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Law with Psychology LLB (Hons)

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  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Typical Offer: 104 - 112 UCAS tariff points
  • UCAS Code(s): M1C8
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Three years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
Information for 2024

Introduction:

It’s all about the law, that’s what it really comes down to. Be more than a voice in the courtroom, be the one who can understand the many questions asked. The Law with Psychology course will open up a chance to learn the law while exploring legal, social and developmental psychology.

At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), learning means doing. We want you to be surrounded by a real environment from utilising our courtrooms to taking advantage of opportunities like supporting on real cases at NLS Legal – our on-campus, award-winning teaching law firm. Studying law at NTU, means that you will be in Nottingham City Centre with many opportunities to work with the strong partnerships we have formed as one of the largest Law Schools in the UK.

Our graduates could become the change makers of today by being a voice for the thousands of families we support who may not be able to access legal assistance, helping small businesses make big changes and being a leader on transforming policies.

Why Law with Psychology – and why NTU?

  • In an ever-changing world you can be a part of that change. Support or make those changes you feel are unfair and arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to fight injustice.
  • Get ready for the courtroom through hands-on assignments — from CV-enhancing placements and mooting competitions, to real-world collaborations with partner law firms.
  • ⁠It's not only in the UK. Law is a global concept which crosses many borders so look from an international perspective by taking the opportunity to study abroad through our International Summer School Scheme.
  • It’s not all about studying at university! Join in on the activities at a law society. LEX Student Law Society is the place to network, to participate and to socialise. Do you want to explore something that’s a bit more out there? We’re the first university in Europe to have a Space Law Society!
  • But why NTU exactly? 94% of law students were positive about how the library resources supported their learning (NSS 2023).
  • Experience practical teaching like no other; NLS is the only UK Law School with its own on-campus law firm - NLS Legal.
  • Benefit from our reputation; celebrating our 60th anniversary, we're one of the UK's largest and most established law schools.
  • Gain a competitive edge; 100% of LLB (Hons) Law with psychology (full-time) students are in employment and/or further study within 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2020/21).
  • Become more than qualified; work/work-like experience and practical skills are integrated directly into your course.

What you’ll study

This course has been designed for anyone who wants to combine their study of Law with an exploration of Psychology.  Psychology at Nottingham Trent University is highly-regarded for its British Psychological Society-accredited teaching.

This degree is compliant with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for the purposes of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.

This will be complemented by specialist Psychology modules covering a range of topics.

Year One

Law in Action

The Law in Action module compliments and builds upon the Law School’s induction programme, to encourage students’ engagement, attendance and appreciation of the place of law in a wider context right from the start of their degree.

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 to solve legal problems. You will also be introduced to the skill of mooting.

Legal and Professional Environment

Gain a foundational knowledge and understanding of the legal system in England and Wales.  Develop transferable intellectual, employability and professional skills.

Public Law and Research Skills

Examine and research constitutional law concepts to develop an understanding of the relationship between the individual and the state.  Exploring the protection of liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK.

Introduction to Psychology

This module provides a historical context to the study of psychology and introduces key psychological perspectives.  You will explore the relationship between psychological theory and everyday behaviour and experience.

Research Methods in Psychology

An introduction to a variety of research methods used in Psychology.  You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience by designing and conducting your own experiments, as well as writing up reports on the empirical research.

Year Two

Applied Legal Knowledge - Civil Practice

Enhance your fundamental understanding of the law by revisiting areas of core law modules of contract and tort from a new practical and professional skills-based perspective.

Criminal Law with Mooting

Expand your knowledge of criminal law and develop practical mooting skills that will enhance your employability. You will learn how to argue within a ground of appeal, how to research and write skeleton arguments, and how to use legal language effectively.

International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of international and European Union law, while developing team working and presentation skills.

Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

The law of torts concerns civil wrongs, and in this module you will learn to interpret case law, determine relevant legal principles, and assess the merits of legal reasoning.

Cognitive and Biological Psychology

Study topics such as memory, attention, and perception, learn about the structure and function of the brain, and see how psychology explains everyday cognitive processes and can enhance human performance.

Social and Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Examine the fundamental aspects of social psychology, such as social attitudes and attribution; and developmental psychology, such as social, cognitive and emotional development during childhood.

Final year

Core modules:

Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and examine decided cases in detail. Learn how to apply your legal knowledge to the classification of property, creation and dispositions of property interests and management of trust property.

Land Law and Professional Advice

Apply rules to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership.  You will study the distinction between real and personal property and begin to draft professional advice in a property law context.

Studies in Legal Psychology

This module comprises a number of topics that change to reflect the latest issues and debates within legal psychology.

Choose one of the following:

Advanced Cognitive and Biological Psychology

Build on your second-year studies by developing a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiological processes underpinning psychological experiences and learn how various cognitive psychological constructs can be used to theorise mental functioning.

Advanced Social and Developmental Psychology

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of social psychological processes both within and between cultures across the globe and provides in-depth discussions of a set of contemporary applied issues in social and developmental psychology.

