We live in an increasingly connected global community where the opportunity to work abroad and within a multicultural setting is bigger than ever.
Studying international law allows students to develop insights into the global legal system and its influence on both national and international policies.
From international business transactions to matters relating to war and peace, an International Law LLB degree equips students with an understanding and appreciation of the legal issues that arise in the globalized world in which we live. This degree aims to provide a good foundation for a career within the fields of international law, international business or within international organisations such as the UN.
Coventry University, the top modern university in the UK and no. 1 for student experience according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, helps Law students thrive by incorporating field trips in the UK and overseas; these trips are related either to a module or to broaden the knowledge of students on international matters. Recent field trips included Geneva for a model UN, Chongqing in China and Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Moreover, the Law School at Coventry University promotes Online International Learning (OIL), these are projects that bring together students from Coventry Law School with peers at non-UK universities. For example, a recent OIL project involved Law Clinic students working with students at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The students were given a real client’s case and then discussed the issues ‘face-to-face’ using the Faculty of Business and Law’s learning ‘robots’, which allow for real-time video conferencing. Working together, they then interviewed the client and helped to resolve their issue.
Coventry Law School is very proud to have its very own mock courtroom located centrally on campus, where our students can practice their legal skills in a realistic environment.
Law students have some of their teaching sessions in this Moot Room, and can get involved with our annual Mooting competition complete with gowns and wigs.
A moot provides the setting of a court, where students act in the role of barristers, based on a legal scenario that they are given in advance. The mooters act in pairs, two for the appellants, and two for the respondents. The moot takes place in the 'Court of Appeal', with between one and three judges presiding and asking questions. In order to effectively answer a judge's question, students need to be able to think on their feet and to know and understand their arguments and authorities inside out.
Court etiquette and dressing appropriately is as important in a moot as it would be in a real life court. Mooters wear full-length gowns and there is a public gallery, to make the moot as realistic as possible.
Together with the University of Reading, Coventry Law School established the annual Lanchester Rose Cup in 2017. The mooting competition allows our law students to develop their advocacy skills in a mock appeal. Since its establishment, The Lanchester Rose Cup has expanded to include Cardiff University and the University of East Anglia. Previous competitions have been sponsored by 43 Temple Row Chambers whereby competition winners are offered a mini-pupillage. Barristers Tom Green and Michael Trevelyan, as well as District Judge Shamim Qureshi, have previously sat on the judging panel.
Coventry Law School student winners and judging panel 2017
Coventry Law School students also enter other national mooting competitions organised by 'OUP and BPP'. We also invite barristers to provide interactive workshops on advocacy to further support students.
Mooting, in many respects, is voluntary so counts as an extra-curricular activity, something highly valued by prospective employers. It shows a commitment to your studies and an ability to use your legal knowledge and refine your research and advocacy skills in a practical situation.
Coventry University also runs a unique Global Leaders Program (GLP). This exciting, members-only program develops industry leaders of the future by expanding global skills through specialist workshops and seminars. Students can meet global leaders and experience networking events from likes of Google, Microsoft and Facebook. This program is optional for students and can add value to all those interested in international Law degrees.
In an era of tighter legal budgets and government cuts, specialist knowledge and flexibility are increasingly demanded of lawyers. An awareness of international law is a strong advantage in today’s globalized world.
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