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    LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

    Studying an LLB at Middlesex University Mauritius you will gain the legal skills and abilities to complete the academic stage of training, and with your qualification, embark on the next stage of vocational training to become a fully qualified notary, solicitor/attorney or barrister. The LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations gives you an opportunity to locate law in the turbulent, rapidly changing world of international relations.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      An LLB (Honours) Law from Middlesex University Mauritius is recognised by the legal professional bodies including the Mauritius Bar Association, the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the UK Bar Standards Board (barristers) as a Qualifying Law Degree that satisfies the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training. It additionally develops your understanding of the ethical, social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts within which the law operates, as well as providing skills of legal analysis and an ability to evaluate legal systems and processes.

      The LLB Law with International Relations combines the compulsory ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, a requirement of the legal professional bodies to satisfy the first or academic stage of professional legal education, with optional modules that explore further specific areas of expertise within the law. The seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ are: Public Law, the Law of Contract, Tort, EU Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, and Land Law. These form the core modules of your LLB as a Qualifying Law Degree. Additionally gain the specialist knowledge and understanding of law and international relations and the complexities therein, developing skills and equipping you with expertise to move towards professional and related practice in this area.

      The course integrates extra-curricular activities within the programme. Legal practitioners and academics will support you in developing specialist skills such as mooting and mediation and you will have the opportunity to take part in formal mooting and mediation competitions nationally and internationally. Our LLB Law with International Relations graduates are experienced and skilled in the practicalities of everyday professional practice, indispensable for both the legal and non-legal graduate workplace.

    • Course Highlights

      • You will study a programme that is relevant to the legal profession and employers in general and lays the foundations for a successful career in international relations, national and international public bodies, as well as commerce or business generally
      • You will study the core law modules that meet the requirements of the Mauritius Bar Association, the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the UK Bar Standards Board (barristers) for the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training.
      • Your course is taught across three campuses, in London, Mauritius and Dubai, with the option of transferring for one (or more) year of study to one of our overseas campuses
      • You will integrate applied work-based and skills-based modules that allow you to prepare practically as well as academically for a successful career, both within and outside of the legal professions
      • Our outstanding academic reputation places our students at the heart of legal research and innovation. You will be guided by an academic team of nationally and internationally-recognised experts in their chosen fields of law, with links to professional legal bodies and organisations at the local, national and international levels

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    What will you study on the LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations?

    In Year 1, you will study the English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, and in Year 2 you will explore Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law, Theories of International Relations. Year 3 will focus on Land Law, Equity and Trusts, plus two optional modules (if part-time, these modules will be studied over 4 or 6 years).

    You will develop your knowledge and understanding, and cognitive and practical skills, through lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed study using a variety of resources, including the library and e-learning.

    More details on the Programme's modules can be found below.

    • Modules (Year 1)

      • English Legal System (30 Credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law. You will examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

      • Legal Method (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to broaden and expand your understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, you will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution, appreciate how to read a case, and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide you with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instil a basic understanding of a lawyer's duties toward their clients and the court.

      • Contract Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

      • Public Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Modules (Year 2)

      • Criminal Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. You will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

      • Tort (30 credits) - Compulsory

        The module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

      • EU Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU’s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

      • Theories of International Relations (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to introduce the main theories, concepts and themes of international relations. The rival paradigms of the discipline are initially explored and then applied to the understanding of key topics of relations between states and also non-state global actors.

    • Modules (Year 3)

      • Land Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

      • Equity and Trusts (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

      • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding on the principles of public international law. You will be extend your ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. This might include debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment, or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes.

      • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 credits) - Optional

        This module aims to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the processes, policies and practice related to contemporary humanitarian crises, be they the outcome of conflict, war, famine, extreme climatic events natural or man-made disasters. Case studies are a key feature of the approach in this module.

      • Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues (30 credits) - Optional

        This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in previous modules. You will apply theories and concepts explored in those modules to a range of contemporary global political issues. A more advanced, critical appreciation of international politics will be gained along with a more detailed understanding of key geopolitical issues of the day.

      • Project (30 Credits) - Optional

        This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by you, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.

    What will you gain?

