International Law LLB (Hons) with foundation year

Study level: Undergraduate
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The globalisation of commerce and trade, along with international political co-operation, requires us to take a globalised view of the law. This course explores domestic and international law, as well as the mechanisms of the international legal system.

Course option

Year of entry


CU Coventry (Coventry) and
Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode



4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

UCAS codes


Start date

September 2024
November 2024

Course overview

Our degree with foundation year could be the stepping stone you need to achieve your goals. The foundation year aims to prepare you for degree-level study and is a great way to build the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to succeed on your degree course.

Foundation year

The foundation year course offers an introduction to your chosen subject and helps you develop the necessary skills for degree-level study. It aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal principles and best practice. With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this course explores the development of legislation and case law with core academic skills.


The International Law LLB (Hons) course explores the role of law within a globalised society, whilst providing you with a foundational understanding of the law in England and Wales. In doing so, the course aims to prepare globally aware leaders in law.

The course aims to help you:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of legal doctrines, concepts, principles, rules and values in the core areas of law and the specialist areas of international law.
  • Develop an appreciation of the context in which law operates, and an understanding of the dynamic nature of law, its uncertainty, the need for reform and proposals for such reform.
  • Develop the ability to apply the legal knowledge and skills acquired to both the theory and practice of law within a domestic and global law context.
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Why you should study this course

Foundation year

  • Supports you to gain the academic skills required for degree-level study.
  • Provides a grounding in key areas of law and legal practice.


This course aims to help you:

  • Engage with students at other international universities and industry experts2, as well as further develop your intercultural competencies and digital skills through initiatives like our Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects2.
  • Explore the law in other jurisdictions through opportunities like our international field trips2.
  • Submit your legal writing to be considered for publication, alongside other expert legal academics and professionals.
  • Apply to volunteer in the Employment Law Clinic, Advocacy Clinic or Business Law and Enterprise Clinic at the Coventry Law Centre where selected students can gain practical legal experience under the supervision of trained solicitors and lawyers2.
  • Build your legal networks - by applying to participate in the Grow Mentoring scheme2, a charity with diversity, inclusion and social mobility at its core.

Accreditation and professional recognition

The degree is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:

CILEX -  Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

International Law LLB is a recognised degree by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) for the 2023 intake. Any graduates of this course that pass the optional third year modules ‘Family Law’, or ‘Company Law’ and ‘Employment Law’, will not need to pass the CPQ Foundation stage or CPQ Advanced stage assessments and as such are capable of being recognised as CILEX Advanced Paralegals. Those who do not complete either ‘Family Law’ or ‘Company Law’ and ‘Employment Law’ will still be exempt from the mandatory aspects of CPQ Advanced stage. On completion of your course, you will have the option to pay £400 for CILEX recognition.


Coventry Law School is currently a member of the International Association of Law Schools, an association of around 160 law schools from over 55 countries, representing around 7,500 law faculty members. Having this status allows you to access a variety of international experiences, including with our partner institutions across the world. 

Coventry Law School is also currently a member of the European Law Faculties Association with over 250 members from Europe and beyond.

Coventry Law School is currently a member of British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association, one of the largest Technology Law associations in Europe. 

Memberships are renewed annually, and there is currently no intention for any of the memberships or partnership to lapse, however if our memberships or partnership are not renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible1.


Central England Law Centre

Coventry Law School collaborates with the Central England Law Centre in order to offer a professional element to your learning, through our Law Employment and Advocacy clinics. Students who are selected to participate in the clinics get involved with many aspects of what the solicitors do at the Law Centre, with supervisors who are currently working in practice and experts in specific areas of law. They get hands-on experience doing reserved legal activities, providing supervised advice and assistance to members of the public.  

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The lecturers are very passionate, committed and dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. They are brilliant professionals who show a genuine sense of care toward students. The CLS team is always willing to guide us throughout the course and to help us tackle any issue we may be facing both academic and personal. The teaching staff encourage us to think creatively, critically and independently. We can put our knowledge into practice during guided group sessions. The tutors are happy to give feedback and to discuss any gap, providing us with insightful opinions.

