Law with International Business LLB (Hons)

UCAS code M1N9 LLB/LWIB

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About this course 2018/19

Do you want the opportunity for your studies and career to take you across the world? This innovative course combines an understanding of the Law with specialist and international business knowledge.

You will study core law subjects, including the 7 foundations of legal knowledge required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), and choose from a wide variety of business options. Through work placement, study abroad opportunities or learning consultancy in a business clinic, you will have the chance to develop and apply real-world skills and take your career anywhere.

Optional paid placement in the UK or abroad

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here 

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the sector for sustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining in the top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Learn from the best

The majority of our academic staff are qualified solicitors or barristers, with considerable experience of legal practice. Our staff are active researchers, publishing on a number of legal topics. We have expertise in a range of areas, including an international reputation in the fields of evidence and criminal justice studies.

Our staff are committed to ensuring that you learn in a way that equips you for a professional career. The practical expertise of our academic staff and the focus on excellence in teaching ensures the course is of a consistently high standard, designed to meet the practical needs of our students. You will also benefit from our close links with the legal profession.

The quality and expertise of our teaching and staff has been recognised through a wide variety of awards and nominations including:

  • Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award

  • Law Teacher of the Year Award

  • Northern Law Awards

  • Student Led Teaching Awards

You will also be taught by Newcastle Business School, winner of the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year Award for 2015. Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. It is also part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with a double international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first institution in Europe to reach such an achievement.


caption: Meet the team    

Teaching and Assessment

There is range of expertise across the Business School and the Law School. This means that you can match the course to your interests and career ambitions. The options you choose, however, will have a uniquely international flavour.

Everyone who studies at the Law School studies the 7 foundations of legal knowledge required to make this a QLD. These include Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Crime, Equity and Trusts, EU, Land and Tort.

Alongside this legal knowledge, you will study a selection of modules from Newcastle Business School. You can learn broad business and management principles, or focus on more specialist areas like marketing.

In year 2 you will need to study International Business Growth Strategies and Resourcing. In year 3 you will study Contemporary Issues in International Business as a core and then have 3 options; critical organizational analysis, sustainable strategies or international business: values, propositions and premises of innovation.

You will have the opportunity to work in the Student Law Office, experiencing legal practice, increasing your understanding of substantive law and developing sophisticated practitioner skills. The Student Law Office is a world leading law clinic, where students provide free legal services to clients who may have no alternative access to legal representation and justice. So far, the Student Law Office has secured over £1 million in compensation for their clients. In 2013 Northumbria University was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the outstanding work of the Student Law Office.

Alternatively you can chose to work in the innovative Business Clinic and gain career-enhancing experience providing consultancy services to real clients.

Learning Environment

Northumbria Law School and Newcastle Business School are based in City Campus East, located on a purpose built £70 million, multi-award-winning development in central Newcastle. Our modern building has excellent teaching and learning facilities, including lecture theatres, classrooms and IT hubs, which makes for an inviting workspace. There are a variety of collaborative working zones, where you can work with your fellow students on group projects.

Northumbria Law School also has a realistic courtroom in which you can develop your practical advocacy skills and stage mock trials, so you can experience a courtroom environment. Our Law Library contains leading practitioner texts so you can see how the law works in practice.

Newcastle Business School has a growing reputation for pioneering courses offering real-world experience. This includes its recently launched Business Clinic, which offers students the chance to provide a consultancy service to real business customers.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

As well as being active in legal practice, your tutors are also respected researchers, helping to enlighten some of the most complex issues in law.

Our signature research areas in Law include evidence and criminal justice, where our Centre for Evidence and Criminal justice is an internationally renowned centre that brings together major stakeholders in the criminal justice system, and Law and society – examining how the law can make a difference to the world.

Newcastle Business School is undertaking ground-breaking research in Digital Living, investigating areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and big data.

All this research comes into the classroom, giving you the very latest understanding of key legal issues. But you will also learn to analyse complex factual problems and evaluate legal or business information.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

We never forget that we are getting you ready to become a successful professional in a global business context.

There is a wide range of options for you to gain the real world experience that is so attractive to employers.

In between your second and third year, you will have the option of taking a paid placement or a year studying abroad. Placements are available both in the UK and abroad with many major firms such as Marriott Hotels, Morgan Stanley and Walt Disney World.

Throughout the course you will work with authentic case materials in realistic settings such as the mock courtroom. This will enable you to develop important analytical and speaking skills, which can enhance your career prospects when you enter employment.

Your Future

This course will make you ready for a career in a range of professions such as banking, finance and tax advice, legal publishing, central and local government, journalism and personnel work.

You will also have earned a Qualifying Law degree (QLD), which will allow you start the process of training and practising as a lawyer.

You will leave with a knowledge, understanding and wide-ranging contact network across both business and the Law. Your degree will give you access to all kinds of professional opportunities, and our Careers Service will help you to find the path that suits you best.

Outside the classroom

You will have the opportunity to study abroad as part of this course, giving you the chance to learn in a global context. Northumbria has a wide range of partners across the world, including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Aix-Marseille University in France, Linkoping University in Sweden, Deakin University and Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 in France and Tokyo Metropolitan in Japan.

