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Law (Distance Learning) LLB (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2021
  • Duration: Three, four or five years
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Let us come to you. Join our internationally recognised degree, and study from anywhere in the world.  

Our distance learning course provides you with the opportunity to personalise your learning. You have the flexibility to study purely online, with the option to attend campus for face-to-face teaching weekends, or join these sessions remotely through our digitally extended classroom.

Whichever study method suits you, you will receive the same level of tutor support whether studying remotely or in person, and will be taught by practitioners and teaching staff with research-informed expertise.

You can also choose the pace of study, with three, four and five year routes available - ideal if you cannot commit to a full-time university education.

Why choose this course?

  • An internationally recognised degree, offering you flexibility to personalise your studies in the way that best suits your needs.
  • Study wholly online, with the option to attend face-to-face teaching weekends, or join these sessions online through our digitally extended classroom.
  • Regardless of your preferred study method, all students will receive the same high level of tutor support, and you can access NTU’s on-campus support facilities if required.
  • You will be joining a practice and skills focussed course, taught by practitioners.
  • You may be able to gain practical experience via virtual internships, within our own teaching law firm, the Legal Advice Centre.
  • On completion of the course, you could continue your studies on one of our professional law courses, providing you with the next step in your legal career.

What you’ll study

All of our degrees are compliant with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board for the purposes of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. Upon completion of this course, you can take the next step in becoming a solicitor or barrister through our suite of professional law courses.

Successful completion of the degree requires you to pass twelve subjects. The quickest way to do this is to study four subjects each across three years.

Alternatively, the flexibility of the course also enables you to study over four or five years.

If you are not sure about which route to take, please ask us for advice.

Year One

Law of Contract and Problem Solving

Develop your understanding of the law of contract.  You will study the underlying theories and classifications of contracts and learn how to apply your knowledge.

Legal and Professional Environment

An introduction to the English legal system including legal materials, techniques, context and develop future employability skills.

Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

The law of torts concerns civil wrongs and legal liability.  You will develop legal reasoning skills including the ability to analyse and interpret case law.

Public Law and Research Skills

Examine constitutional law including the relationship between the individual and the state. You will be introduced to legal research skills.

Year Two

International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of European Union law.  You will develop team working and online group presentation skills.

Land Law and Professional Advice

Explores legal and equitable rights and interests in land and develops the ability to provide professional advice.

Criminal Law with Mooting Skills

Study criminal law, enhance your analytical skills and prepare legal arguments using appropriate legal sources.

Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail.

Year Three

Independent Legal Research Project

You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in you chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

Or

Law in Practice

This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree. You will undertake at least 35 hours’ work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

Choose three of the following optional modules:

Optional Modules

Company Law

Acquire high-level knowledge of company law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics, including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights, and the dissolution of companies.

Employment Law

Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve employment law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

Evidence

Study the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, and learn how to apply the law of evidence to factual situations.

Family Law

An introduction to the principal themes of English Family Law including marriage, divorce law, civil partnership, cohabitation, protection against domestic violence, and parental responsibility.

Intellectual Property Law

An introduction to intellectual property law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

Medical Law

Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care, and apply the law to solve medico-legal problems.

Year One

Law of Contract and Problem Solving

Develop your understanding of the law of contract.  You will study the underlying theories and classifications of contracts and learn how to apply your knowledge.

Legal and Professional Environment

An introduction to the English legal system including legal materials, techniques, context and develop future employability skills.

Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

The law of torts concerns civil wrongs and legal liability.  You will develop legal reasoning skills including the ability to analyse and interpret case law.

Year Two

Public Law and Research Skills

Examine constitutional law including the relationship between the individual and the state. You will be introduced to legal research skills.

Criminal Law with Mooting Skills

Study criminal law, enhance your analytical skills and prepare legal arguments using appropriate legal sources.

International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of European Union law.  You will develop team working and online group presentation skills.

Year Three

Land Law and Professional Advice

Explores legal and equitable rights and interests in land and develops the ability to provide professional advice.

Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail.

Choose one optional module from the list below.

Year Four

Independent Legal Research Project

You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in you chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

Or

Law in Practice

This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree. You will undertake at least 35 hours’ work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

Choose two optional modules from the list below.

Optional Modules

Company Law

Acquire high-level knowledge of company law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics, including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights, and the dissolution of companies.

Employment Law

Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve employment law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

Evidence

Study the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, and learn how to apply the law of evidence to factual situations.

Family Law

An introduction to the principal themes of English Family Law including marriage, divorce law, civil partnership, cohabitation, protection against domestic violence, and parental responsibility.

Intellectual Property Law

An introduction to intellectual property law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

Medical Law

Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care, and apply the law to solve medico-legal problems.

