American, German and French comparative law as well as an introduction in Public International Law. In the summer term you will undertake your chosen professional experience module.

Core modules

Land Law

30 credits

Land law studies the nature of land, the history of the current legislative structure and third party interests in, on or over private land in England and Wales. It introduces the concepts behind ownership and use of private land, considering also how the law operates concerning topics such as freehold, leasehold, rights of way and squatters' rights.

Criminal Law

30 credits

The subject matter of this module is the substantive criminal law; that is, the general principles of criminal liability, definitions of what constitutes particular crimes and how that law affects particular circumstances. The module covers both the general principles of criminal liability and a number of specific offences. This involves not only a critical examination of the law, but also, using hypothetical factual situations, its detailed application. 

EU Law

30 credits

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 European Union have expanded and the effectiveness of enforcement of EU law has increased. 

The module analyses key principles, mechanisms and substantive law, reflecting also on how the UK's relationship with the EU may change after ‘Brexit'.

International and Comparative Law

30 credits

This module aims to provide an understanding of how globalisation affects our lives, though a specific analysis of public international law, and the French, German and American legal systems.

The module introduces you to the legal systems of France, Germany and the United States. The first part is spent on the legal history and sources of law of the legal systems. The second part covers the constitutional aspects as well as the court system in France, Germany and the US. This module consists of feedback/feedforward sessions and workshops. Workshops will focus on the comparative aspects of the legal systems.

It then introduces you to public international law as a globalised legal system regulating the relations between states. It focuses first on the relevant institutions, the sources of international law as well as the concept of international legal personality and statehood. The substantive part consists mainly of the use of force, the title to territory, the right to self-determination as well as the law of the sea.

Law Professional Readiness and Skills (Stage 2)

0 credits

This module consists of professional and personal skills training, which follow on from the level 4 module and is designed to further prepare you for your internship and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible internship, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. You will further work with the module leader, employability professionals and faculty staff, including your personal tutor, to identify your skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas in law.

Optional modules

Internship

0 credits

The internship, of a minimum duration of two weeks, will enable students to apply and develop in real organisations, in the legal sector as well as in other professional sectors, the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom. It will prepare them to excel in the final year of their studies, as well as enhancing the skills and attributes employers expect new recruits to possess. This module is delivered during Teaching Block 3. 

Mediation

30 credits

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.

Optional study abroad year

You will also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad on work placement or studying at one of our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Australia or Asia.

In the Final Year, everyone will study Equity and Trusts which considers wills, charitable trusts, and trustees. And you will undertake a dissertation. For the rest of your study you will be able to shape your degree around what interests you the most. You will select two optional modules.

Core modules

Equity and Trusts

30 credits

Equity and Trusts 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. The use of the trust in many contexts including charity law and the administration of trusts is investigated.

Dissertation

30 credits

This module is a core module at level 6 for students taking the LLB (Hons) International 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.

Optional modules

International Trade Law

30 credits

International trade would be of interest to students wishing to be employed in the commercial field in both the UK and overseas. This module covers the international legal and institutional framework for regulating international trade. The module helps you to understand different aspects of international law and be able to apply them to business and management problems arising in a global economy. The module examines the legal, economic, political and institutional underpinnings of the world trade regime, the core principles and legal rules governing international trade in goods, and services. A key focus will be the World Trade Organization (WTO), which began to work in 1995 as a general umbrella organisation coordinating laws affecting trade, but is also having a much wider impact on the regulation of international business activities. The module also examines the various contracts that are essential components of international trade transactions, such as international sales contracts, the contract of carriage and the insurance contract. In addition, legal issues arising from international trade and dispute settlement will be explored in the class.

Dispute Resolution

30 credits

The dispute resolution module makes extensive use made 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 play, 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.

International Criminal and Human Rights Law

30 credits

This module introduces you to the criminal law responsibility of private individuals (ICL) and their human rights protection (IHR) under international law.

The first part aims to focus on essential aspects of ICL: the mechanisms of international criminal justice as well as substantive aspects. This will be achieved by exploring the sources as well as the fundamental principles of ICL, institutional aspects of ICL from the Nuremberg Tribunals to the international Criminal Court (ICC) as well as established international crimes (Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). 

The second part aims to focus on essential aspects of IHR: it will contextualise the topic by examining the main international instruments which provide protection for human rights, substantive established human rights, the importance of the distinction between global and regional protection of human rights with a special focus on the European Convention of Human Rights as well as the mechanisms in place to protect and enforce these rights.

The final part will provide a particular focus on a number of crimes analysed both from an ICL and IHR perspective, such as the crime of torture.

Intellectual Property Law

30 credits

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 you to pursue research in individual areas of intellectual property law.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

If you want to join us in 2019 through Clearing, please call us on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the tariff information below is for 2020 entry only.

Typical Offer

  • 120 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

Alternative Routes

  • Mature applicants (21 years and older) will need to pass a QAA-approved Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject with 60 credits, minimum 45 credits at Level 3 including 15 at distinction and 21 at merit + GCSE English Language grade C + GCSE Maths grade C (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).
  • Applicants under 21 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes lectures and seminars.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

 

  • Year 1 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year - 17% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam
Final year
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 3%
  • Exam

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 20 students and lecture sizes are normally 20-100. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.  

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £12,700
Year 2 (2020/21): £13,100
Year 3 (2021/22): £13,500
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WIFI is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £13,100 
Year 2 (2021/22): £13,500
Year 3 (2022/23): £13,900

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Accreditation

Kingston University's International Law LLB courses are recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as qualifying law degrees. Once you have successfully completed your LLB, you can progress to the vocational stage of your legal training.

The Bar Standards Board is the professional governing body for barristers.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the professional governing body for solicitors.

After you graduate

Many graduates become solicitors or barristers. Others work in business, industry or administration. Graduates have gained training contracts in ‘Magic Circle' firms, plus funding for bar school and pupillage. Some take masters degrees.

Our Law graduates have secured the following jobs:

  • Barrister
  • Associate
  • Junior analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Account development executive
  • Insolvency practitioner
  • Financial consultant
  • Court clerk

Graduates from the Department of Law have secured jobs in the following companies:

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Lyons Davidson Solicitors
  • Fredrickson International
  • BM Advisory (formerly Atherton Bailey Chartered Accountants)
  • Hudson Advisors
  • Gill Solicitors
  • Stuart & Co Solicitors (formally Stuart Karatas Solicitors)

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