Newcastle Law School

International Legal Studies

International Legal Studies

ILS is new, exciting, and presents the opportunity for an international experience to launch your career, and provide memories to last a lifetime.

ILS Overview

The International Legal Studies (ILS) provides first year LLB students with the opportunity to apply to study at a top International Law School outside Europe for a year. The exchange year will take place between stages 2 and 3 at Newcastle.

Successful applicants will normally have a year to prepare for their exchange year, and will receive information and guidance on accommodation, finances, module selection, and health & safety before moving abroad. During the year abroad students will receive support and guidance from the host University as well as from Newcastle.

The ILS stream was launched with the opportunity to spend a year studying at either the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), ranked 15th in the world,* or the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), ranked 18th in the world.* Newcastle Law students will be studying at both of these Universities in 2017/18. In addition to these outstanding Universities, a new exchange with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) will be launched in 2018/19, and we hope to announce new partners with leading Law Schools in Australasia and Africa very soon.

All of our partners teach in English so you do not need foreign language skills to take part in the ILS.

Successful completion of the year abroad is recognised in your degree title on graduation: Law (International Legal Studies) LLB Honours.

Those interested in studying for the International Legal Studies (ILS) degree stream must apply during their first year on the Law (LLB Honours); there is no separate application process via UCAS.

 *according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017


The ILS stream offers the opportunity to apply to study for a year at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) School of Law, and to enroll in JD law modules (the Juris Doctor degree is the loose US equivalent of the LLB).

UC Davis is ranked in the top 30 of US Law Schools and in the top 150 Law Schools in the World.* It is a small US Law School with accessible, dedicated and internationally-renowned scholars who provide a strong and supportive learning environment. UC Davis has diverse specialties including, but not limited to:

  • business law
  • environmental law
  • international and comparative law
  • intellectual property
  • immigration law
  • constitutional law
  • public interest law

The Law School has award-winning trial and appellate advocacy programs, and clinics, which expose students to legal professionals and institutions, and hones their practical lawyering skills, while contributing to the greater good. The Immigration Law ClinicFamily Protection and Advocacy ClinicCivil Rights ClinicPrison Law Office, and California Supreme Court Clinic, are all directed by staff attorneys at the top of their fields.

UC Davis School of Law has a vibrant and diverse student community with more than 40 active student organizations, five law journals, and an academic spirit where intellectual rigor combines with genuine warmth and friendship, as well as true community of purpose.

UC Davis is located in Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County, California. The state capital, Sacramento, is 20 minutes away, and San Francisco is two-hours away by rail or road. Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are also within easy reach of this exchange partner, which combines small supportive academic surroundings within the reach of San Francisco and all the appeal that Northern California has to offer.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017
UC Davis
UC Davis School of Law

Hong Kong

The ILS stream offers the opportunity to apply to study for a year at the University of Hong Kong (HKU, also known as Hong Kong U) Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law is Hong Kong’s leading law school, and is one of the best in Asia, currently ranked 18th in the World.*

Building on its strong tradition of teaching, research in the common law and prominent links with the professional community, our Faculty, as a regional centre of excellence in China and the Asia-Pacific Region, aspires to be a world-class law school that meets the highest standards of international excellence in every dimension and to be recognized as one of the best law schools internationally.

The law school was established in 1969 and matured into the Faculty of Law in 1984. Since its establishment, the Faculty of Law has become the breeding ground for some of the most distinguished legal professionals and community leaders in Hong Kong. While most of our undergraduates have proceeded to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (the qualification for entry into the legal profession in Hong Kong, either as solicitors or barristers), a considerable number of them have become senior figures serving the business, public service and other sectors. Among them are senior judges, Senior Counsels, leading practitioners, legislators, political party leaders, cabinet members, chairpersons of statutory bodies, senior civil servants, leading journalists, committed philanthropists, and artists and not to mention leading academics and many others who contribute to the well-being of the community in many different ways.

The Faculty comprises of two departments (the Department of Law and the Department of Professional Legal Education), employs about 75 academic scholars from 17 jurisdictions around the world. In September 2015 the Faculty had about 1461 undergraduates enrolled in the LLB degree and mixed-degrees, 413 PCLL students, 75 JD students and about 387 full-time and part-time postgraduate students.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2016
Hong Kong University
HKU Faculty of Law


The ILS stream offers the opportunity to apply to study for a year at the excellent McGill University Faculty of Law, which is the oldest law faculty in Canada and currently ranked 25th in the World for law.*

McGill is set in Montréal in the bilingual province of Québec, and students will have a broad range of English and French language law modules to choose from (although French language capability is not a prerequisite to participating in the exchange). Students will also have the opportunity to study both common and civil law subjects at McGill and will gain a unique insight into what unites and divides legal systems across the globe.

For more than 150 years, McGill's Faculty of Law has been developing legal minds equally at ease with the intellectual rigors of academia and the practical realities of the legal profession. This tradition of excellence is a source of pride for McGill Law and Newcastle law students have the opportunity to study in this environment for a full year as part of the ILS degree stream.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017
McGill Law
McGill University


The ILS stream offers the opportunity to apply to study for a year at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law. NUS was founded in 1905 and has taught law since 1956.

NUS is consistently ranked as the top University in Asia, and the Faculty of Law is currently ranked as 16th in the world. NUS Law graduates occupy the highest legal offices in Singapore, including the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General, and senior practitioners in all areas of law. NUS Law alumni also include partners in top international firms in New York and London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Singapore is an island city-state about eleven times the size of Manhattan. It is located just north of the equator in the same time zone as Beijing and Perth, Australia.

The name reflects a Malay legend that a Sumatran prince came across a lion (a good omen) that prompted him to found Singapura, or Lion City. From 1819, this minor trading post was expanded by Sir Stamford Raffles into a British trading colony. It formed a brief federation with Malaysia in 1963 but separated and became independent two years later. Under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew it became an economic success with a GDP per capita equal to that of its former colonial master.

The population is about 5.3 million, made up of 74.2 percent Chinese, 13.2 percent Malay, 9.2 percent Indian, and 3.4 percent other races. Its ethnic diversity is reflected in the choice of four official languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Malay, Tamil, and English. English is the working language of government and the primary language of all levels of education. 

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017
NUS Faculty of Law


The ILS stream offers the opportunity to apply to study for a year at the outstanding University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (UNSW). Ranked 14th in the World,* UNSW Law School is Australia's leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. Grounded in black letter skills and inspired by principles of justice, students will study law in action in a law school that aspires to make a difference in this world.

Located at the UNSW Kensington campus, UNSW Law is 7km from Sydney’s central business district, and easily accessible from the city and the many seaside suburbs.

UNSW Law aims to equip its students for the full range of legal and other opportunities, from commercial practice to working in a community legal centre to running a start-up to working for an international organisation.

The work of UNSW Law graduates and academics have a major impact on local and global debates. This might be through groundbreaking research in areas such as technology and the law, international finance, human rights, contracts, environmental protection or justice for Indigenous peoples, or through the contributions made to prominent public debates, whether it be through the media or work for law reform and parliamentary processes.

These reflect the UNSW Law ethos and commitment to the notion that the law must serve the needs of the community. The law is not an end in itself, but can be used for both good and ill. It can marginalise and harm, as well as lift up those in need and form a society based upon values such as fairness, equality and the rule of law.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017