Caroline Teixeira Gouveia, International Law LLB, 2022
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What you'll study

This course has a common first year.

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.

Common first year courses

  • Commercial Law LLB (Hons)
  • Criminal Law and Justice LLB (Hons)
  • Law LLB (Hons)

During your first year, you will work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge of the law and develop the fundamental legal skills necessary to undertake the remainder of your course. You will also be exposed to a range of contemporary issues in the law that relate to each of the LLB courses on offer. If you discover that you have an interest in a particular area of law that you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degree courses to one of the other LLB courses listed above (subject to meeting progression requirements).

As you move through your second and final year, you will study further core legal modules whilst also exploring more specialist commercial law subjects and enhancing your practical legal skills.


  • This module explores the law regulating state institutions, their interactions with each other and their relationship with the individual citizen. You will explore the constitutional arrangements for the United Kingdom and examine fundamental concepts such as the rule of law, legal accountability, and human rights. You will also develop an awareness of the global significance of a specific constitution and the role that international and comparative law can play in setting standards of constitutional behaviour. You will also examine how governments and various state institutions are held to account through the area of administrative law, with particular reference to judicial review.


  • In this module you will explore the main sources, institutions, and structures of the English legal system. You will develop an insight into the workings of the civil and criminal justice system, whilst exploring key challenges in providing access to justice for all. You will be introduced to sources of English Law, judicial precedent, statutory interpretation, legal personal and the growing role of alternative dispute resolution and tribunals within the legal system. You will be encouraged to take a critical role by examining current legal issues that relate the English legal system and debate different perspectives. 


  • Contracts affect companies in the way that business is conducted and impact on every person’s daily life. Contracts therefore have significant effects on both business practice and social relations. This module introduces you to the key legal principles and rules governing contracts and how these give rise to legally protected and enforceable obligations.   You will examine the formation, operation, and termination of contractual obligations and how factors such as technological advancement, social change and changing commercial priorities may influence the development of contract law.  


  • The criminal law in England and Wales includes a wide range of offences ranging from minor motoring offences to the most serious crimes, such as homicide. You will gain an understanding of the current law through an appreciation of the purposes of the criminal law, the principles underpinning the law and how the criminal law continues to adapt to address changes in social behaviours and the emergence of new types of harm. This module takes a contemporary approach by exploring the development of the criminal law within modern society, including the creation of new offences and how the law works to protect a person’s protected characteristics.


  • This module aims to encourage students to acquire an applied understanding of how the law can be a creative force for meaningful change in regulating novel situations. In this module, you will work collaboratively to tackle a ‘grand legal challenge’ and through this practice and develop your key legal skills. You will be encouraged to develop a critical approach when examining the issues raised, recognising the limits of the law and identifying instances where the reform of the law would aid the resolution of real-world problems.


  • This module will examine the law’s role in addressing new social, economic and technological changes and shines a light on how public opinion, the media, political thinking and international pressures can influence the law’s development. You will explore contemporary legal issues that provide an insight into commercial law, international law, and criminal law and justice, putting you in the best position to make an informed choice about which law degree programme would suit your interests and future career aspirations.  


In your second year, you will continue to build your understanding of core legal subjects, whilst exploring public international law in detail. You will also begin to develop your practical legal skills to provide you with an insight into life in legal practice. 


  • This module provides you with a working understanding of practical legal skills and professional ethical awareness in the areas of advocacy, drafting, interviewing and negotiation. The module is designed to introduce you to the type of work you would do in legal practice and inform your career aspirations. The skills you learn in this module are highly attractive and transferable to a variety of professional spheres both inside and outside of the legal profession.  


