LLB Law with International Relations
What are your rights when you enter a mobile phone contract?
Is it right for courts to grant superinjunctions?
In what circumstances can you be arrested and charged?
These are the sort of topics that you will discuss as part of your law course. You will learn about the key rules of English and European law and see how they develop from cases and government-made law. In some units you will focus on who makes the law and what influences them. The course also offers opportunities to put your developing legal knowledge into practice in ‘real world’ situations where you can perhaps choose to train to be a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser or a mediator.
Law is perceived as a difficult subject. It does involve a lot of reading. However, because of this law graduates are much in demand, not only from law firms but other organisations where legal knowledge may be useful, such as commercial companies or public bodies. There is no doubt that a law degree will give you a valuable qualification.
As this is a qualifying law degree, students who pass the degree are able to go on to vocational training as barristers or solicitors.
What is globalisation? How do we assess its impact?
Why do states go to war?
How do we understand global issues such as poverty and injustice?
Studying international relations will help you to understand the world in which you live. The course looks at key factors such as sovereign states, regional and international institutions, and non-state actors. It investigates the challenges by looking at core themes such as the changing nature of warfare, conflict between, within and across states, the impact of globalisation and interdependence on states and societies, and perennial global issues such as poverty, injustice and human rights.
This course is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulatory Authority as a qualifying law degree, allowing students who pass the degree and the foundation of knowledge subjects the right to go straight on to the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course required as part of the professional qualification to become a barrister or solicitor.
The course also provides exemptions from the law papers required to qualify as a Legal Executive or a Licensed Conveyancer. Unusually, our law degrees also offer the option to sit the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive (CILEx) practice papers, gaining full exemption from the academic stage required by the Institute. Graduates who successfully complete their degree and the CILEx papers with us will be able to go straight on to seek work as a paid trainee Legal Executive.
All LLB students follow a common core of legal subjects. This includes the foundations of legal knowledge units which allow you to progress to vocational courses and into the legal profession. In addition, the School of Law will provide you with many opportunities to learn from experiencing law in practice as a volunteer in one of our pro bono initiatives.
Unusually, we offer the option to become fully trained volunteer advice workers for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) as part of the degree programme. You may also participate in other schemes run under the umbrella of our innovative pro bono programme. These include our in-house Employment Advice Clinic, volunteering with Portsmouth Mediation Service, Portsmouth Trading Standards and Hampshire Police Constables. New schemes include working with BID South and the British Red Cross.
Graduates on this course may wish to become a lawyer. Lawyers come in a variety of forms, from the traditional professions of the barrister and solicitor, to the legal executive (the third legal profession), paralegals, and those working for advice centres, public bodies (such as trading standards) and legal departments within commercial or voluntary sector organisations. However, law offers a wide variety of different careers opportunities and many law graduates do not pursue careers as lawyers. Because the degree is viewed as very demanding law graduates are in high demand on graduate trainee schemes in a variety of different sectors including human resources/recruitment, financial services and other areas of industry. University of Portsmouth graduates have gone on to become qualified solicitors, human resources managers and have worked for large financial organisations, as well as gaining paid work within the voluntary sector.
Students wishing to pursue a career as a solicitor can come to Portsmouth confident in the fact that if they obtain a 2:2 or better they are guaranteed to be accepted on to Legal Practice Courses at the College of Law and the University of Bournemouth.
Combining Law with International Relations offers an even wider variety of career opportunities. A specialisation in international relations will serve as excellent preparation for a range of careers in government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, pressure groups, voluntary organisations, policy research, the media and multinational corporations.