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LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

Study key elements of Law with a focus on International Relations

Study key elements of Law with a focus on International Relations

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)
  • Learn the seven core foundations of legal knowledge
  • Understand Britain's place in the international context
  • Gain key skills in analysis, negotiation, and international communication
  • Smaller class sizes for better learning
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Learn the core areas of Law and consider Britain's place in the world

Law exists to regulate pretty much everything we do, which is why it remains such a relevant and fascinating subject to study.

Prepare for your professional career

Our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations course will develop your knowledge and understanding of legal frameworks to give you the opportunity to pursue a career as a barrister or solicitor.

The course provides debate, discussion and learning on the seven core areas of knowledge, as you develop your academic and practical skills to prepare for a career within the profession.

Incorporate international relations

Our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations course also allows you to examine Britain’s wider place in the world and gain expert skills in analysis, negotiation, and international diplomacy.

Innovative assessments

We use a variety of assessment methods beyond just traditional exams in order to fully prepare you for your professional career, including mock trials and client interviews.

Support for SQE 1

We also offer specific support put in place to help prepare you for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination.

Start your journey

All of our Law courses are suitable for those who have previously studied the subject, but previous study is not required.

The Course

Study the core foundations of legal knowledge alongside International Relations

Fundamentals of law

Our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations degree develops your knowledge and understanding of real world legal skills in preparation for your progression into the law profession.

You will study many aspects of the law, including the foundation of legal knowledge subjects of:

  • Criminal law
  • Contract law
  • Tort law
  • EU law
  • Public law
  • Land law
  • Equity and trusts

Consider Britain’s place in the world

You will also focus on Britain in the international context, as you consider the cultural diplomacy throughout the twenty-first century to develop your knowledge of contemporary international relations.

Options include:

  • Global security and challenges
  • International human rights
  • Brexit and its impacts
  • International diplomacy
  • Climate change and activism
  • Civil society and NGOs
The following list of modules for this course is indicative and subject to change.

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Constitutional Law

This module examines the different aspects of constitutional law, which involves the nature and the structure of the UK Constitution, as well as the impact of membership of the European Union and the Human Rights Act 1998. You will also continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Contract Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of contract law. These include the nature of contract law and the fundamental elements of contract, as well as understanding contract terms and exclusion clauses. You will also continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Contract Law II

This module will continue to develop your knowledge of contract law. Topics include, the factors that can vitiate a contract, when a contract is discharged, remedies for breach of contract and privity of contract. You will also continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Criminal Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of criminal law, which examines the theory underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability, as well as providing an understanding of a range of criminal offences and the ability to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will also continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

EU Law I

This module introduces you to European Union law and the impetus behind the formation of the European Union. This provides an insight into the law-making institutions of the European Union, the different sources of EU law and the relationship between EU law and the law of member states. In addition, it shows you how to examine the impact of the different EU laws on the enforceability of an individual’s legal rights. Throughout, you will also continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Introduction to International Relations Theory and Practice

This module introduces you to the study of International Relations. You will learn the origins of the academic discipline and chart its evolution into modern approaches to the field.
You will examine the relations between states and analysing some of the most significant ‘real world’ aspects of contemporary global politics, such as war and peace, security and insecurity, international intervention and peace-building, oppression and global inequality, among others.

Introduction to Soft Power: Britain and Its Cultural Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century

This module examines the role of literature, arts and other cultural forms and processes in conducting international relations.

It is an introduction to the notions of soft power and cultural diplomacy and how Britain and other states, and intergovernmental organisations have used it to exert their power.

The module introduces students to the history and practice of organisations such as the BBC; BBC World Service; the British Council; UNESCO.

Introduction to the English Legal System

This module introduces you to the different aspects of the English Legal System. You will examine the different ways laws are made and interpreted in court and form an understanding of the different personnel and courts within the English Legal System, looking at how effectively these operate. This module will also include an introduction to legal research and methods.

