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Nottingham Law School

With over 50 years' experience supporting students, we are one of the UK's largest and most established law schools. Delivering first-class teaching, fantastic facilities and flexible courses, we support legal professionals at every stage of their careers.

We pride ourselves on our dynamic and personal Law School community, creating many fantastic opportunities for our students.

Through our in-house teaching law firm – NLS Legal – there are plenty of opportunities to gain a real world perspective. Students spanning all years and courses could support with the running of our regulated law firm, and work on real cases under the supervision of experienced lawyers. The Centre’s innovative model and positive impact on our students and the community was celebrated at the national LexisNexis Legal Awards, where the NLS Legal was crowned Law Firm of the Year 2022.

Other school community activities include mooting, volunteering, work experience, overseas placements, summer schools, guest lectures, careers skills workshops, professional and networking lunches, prize giving ceremonies and much more.

Our courses are accredited or approved by a range of professional bodies, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board, Intellectual Property Regulation Board and Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, and our extensive links with the legal and other professions both at home and overseas, reflect and inform the design of our course portfolio and ensure that we continue to lead the way in legal education.

Research Groups and Centres

Centre for Legal Education

Nottingham Law School's Centre for Legal Education drives the Law School's excellence and innovation in academic and professional legal education.

Centre for Advocacy

The Centre for Advocacy builds upon Nottingham Law School's expertise in the design and delivery of advocacy training and aims to promote and develop the study of the practice and training of advocates.

Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution

The mission of the Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution is to be at the vanguard of public and academic debate about mediation

Health Law and Ethics Group

The Group is led by Dr Austen Garwood-Gowers whose main areas of interest are medical use of the human body (especially organ transplantation but also medical research and bio-banking) and health related dignity and rights issues.

Centre for Rights and Justice

The Centre for Rights and Justice (CRJ) was established in 2013. It is an inclusive Centre with a diverse membership, bringing together research, practice and scholarship, in the broad areas of human rights and criminal justice.

Centre for Business and Insolvency Law

The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law (CBIL) was founded in 2012 and brings together expertise in legal and business practice, both nationally and internationally, addressing important challenges and contributing to debates.

Intellectual Property Research Group

Intellectual property rights are property rights in something intangible and they reward innovation and creative activity. The Intellectual Property Research Group is led by Janice Denoncourt and aims to lead research in this field within the East Midlands region.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. The overall quality of each Unit of Assessment NTU submitted to REF in 2021 also saw an improvement from the previous REF in 2014.


The simplest way to describe a 'moot' or 'mooting' is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem. By taking part in mooting, students practise their public speaking and it is perhaps the closest experience to appearing in court that you can have while at university.


Our courts are a great way to prepare yourself for a career in legal services – there's no better practice. Through mock trials and mooting, you’ll develop your presentation and research skills, building confidence as you go.

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