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Overview

Put an international perspective on your legal studies with this popular combination. As a qualifying law degree, it will still exempt you from the academic stage of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister.

The law doesn’t operate in isolation and in this course you’ll gain valuable insights into the global political context of the law as well as the social and cultural aspects of how the legal system functions.

Three-quarters of the course focuses on law, so you’ll learn how law is made and administered, gain an understanding of the criminal justice system and study key aspects of the civil and criminal law.

For the international relations part of the course, we’ll give you a solid introduction to the subject in your first year. You’ll then take one international relations module in each of your second and third years.

The Level 3 ( foundation year) course prepares students for successful transition to a wide range of honours degree courses in the complementary subject areas in the Law and Criminology department within the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, including: 

  • LLB (Hons) Law 
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology 
  • LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations
  • LLB (Hons) Business Law 
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Law 

What makes this course different

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99% of research is internationally recognised

In the latest Research Excellence Framework, our law academics were rated highly, demonstrating the depth and breadth of expertise in the department.

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Superb facilities

You’ll study at our ultra-modern £33 million base in University Square Stratford, where you’ll join a cosmopolitan community of more than 1,000 law students and benefit from great facilities, including a chamber for moots and mock trials.

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A perfect combination

You have the opportunity to study two fascinating subjects while still gaining a qualifying law degree.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

This course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the law and its place in the criminal justice system. In the first two years you’ll build firm foundations by studying the fundamentals of the law, taking modules that include the Legal System and Legal Methods, and Constitutional and Administrative Law.

As you progress into your second and final years, you’ll study aspects of civil and criminal law, along with modules in Human Rights and European Union Law.

For International Relations, you’ll begin with an introductory course in International Studies, with the option of International Organisation and Global Governance or International Relations Theory in your second year. For the final year you’ll take the Politics of Global Powers module.

As well as learning about your subject, you’ll also gain other key skills such as the ability to research, to communicate effectively and to think analytically – qualities much in demand by potential employers whatever career path you choose.

MODULES

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    Legal Communications

    To provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to construct legal arguments. To allow you to develop legal analysis and techniques necessary for the successful study of law.

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    Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists

    •  To create an inclusive and supportive learning community for you to explore the academic culture of Higher Education
    • To help you understand the participative nature of Higher Education and encourage you to actively participate in various academic activities
    • To develop your confidence and autonomy through ‘learning by doing’ process
    • To help you develop your academic literacy and interpersonal skills to be effective in Higher Education
    •  To help you develop appropriate academic voice and skills when you express argument(s) by using credible academic sources
    • To help you apply theoretical concepts/positions in your coursework and also demonstrate properly in written form
    • To raise your awareness of the essence of research and develop your research skills, both theoretical and practical
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    Key Themes and Debates in Social Sciences

     

    This interdisciplinary module draws on psychosocial studies; criminology; sociology and politics and provides you with an exciting introduction to social sciences; it explores key contemporary themes and debates by tackling a range of important issues that Stanley Cohen has theorised as 'moral panics' that society has become accustomed to in its newspapers, news bulletins and other media outlets. You are asked to engage with contemporary popular writing and media content about these issues in order to investigate and be able to confidently comment on and debate about them. 

     
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    Mental Wealth 1: Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self

    The module aims to ground and complement other shared or common level 4 programme modules by providing an introduction to the key Vision 2028 ‘UEL Graduate Attributes’, such as the psychological and physical determinants of human performance that are difficult or impossible to be replicated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The module takes a psychosocial approach to exploring ‘the self’ in both personal and professional contemporary contexts. The module aspires to provide an intellectually integrative and socially cohesive workshop experience.

    The module will provide an opportunity for students to review their own personal development to date self-reflexively.

    With these ends in mind, the module introduces students to theories of individual and social inequalities and how the latter can inform one’s approach to ‘community businesses ‘that is, all kinds of activities and enterprises run by local people for local people’ https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-inspired). In the context of understanding the concept of, designing and exploring a community business, students will identify their employment and career aspirations and their personal, professionally relevant skills and potential abilities. Students will learn to develop skills with a psychosocial approach to research by gathering and presenting data in relation to their proposed community project.

