International Law Studies LLB (Hons) top-up


Course Code



Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



1 year full-time

Start date

September 2023

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate
Top-up Courses

In a globalised world an understanding of international Law is increasingly important for business success. This course enables you to build on your previous study of Law to gain an LLB degree.

  • A thorough understanding of international law and an internationally recognised LLB Law degree.
  • Work alongside qualified solicitors at the Coventry Law Clinic working on real cases and potentially represent clients*.
  • Explore important legal principles including criminal law, public law, tort, contract law and EU law.
  • Learn from a course team which contains internationally recognised researchers in Law.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • Career development – Our collaboration with GROW mentoring allows our students the chance to be matched with legal professionals, who can offer career insights, tailored advice, and interview hints and tips.
  • International Focus – As a course with an international focus you will have the opportunity to work on collaborative online international projects (COIL) with students from universities elsewhere in the world. This will enable you to examine issues from several perspectives and gain an understanding of how issues would be addressed in different legal systems.
  • Hands-on experience – Use our dedicated mock courtroom, known as a Moot Room, to develop your advocacy skills and experience a modern courtroom environment. You may also have the opportunity to enter our annual mooting competition to develop your skills and demonstrate your proficiency to employers.
  • Real-world exposure – Benefit from a course that blends theory, practical legal skills and employability throughout. You can apply to put those skills into practice, and if selected, work alongside qualified solicitors in the Coventry Law Centre Legal Clinic, which helps you to gain legal skills in a real-world environment, working with real clients.


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International Association of Law Schools

Coventry Law School is a member of the International Association of Law Schools, an association of more than 160 law schools from over 55 countries, representing around 7,500 law faculty members. Having this status allows our law students the opportunity for a variety of international experiences, including with our partner institutions across the world. This membership is renewed annually, and there is currently no intention for this membership to lapse, however if our membership was not renewed, we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible. Please note international experiences are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.

European Law Faculties Association (ELFA)

European Law Faculties Association (ELFA)

Coventry Law School is also a member of the European Law Faculties Association with over 150 members from Europe and beyond. This membership is renewed annually, and there is currently no intention for this membership to lapse, however if our membership was not renewed, we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What you'll study

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamental aspects of International Law and develop English language skills in the context of law, which will help you to communicate complex legal information to colleagues and non-legal specialists.

Specialist guest speakers, which in the past have included Lord Justice Ryder, the Victims’ Commissioner and the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Government Legal Department, Law Commission and the Chancellor of the High Court to enhance your understanding.


  • This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the core principles of English Public and Private Law through the legal areas of, contract law, constitutional law, legal skills and English legal systems. Successful completion of the module will help you gain an understanding of international legal issues affecting contract law, constitutional law and the English Legal Systems by examining how international law influences domestic law.


  • Development of specialised practical skills that will enable you to develop and apply those skills in Negotiation, Arbitration and Legal Drafting is the focus of this module. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to draft complex business based commercial agreements including arbitration clauses and other key arbitral documents to a standard that would withstand judicial scrutiny. You will be expected to apply the skills of negotiation with multiple parties who have differing economic goals. Drafting the agreements will require research, application of procedural norms and adaptation of precedents and legislation. In addition, you should develop a range of graduate skills including transferable intellectual skills, problem solving and key skills to enhance employability.


  • The module aims to provide you with knowledge of the core principles of English Public and Private law through the legal areas of commercial law, tort law, EU law and criminal law. Successful completion of the module will enable you to gain knowledge of international legal issues affecting commercial law, tort law, EU law and criminal law.


  • This module helps you to develop your English language knowledge and skills to enable you to communicate effectively in a legal context, to people with and without legal knowledge. You will undertake activities designed to increase the range and effectiveness of your use of English language, presenting information/arguments and the development of study and communication skills in a legal and academic context.


  • This module aims to further develop the professional and personal skills required to gain access to your chosen graduate employment or other positive career destination within the field of international law. It is designed to enable you to compete successfully in a global graduate market, allowing flexibility and autonomy in your individual career development. Skills gained on this module should enhance your career prospects and optimise the possibility for finding fulfilling graduate employment that matches your profile.


  • This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply and develop your research skills and to extend your knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse in a specialist area of interest. You can choose an academic area related to international law and research this area in depth. You will be supported in your research through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.