Year One

Law of Contract and Problem Solving

Develop your understanding of the law of contract.  You will study the underlying theories and classifications of contracts and learn how to apply your knowledge.

Legal and Professional Environment

An introduction to the English legal system including legal materials, techniques, context and develop future employability skills.

Year Two

Public Law and Research Skills

Examine constitutional law including the relationship between the individual and the state. You will be introduced to legal research skills.

Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

The law of torts concerns civil wrongs and legal liability.  You will develop legal reasoning skills including the ability to analyse and interpret case law.

Year Three

International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of European Union law.  You will develop team working and online group presentation skills.

Criminal Law with Mooting Skills

Study criminal law, enhance your analytical skills and prepare legal arguments using appropriate legal sources.

Year Four

Land Law and Professional Advice

Explores legal and equitable rights and interests in land and develops the ability to provide professional advice.

Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail.

Choose one optional module from the list below.

Year Five

Independent Legal Research Project

You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in you chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

Or

Law in Practice

This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree. You will undertake at least 35 hours’ work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

Choose two optional modules from the list below.

Optional Modules

Company Law

Acquire high-level knowledge of company law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics, including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights, and the dissolution of companies.

Employment Law

Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve employment law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

Evidence

Study the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, and learn how to apply the law of evidence to factual situations.

Family Law

An introduction to the principal themes of English Family Law including marriage, divorce law, civil partnership, cohabitation, protection against domestic violence, and parental responsibility.

Intellectual Property Law

An introduction to intellectual property law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

Medical Law

Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care, and apply the law to solve medico-legal problems.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Andre Maingot

NTU helped me achieve something I never thought possible and now I am working in a career, which I never imagined I would have.

Kung Yu Teoh

I am impressed with the mock courtrooms, which look very authentic. They have provided a realistic practice experience during my studies. We have used the courtrooms for our advocacy classes and mooting competitions.

How you’re taught

Our academic team of practitioners and research informed teaching staff have many years of experience in teaching law to distance-learners, and tutors are available to discuss any problems or questions you may have by email, telephone or video call.

Where will I study?

During the four optional study weekends, teaching will take place both in Nottingham, and also online, enabling you to be taught either face-to-face in Nottingham, or by joining remotely - no matter where you are in the world. Teaching consists of some direct lectures but is principally small-group discussions, where problem-solving is a major focus.

The rest of the course is studied via distance learning using a diverse and extensive range of support.  Your tutors, module and course leaders are available throughout the year to help and support you.

During your final years there are an extensive range of optional law modules to select from in order to personalise your learning. 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.

Learn from the experts

Many of our teaching staff are professionally qualified, experienced solicitors or barristers and are experts within their research fields, ensuring that you will be taught with a real-life context and a focus upon practical relevance and impact.

Contact hours

Contact hours representative of the four year pathway

A student on the four year pathway on average can expect to spend 900 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 Lectures / Seminars / Workshops 12%;  Independent Study 88%
Year 2 Lectures / Seminars / Workshops 12%;  Independent Study 88%
Year 3 Lectures / Seminars / Workshops 12%;  Independent Study 88%
Year 4 Lectures / Seminars / Workshops 9%; Independent Study 91%

Staff Profiles

Ryan Murray

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Ryan Murray is a principal lecturer at Nottingham Law School. Ryan has experience of teaching Contract Law, Company Law, Business Law and the Law of Evidence.

Samantha Pegg

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Samantha Pegg

How you’re assessed

Assessment methods representative of the four year pathway

Year 1 Coursework 50% and Written 50%
Year 2 Coursework 50% and Written 50%
Year 3 Coursework 50% and Written 50%
Year 4 Coursework 60%, Written 33% and Practical 7%

Careers and employability

Your career development

If you complete your LLB with us and you are interested in a career as a solicitor or barrister, then there is an opportunity for you to continue your studies and progress on to our suite of professional courses.

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers, in areas including finance, commerce and the public sector.

Work experience is a valuable addition to both your education and CV in today's competitive job market. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd and enhance your employability.

Gain experience in our teaching law firm

Our own teaching law firm, the multi-award winning NLS Legal Advice Centre, could give you the opportunity to gain practical experience alongside your studies – whether that be in person, or through virtual internships, which may be available.

Student advisers in our Legal Advice Centre have helped recover more than £4.5 million in compensation and benefits for their clients over the last five years.

We encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience. You will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice, if you successfully undertake at least ten weeks' relevant experience. This certificate will demonstrate that you have:

  • developed practical skills
  • work-based competencies.

You will be responsible for organising your own placement, but the University will be there to support you. We will provide you with an introduction to the Certificate in Professional Practice and advice on securing placements if you are interested.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Starting in September 2021, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a new common assessment that those wishing to qualify as a solicitor must pass. We’ve been preparing for the implementation of the new SQE system since the SRA decided to make the changes. As the SRA finalise different parts of the system, we are incorporating them into our courses. Find out more about the SQE and what it means for you.

