Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) – 2018 entry

During my four years at Surrey I was lucky enough to undertake both a study and work placement in Paris. These experiences were invaluable in making me a more attractive candidate in job interviews.

Why Surrey?

Our International Relations pathway offers you the opportunity to study both core law subjects and international politics, developing a political perspective on law as a body of rules and the ability to tackle the fundamental issues of fairness, justice and equality that are at the heart of every society.

Programme overview

Our Law with International Relations programme will challenge you not only to understand the law, but also to apply it and consider its impact on society on a global scale.

Our Law programmes are distinctive through our hands-on teaching approach, small class tutorials and the opportunity to study legal areas that are of particular interest to you.

You will be expected to debate the law, to analyse its application to given situations and to apply your legal understanding in a national or international context, developing your professional skills through a series of extracurricular activities focusing on client interviewing, negotiation and mooting.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

All programmes are Qualifying Law Degrees (QLD). A QLD provides exemption from the academic stage of the Law Society and Bar examinations.

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Teaching

For our core Law subjects, teaching consists of weekly lectures and tutorials in groups of eight to twelve students. Tutorials are weekly in the first and second years. You will carry out extensive research into the law in preparation for tutorials, using lecture content as guidance. 

During the tutorial, you will engage in discussion, using legal sources as the basis of your answers and presentations.

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Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Each core module is assessed by either coursework or examination (weighted at 100 per cent). The split between coursework assessment and examination across Years 1 and 2 of the LLB programmes is approximately 50/50. Optional modules maybe assessed in a variety of ways. 

Written examinations are generally two hours long and require you to answer two or three questions out of six posed on the paper. Questions include a combination of problem­based and essay questions that also form the content of tutorials and seminars. 

You are marked on your ability not simply to identify the relevant law, but to apply it in a logical manner. You are required to identify inconsistencies in the law and to question and critique the theoretical underpinnings of particular laws and of law in general. 

All work is marked in accordance with identified grade descriptors, which ensure that marking is transparent and consistent.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities 

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one or two semesters as part of your Professional Training placement programme.

The School of Law currently has 13 exchange agreements spanning three continents. Our international partners include: 

  • University of Queensland
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University, Wellington
  • Singapore Management University
  • University of Gent
  • Stockholm University
  • Turku University
  • Groningen University
  • Pompeu Fabra
  • University of Freiburg
  • University Catholique de Lille 

If you study at a European university you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. 

In your third year you might want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of legal systems, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our Law programmes all offer optional Professional Training placements.

You could work for the full year, either in the UK or abroad, or spend half the year on a work placement and the other half studying at one of our partner universities in countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Singapore and Australia.

Many Professional Training placements are paid, with the opportunity to experience a variety of contexts, including solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, non-governmental organisations and corporations. 

Graduate prospects

Each year, many former students take up permanent employment with prestigious employers who have included Electricité de France, Clifford Chance, Eversheds and other firms of solicitors, sets of barristers’ chambers and legal departments of large companies. 

We offer a varied programme of careers sessions, which provide advice and guidance on what you should do to develop a suitable career path. 

In combination with our student Law Society, we run a variety of events, competitions and activities, such as mooting and client interviewing, that are not only enjoyable and rewarding, but will also enhance your employability and introduce you to local and regional solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals. 

The School of Law also has close links with the University of Law in Guildford and cooperates with the university in a number of career-development activities. 

Recent Law graduates have entered employment with organisations such as: 

  • Clifford Chance
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • GE Healthcare
  • Home Office
  • UK Supreme Court

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or Equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. 

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB. 

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing and 6.0 in each other element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
LLB (Hons) 3 years M1T0 View KIS data set
LLB (Hons) 4 years M1T1 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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