And:

Choose one of the following:

Path to Professional Practice

Develop key transferable skills in preparation for professional practice. You’ll hone your legal writing, drafting, negotiation and client-interviewing skills through a series of case scenarios and related case materials.

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.

Applied Legal Knowledge (NLS Legal) - Criminal and Business Practice

Learn how to put theory into practice by revisiting areas of core law modules from a practical and professional skills-based perspective, with input from the School’s teaching law firm NLS Legal.

Plus choose one module from the below options:

Commercial Law

Enhance your understanding of commercial law within a practical and business context.

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.

Comparative Law

An introduction to the essential characteristics of different foreign legal systems. Learn to critically compare and contrast these systems, both with each other and with the English legal system.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Enhance your understanding of criminology and criminal justice issues. You will learn about the significance of crime statistics, the media and crime, hate crime, prisons, and sentencing.

Critical Legal Thinking

What makes a legal argument good or bad? Can legal decisions be justified by purely rational argument, or are they ultimately determined by more subjective influences? Explore these questions in this module designed for those with an interest in law, philosophy and human reasoning.

Current Issues in International Law

You will be introduced to foundational theories and current issues in international law, including access to justice, security issues, counter terrorism and criminal justice.

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.

Human Rights

Develop your understanding of human rights in an international context, exploring topics including the right to life, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression.

Immigration and Asylum Law

Study the principal themes of UK immigration and asylum law and consider the scope for reform. You will learn about the current legal framework of immigration, international refugee law and asylum.

Independent Legal Research Project

Plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide expertise in your chosen area and guide you throughout the process.

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.

International Competition Law

Explore the differing approaches to international competition law and the key institutions and initiatives. You will develop your knowledge of the role of economic theory and consider future developments.

International Criminal Justice

An introduction to the key elements of international criminal justice - the body of laws and procedures by which individuals are held criminally responsible, at an international level, for serious offences such as genocide and war crimes.

International Trade Law

Provides the professional skills required in a modern commercial environment. You will learn about the international sale and carriage of goods, and about the application of principles to solve international trade disputes.

Laws of Armed Conflict

Develop your knowledge of the international laws relating to armed conflict, terrorism, and the self-determination of peoples. Consider the growth and scope of modern international war crimes and current debates in the field.

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.

Mooting

Develop a range of advocacy techniques through the medium of mooting. This module covers a range of topics including written pleadings, courtroom etiquette, and the skills of oral advocacy.

Public International Law

Enhance your understanding of public international law and related current legal issues.

Sexuality and the Law

Develop an awareness of the concept of sexuality from legal, moral and sociological perspectives, balancing the needs of the victim and the defendant.

Sports Law

Acquire knowledge of the law pertaining to the regulation of sporting activity and an appreciation of the impact of globalisation on sports law.

United States Law

Understand the essential characteristics of law in the United States and critically compare and contrast these characteristics with those of the English legal system.

Please be aware that all optional/elective modules are subject to availability, and NTU reserves the right to amend, change or withdraw modules at its discretion.

At NLS, embedding work experience and practical skills development into the curriculum is a priority focus as we know it helps produce well rounded graduates with increased employability skills. Here are just some of the ways you'll be able to get involved:

NLS Legal

Our on-campus teaching law firm, NLS Legal, is the only of its kind amongst all UK universities. Students from all years can work with NLS Legal and are involved in all aspects of the running of our law firm, from dealing with new enquiries and helping monitor risk and compliance, to conducting client interviews, undertaking relevant research, drafting letters of advice and even representing clients at tribunal.

Support Through Court

Through NLS Legal, you can gain legal work experience through our partner organisation, Support Through Court, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to people going through court without representation (litigants in person).

NLS hosts Support Through Court Nottingham and Support Through Court National Online services, providing NLS students with hundreds of on-campus work experience opportunities every year.

Employer challenge

The Employer Challenge is an initiative designed to offer our students work-like experience during their Law degree. During your second year module, Applied Legal Knowledge - Civil Practice, you will work on a legal or business related challenge set for you by a professional employer. It is a chance for you to make a real difference to their business by working on a current or hypothetical issue facing them. After meeting with your employer and receiving your challenge, you will work to research the issue and develop your recommended solution. You, or your team, will get to present your results to your challenger a few weeks later and see what they think. There will be team and individual challenges, but you are assessed individually based on a reflective report, written by you after feedback from your challenge.

Additional opportunities

Find out more about your NLS experience, including the opportunities to engage in competitions and extra-curricular activities.

How you’re taught

Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and linked seminars that provide you with the opportunity to enhance your understanding through further reading and debate. You will also make use of eLearning activities and will focus on project work and the application of your legal knowledge as the course progresses.

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.

As a student you will also have access to our virtual learning environment (NOW), which allows you to access your university timetable, NTU email, module documents and the NTU online library from your own laptop, anywhere at any time.