    You can select one of three routes once the project title has been approved by your project supervisor:
    Route 1: An individual research-based dissertation
    Route 2: An individual project report
    Route 3: A group project report


  • Intellectual Property Law - 20 credits
    During this module you will examine the protection of the intangible but marketable proprietary interests related to goodwill, trademarks, trade and personal secrets, know-how and inventions. In addition, you will also explore the protection given to literary, artistic and musical creations; the products of music recording, film, broadcasting and other media companies; and designs used in commercial and industrial spheres. This will include the protection given by UK and EU law and international conventions. The increasing importance of such law in the modern business environment, the protection of biotechnological invention and the impact of the digital environment will be emphasised. You will develop a critical awareness of the nature of the legal protection offered to intellectual property rights and the role they play in modern industrial society.

    International Trade Law - 20 credits
    Nations have been trading with one another for over four millennia. Since the late 19th century, free and fair trade has been of fundamental importance to the prosperity of the global economy. Central to the liberalisation of global trade has been the rule of law; through bilateral trade agreements, multilateral trading blocs, and the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
    In this module you will study the role of the rule of law in the regulation and liberalisation of international trade, as well as transposing many of the concepts in European Union Law to a global context. You will consider the role of international treaties, in particular the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), in developing a body of international trade law and the creation of rights and obligations upon states, individuals, and corporations. You will also examine the role of institutions in developing international trade law, as well as the settlement of disputes. How international trade law operates in substance and practice: in particular international contracts for the sale of goods, distance selling and e-Commerce, and rules of shipping and carriage of goods by air and sea are also key considerations.

    Banking and Finance Law - 20 credits
    This module introduces you to the core legal principles of banking law. Concepts, issues and problems are developed and identified with the broader economic, regulatory and practical application of the law. On successful completion of the module you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand and critically assess the changing approach to complex banking practices. Throughout the module you will deal with aspects of international finance regulations as well as UK banking laws.


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

You will be taught by a team of academic staff which includes internationally recognised researchers at the forefront of their field. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and small tutorial groups of around 20 students where you can exchange thoughts and ideas with staff and fellow students to enhance your understanding of the topic.

You will have around 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Medium group teaching: seminars or workshops
  • Large group teaching lectures


You will be assessed using a range of methods designed to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding, in ways that will be beneficial in your future legal career. These include presentations, coursework, reflective writing alongside traditional exams.

Job ready

The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to work in an international law context. This could be in a law firm or an in-house legal team within a business or non-governmental organisation. You would also be suitable to work in areas of policymaking and research centres. The international legal landscape is constantly evolving and therefore a qualification that focuses on these areas and the specific challenges that the international legal fields face is very attractive to employers.

Placements and graduate opportunities have been offered at various organisations including the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Age UK, Coventry Refugee Migrant Centre, British Red Cross, Volvo, Rotherhams LLP, Wigley Group, Thomas Horton LLP and Shoosmiths LLP.

International experience opportunities

As a course with an international focus you may have the opportunity to work on collaborative online international projects (COIL) with students from universities elsewhere in the world. This will enable you to examine issues from several perspectives and gain an understanding of how issues would be addressed in different legal systems.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry.

You will need to have successfully completed the equivalent of two years of a degree course in a relevant subject, acquiring 240 credits (with 120 credits at level four and 120 credits at level five).

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You will need to have successfully completed the equivalent of two years of a degree course in a relevant subject, acquiring 240 credits (with 120 credits at level four and 120 credits at level five).

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

You must have successfully completed year 1 (level 4) and/or year 2 (level 5) of an equivalent course, depending on the stage of entry. Please contact us for further details.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

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.


Our Moot Room allows 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. 



Develop those vital and practical legal skills

You can practise your legal skills in a realistic setting in our Moot Room, as well as having the chance to take part in mooting competitions.

Careers and opportunities

Coventry Law School has its own Talent Team unit that provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

The Faculty’s dedicated Talent Team has an extensive network of employers with a wide range of internship possibilities. The Talent Team offers workshops and guidance on the various on the various aspects of the employment process such as preparing your CV, interview practice and mock assessment centres, as well as putting on employer events, which should allow you to network with potential future employers offering graduate roles, internships and placements (all subject to availability)”.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates of Law courses at Coventry Law School have gone on to work for firms such as Brethertons LLP, Dentons, Ince and Co, PwC and Hays International, as well as bodies such as the Crown Prosecution Service.

Further study

After completing this degree you will be well prepared for our Master’s degree in International Commercial Law or Law. 

How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from September 6 2022.

    Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university. Applications are due to be open in June 2022, so please return to this page to fill out your application.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.

    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

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  • 1Accreditations

    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 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 COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the 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 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. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.