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Law with Psychology LLB (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): M1C8
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

A fascinating degree that draws upon the relationship between Law and Psychology with modules that are of real topical interest.

Law is a varied and intellectually stimulating subject that affects every part of our lives. If you are curious about how society is regulated, enjoy solving problems and want to combine this with an interest in Psychology and human behaviour then this is the course for you.

This appealing degree provides a broad spectrum of skills and enables you to progress on to further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister. Nottingham Trent University's Psychology department is renowned for its British Psychological Society-accredited teaching and you will combine your study of Law with current Psychology modules, developing your research capabilities.

  • All of our degrees are compliant with the requirements of the SRA and the BSB for the purposes of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.
  • You can gain a Certificate in Professional Practice by undertaking mini-placements during vacations.
  • Work on a business/law project with our Employer Challenge.

Why choose this course?

  • You will explore Psychology as a science, including legal, social and developmental psychology.
  • Students have the option to take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
  • You will 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 LEX Student Law Society and get involved with a range of sporting, social, and networking activities.
  • You will learn in outstanding facilities, including a suite of authentic mock courtrooms and mooting rooms.
  • Upon graduation 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.
  • 90% of our Nottingham Law School graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

All of our courses are designed to provide our students with a number of work-based learning opportunities. We now offer the two following modules on all of our undergraduate courses, these modules have been designed to help you prepare for your future career.

In Year Two: Applied Legal Knowledge – Civil Practice

This module enhances your fundamental understanding of the core law modules of contract and tort through work-based learning within a professional legal context.

In the Final Year: Applied Legal Knowledge (Legal Advice Centre) – 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, accompanied by workshops in the School’s Legal Advice Centre.

Employer Challenge

The Employer Challenge is an initiative designed to offer our students a '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 be guided by a tutor 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 challenger.

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 and you will receive excellent training in research methods.

Throughout the course you will study compulsory foundation modules required by the the Bar Standards Board as regards the Academic Stage of Training. This will be complemented by specialist Psychology modules covering a range of topics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional Practice in Psychology

Addressing aspects of professional psychology, you will work on a problem from a set of professional scenarios and form a project team to address the issue.

Studies in Legal Psychology

This module comprises a number of topics that change to reflect the latest issues and debates within legal 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 (Legal Advice Centre) - 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, accompanied by workshops in the School’s Legal Advice Centre.

Plus choose one module from the below options:

Crime and Technology

Study the role of emerging technology in facilitating a range of criminal activity and issues of effectively ‘regulating’ such behaviours. This module examines the evolution and dynamics of such crimes and looks at technology related crime in a wide social context.

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.

Insurance Law

Study the contractual, commercial and regulatory environment of the insurance market in the UK.

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 note that options are subject to change.

Further information on what you'll study

Optional modules may be closed if they reach maximum capacity in terms of numbers. We reserve the right not to run an optional module if the number of students registering for it is below the minimum threshold. For this course, the threshold is 36. If a module is closed or does not run students will be advised of alternative relevant modules they may choose from.

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

Student Profiles

Fatima Baig

Nottingham Law School has an excellent reputation and is committed to offering extra-curricular and pro bono activities to students.

Toyosi King

I love being in Nottingham. After Uni, I want to stay here - it is so relaxed and friendly.

Junely Coker

What really stood out to me on my course was the ability to conduct mooting, as part of my assessments. Most other universities offer mooting as only an extracurricular activity, however, at NTU they assess you on these practical skills.

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.

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.

Lecture Capture

Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.

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.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Learn from the experts

The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified and 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.

Our staff have won a number of awards including:

  • Matthew Homewood who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.

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%

Staff Profiles

Morgan Shimwell

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Morgan Shimwell is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School. His role involves teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Morgan is the co-Module Leader for the following modules: LLB…

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1  coursework 50%,  written 33% and practical  17%
  • Year 2  coursework 27%, written 65% and practical  8%
  • Year 3  coursework 32%,  written 50% and practical  18%

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

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. 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 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.

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. 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
  • the NLS Legal Advice Centre.

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.

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.

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 laptop, anywhere at any time.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

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.

For this course, you will need one of the following:

  • A levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

International qualifications

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

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:

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

For those students who choose to take a placement year: students will be expected to pay for all accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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.

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.

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.

For those students who choose to take a placement year: students will be expected to pay for all accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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

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.

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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