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Global Legal Studies LLB Honours

  • UCAS code: M105
  • Full time
  • 4 years

Gain a global perspective of law and an understanding of how legal systems across the world respond to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £23500

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: A*AA
  • IB: 36 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

The challenges the world faces need global responses. From climate change to technological innovations, legal systems are adapting to address issues that transcend domestic borders.

On our Global Legal Studies LLB you'll develop an understanding of the complexities of law in a global context.

In addition to developing a strong grounding in the UK legal system, you'll develop a foundation in comparative law techniques, and an understanding of EU law, international law and its institutions.

On our four-year course you'll gain a strong legal foundation with a global perspective. Choose from a wide range of global facing optional modules, allowing you to pursue your interests in specialist legal areas such as:

  • Global intellectual property law
  • Environmental law, and
  • International human rights law

With a focus on law in a global context, you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding of the nature of law and its multi-disciplinary development.
  • Develop expertise in analysis, legal research and legal argumentation.
  • Study key topics across EU and international law, and draw on experiences in other jurisdictions through comparative law perspectives.
  • Gain disciplinary insights into different legal systems and legal cultures from around the world.
  • Interact with leading experts across the fields of global public and private law and delve into specialist subjects on how law responds to contemporary challenges.

You'll spend year three at one of our prestigious international partner universities. This means you’ll graduate with an LLB and can draw on the experiences and skills developed during your international exchange year, strengthening your prospects with graduate recruiters.

Global Legal Studies opens up a wealth of career opportunities in a range of globalised sectors. Graduates can use their skills and knowledge to tackle the contemporary challenges facing today’s globalised world.

The Global Legal Studies LLB programme provides students with the understanding and insights to thrive in a career in global legal practice.

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

In Stage 1 of this programme, you will be introduced to Global Law. You will develop an overview of the challenges facing the international legal system and the institutions working within it. You’ll review case studies from Newcastle Law School researchers, focussing on environmental challenges and technical innovation.

During Stage 1 you’ll study compulsory modules where you’ll be introduced to the foundations of legal studies. Stage 1 modules provide you with the skills and legal techniques to develop your legal thinking and expression.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Legal Institutions and Method 20
Constitutional Law 20
Contract Law 20
Introduction to Global Law 20
Administrative Law and Human Rights 20
The UK and EU Law 20

In Stage Two, there are a number of core modules that progress from Stage 1 and complete the foundations of legal knowledge, helping you to further develop your legal skills.

During Stage 2 you’ll also study a compulsory module in Global Private Law where you’ll be introduced to international private, transnational private, comparative tort and comparative contract law, and a compulsory module in Public International Law.

Within Global Private Law, you will study from selected case studies taught by Newcastle Law School experts in private law, for example an introduction to Islamic finance or global competition law. This module provides a grounding in private law that can be developed through optional modules across the degree programme.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Land Law 20
Criminal Law 20
General Principles of Tort 20
Equity and Trusts 20
Public International Law 20

You’ll spend Stage 3 of your degree studying at one of our international partner institutions and you’ll complete an individual-directed global research project, drawing on what you have learnt in your year abroad.

During the exchange year abroad, you’ll have the opportunity to increase your understanding and awareness of different legal systems, gain intercultural perspectives, and to demonstrate organisational ability, teamwork, and the ability to adapt, and to operate in a different culture.


Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • interactive workshops

In lectures, you should engage with the delivered content. You'll do this through note-taking and active participation in the large group format. The subject specialists provide a guided path through the module to support student learning and understanding.

In seminars and workshops, you'll discuss legal issues. You'll work through problem questions or debates regarding the effectiveness, desirability or clarity of law in a particular area in small groups. Discussions will be wide-ranging, such as:

  • the likely outcome of a scenario concerning the breach of contractual terms in a construction contract
  • the ways in which the legal profession are adapting to changing cultural and ethical standards
  • what the study of literary works can tell us about the way that law is perceived by society

To get the most out of these sessions you'll prepare individually. Independent study and research are central to the skills required of a law degree and in many of the professional careers desired by law graduates. The emphasis on the following skills are essential for excellent degree outcomes:

  • self-guided study
  • engagement with a wider body of legal and academic materials
  • a genuine curiosity

Law is about reflection, debate and argumentation. Student engagement with seminars and other interactive sessions are fundamental to this.


Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

You will be given the opportunity to develop a portfolio of professional skills and boost your employability through:

  • mooting
  • client interviewing
  • using legal databases
  • negotiating deals

You'll put them to the test in prestigious internal and external competitions.

Find out more about practical activities


Study abroad

You’ll spend Stage 3 of your degree studying at one of our international partner institutions. Our international partners include:

  • University of California Davis,
  • McGill University in Montreal,
  • National University of Singapore,
  • University of Tasmania,
  • Luiss in Rome,
  • University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona

As part of this year abroad you’ll complete an individual-directed global research project, drawing on what you have learnt in your year abroad.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment


Situated on the eastern side of the city campus, the Law School offers you a great sense of community. It has everything you need as a law student:

  • a 270 seater law lecture theatre
  • computer cluster
  • seminar rooms
  • a dedicated law library

The student common room is a great place to relax and catch up with fellow students. As our academic and support staff are all based in the same building, you'll find it easy to seek advice whenever you need it.

We also have a dedicated mooting room, which provides the perfect environment to develop your advocacy skills.


Newcastle Law School has a long history of providing a comprehensive support network for students.

In your first year, you will be assigned a personal tutor. This academic member of staff will guide your studies, with weekly office hours when you can drop in for advice. This relationship ensures that your reference will be prepared by someone who knows you personally.

A fellow student will also be assigned as your peer mentor. They will help ensure that the transition from school/college to university, as well as the transitions between different years at university, are as seamless as possible.

Student mentors will give you guidance on everything from how to get the most out of lectures and the library, to how best to enjoy Newcastle as a city.

Your future

The Global Legal Studies LLB will prepare you for a career in the globalised legal space.

Law firms are going increasingly global, operating across many jurisdictions, and working with clients around the world. A Global Legal Studies LLB will help you respond to these demands of law in practice.

Our programme opens up career avenues in law-related institutions such as international organisations, global charities, and non-governmental organisations working to address global challenges.

The Global Legal Studies programme includes the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, which will help you go on to study to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK.

Graduates can take further studies to meet the requirements to practise law in other countries around the world. We also offer a global perspective that is particularly attractive to employers specialising in transnational, EU, and international law.

90% of graduates from Newcastle Law School were in employment after 6 months of graduating. They have gone on to secure roles in International Law Firms such as Clifford Chance and Clyde and Co, as well as the Civil Service and banking.

*Graduate Outcomes 2019/20

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Careers support

You'll have access to the Law School's dedicated careers advisor, and be able to hear talks on the profession by practising lawyers, gain experience via one of our five award-winning pro bono schemes, apply for a legal internship, and meet potential employers at our annual Law School Careers Fair.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: LLB Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.


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