You will study modules which are of vital interest in the modern world. The course will enable you to progress on to further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister. You will also have exciting opportunities to develop the valued skills that professional employers are looking for.
Why choose this course?
- This course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
- You will have the opportunity to study abroad and take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
- You can gain a Certificate in Professional Practice by undertaking mini-placements during vacations.
- You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or clinical legal education.
- Students benefit from our renowned expertise in mooting. You will take a mooting module and can get involved in international and national mooting competitions for which we have a winning track record.
- You can join our thriving Law Society, Lex, and get involved with a range of sporting, social and networking activities.
- You will study in outstanding facilities, including a suite of authentic mock courtrooms and mooting rooms.
- Upon graduation you can apply for entry to our Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course which is the next stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.
- 92% of our law school graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011-12).
- 91% of Nottingham Law School students are satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2013) This is higher than the national average for an undergraduate law course.
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UCAS code: M100
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Starting: September 2013
Course length: Three years full-time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
How many places are available on this course?
There are approximately 300 places available on this course.
On average you will spend around 10 hours per week in:
In addition to this you will be expected to spend at least 18 hours a week on independent study to expand and consolidate your knowledge and to prepare for taught sessions.
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:
- problem-solving abilities.
A strong focus on career planning, commercial awareness and entrepreneurship is integrated into the course. In the final year there is a Path to Professional Practice module which provides a transition to the next stage of professional legal training if you wish to pursue a legal career.
In the first two years you will study compulsory foundation modules required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a Qualifying Law Degree.
In your final year there is an extensive range of optional Law modules. You will be encouraged to focus upon your future career at this time and will be able to select combinations that best reflect your interests and aspirations.
- Law of Contract and Problem Solving
- European Union Law
- Law of Torts with Problem Solving
- Legal Method
- Public Law and Human Rights
- Professional Environment
Year Two (pathway one)
- Land Law and Professional Advice
- Law of Trusts and Applied Legal Analysis
- Criminal Law with Mooting
- Commercial Law and Negotiation
You can choose from the following optional modules:
- Public International Law
- Employment Law
- Family Law
- Human Rights
- a language module.
Year Two (pathway two)*
You will study the following half-year modules:
- Land Law
- Criminal Law
- Law of Trusts
You will also do half a year on one of the following:
- an overseas placement
- work placement
- business modules
- clinical legal education.
*This pathway will have a competitive selection process.
You will undertake the Path to Professional Practice or an Independent Law Research Project module.
You will also choose five modules from the following options:
- Commercial Law
- Company Law
- Comparative Law
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Critical Legal Thinking
- Employment Law
- Family Law
- Human Rights
- Independent Research Project
- Immigration and Asylum Law
- Insurance Law and Practice
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Competition Law
- International Criminal Justice
- International Human Rights
- International Trade Law
- Laws of Armed Conflict
- Medical Law
- Private International Law
- Pro Bono
- Public International Law
- Sexuality and The Law
- Sports Law
- Telders and Jessup International Mooting
- United States Law.
Please note that options are subject to change.
All our LLB courses operate within a common framework. This not only ensures consistently high standards but also means that should your circumstances change then we are normally able to facilitate a change in your programme and study mode. You should discuss any request to change course with your personal tutor.
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 Years Two and Three 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.
Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a diverse range of methods that reflect the skills required. You will take part in oral presentations, mooting exercises, cases analysis, research projects, group projects, problem solving assignments and both seen and unseen examinations.
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.
What's included in the fee?
Aside from tuition your fees include:
- access to central support services, Law School pastoral adviser, law ‘buddy’ scheme, and law careers consultants
- a welcome pack and year planner
- pre-paid printing allowance of £20
- entry to national, intervarsity mooting competitions and all associated expenses
- annual awards ceremony and two tickets to the Graduation Ceremony.
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.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Nottingham Law School is based in the Chaucer building on the City site. It is a vibrant place to study with fantastic facilities and accommodation just a few minutes' walk from everything Nottingham has to offer. Not only will you study in outstanding lecture theatres and seminar rooms, but the Law School has also invested in:
- a mock courtroom
- family courtroom
- four mooting rooms to enhance your mooting and advocacy experience in an authentic environment.
You'll also have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:
- Café Chaucer IT area which is open 24 hours a day
- the £13 million Boots Library with learning resources specific to your course
- the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings. We've recently invested a massive £90 million in these landmarks which provide you with an inspiring place to learn, relax with friends and share ideas.
Our Virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time.
The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:
- sports facilities
- student accommodation
- music venues
Your career development
A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 93% of our graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey undergraduate results 2012/12)
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:
- In-house Counsel
- Trade Mark Attorney
- Trade Union Consultant
- Freedom of Information Adviser
- Human Resources Officer
- Investment Banker
- Victim Support Caseworker
- Review and Features Editor
- Quantity Surveyor
- Business Development Manager
- Sports Marketing Analyst.
Of those available for work (HESA 2009 / 10).
In today's competitive job market work experience is a valuable addition to your education. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd and enhance your employability.
On this degree selected students undertaking pathway two in Year Two will have the opportunity to gain practical experience on a half-year legal work placement or get involved with clinical legal education.
In addition all students are encouraged 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 Accerler8 Employability Award which has been designed to provide formal recognition for everything you achieve outside of your studies.
You will need:
- 280 UCAS Tariff points minimum achieved from three A-levels or equivalent*
- GCSE at grade C or above in Maths and English.
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.
*Please note that the UCAS points requirement for this course has changed from the information in our printed prospectus (August 2012).
How to apply
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.
Also 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.
Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement. Use it when you start writing your UCAS application.
Please note the following information for applicants
Andekuche comes from Malawi, and came to NTU because he wanted not only to have a good educational experience but also experience of living in the UK…
"I wanted to have both experiences and it hasn't let me down. I have learnt many things beyond the lecture rooms, like the value of hard work.
"Everyone I asked recommended NTU because it has one of the best law schools in the country. At the beginning that’s all I cared about. When I came here, I knew I would stay because of the facilities and resources which make learning much easier, and the members of staff who are always there to help. Also, importantly, the lecturers teaching us are the people who actually wrote the books we are learning from.
"I will miss the great people I have made friends with here…and there are many of them."
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