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    English Legal System

    There are two main aims of this module: one is to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. The second is to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of your legal analysis skills and techniques.

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    Legal Skills

    The main aims of this module are twofold: to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. Also, to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of legal analysis skills and techniques.

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    Public Law

    You will examine the core constitutional arrangements in the United Kingdom. You will explore the principles of constitutionalism and the role of the law in the regulation of government through an investigation of the structures of Government, the rule of law, the impact of Europe, the role of judicial review and human rights. You will also consider the relationship between citizens and the State with particular attention to constitutional reform.

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    Contract Law

    Contract Law governs the legal relationship between buyers and sellers of goods and services. You will acquire an understanding of the general principles of the substantive English law of contract through an appreciation of extensive case law and modern legislation. A practical approach is adopted throughout so you will develop the knowledge and skills required to advise a client in a typical contract dispute.

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    International Relations

    The module introduces students to the study of international relations through the study of a range of international issues.

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    Global Governance

    The module provides an overview of the theory and practice of global governance, with a particular focus on the structure, functioning and competences of the United Nations. By exploring a whole range of policy dilemmas, alternatives and outcomes, the module will help students to develop a critical understanding of the dominant concerns and possible solutions (at national, regional and global levels). In addition, the module addresses the nature of cooperation and major policy initiatives between the UN and other international organizations. In conclusion, the module will revisit the main problems that global governance has encountered along with proposals for solutions.

    In this module, each session comprises a lecture plus a seminar. The aims of the seminars are to stimulate debate, to provide an opportunity for all students to swap ideas, to explore different theories and policy preferences, to link with the lectures in order to aid understanding of the key topics of the course. The module benefits from a variety of approaches (debates, presentations and group discussions) to explore the issues in global governance.

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    Criminal Law

    This module introduces you to the general principles of criminal law and the essential elements of criminal liability in England & Wales. You will learn how to work with criminal rules through the study of some key offence and defence definitions. You will also acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the criminal law and to evaluate its scope. Criminal law is a core module if you are on the LLB Law programmes.

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    Tort Law

    This module aims to facilitate your acquisition of the common law principles and statutory provisions (as well as policy considerations) forming the Law of Tort. It also aims to develop your critical perspective on the areas of Tort Law forming the syllabus, together with your critical understanding of the role of policy in the Law of Tort.

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    Introduction to Land Law

    This module is designed to introduce you to key principles in English land law. You will examine the legal relationship between individuals and land by looking at concepts of possession, ownership, enjoyment, use and control. You will have the opportunity to develop your analytical skills and the ability to think critically about problems related to land.

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    Public Law II: Human Rights Proceedings

    This module aims to provide a substantial introduction to the concepts of human rights and equality and their relevance to domestic law. It will explore the theory of rights and an understanding of human rights following the incorporation of certain Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by the Human Rights Act 1998. You will undertake a detailed examination of the provisions of the 1998 Act and attendant case law of both the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights. 

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    Great Power Politics

    The module examines the emergence, success and possible decline of global powers, such as the United States, Russia, China and emerging powers such as India, Brazil and South Africa.

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    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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    Mental Wealth 3: Placement Reflections

    The Placement Reflections module aims to bring together learning from reading, lectures, coursework and discussions during the first two years, first by applying the skills learned in a real- life work environment, then by reflecting on the Placement experience and relating it to the key concepts and debates in your area of study. To achieve this, you are required to work for at least two days a week for a minimum of 10 weeks (or 20 working days total) as a volunteer for an organisation with a speciality in your area of study. During this time, you should carry out an identifiable project agreed with the host organisation for this Module. The Module Leaders of each programmes will provide guidance and briefings for you on securing a suitable placement.

    During the work placement you are expected to:

    • Improve skills for future employment
    • Engage in “real -life” projects which will enable students to put academic knowledge into practice and place practice into an academic context.
    • Develop key personal and professional skills such as team-working, time management, working under pressure and self-evaluation.
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    Criminal Law

    This module introduces you to the general principles of criminal law and the essential elements of criminal liability in England & Wales. You will learn how to work with criminal rules through the study of some key offence and defence definitions. You will also acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the criminal law and to evaluate its scope. You will be required to take criminal law as core at level 6 if you are taking a two subject law degree e.g. LLB Law with Criminology.

