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Law Senior Status

A two-year Qualifying Law Degree for graduates.

Key Information

UCAS code


Entry requirements

You will need:

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements. Also see the full list of alternative qualifications for EU and international students.

International students that do not meet the University's direct entry requirements may be suitable for admission to Nottingham Trent International College. Further information may be obtained from the NTIC website.

How to apply
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.

Ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time.

Good luck with your application.

The admissions process
We do not hold interviews for this course. Every application is considered and an offer will be sent out to successful applicants. We hold open events in spring for offer holders and we recommend that you attend one of these to find out more about the course, studying with Nottingham Law School and what it would be like to live in Nottingham. You can accept or decline our offer at any time but most applicants make their decision after attending the spring open days.

Personal statement
Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement. Use it when you start writing your UCAS application.



Course length

Two years

Study location

City site

Fees and funding

Visit our applying and fees page


Start date




This course has been designed for graduates (usually in a subject other than Law) who want to gain a Qualifying Law Degree. The degree is completed in just two years and is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, enabling you to progress on to further training to become a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales.

This degree has been designed with international students in mind, as you will be able to gain a Qualifying LLB Law Degree in less time than if you studied at home. It can also help you to obtain a professional qualification in English Law, which has formed the basis of legal systems around the world.

If you want to become a lawyer in another country please consult the appropriate country's legal body to confirm requirements. In a few countries, such as Canada, successful completion of the LLB (Hons) Law Senior Status can provide some exemptions from qualifying exams.

The LLB (Hons) Law Senior Status is also appealing to UK non-Law graduates who wish to study for a law degree in greater depth than offered by the Graduate Diploma in Law conversion course.

Why choose this course?

You can experience NTU for yourself at one of our open days. Or if you can't make it in person, get the open day experience by taking a virtual tour and viewing our 'NLS open day' and 'Law taster session' videos.




Where will I study?

Lectures and seminars will take place in the Chaucer and Newton buildings on the City site. The Chaucer building is home to the Law School.

See the academic calendar for the term dates.

What will I study?

Our skills-focused modules have been specially designed to develop your:

During the course you will complete each of the Foundation modules as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board and select subjects from a range of optional law modules. Students are also required to undertake an independent legal research project, enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.

There is significant emphasis upon career planning and ensuring that our graduates are attractive to a range of potential future employers. Modules are focused upon the application of law to real-life situations and reflect current legal issues.

How will I learn?

Skills are integral to the course and you will build and refine these as your degree progresses. Initially you will focus on the key skills of problem solving, case analysis, report writing and teamwork. You will also be introduced to oral presentation through the mooting module.

In Year Two these core skills will be developed to a more advanced level. You will be expected to address more complex, multi-issue assignments and apply legal analysis. Assignments will require increasing levels of independent research and critical evaluation and your writing will become more specialised, focussing on specific client advice with reasoned and logical arguments.

Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and there will be regular seminars linked to each lecture, which provides the opportunity to enhance your understanding through critical evaluation of your own reading and debate.

Your learning is complemented with a range of e-learning activities and as the course progresses there will be a greater focus on project work.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a diverse range of methods that reflect the skills required including:

Learn from the experts

The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified solicitors or barristers. Their many years of experience in legal practice ensure that the law is taught with a real-life context and with a focus upon its practical relevance and impact.

Our enthusiastic staff have won a number of awards. Rebecca Huxley-Binns, Reader in Legal Education and Co-Director of our Centre for Legal Education, has added to her Law Teacher of the Year accolade with a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious award in Higher Education Teaching. Senior Lecturer and Pro Bono Director Nick Johnson also won an Outstanding Teaching Award voted for by students in recognition of his teaching and support for volunteer projects in the Law School.

What our students say

"The Academic staff at the Law School are fantastic. Whenever they can and in whatever ways they can, they will help you both in your undergraduate studies and further career ambitions."

Sarah Cawley-Wilkinson, LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich) and Bar course graduate.

Welcoming students from across the world

Nottingham Trent University has a diverse student community, with a significant number of international students choosing to study here from across the world. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities to help you through all stages of being a student. Find out more about our International Student Support Services.


A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. In 2009/10, 94% of Nottingham Trent University graduates* from full-time undergraduate courses were employed or undertaking further study six months after leaving.

If you complete your LLB with us and gain a 2.1 or above we will guarantee you a place on our excellent Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors. If you are interested in a career as a barrister there is the also the opportunity to progress on to our highly-regarded Bar Professional Training Course.

A Law degree doesn't just have to lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister however. On our LLB course you will gain a host of transferable skills and an appreciation of the law that many employers will value. In the last few years our graduates have gone on to positions including:

Of those available for work (HESA 2009 / 10).


Excellent placement opportunities

We encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience during the vacations. If you undertake at least ten weeks' relevant work experience this will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice. This qualification demonstrates you have developed practical skills and work-based competencies. You will be responsible for organising your own placements with the support of the University. You will receive an introduction to the Certificate and advice on securing placements in the first year.

You can also work towards the University's Acceler8 Employability Award which has been designed to provide formal recognition for everything you achieve outside of your studies.