  • Tort law is the name given to the branch of law that imposes civil liability for breach of obligations owed by both individuals and organisations to one another. In this module, you will explore the foundational tort of negligence which has led to the growth of this discipline area. You will examine the kinds of damage the law permits recovery for and explore other torts such as nuisance, occupiers’ liability, trespass to the person and privacy/defamation, among others. Throughout the module, you will explore how tort law has developed in a changing social, economic and political climate, as well as how it relates to other legal areas such as contract, criminal law and human rights.


  • With a particular focus on land law, this module aims to acquaint you with the terminology, concepts, policy objectives and statutory schemes necessary to understand modern property law in England and Wales. It aims to provide you with the intellectual framework with which to identify, understand and resolve practical problems in property law and examine the underlying rationales which explain the current design and shape of the law of property. It will also introduce you to conveyancing practice.  


  • European Union law remains hugely important to individuals and businesses both within the EU and beyond. Notwithstanding the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, EU law continues to pervade many aspects of English law. Additionally, as one of the world’s largest single markets, knowledge and understanding of the European Union are crucial to any business, wherever located. Through this module, you will develop an understanding of the operation of European Union Law within the English legal system and the legal frameworks that operate within the EU. You will gain an understanding of both the public law of the European Union and the substantive rules of the internal market.  


  • This module introduces you to the equitable principles governing the creation, operation and administration of public and private trusts and examines the reasons for creating trusts in the contemporary social, economic and international context. Contemporary issues in this area may include the legal problems raised by crowd-funding and surplus funds, the potential problems of joint ownership of property outside of the family relationship and how philanthropy through the creation of charitable trusts provides funding that supports and advances UN Sustainable Development Goals.   You will gain an understanding of the trust concept, the requirements for the creation of a valid trust, the different types of trust that may come into operation, the nature of trusteeship and liability for breach of trust. You will explore the flexibility of the trust concept, its traditional function in relation to family property and its contemporary role in commercial contexts.  


  • This module examines international law in the contemporary world arena. It explores the legal framework by which states regulate their relations with each other in looking to address various important international objectives. You will encounter vital issues including the role of the United Nations in maintaining peace and security, humanitarian intervention, human trafficking, containing the spread of infectious diseases, the legality of counter-terrorist drone strikes, and promoting environmental protection.


There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year or study abroad year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement2

Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our placement/study abroad offering here, it is often tailored for each course every year and depends on the length of placement or study abroad opportunities that are secured. Therefore, the placement and study abroad arrangements vary per course and per student. Request further information about going on a placement or study abroad year. 


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes. 


Year three aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by further developing professional legal skills relevant to international legal practice. In addition to your specialist international law subjects, you can choose from a variety of optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests and/or future ambitions. You could also work on a large final project in an international law area of your interest or participate in one of the law school’s pro-bono clinics (subject to securing a place at the Coventry Law Centre).


  • During the project module you will have the opportunity to apply and develop your research skills and extend your knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse a topic in a specialist area of interest. There are three routes for study in this module, which are: 

    • Route 1: An individual research-based dissertation on a topic of your choosing, supported by a project supervisor
    • Route 2: An individual work-based project report
    • Route 3: An individual work-based project report on their engagement in the Coventry Law School’s Law Clinics2 (this option is subject to securing a placement at Coventry Law Centre) 


  • In this module, you will consider key concepts of international commercial law and how disputes are settled in a commercial context by way of arbitration. You will first consider international contracts for the sale of goods and supply of services as well as different contracts of carriage. You will then explore arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, including the unique features of arbitration as well as the regulatory frameworks. You will put your understanding into practice through the conduct of arbitrations as the role of adjudicator.  