Assessment methods

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
  • Case analysis
  • Research projects
  • Group projects
  • Problem-solving assignments
  • Both seen and unseen examinations

The Psychology element of this course incorporates laboratory workshop sessions. You will have access to specialist laboratories dedicated to particular areas of interest such a social interaction, cognitive modelling and eye tracking.

The proportion of these assessments each year are as followed:

  • Year 1  Written Coursework 50%, Written Take and Do Assessment Exercises 33% and Practical Exercises 17%
  • Year 2  Written Coursework 27%, Written Take and Do Assessment Exercises 65% and Practical Exercises 8%
  • Year 3  Written Coursework 32%, Written Take and Do Assessment Exercises 50% and Practical Exercises 18%

Contact hours

  • Year 1  lectures/seminars/workshops  24%, independent study 76%
  • Year 2  lectures/seminars/workshops  24%, independent study 76%
  • Year 3  lectures/seminars/workshops  21%, independent study 79%

Access to Resources

Nottingham Law School is delighted to announce that it will continue to provide access to the Oxford University Press (OUP) online resource - Law Trove.

Law Trove provides online access to a range of online resources, including over 200 textbooks published by OUP, and covers core and optional subject areas. Students on all courses will be provided with unlimited access to the resources within Law Trove in order to further enhance your experience during your time with us.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Law submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Careers and employability

Your career development

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers.

Upon completion of your degree you can choose to apply for one of our courses preparing you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. It also enables you to progress on to the LLM Barristers Training Course (BTC) or PGDip BTC for intending barristers.

We do encourage you to submit your application for these courses as early as possible to avoid disappointment. These courses can reach maximum capacity prior to the course start date.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a common assessment that those wishing to qualify as a solicitor must pass. Find out more about the SQE and what it means for you.

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

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • In-house counsel
  • Trade mark attorney
  • Trade union consultant
  • Freedom of information adviser
  • Human resources officer
  • Investment banker
  • Auditor
  • Victim support caseworker
  • Review and features editor
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Business development manager
  • Sports marketing analyst

Excellent placement opportunities

LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology students have the opportunity to take a year long work placement in their third year, returning to complete their degree in Year Four. All LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology students have a chance to undertake voluntary legal work as part of the final year Law in Practice option or as an extracurricular activity. Everybody in the Law School can also gain a Certificate in Professional Practice by undertaking work experience in the vacations. This degree also provides the unique opportunity to participate in the Professional Practice in Psychology Conference where you will provide psychological solutions to real-world problems supplied by organisations.

You can work towards the University’s Developing with NTU Award, which has been designed to provide formal recognition of everything you do as an NTU student, and in your wider life, in support of your whole person development. You can also choose from these specialised employability awards: Digital Award, Global Award, Enterprise Award, Sustainability Award.

Campus and facilities

Chaucer

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. Not only will you study in outstanding lecture theatres and seminar rooms, but the Law School has also invested in:

  • A mock courtroom
  • A family courtroom
  • Four mooting rooms to enhance your mooting and advocacy experience in an authentic environment

NLS Legal

Our on-campus teaching law firm, NLS Legal, is the only of its kind amongst all UK universities. Students from all years can work with NLS Legal and are involved in all aspects of the running of our law firm, from dealing with new enquiries and helping monitor risk and compliance, to conducting client interviews, undertaking relevant research, drafting letters of advice and even representing clients at tribunal.

Fantastic facilities

You'll also have access to a great combination of facilities on the City Campus, including:

  • the 24-hour Boots Library, with learning resources specific to your course
  • IT open areas in the Newton and Chaucer buildings
  • Nottingham Trent Student Union, including sports facilities, a shop, cafes and music venues
  • a range of student accommodation

We've recently invested a massive £90 million into our buildings and facilities, providing you with inspiring places to learn, relax with friends and share ideas.

Entry requirements

  • Standard offer: 112 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)
  • Contextual offer: 104 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.

Other qualifications and experience

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.

Meeting our entry requirements

Hundreds of qualifications in the UK have UCAS tariff points attached to specific grades, including A levels, BTECs, T Levels and many more. You can use your grades and points from up to four different qualifications to meet our criteria. Enter your predicted or achieved grades into our tariff calculator to find out how many points your qualifications are worth.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

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.

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.

Students may choose to apply for International Study or Professional Practice Placement options during their Year 2 study (Pathway 2).  If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

NLS Summer School

There may be the opportunity to take part in optional NLS Summer School, which do incur additional 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.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494, by email: financial.support@ntu.ac.uk or through our Ask NTU form.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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.

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.

Students may choose to apply for International Study or Professional Practice Placement options during their Year 2 study (Pathway 2).  If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

NLS Summer School

There may be the opportunity to take part in optional NLS Summer School, which do incur additional 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.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494, by email: financial.support@ntu.ac.uk or through our Ask NTU form.

How to apply

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.

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.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Admissions team by Tel :44 (0)115 848 4200 or through our Ask NTU form.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  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.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Admissions team by Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200, or through our Ask NTU form.

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