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    European Union Law

    You will acquire an in-depth understanding of how European Union law has developed through the unique procedures of the key institutions and the role of the European Court of Justice. You will also explore the substantive law of the EU through an analysis of the free movement of goods.

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    Equity and Trusts

    This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles and remedies of Equity and the law of trusts. It aims to consolidate skills of legal reasoning, in particular, to offer supervised practice in case analysis and problem solving. It encourages you to reflect upon the continued evolution of the law of Equity and trusts.

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    Law Project

    The purpose of the Project option is to offer you a space in which you may initiate and follow an in-depth academic inquiry, without a structured programme. If you enjoy thinking and working on your own and writing/rewriting essays this is suitable for you. You will have the opportunity to develop organisational and research skills by undertaking a piece of work of your own choice, which must be organised, researched and completed as a written project. You also need to be able to work well with a supervisor (a member of the Law School staff).

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    Gender, Power and Politics

    In this module you will explore gendered power relations within the political realm of society. You will be engaged in critical examination of the differential inclusion of men and women in the political realm. This will enable you to understand different forms of their political action in their historical and contemporary contexts.

    Each session of this module comprises a lecture and a seminar. Lectures are based on interactive teaching methods and aim to inform, provide evidence and stimulate informed critical debate on a range of key issues relevant for gender equality in the contemporary world. Seminars are designed to further critical debates relevant for this module by providing students with opportunity to swap ideas, explore concepts, policies, and modes of thinking about gender, gender power systems and identities in the modern world.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Teaching methods vary throughout the course, but include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and individual supervision, supported by digital materials, notes and handbooks.

You’ll be given practical assignments and will be expected to prepare and give presentations in front of your fellow students. For some of the law elements you’ll have the chance to learn through moots and mock trials in our own chambers, where you’ll take part in simulated legal arguments. 
 
Studying at university is more demanding than school or college. Outside formal teaching times you’ll need to be motivated to earn your degree by undertaking a lot of independent study.

We organise guest lectures, conferences and other events, giving you the chance to enhance your learning and build a professional network. If you take advantage of these activities and play an active role in student societies, you’ll find that the more you put in, the more you get out.

You’ll be encouraged to volunteer or do work experience to give you new experiences and learn in ways that academic study alone can’t give you.

Many law students volunteer at our highly popular community Legal Advice Centre, working alongside solicitors to give advice to local residents on real legal problems.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

We’ll assess you with a 50-50 mix of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, a reflective diary, oral presentations, practical exercises and answering hypothetical problem questions.

Assessment is designed to enable us to see how you manage in a variety of situations that reflect the real world of work rather than simply focusing on traditional unseen exams. Throughout the course you’ll be given plenty of feedback to help you improve.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Barry Collins

Barry is Acting Head of the UEL Department of Law and Criminology. He has particular expertise in international law, human rights and legal theory.

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It’s been a great course. I’ve really enjoyed learning about different aspects of law and the teachers are wonderful. Working in the law clinic has taught me a huge amount. It’s improved my understanding of how to apply some of the ideas we learn about in class and it’s been a way of getting involved in the local community.

Irene Nambi, LLB (Hons) Law

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Graduates in Law with International Relations gain skills and knowledge that are high demand from employers across a range of different fields.

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful careers as solicitors after completing their legal studies through the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and obtaining a training contract with a law firm.

Some become barristers, going on to take the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and then obtaining Pupillage in barristers’ chambers. This can lead to a tenancy as a self-employed barrister, or you can practise as an employed barrister.

Other students use their legal knowledge and the other skills and qualities they develop at UEL to pursue different careers. Communication skills, such as writing, speaking and presenting, and the ability to analyse and evaluate information are in demand by employers.


Other career options include:

  • General management roles in the private or voluntary sectors, e.g. in finance, insurance, media or education
  • Teaching or journalism
  •  Public administration, e.g. in local government housing, planning or legal departments
  •  Paralegal or legal executive work in a variety of sectors.

Some students go on to postgraduate study or work in the voluntary/charity sector.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.