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Study international law abroad

An in-depth guide to studying international law as an international student.

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International law degrees abroad

International law is the study of the legal structures and systems that exist between countries around the world. As the world becomes more globalized and connected, there’s never been a better time to begin your international law studies.

As well as developing a solid grounding in the fundamentals of international law and relations, you’ll explore key international topics and debates like trade agreements, human rights laws, armed conflict laws, cybersecurity laws, and the laws of the sea. You’ll also delve into the history of international law and examine recent developments in the field.

To embark on a successful career in international law, you need to understand how legal systems vary from country to country; that’s why studying abroad is a vital educational experience. Not only could you gain incredible professional growth, but you’ll also travel the world, make new friends, and enhance your employability.

International law program structure

Bachelor of Law (LLB) degrees in international law last for a minimum of three years, but lots of universities offer four-year programs. These extended programs usually include an industry placement year where students can gather valuable work experience.

After graduating from a bachelor’s program, you might decide to focus on a certain area of international law and pursue a Master of Laws (LLM). These postgraduate programs normally require one-year of full-time study, but they can take up to two years to finish.

Those looking to take their education even further might consider enrolling in a PhD program. You’ll be tasked with conducting original research in your specialist area over four or five years.

To gain a sound theoretical and practical understanding of international law, you’ll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials as well as practical workshops and mock trials. Assessment methods typically include exams, written assignments, portfolios, and presentations.

The content of your international law program will largely depend on where you choose to study. However, most courses will cover these fundamentals:

  • Legal skills and methods
  • Legal writing and research
  • Legal theory
  • International public law
  • International criminal law
  • International human rights law
  • International disputes and resolution
  • Contemporary issues in international law

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International law undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in international law

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    International Law and Globalisation - LLB University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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International law graduate programs

Master's in international law

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    Comparative & European Private International Law LLM - LLM University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    January
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    International Law (Conflict, Security and Human Rights) - LLM University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Law - LLM University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    International Law (and the Environment) - LLM Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Public International Law - LLM Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future international law careers

As an international law graduate, you’ll be perfectly placed to pursue a successful career in the legal profession. Your knowledge and skills will be highly valued by governments, international organizations, charities, businesses, and private law firms.

Here are some of the careers secured by graduates:

  • International lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • Barrister
  • Corporate lawyer
  • Ambassador
  • Policy advisor
  • Legal advisor
  • Court clerk

The legal profession is a notoriously competitive one, so adding relevant experience to your resume is vital if you want to stand out. Your university’s career service will be happy to help you search and apply for legal internships and placements.