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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

International Law

UndergraduateLLB

Year of entry:
UCAS code: M130

What you'll study

As businesses, relationships and organisations increasingly stretch across borders, the need for professionals who understand international law is increasing too. You can learn that and spend an optional year abroad on this course.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Systems of Justice

    Develop your understanding of law as a fundamental social institution. You'll develop your intellectual skills and competencies, learn how to 'think like a lawyer', and reflect critically on your understanding of 'justice', with reference to contemporary social issues.

  • Introduction to Law and its Study

    This module provides you with a basic introduction to law and the key skills necessary for its study. In particular, you will develop and practise skills of academic writing, problem solving and research that are required to study law with success.

  • Tort Law

    You will study the general framework and key concepts of the law of tort. You'll analyse the principles and rules governing liability for negligence, analyse the principles governing tort damages, consider the grounds of liability and evaluate the role of tort law in modern society.

  • Public Law

    In this module, you will study the law governing the UK state. You'll develop an understanding of such matters as parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, the separation of powers and the three branches of government, human rights and judicial review.

  • Criminal Law

    Develop a strong and critical understanding of the core values underlying the criminal law in England and Wales. You'll focus on topics including property offences, non-fatal offences against the person, defences and inchoate offences.

  • Obligations II - The Law of Contract

    Develop an understanding of the main rules and principles relevant to the law of contract under English law. You'll focus on contract formation and enforceability, factors that may render a contract void, the interpretation of contractual terms and potential remedies for breach of contract.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • European Union Law

    This module provides basic knowledge of the law of the European Union. You'll consider the operation of the internal market and how to 'access' it, the state of Brexit negotiations and the available alternative models for continuous partnership with the EU.

  • Trusts: Managing for Others

    This module will introduce you to the legal concept of the trust and develop an understanding of the role the device plays in facilitating and regulating the management of wealth for others in modern society.

  • Equality and Human Rights (Global Challenge)

    Understand the nature of prejudice and discrimination. You'll develop a critical appreciation of equality and human rights issues and acquire an understanding of anti-discrimination law and policy, including approaches such as feminism, difference theory, the social model of disability, heteronormativity and cisgenderism.

  • Land Use and Regulation

    Develop insight into the political, social and economic issues surrounding the use and regulation of land. You'll cover topics such as co-ownership, leases, and private and public regulation of the use of land.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Practical Legal Skills

    This interactive workshop-based module will help you develop communication skills, commercial awareness, public speaking and drafting skills. Practitioners and other external speakers are involved in the teaching and assessment while students can select their own practical assessments.

  • Law, Self and Society

    This module allows you to explore controversial questions at the heart of contemporary legal theory, and the social and philosophical study of law. It will broaden your horizons of legal theory, opening up new and exciting possibilities for its study and application.

  • Administrative Law

    Examine the nature of the state and consider the ways the law shapes and controls public power. You'll consider the development of the principles of judicial review and how these might change, as well as the role of the ombudsmen and complaints systems, and the potential role of tort law.

  • Foundations of Commercial and Corporate Law

    Examine the fundamental aspects of the law governing commercial transactions. You'll study the nature of commercial law, the law of business organisations, the law of agency, the law of sales and the law of personal property and secured transactions.

  • Comparative Law

    This module covers the theoretical basis of comparative law. You'll study the relationship between different legal systems, and rules, as well as examining the particular aspects of different foreign legal systems through a series of case studies.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • The Law of Business Organisations

    Law plays a vital role in the creation, operation and regulation of business organisations. You'll study the way in which the law facilitates the creation and operation of partnerships of private companies and the regulation that is imposed upon them.

  • Criminal Evidence

    Study the law of criminal evidence with a focus on the balance between the interests of the defendant, and respect for victims and witnesses. You'll study the right to a fair trial, the process of collecting evidence and the adversarial system, with a focus on hearsay and character evidence.

  • Criminalisation

    Study debates about how society should decide whether any activity should be defined as a criminal offence. You'll learn how to research and write a report advising a government committee on whether a certain type of conduct should be prohibited through criminal law.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • European Human Rights Protection

    Develop critical understanding of the nature of European human rights law; to gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of human rights law and to be able to apply human rights law to research questions and actual cases.