About this course 2019/20

Do you want the opportunity for your studies and career to take you across the world? This innovative course combines an understanding of the Law with specialist and international business knowledge.

You will study core law subjects, including the 7 foundations of legal knowledge required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), and choose from a wide variety of business options. Through work placement, study abroad opportunities or learning consultancy in a business clinic, you will have the chance to develop and apply real-world skills and take your career anywhere.

Optional paid placement in the UK or abroad

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here 

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the sector for sustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining in the top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Learn from the best

The majority of our academic staff are qualified solicitors or barristers, with considerable experience of legal practice. Our staff are active researchers, publishing on a number of legal topics. We have expertise in a range of areas, including an international reputation in the fields of evidence and criminal justice studies.

Our staff are committed to ensuring that you learn in a way that equips you for a professional career. The practical expertise of our academic staff and the focus on excellence in teaching ensures the course is of a consistently high standard, designed to meet the practical needs of our students. You will also benefit from our close links with the legal profession.

The quality and expertise of our teaching and staff has been recognised through a wide variety of awards and nominations including:

  • Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award

  • Law Teacher of the Year Award

  • Northern Law Awards

  • Student Led Teaching Awards

You will also be taught by Newcastle Business School, winner of the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year Award for 2015. Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. It is also part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with a double international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first institution in Europe to reach such an achievement.


caption: Meet the team    

Teaching and Assessment

There is range of expertise across the Business School and the Law School. This means that you can match the course to your interests and career ambitions. The options you choose, however, will have a uniquely international flavour.

Everyone who studies at the Law School studies the 7 foundations of legal knowledge required to make this a QLD. These include Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Crime, Equity and Trusts, EU, Land and Tort.

Alongside this legal knowledge, you will study a selection of modules from Newcastle Business School. You can learn broad business and management principles, or focus on more specialist areas like marketing.

In year 2 you will need to study International Business Growth Strategies and Resourcing. In year 3 you will study Contemporary Issues in International Business as a core and then have 3 options; critical organizational analysis, sustainable strategies or international business: values, propositions and premises of innovation.

You will have the opportunity to work in the Student Law Office, experiencing legal practice, increasing your understanding of substantive law and developing sophisticated practitioner skills. The Student Law Office is a world leading law clinic, where students provide free legal services to clients who may have no alternative access to legal representation and justice. So far, the Student Law Office has secured over £1 million in compensation for their clients. In 2013 Northumbria University was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the outstanding work of the Student Law Office.

Alternatively you can chose to work in the innovative Business Clinic and gain career-enhancing experience providing consultancy services to real clients.

Learning Environment

Northumbria Law School and Newcastle Business School are based in City Campus East, located on a purpose built £70 million, multi-award-winning development in central Newcastle. Our modern building has excellent teaching and learning facilities, including lecture theatres, classrooms and IT hubs, which makes for an inviting workspace. There are a variety of collaborative working zones, where you can work with your fellow students on group projects.

Northumbria Law School also has a realistic courtroom in which you can develop your practical advocacy skills and stage mock trials, so you can experience a courtroom environment. Our Law Library contains leading practitioner texts so you can see how the law works in practice.

Newcastle Business School has a growing reputation for pioneering courses offering real-world experience. This includes its recently launched Business Clinic, which offers students the chance to provide a consultancy service to real business customers.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

As well as being active in legal practice, your tutors are also respected researchers, helping to enlighten some of the most complex issues in law.

Our signature research areas in Law include evidence and criminal justice, where our Centre for Evidence and Criminal justice is an internationally renowned centre that brings together major stakeholders in the criminal justice system, and Law and society – examining how the law can make a difference to the world.

Newcastle Business School is undertaking ground-breaking research in Digital Living, investigating areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and big data.

All this research comes into the classroom, giving you the very latest understanding of key legal issues. But you will also learn to analyse complex factual problems and evaluate legal or business information.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

We never forget that we are getting you ready to become a successful professional in a global business context.

There is a wide range of options for you to gain the real world experience that is so attractive to employers.

In between your second and third year, you will have the option of taking a paid placement or a year studying abroad. Placements are available both in the UK and abroad with many major firms such as Marriott Hotels, Morgan Stanley and Walt Disney World.

Throughout the course you will work with authentic case materials in realistic settings such as the mock courtroom. This will enable you to develop important analytical and speaking skills, which can enhance your career prospects when you enter employment.

Your Future

This course will make you ready for a career in a range of professions such as banking, finance and tax advice, legal publishing, central and local government, journalism and personnel work.

You will also have earned a Qualifying Law degree (QLD), which will allow you start the process of training and practising as a lawyer.

You will leave with a knowledge, understanding and wide-ranging contact network across both business and the Law. Your degree will give you access to all kinds of professional opportunities, and our Careers Service will help you to find the path that suits you best.

Outside the classroom

You will have the opportunity to study abroad as part of this course, giving you the chance to learn in a global context. Northumbria has a wide range of partners across the world, including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Aix-Marseille University in France, Linkoping University in Sweden, Deakin University and Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 in France and Tokyo Metropolitan in Japan.

Course info

UCAS Code M1N9 LLB/LWIB

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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