Administrative Law

In this module you will continue to study public law by focusing on administrative law. You will examine the development of administrative law in England, Judicial Review and Police Powers.

Britain and Europe: Brexit – Before, During and After

This module explores the history and contemporary politics of Britain’s relationship with continental Europe.

You will chart in place the reasons for European integration and the expansion of the ‘European Union’ from the 1950s to the present day.

The module also investigates the rise of populist politics and the idea of Euroscepticism. In doing so, it highlights the processes associated with the ongoing ‘Brexit’ arrangements, as well as internal contemporary shaping of the EU itself.

Company Law

In this module you will study the law relating to the practical aspects of setting up and running a business. This will include learning about business organisations, rules and procedures, as well as examining the different types of tax in relation to businesses.

Criminal Law II

This module continues to develop your understanding of criminal law, including how to examine homicide and non-fatal offences, understanding a range of defences and developing your ability to analyse and evaluate related case and statutory law and proposed reforms.


This module continues the study of EU law, which examines the substantive law of the European Single Market, focusing on free movement of goods, services, and people. You will also look at individual rights under EU law including the protection of fundamental rights linked to EU citizenship.

International Human Rights Law

This module examines different sources of human rights law, its impact on the English Legal System and considers different substantive areas of the law under the European Convention on Human Rights including absolute, limited and qualified rights.

Tort Law I

This module introduces you to the concept of tort law and a range of torts including negligence, product liability, trespass to the person and defamation, as well as relevant defences and remedies. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Tort Law II

This module develops your understanding of tort law, building on the knowledge you developed in Tort I. You will study a range of torts including nuisance, trespass to land, Rylands v Fletcher, occupiers’ liability, vicarious liability and breach of statutory duty, as well as relevant defences and remedies.

Civil Society, NGOs and International Development

This module analyses the link between civil society/NGO sector and international development. It will include examining some of the main players within the charity sector development organisations (such as Oxfam) as well as some of the important international development NGOs. It will further explore the role and power of smaller local groups and individuals engaged in the so-called citizen journalism, social media protest and other forms of political engagement.


You will produce a dissertation which, as the culmination of your undergraduate studies, will enable you to engage with, and participate in, research and scholarship appropriate to your object of study

Equity and Trusts I

In this module, you will study how the law of equity was developed, the different types of trusts, and the requirements for a valid trust.

Equity and Trusts II

In this module you will continue your study of equity and trusts focusing on the areas of law relating to when a trust is up and running, as well as considering the nature of charitable trusts.

International Diplomacy, Sustainable Growth and Cultural Heritage

This module explores how nation state actors, international organisations, NGOs and other global heritage institutions (e.g. British Museum/Guggenheim) work in a world of international heritage management. You will consider key questions of post-colonial power, diplomacy, agency, censorship, freedom of speech.

International Law

This module introduces you to international law: the body of law which governs the legal relations between or among states and nations.

You will study the theories, principles and processes of international law, including its sources, legal personality, jurisdiction and realms of responsibility.

In addition, you will also be introduced to debates about the regulation of international activities, including the use of force, dispute settlement processes, human rights, and the role of the UN.

Land Law I

In this module you will study how property is classified, the registration of land and the doctrine of tenures and estates.  Your studies will examine role and impact of statutory law, common law and equity in relation to the classification and ownership of land.

Land Law II

In this module you will continue your study of land law.  You will examine the topics of easements and profits, mortgages, licenses, covenants relating to freeholds and the rules of perpetuity.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of experienced expert staff with our smaller class sizes

Smaller class sizes

You will learn in small groups to allow our experienced and expert staff to mould their teaching around you.

Teaching sessions are interactive and include case analysis, interpretation of statutes, debates and discussion on every core aspect of English law.

More than just exams

We use a wide range of assessment methods rather than relying just on exams.

As such, none of the modules are 100% exams, but rather a blend of coursework, mock trials, presentations, academic posters, mock client interviews, and negotiations.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress.