  • Family Law

    This module covers the study of relationship formation and breakdown, the cohabiting family, same sex relationships, the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and children. You'll experience applying the practical aspects of family law to problem questions.

  • International Law and the Use of Force

    Gain a valuable insight into the legal regulation of the resort to armed force by states. You'' study the UN Charter framework, including the general prohibition on forcible action, self-defence and military action authorised by the UN Security Council.

  • Introduction to Law and Economics

    This module provides you with a non-technical introduction to one of the most powerful modern approaches to law. You'll learn how to apply the tools of economic reasoning to the analysis of rules and doctrines in property, tort, contract, and criminal law.

  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

    The module has two distinct sections. The first examines the historical and theoretical context of alternative dispute resolution, focusing especially on mediation, while the second introduces students to mediation skills via practical workshops based around role-play scenarios.

  • Medicine, Ethics and the Law

    This module gives you the opportunity to get to grips with hugely controversial issues which often make the headlines. You'll explore the ethical controversies behind the legal principles of topics such as abortion, assisted dying and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment.

  • Penology

    You'll critically analyse the purpose of punishment and, through active discussions and debate, consider whether our penal system is currently fit for purpose. Topics include prisoners' rights, women offenders, sex offenders and the juvenile secure estate.

  • Science, Law and New Technologies

    This module provides basic understanding of how science works and is used in law. It addresses the legal and ethical issues raised by certain novel technologies, such as driverless cars, genetic modification and genetic engineering.

  • Contemporary Imprisonment

    You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly and BME groups.

  • Employment Law

    This module offers a critical examination of the role of law in the workplace. You'll consider the protection offered to those in work by employment law, the operation of work contracts, remedies available to wronged workers and the law on discrimination in the workplace.

  • European Human Rights Protection

    Develop critical understanding of the nature of European human rights law; to gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of human rights law and to be able to apply human rights law to research questions and actual cases.

  • International Protection of Refugees

    Develop a critical understanding of the nature of refugee law. You will gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of refugee law, and be able to apply refugee law to research questions and actual cases.

  • Law Clinic

    Experience law in practice, advising real clients with real problems, researching legal issues and writing letters of advice under the supervision of professionally-qualified members of staff.

  • Private International Family Law

    Develop your understanding of English law’s responses to the inter-relationship of different countries’ legal systems when they come together in matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance and status of children. 

  • Sex(uality), Gender and the Law

    Develop a critical overview of key aspects in the field of sex, sexuality, gender, religion and the law. You'll explore opportunities for the study and evaluation of the latest research and enhance your understanding of inclusion, exclusion and the situatedness of knowledge.

  • Laws of War

    Consider important and topical questions around the legal regulation of hostilities and the mitigation of their effects. You'll study topics such as the identification and classification of conflict, participation in hostilities, targeting/civilian protection and weaponry.

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More about this course

Do you want to find out how laws are made in other countries? Or how disputes are settled between nations with varying legal systems? Our International Law course is ideal if you’re aiming for a career where an understanding of global issues would give you a head start.

  • This is a qualifying law degree approved by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (subject to the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination currently in development)
  • 99% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Hull was ranked in the top 300 globally for law in the QS World University Rankings 2017.
  • Gain hands-on experience providing legal guidance to the public, under expert supervision, in our Legal Advice Centre.

Studying law at Hull gives you opportunities to get involved in a wealth of extracurricular activities. The Student Law Society runs an extensive programme of competitions in mooting, negotiating and client interviewing. You could also get involved on the editorial team of the Student Law Journal.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

23%

5%

72%

Second year

28%

5%

67%

Final year

17%

8%

75%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Law has been taught at Hull since 1927 and our staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching.

Our LLB degrees are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.

You'll have the opportunity to provide legal advice to real clients through our Legal Advice Centre and Law Clinic.

Take part in mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions with our active Law Society.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

The flexibility of studying law at Hull enables you to gain specialist knowledge, as well as transferable skills, highly sought by employers. 

A number of our graduates embark on legal careers as solicitors or barristers, while many use their degree as a springboard for a career in management, business or the Civil Service.  We put on a variety of careers events to help you to boost your employability and complement the University's Careers and Employability Service provision.

Recent graduates have been employed by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Conservative Party and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.