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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.

This degree enables the study of all the foundation modules that underpin a legal professional qualification with the opportunity to explore aspects of psychology, examining legal, social, and lifespan developmental psychology. The two disciplines are highly compatible, and you will build skills and experience that open a wide range of professional opportunities. As with all our LLB degrees, you will be taught by experts and you will develop transferable skills such as presenting and problem-solving, further boosting your employability.

  • 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.
  • 95% of LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology (FT) students said staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2022).

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 certain modules which incorporate mooting skills  and can also 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 LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology (FT) students said the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt (National Student Survey, 2022).

All of our courses are designed to provide our students with a number of work-based learning opportunities.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Lecture recordings are ordinarily made available in respect of all lectures, enabling students to recap material and undertake 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.

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.

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%

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.

How you’re assessed

  • 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%

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

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
  • NLS Legal.

NLS Legal 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.

Ask us about pro bono opportunities for students at NLS Legal.

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Entry requirements

Three years full-time

  • 112 – 120 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)
  • GCSE English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Three years full-time

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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