  • Human rights are essential to your understanding of law, politics and justice, within your own legal system and in the global arena. Studying human rights at an international level will allow you to develop an understanding of the universal nature of human rights and the global issues surrounding the recognition and enforcement of human rights. As well as exploring the development of international human rights, you will also consider more specific human rights issues such as freedom from torture, refugee rights, the right to environmental protection and the protection of rights during


  • Any two optional modules from the following:

    International Criminal Law – 20 credits 

    This module will explore those crimes which are considered ‘international crimes’ i.e. the most heinous crimes which operate across national borders or those within states which warrant international scrutiny. This module examines the development of International Criminal Law (ICL), beginning with the aftermath of the Second World War, before focusing on the establishment of the more contemporary international criminal courts and tribunals. You will explore the basic principles of public international law which are relevant to ICL, before looking at the four ‘core crimes’ (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression), as well as various other aspects of international criminal prosecution, including the modes of criminal responsibility, defences and the international criminal trial process. 

    Family Law - 20 credits

    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of family law, and the ways in which these areas of law operate in practice in their socio-legal context. You will primarily explore the ways in which English law regulates relationships between adult partners (in marriage, civil partnership, and co-habitation), and relationships between parents/carers and children. You will also develop your understanding of the operation of human rights law principles in family law, with a particular focus on the ways in which both private and public law operate to safeguard children and adults from violence and abuse in a family context. 

    Environmental Law - 20 credits

    This module will introduce you to the legal and policy issues surrounding the protection of the natural environment. The module will focus on the UK and its relationship to international, regional, and bi-national law as the global community seeks to adapt and mitigate the effects of a variety of environmental issues. You will study the historical development of environmental law and focus on key contemporary issues such as the responsibility of businesses towards the environment, climate change and environmental crime. 

    Law, Innovation and Intellectual Property Law – 20 credits

    Innovation is a major driver of added value and economic growth. This module considers the legal frameworks for the protection, harnessing, and exploitation of the economy of ideas. You will learn about the terminology, concepts, policy objects and statutory schemes necessary to understand Intellectual Property Law in the UK and the international protection measures which provide protection for intellectual property assets across national boundaries. You will further consider the ways in which innovation and new technologies can impact both the substance and practice of the law.  

    Company Law - 20 credits

    Registered companies conduct most of the economic activity in the United Kingdom. Therefore, lawyers and other professional persons require an understanding of the concepts that shape company law, as well as the rules that govern corporate activities. Consequently, this module aims to develop your critical understanding of the laws that govern registered companies, as well as other business models such as Partnerships and LLPs. In this module you will examine the legal regulation of the formation, administration, financing, and governance of companies. 

    Employment Law – 20 credits

    Employment law is a dynamic subject as it responds to changing, and sometimes conflicting, economic, political and social demands, within the UK, in addition to the impact of the European Union and the wider global context. The module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the regulation of employment by law and to place the legal rules in their broader economic and socio-political context. You will examine the legal regulation of the employment relationship from recruitment through to termination, the nature of employment and the rights and duties of both employers and employees. 


The foundation year offers an introduction to your chosen subject and supports you to develop the skills required for degree-level study.


  • The aim of this module is to ensure that you understand the primary concepts, terms and processes in the practice of Law in England and Wales. We’ll discuss the interpretation and application of legal rules, providing you with an insight into key aspects of professional practice and law in the workplace.

    We will focus on contemporary case studies and analyse current issues in the legal system to keep the course relevant.

    This module has content from the CILEx Level 3 Unit 1: Introduction to Law and Practice embedded.


  • In this module, you will learn to understand exactly what constitutes a valid and enforceable contract. You’ll look at obligations, the rights of third parties and the terms of a contract to solidify your understanding. You will cover a range of relevant topics, such as discharge of contract, vitiating factors and legal reasoning.

    You’ll aim to develop analytical skills by performing critical evaluations of contractual obligations and the remedies available.

    This module has the CILEx Level 3 Unit 2: Contract Law embedded.


  • The Criminal Law and Practice module encompasses both criminal theory and criminal process.

    The Criminal Law element of the module will examine the general principles of criminal law, including how liability is incurred through acts, omissions and intention. Consideration will be given to particular offences involving dishonesty and non-fatal offences against the person, murder/manslaughter, criminal damage and where relevant, defences. Key doctrines and rules will be discussed with analysis of statute and case law.

