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Bachelor's Degree in International Legal Studies

This 4-year programme covers the qualifying law degree subjects in years 1 and 2. You'll spend your third year studying at one of our carefully selected partner institutions overseas. Most destinations offer modules taught in English. For others you can spend 2 years studying the language before you go. We currently have partners in:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore

Students return to their fourth-year studies in Southampton with a more mature, independent outlook and greater confidence – qualities that impress recruiters in today's global job market.

As part of your degree you can:

  • experience law in action by applying to shadow a senior member of the judiciary in the High Court or Court of Appeal
  • work alongside legal professionals to advise students at the Law Clinic
  • engage with our academic research groups including the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law, and the Institute of Maritime Law
  • study modules outside of law to broaden your knowledge

During your degree you can enhance your skills and forge strong links within our friendly community by joining a student-run society. These include our Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society.

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level


  • D in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels
  • DD in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level
  • DDD in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Contract Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Legal System and Reasoning
  • Public Law 1: Foundations

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Historical Development of the Common Law
  • Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law

Year 2

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law
  • Public Law 2: Administrative Justice
  • Remedies in Contract & Torts
  • The Law of Torts

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law: Children, Parents and the State
  • Foundations in Criminal Evidence Law
  • Health Care Law and Bioethics
  • Introduction to Commercial Law
  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • Principles of Commercial Arbitration Law

Year 3

You'll spend the full academic year at a designated international university. You'll study aspects of the legal system and the substantive law of that country, taking 4 modules (or equivalent) in each semester.

Year 4

  • Legal Research and Writing

You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

  • Admiralty Law
  • Advanced Public Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws and International Litigation
  • Company Law
  • Constitutional Law of Canada
  • Crime in Law, Literature and Culture
  • Family Law: State Regulation of Adults' Relationship Formation and Breakdown
  • Globalisation and Law
  • Insurance Contract Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Commercial Sales
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law and the Human Body
  • Penal Policy
  • Renting Homes: Law and Policy
  • Theories of Law and Justice
  • Transitional Justice: Law, War and Crime

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB (Hons))
  • Name of award: LLB International Legal Studies
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • law (including as solicitors and barristers)
  • politics
  • business
  • accountancy
  • banking
  • civil service
  • probation service and social services
  • national and international organisations
  • media
  • entertainment

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University of Southampton

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The University of Southampton is a welcoming and close knit student community of roughly 22,000 students. We have an international student population which makes up just under 30% of our student body which is wonderful. With 98% of our graduates going into work or further study 6 months after graduation, we offer the chance to study at a world leading Russell Group University whilst safe in the knowledge you will be well on your way to succeeding your chosen career.

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