    In a competitive but expanding field internationally, given the growth globally of administrative law, graduates who combine sophisticated understanding of international relations with solid grounding in legal analysis and knowledge have a significant advantage.

    You will develop your knowledge and understanding of primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how the laws are made and developed, of the institutions within which the law is administered and the personnel who practise law. You will explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, as well as the complexities of law and international relations.

    Your cognitive and practical skills will also be expanded and you'll gain the ability to identify accurately and analyse legal issues by applying knowledge of legal principles and concepts to complex practical situations and make reasoned judgements based on informed understanding of arguments. You will be able to research and interpret the primary and secondary source material of law and apply the findings to the solution of legal problems, and then evaluate and judge the value of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to law and a range of legal topics as well as international relations.

     

    Note on Optional Modules

    Optional modules are available at levels 5 and 6. You will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year, but if insufficient numbers of students profess an interest in an optional module, or if there are staffing changes which affect the teaching allocation, your first choice might not be offered. If this is the case, we will advise you after the module selection period over the winter break or at the earliest time that the programme team is able to help you choose an alternative.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of Lectures, Seminars and Workshops. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific subjects. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller seminar groups usually made up of 30 students. Seminars will provide you with an opportunity to apply and discuss the material covered in the lectures. Workshops focus on reinforcing the development of skills, developing arguments on key points and exam preparation. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your module and seminar coordinators. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including: module handbooks containing lecture outlines and seminar activities. You will also have access to power point slides and/or other materials relevant to the module on the University online learning site throughout your course.

      During your first year (level 4), your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      A combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. In addition you will be supported in a variety of ways, including, availability of tutors during their weekly office hours and in some of the modules by Students Learning Assistants:

      • 6 hours of lectures
      • 4 hours of seminars
      • 4 hours of workshops

      In addition you may seek support from:

      • Weekly tutor office hours which enable one-to-one meetings
      • Support from Student Learning Assistants for some core LLB modules

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above, and with each credit being completed equating to 10 hours of study time (You will complete 120 credits per level of study, which are broken down into modules of typically 30 credits). While your actual hours may depend on the optional module that you choose (if available), the following information will give you an indication of how much time is allocated to teaching and independent study on your course;

      Level 4 - 26% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
      • Independent Learning: 888 hours

      Level 5 - 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
      • Independent Learning: 960 hours

      Level 6 - 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 230 hours
      • Independent Learning: 970 hours
    • Assessment

      The course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      There is formal ‘summative’ assessment as part of the module, usually towards the end of the module. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your module mark. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment will depend on the modules that you complete throughout your course. The approximate percentage of the course which is assessed by coursework is outlined below:

      Level 4

      50% coursework

      37.5% written exams

      12.5% practical exams

      Level 5

      12.5% coursework

      75% written exams

      12.5% practical exams

      Level 6

      37.5% coursework

      62.5% written exams

      0% practical exams

      Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from the module coordinator. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes both academics, and professional practitioners. Student Learning Assistants may also have input into your teaching under the supervision of the module coordinator.

    How can the LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations support your career?

    The LLB Law with International Relations is especially suitable for students interested in pursuing a career within one of the many kinds of multilateral organisation to be found in increasingly globalised societies (e.g. political, diplomatic, regulatory, campaigning, service-providing, health, trade and other agencies, NGOs and charities)

    As a Qualifying Law Degree, the LLB (Hons) Law satisfies the requirements set by the Mauritius Bar Association, the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority and the UK Bar Standards Board for the academic stage of training. Upon successful completion of the LLB, you may pursue the second (or ‘vocational’) stage of professional training for notaries, solicitors/attorneys and barristers.

    There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management, administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a Solicitor/Attorney, Barrister, Legal Executive or Paralegal. Alternatively, you could also choose to continue into further study on courses such as the Mauritian Vocational Examinations for Barristers, Notaries and Attorneys, the UK Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or master's programmes in law as well as related subjects.

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    At Middlesex University, each student has the opportunity to not only gain a quality education, but also to have the chance to experience the world through its people.

    Alaba Angole, LLB Law with International Relations - Class of 2019

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