    The Criminal Litigation element will be embedded into and run alongside Criminal Law study. You will look at how criminal cases play out in court within the criminal litigation system of England and Wales. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the professional requirements and skills to run a criminal file in practice. In addition, you will gain valuable experience in making oral legal submissions (advocacy) in a virtual courtroom4.


  • The initial transition to higher education can pose a range of challenges that you need to overcome. Therefore, we aim to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the skills needed for effective legal practice, including how to create, draft and use various client care documents as well as becoming confident as an independent learner.

    We’ll guide you through legal reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making. You’ll also learn the processes and procedures of professional conduct, with client care, interviews and communications.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

The International Law LLB (Hons) degree has been designed so that it is capable of satisfying the academic component of Bar training as required by the Bar Standards Board. For further details of the requirements of the academic component of Bar training, please visit the Bar Standards Board website.

The foundation year is focused on applied learning through a blend of lectures, tutorials and online learning. There are no end-of-year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which are more reflective of a working environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Teaching contact hours

You can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 30 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.


The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and may include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which generally take place at the end of each six-week block.

The course is delivered through a combination of live/asynchronous lectures, workshops, online activities and directed readings.

Lectures tend to be expository in nature, introducing you to basic concepts and core principles. Workshops provide you with the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the subject matter through active exploration of legal issues, for example through debates, discussions, presentations, and other practical activities. Teaching sessions are designed to be interactive and may involve exploring real-world and hypothetical problems, considering case studies and analysing contemporary or more theoretical legal issues. This interactive approach enables you to develop your legal skills throughout our degree and immerse yourself in authentic legal experiences.

Throughout the course, your learning will be supported through Aula, our mobile-first virtual learning environment and you will receive specialist training in the use of a variety of legal databases (our online learning platform is subject to change).

If you choose to start this course in January it will be run as a condensed programme. You’ll start your course in January and finish your first year in August. Upon successful completion of Year 1, you will progress onto Year 2 in September and then continue to start subsequent years of your course in September, completing your degree at the same time as the September starters unless you opt to do a placement year.

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities2.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week, you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Throughout the International Law LLB degree we aim to expose you to a wide variety of international opportunities2. From undertaking an international field trip to working with students from international universities in a Collaborative International Online Learning project, we aim to offer an international opportunity for everyone. The Law School has particularly strong links with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China and established links with the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, the University of Nebrija in Madrid and the University of the West Indies.

Throughout the course, you will explore international law in detail and will develop cognisance of diverse cultural and global perspectives. The Law School is a diverse community of legal academics and students, which brings depth and vibrancy to your student experience.

What I enjoy the most is that in seminars we can always share our thoughts freely with the tutor and he or she are always open to the discussion about any aspect of a relevant subject. For them, no question is ever too big or too small. Being able to engage in the discussion greatly improves my learning experience and helps me to understand some issues in a deeper, more critical way.

Piotr Krasienko, International Law LLB Graduate, 2022
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Breathing life into the law

Law students joined forces with journalism, paramedic and acting students as a dramatic court case gave them hands-on, industry-relevant experience.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

72 UCAS tariff points. All foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C/9-4 including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Contextual offers and Fair Access Scheme

If you meet the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme, you could automatically receive a contextual offer that may be up to 24 UCAS points lower than our standard entry requirements. View the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme.

Got higher grades? Have you considered direct entry to the degree without foundation year?

Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Foundation year

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £7,950 Not available
International/EU Not currently available*** Not available


Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £9,250 per year Not available
International/EU Not currently available*** Not available

Please note: UK (home) tuition fees for the degree course years will be charged at the current Coventry University UK (home) degree fee level. This was set at £9,250 for the 23/24 academic year.

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

Other additional costs

  • On completion of your course, you will have the option to pay £400 for CILEX recognition, if you successfully pass either ‘Family Law’ or ‘Company Law’ and ‘Employment Law’. This means you will not need to pass the CPQ Foundation stage or CPQ Advanced stage assessments and as such are capable of being recognised as CILEX Advanced Paralegals.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.