Campus and facilities

Nottingham Law School is based in the Chaucer building on the City Campus. It is a vibrant place to study with fantastic facilities and accommodation just a few minutes' walk from everything Nottingham has to offer. The school has also invested in a mock courtroom, family courtroom and four mooting rooms.

The NLS Legal Advice Centre is our onsite teaching law firm which has been granted Alternative Business Structure status by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, enabling students to practise pro bono under the supervision of a qualified solicitor.

Although you would be embarking on a distance learning course, you would still be allowed to access all of these great facilities.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

Applicants are assessed on an individual basis, taking into account any relevant life or work experience, references and your personal statement.

One or more of the following qualifications will be helpful when reviewing your application:

  • five GCE / GCSE passes and two at A-level standard
  • four GCE / GCSE passes and three at A-level standard
  • BTEC National / Higher Certificate or Diploma
  • an appropriate Access course qualification
  • an appropriate Professional qualification
  • a degree in another discipline.

It is a programme requirement that students have access to the internet and are IT literate

Your personal statement

You must demonstrate in your personal statement:

  • Qualifications and training
  • Initiative
  • Ability to work independently
  • Time management skills
  • Commitment to study
  • Positions of responsibility
  • IT competency
  • Relevant life/work experiences

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, we may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

Applicants are assessed on an individual basis, taking into account any relevant life or work experience, references and your personal statement.

One or more of the following qualifications will be helpful when reviewing your application:

  • five GCE / GCSE passes and two at A-level standard
  • four GCE / GCSE passes and three at A-level standard
  • BTEC National / Higher Certificate or Diploma
  • an appropriate Access course qualification
  • an appropriate Professional qualification
  • a degree in another discipline.

It is a programme requirement that students have access to the internet and are IT literate

Your personal statement

You must demonstrate in your personal statement:

  • Qualifications and training
  • Initiative
  • Ability to work independently
  • Time management skills
  • Commitment to study
  • Positions of responsibility
  • IT competency
  • Relevant life/work experiences

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

Always check the qualifying requirements in the country you wish to practice to ensure a course is relevant to your career aspirations and accepted by the relevant professional bodies.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

You must make arrangements for submission of your reference. An academic or professional reference (e.g. from your employer) will be acceptable. If you have difficulty with either of these, please contact the Law School Admissions team for advice. One reference is sufficient in the first instance. Please give the name of your second referee and we will contact them if we need to.

Your application will be considered by the course leader and a letter will be sent to you as soon as possible. If you require a receipt of your application form, please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation course page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Ready to join us? Applications for this course need to go directly to the University rather than through UCAS.

Fees and funding

Course Fees 2021

Study route Fee per year
3 years £6800
4 years £5100
5 years £3400 year 1-3
£5100 year 4-5

Please note, fees may be subject to annual increase.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it.

When applying for funding, please note that the LLB Law (distance learning) 3-year track is classed as full-time study by the student finance bodies and the LLB Law (distance learning) 4 and 5-year tracks are classed as part-time. Visit the student finance website for further details.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Course Fees 2021

Study route Fee per year
3 years £6800
4 years £5100
5 years £3400 year 1-3
£5100 year 4-5

Please note, fees may be subject to annual increase.

When applying for funding, please note that the LLB Law (distance learning) 3-year track is classed as full-time study by the student finance bodies and the LLB Law (distance learning) 4 and 5 year tracks are classed as part-time.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Applications for this course need to go directly to the University rather than through UCAS. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Writing your application and personal statement

We've created application guidance pages to help you with the applying process. If you find yourself struggling at all, try these pages and hopefully you'll find the answers you're looking for.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! For hints and tips on what to write, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

You must make arrangements for submission of your reference. An academic or professional reference (e.g. from your employer) will be acceptable. If you have difficulty with either of these, please contact the Law School Admissions team for advice. One reference is sufficient in the first instance. Please give the name of your second referee and we will contact them if we need to.

Your application will be considered by the course leader and a letter will be sent to you as soon as possible. If you require a receipt of your application form, please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Ready to join us? Applications for this course need to go directly to the University rather than through UCAS. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Writing your application and personal statement

We've created application guidance pages to help you with the applying process. If you find yourself struggling at all, try these pages and hopefully you'll find the answers you're looking for.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! For hints and tips on what to write, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

You must make arrangements for submission of your reference. An academic or professional reference (e.g. from your employer) will be acceptable. If you have difficulty with either of these, please contact the Law School Admissions team for advice. One reference is sufficient in the first instance. Please give the name of your second referee and we will contact them if we need to.

Your application will be considered by the course leader and a letter will be sent to you as soon as possible. If you require a receipt of your application form, please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.