Develop strong professional links and seize vital networking opportunities

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Gain practical advocacy experience in our new mooting room

Our new purpose-built mooting room gives you the space to develop the skills needed to argue logically, confidently, and persuasively.

It is the ideal location for students to practice advocacy and is the setting for our internal and inter-university mooting competitions, where teams of students argue a client’s case before a judge.



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"The University of Chichester has allowed me to continue further with my studies and I have been able to explore and fall in love with this multi-faceted subject. The lectures have ensured that I enjoy my time studying and have pushed me work as best I can. I have also been given incredible opportunities such as: meeting Lady Hale, being in contact with legal firms, and even being taught by solicitors. The experience I have had at Chichester has gone far further than my expectations. I am very glad I chose Chichester."


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Preparation for SQE

Dedicated support for new postgraduate examinations for solicitors

The way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed through the introduction of a new postgraduate examination process known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, known as SQE 1 and SQE 2.

As a Law with International Relations student, you will be supported in preparing for the first of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examinations, which you can sit after completing your degree.

This will include:

  • How to make a bail application
  • The role of a duty solicitor in a police station
  • How to bring a claim in the civil courts
  • The methods of resolving a dispute without resorting to court

Work Placements

Gain vital experience through our strong links with professional settings

During your second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement that will give you vital real-world experience of working within the law profession.

You will have the choice of taking this work placement at a local law firm (e.g. Irwin Mitchell), an in-house legal department of a large company, Citizen’s Advice, or at a local authority.

These placements can lead to additional opportunities, with students having sealed coveted mini-pupillage positions in chambers to enhance their professional prospects.

In addition, you can choose to gain experience within a political or diplomatic context. Previous students have secured placements at the Houses of Parliament and within local government.



Law student
"I feel that we have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in the virtual sessions with Irwin Mitchell. The way in which the sessions were designed around mock scenarios really helped me to understand application of the law in practice. It has also been a wonderful networking experience."

Integrated Foundation Year Option

Build your academic skills on an initial foundation year

We also offer our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations with Integrated Foundation Year course.

This four-year course includes an integrated, introductory foundation year that develops your academic skills and confidence, as well as provides you with an overview of core aspects of law that you will build upon in your further years of study.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Open up your future career options

Our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations allows you to work towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.

All Solicitors must pass the Solicitor Qualifying Exam (SQE Parts 1 & 2), with the University of Chichester offering specific support for our students to take the first part after they graduate.

Other career paths include:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal secretaries
  • In-house lawyers
  • Human resources
  • Local and national government
  • Civil services
  • Teaching

Some Law students choose to pursue a career within teaching. At Chichester, we offer postgraduate options to allow you to qualify as teacher.

Postgraduate pathways

  • PGCE Primary (5-11)
  • PGCE Primary (5-11): Modern Languages
  • PGCE Secondary (with subject specification)

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

The George Ide Law Bursary

The George Ide Law Bursary is a fund that has been set up in support of law students who otherwise would not have the financial means to engage in their legal studies to the best of their abilities.

Students who successfully apply for support could receive between £100 – £3000. The precise amount received will be dependent on the circumstances of each individual applicant.

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To be eligible to apply for the George Ide Law Bursary you must be registered and actively studying on a LLB or LLM Law course at the University of Chichester and meet one of more of the following criteria:

  • Have taken a non-traditional route to university
  • Be the first in your family to go to university
  • Are currently, or have been, in care
  • Be an estranged student
  • Have a characteristic protected under the Equality Act 2010
  • Be from a minority group that is underrepresented within the legal profession
  • Be a Refugee / Asylum Seeker
  • Have a residual household income of £25,000 or less per year


This bursary is presently open to current students and to those starting their studies from the 2024/25 academic year only.

Please contact Amy Elkington for further information.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

96 - 120
tariff points.
A Levels
Access to HE Diploma
28 points
T Level
Merit (with C in the Core)
in Legal Services.
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.
BTEC/Cambridge Technical


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