Our foundation years are taught at CU Coventry’s Mile Lane building, a short walk from the city centre. You’re part of the university from day one, so during your foundation year you’ll have access to the wider facilities at Coventry University. Once you successfully complete your foundation year, you'll transfer over to studying your chosen degree at Coventry University, where you'll be taught on campus in the relevant academic buildings.

Located on our Mile Lane campus, you will have access to our Library and Learning Services (LLS), fully equipped seminar rooms and IT suites4. You can also take advantage of reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library, make use of sport centre facilities and receive full membership to Your Students' Union.

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Mile Lane

The campus is home to an on-site library with bookable one-to-one academic writing service and library support sessions, fully equipped seminar rooms, open-access study areas, a café and an IT suite. Our labs contain industry-standard equipment so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals.

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The Hub

At The Hub you'll find the Health and Wellbeing Centre, the Students’ Union and Square One (which provides entertainment from quiz nights to live music), the Spirituality and Faith Centre, Tank Studio, Careers Office and a fantastic food court.

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Lanchester Library

You will have full reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library. The library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has many study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers touchdown computers and free-to-loan laptops.

The International Law LLB course is delivered at the main Coventry University campus, where you'll benefit from our dedicated law facilities4.

The moot room allows you to immerse yourself in the law and develop your legal skills through experiencing an authentic courtroom environment.

Our dedicated law clinic facilities allow you to get real-life experience of advising and supporting the public, under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners.

Moot Room

Moot Room

Our Moot Room gives you the opportunity to develop those vital and practical legal skills. You can practise your legal skills in a realistic setting, as well as having the chance to take part in mooting competitions.

Legal clinic

Legal Clinic

Use the Legal Clinic to develop your practical legal skills and help you stand out in your future career. You will have access to 'real' clients and work alongside trained solicitors and lawyers.

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Routes into a Legal Career

Find out more about how Coventry University can kick start your legal career through our preparation courses.

Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse theories, concepts and principles of laws across diverse substantive legal areas, appreciating the role of law within a globalised context.
  • Appreciate and apply principles of sustainability, social responsibility and professional ethics, whilst being cognisant of diverse cultural and global perspectives.
  • Identify and synthesise relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources, using both digital and non-digital resources, whilst adhering to principles of academic integrity.
  • Draw reasoned conclusions through the application of legal principles and knowledge to complex problems, whilst tolerating ambiguity and recognising alternative legal outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, by conveying and explaining legal information, ideas and arguments appropriately in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate self-management and work independently or collaboratively as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate intellectual independence through the acquisition of specialist knowledge and understanding of current legal thinking and emerging research.
  • Apply a range of practical or clinical legal skills, including those applicable in an international context.

Law graduates can pursue a wide variety of careers both in the UK and overseas. Many graduates enter the legal profession as solicitors, barristers, paralegals or legal executives (additional education/courses and training required). However, the skills learned are also transferrable to career paths outside of law such as recruitment, management, teaching or finance. Many of our law graduates also go on to pursue a career in academia or undertake further academic study.

Where our graduates work

Previous law graduates from Coventry Law School have gone on to work at a wide variety of organisations and firms including:

  • DAC Beachcroft
  • NFU Mutual
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • Linklaters
  • Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation
  • Oracle
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stobbs
  • Co-op Legal Services

I have volunteered with the Coventry Law employment clinic. This allows me to interview actual clients and produce advice for them. This has been extremely valuable in relating my studies to the world of work and given me incredible experience, as well as helping the clients. I have learned so much from this opportunity and I feel like I have a step up when it comes to training contract applications.

Leah Bolt, LLB Law student 2021
Leah Bolt profile student

How to apply

  • Study location

    The Foundation Year study route will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University.

    If you choose to study at CU Coventry for your Foundation Year, then your learning will be based at CU Coventry. Mile Lane, Coventry. Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to the relevant Coventry University subject faculty building for your progression degree.

    Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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