Law with International Studies

Law with International Studies LLB (Hons)

Many UK-based legal firms have overseas offices, and English-speaking lawyers are highly sought after by organisations all over the world - if you’re looking for a successful international career in the law, this course gives you the academic training you need to become a solicitor or barrister. While English law is used in many countries, you’ll look at it in an international context, identifying which areas of law are dealt with globally and which are dealt with using the domestic legal system. To boost your language skills and further increase your employability, you’ll spend your third year studying abroad. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years - Year 3 is spent abroad, Part-time: Five to Six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    LLB (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Law at UCLan is 4th in the North West for overall student satisfaction - National Student Survey 2019.
  • The third year of your course is spent studying abroad, providing a grounded practical experience with international law whilst building contacts and enriching your learning.
  • Many staff are professionally qualified and research active with experience as solicitors, barristers, judges or senior managers in major organisations.
  • You can take advantage of a variety of educational visits, eg to the Royal Courts of Justice and the Supreme Court in London, and the European Commission in Brussels.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory: Choose ONE Language Pathway of 60 Credits


  • Ab initio Arabic
  • Background to the Middle East



  • Chinese Language 1
  • Background to China



  • Ab initio Japanese
  • Background to Japan


Options: choose Two

  • Contract Law
  • Legal Method

Year 2

Compulsory: Choose ONE Language Pathway of 60 Credits


  • Ab initio Arabic Language and Society 1
  • Ab initio Arabic Language and Society 2
  • Dialects of the Middle East


  • Ab Initio Chinese Language and Society
  • Intermediate Chinese Literacy


Choose One of the following

  • Aspects of Chinese Society
  • Intermediate Business Chinese Conversation


  • Ab initio Japanese Language and Society 1
  • Ab initio Japanese Language and Society 2


Choose One of the following

  • Business Culture and Communication in Japan
  • Aspects of Japanese Society


Options: choose Two

  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Justice Practice and Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Employment Law
  • EU Single Market Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • Public International Law
  • Research Methods
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Elements of Criminal Law

Year 3

Compulsory: Choose ONE or ZERO Language Pathway of 60 credits



  • Arabic Language


  • Arabic Language Studies


  • Arabic for Business
  • Arabic Translation



  • Chinese Language 3


  • Understanding Chinese Economy and Society


  • Chinese Language Studies


Choose One of the following

  • Theory and Practice of Translation
  • Introduction to Interpreting




  • Japanese Language 3


  • Japanese Language Studies


Choose One or Two of the following

  • Exploring Japan through Media
  • Decoding Japan through Cultural Readings and Translation
  • Contrastive Exploration of Japanese Language and Culture


Options: choose TWO or FOUR

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Company and Corporate Law
  • Dissertation
  • Equity and Trusts in Life and Death
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Policing
  • Private International Law
  • Sex and Violence
  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Professionalism and Work Based Learning
  • The Law of Torts
  • Elements of Land Law

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 – 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: with 106 - 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English at Grade C/4 including Maths and English

Other acceptable qualifications include: Scottish Certificate of Higher Education Higher Grade passes, Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Grade, International Baccalaureate, BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Kite-marked Access Course. Students must demonstrate an aptitude for the study of language.

We will consider applications based on other relevant qualifications or life/work experiences - which show an aptitude for, and an ability to cope with, degree-level study.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

The Law with International Studies degree includes all of the core and compulsory law modules necessary for a qualifying law degree (and so provides the academic stage of training for students wishing to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister) and also compulsory language modules depending on the particular language pathway that a student wishes to pursue. You can choose from:

  • Law with Arabic: (UCAS code: MT16 Short form: LLB/LaAr)
  • Law with Chinese: (UCAS code: M1T3 Short form: LLB/LaCh)
  • Law with Japanese: (UCAS code: M1T0 Short form: LLB/LaJa)

The aim of the course is to offer the opportunity for intellectual development, to acquire fundamental legal and language knowledge for progression into the legal profession, the wider employment market or further study and to provide flexibility in developing specialised interests.

The degree places a strong emphasis on the development of core legal and other transferable skills, such as oral, written, e-communication and critical reasoning skills, advocacy, personal development planning and group work. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, interactive technologies, reading and listening comprehensions, translation and research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in Year 1 of your programme to support your transition to Higher Education.

You will also have a vibrant international flavour to lectures due discussion from a variety of student personalities – you will be in class with students from across Europe, Nigeria, Saudi, Mauritius, Cameroon and Pakistan.

Students are supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. In Year 2 you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.

Our Professors usually teach on the course so students get to hear first-hand about ground-breaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison and criminal law.

Law students

Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised.

You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.

The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing their own programme of study. Staff facilitate this process by providing students with appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online student support, with students being encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions.

Our highly qualified and experienced staff offer an excellent standard of legal education, based on cutting-edge research and knowledge. The Law School has over 50 highly qualified staff, including Professors, solicitors and barristers with extensive experience of working within the legal environment and with business and public sector organisations. Every student benefits from the professional experience of staff and from the School’s commitment to research informed teaching.

You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and has arranged events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, a Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.

Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to County Councils and Solicitors firms.

Law students

Law students

Lancashire Law School is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.

Successful completion of this combined LLB (Hons) enables you to go on to the professional element of legal training either as a solicitor (the Legal Practice Course) or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course).

Our aim is to provide you with a superlative student experience and this is what our students say which makes us stand out from the crowd:

  • The range of optional modules available
  • The friendliness and accessibility of tutors - you know your tutors and your tutors know you!
  • The feedback you obtain from your tutors, which ensures you reach your potential
  • The IT support in place for each module via Blackboard
  • The embedded skills spine which helps you to build your employability skills, your legal and transferable skills and so to become more confident.


The key information statistics for the various pathways on the LLB (Hons) Law with International Studies course are listed below. These will open in a new browser window.

Law with Arabic

Law with Chinese

Law with Japanese

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms, contain state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience.

As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot court room which looks just like a real court and provides students with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot court room is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space for students to study both individually and as part of a group. The Law School’s extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available to students not just when they are on-campus but whenever they are sitting in front of a PC.

There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam, to seen examinations; end of module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; pod casts; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars.


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate law students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular law firm or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Law, see the video and read the press release.


You can take up a wealth of opportunities for real life work experience and personal skills development, for example, taking part in mooting competitions, undertaking work placements, mini-pupillages and attending Summer Schools.

You can spend the third year of your programme in a country where the language that you are studying is spoken. In addition you can gain the benefit of visits, for example, to the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.

Successful completion of this combined LLB (Hons) enables you to go on to the professional element of legal training either as a solicitor (the Legal Practice Course) or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course). Our Law School graduates are highly sought after in the workplace.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

Moot Court Room

Industry Links

Lancashire Law School has strong links with the legal profession and with a range of other professional employers and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges. This ensures that the skills which our undergraduates develop are directly relevant to those required by employers.


Professional Accreditation

The courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.