European and International Law
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Bristol Law School
- Three years; four years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Year one: Jane Rees; Year two: Shilan Shah; Final year: Iain McDonald
- Key fact:
- Learn about law from an international perspective and gain skills and insight that make you increasingly valuable in a global economy.
Page last updated 11 September 2018
Why study European and international law?
Law affects every aspect of human life, from the air we breathe to our relationships with each other and the state.
Globalisation has led to the expansion of international law firms and an increase in job opportunities with private sector law firms, governments, courts, NGOs and organisations like the European Union and International Court of Justice.
The law industry is dynamic, competitive and changes in line with social needs. A law degree provides you with diverse career paths and a skillset to succeed in almost any career.
Why UWE Bristol?
LLB(Hons) European and International Law gives you a solid foundation in law with an international focus.
Teaching is informed by the latest research and delivered by leading experts in international law. You'll explore the legal systems of global nations through innovative modules spanning international trade, migration law and policy and European Union law.
Gain real-world experience and vital skills in the UK and overseas. Study trips and work placements, mock trials and simulations, mooting competitions, Pro Bono work and a practical 'Law in Action' module ensure you graduate with a practical understanding of law and familiarity with the industry.
Where can it take me?
It's a solid platform for a career in international law, with students entering a range of settings both in the UK and overseas.
Law graduates' broad skillset makes them attractive to employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, business, charity work and HR.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Foundations for Law
- Constitutional and Administrative Law*
- Law of Contract*
- Criminal Law*.
You will study:
- Law of Torts*.
Plus, three optional modules from:
- Land Law*
- Environmental Law
- Dispute Resolution Skills
- Migration Law and Policy
- Public International Law
- Sports Law
- Information Technology Law.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- European Union Law*.
Plus, at least one optional module from:
- The Law of International Trade
- Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources.
Plus, optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):
- Equity and Trusts*
- Intellectual Property Law
- European Human Rights
- Law in Action
- Work Integrated Learning
- Cross Cultural Learning and Development.
*You must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our approach to learning is student-centered, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.
In year two and your final year, you can design the course to fit your interests and career ambitions. Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.
You'll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
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*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week.
If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you'll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module.
In Year one and Year two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week.
All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and one-to-one sessions with tutors
You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
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*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.
Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.
You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from your department and the careers service.
Final year work experience
If you choose the final year Law in Action module, you'll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with:
Pro Bono Unit
You will have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.
Supervised by academics and practitioners, you'll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as The Innocence Project, Elderlaw and the UWE Street Law Programme.
Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you'll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.
Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Court of Justice, the United Nations in New York, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.
In the new £55m Bristol Business School building, you'll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.
Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court, while law simulations allow you to practice key case working skills.
In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research. The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book.
You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
UWE Bristol Law Society
Our Law Society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg.
Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the annual dinner.
UWE Bristol Mooting Club
Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Club runs regular moots and competitions.
It's valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers' chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.
Careers / Further study
Law students are valuable to employers because of the broad skillset you gain from studying this subject.
You could pursue a legal career as solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal, but you can also go into HR, finance, teaching, charity work and the public sector.
Our graduates have secured roles in law firms, chambers, city councils, banks, estate agents, higher education, accountancy, Citizens Advice and the Crown Prosecution Service.
You may want to progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through our LLM Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or undertake our LLM Commercial Law or International Law.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 112
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement:
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
- Relevant subjects: Law, History, English Language and Literature, Psychology, Religious Education, Business and Sociology
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
We welcome applications from students who have not studied law before applying to us.
You may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses if you don't meet the requirements.
If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. For example, we accept a pass in the CILEX Professional Diploma as suitable for entry onto this course. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and the capabilities you have developed. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333