Final year student
I am delighted to welcome you to the new academic year at Nottingham Law School (NLS). Please use the information below to learn more about what is on offer to ensure you make the most of your time with us. Our team of dedicated academic tutors and administrative staff are committed to ensuring you have all the support you need, enabling you to make the most of the forthcoming year. Do not hesitate to ask any of our team if you have any queries or want to know more.
I very much hope you will get involved in the many exciting activities and opportunities available, and that you are inspired to try new things that will help support your route to success.
You are a valued and important member of our Law School community. I look forward to meeting you and wish you all the best for an exciting and successful year ahead.
Nottingham Law School
NLS Student Hub
At the NLS Student Hub you will find the Law School’s friendly Administration team, who are ready to help you with any queries.
Queries may include:
- seeking advice for course-related issues
- finding your way around the University
- gathering information on schemes and opportunities available to Law students
- guidance on how to solve problems with your timetable
- assistance on where you can seek specialist help within Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
- locating a tutor’s office.
|NLS Student Hub |
Monday – Thursday:
Term and closure dates 2021/22
|Welcome week||Friday 17 September - Sunday 26 September 2021|
|Term one begins||Monday 27 September 2021|
|Term one ends||Friday 10 December 2021|
|Christmas break||Four weeks|
|Term two begins||Monday 10 January 2022|
|Term two ends||Friday 1 April 2022|
|Term three begins||Wednesday 20 April 2022|
|Exam period||Monday 9 May - Wednesday 1 June 2022|
|End of academic year||Wednesday 1 June 2022|
Some courses may have teaching days outside of term time. For more information, please consult your course leader.
|NTU Christmas closure||Friday 24 December 2021 - Monday 3 January 2022 (inclusive)|
|NTU Easter closure||Friday 15 April - Tuesday 19 April 2022 (inclusive)|
|May Day||Monday 2 May 2022|
|Spring Bank Holiday||Thursday 2 June 2022|
|Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday||Friday 3 June 2022|
|August Bank Holiday||Monday 29 August 2022|
Welcome from the NLS Senior Team
Matthew J. Homewood - Deputy Dean
Welcome to the 2021/22 academic year at Nottingham Law School.
As the Deputy Dean of the School, I have responsibility for ensuring you have the best possible student experience during your time studying with us. I am proud of our vibrant and diverse School community which provides a wealth of opportunities, activities and support to inspire you to succeed, and I encourage you to take advantage of all that we offer.
Along with my academic and administrative colleagues, I am here to help and support you throughout your studies. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey and success at Nottingham Law School.
Best wishes for what I hope will be a fantastic and successful year for you.
Helen Hudson - Head of Undergraduate Portfolio
As Head of the Undergraduate Portfolio, I am delighted to welcome you back to NLS.
You are at the next stage of a very exciting journey, undertaking your undergraduate law degree with us. All of our courses integrate academic knowledge and skills, which are designed to equip you with transferable employability skills that will prepare you well for your future careers. We hope you take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to you during your time studying with us.
I wish you all the best in your studies and I hope you thoroughly enjoy your time with us.
Laura Pinkney - Head of NLS Legal Advice Centre
As Head of the Legal Advice Centre, I am delighted to welcome you back to the Law School.
We recognise that studying law is more than just textbooks, which is why we also equip you with vital practical skills in preparation for your future. Here in the Legal Advice Centre, the UK's first regulated law firm integrated into a law school, you will have the opportunity to work with our team of lawyers on real life cases whilst supporting the local community by providing access to justice.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved with the NLS Legal Advice Centre, either as part of your course or on an extra curricular basis, please contact LACVolunteers@ntu.ac.uk
Here are our top 10 things for you to remember before the start of term:
- Your course leader is responsible for the course you are studying. Remembering their name will help if you need to talk about the course or raise any issues.
- As well as your course leader, your personal tutor / academic tutors are pivotal in providing you with the support you’ll need. Make a note of their names for use throughout the year.
- Your student handbook can be found on the Course Learning Room in the NOW virtual learning environment. The handbook is uploaded as sections and contains all of the course information that you will need to know.
- Remember to check your timetable regularly. Changes do occur, so it is important your version is up to date. If you have elected to receive notifications by text, ensure we have your current mobile phone number.
- NTU have a Student Support Service based in the Newton building, which has a number of support functions to assist students throughout their studies. Getting to know what they provide and how to access the service will assist you if you need specialist support.
- The NLS Student Hub is where you can access administrative and other support. The NLS Student Hub and office are located on the fourth floor of the Chaucer building. They are available to help and guide you, so please pop along if you have any queries.
- The NTU app has a number of functions that are very useful to students – get to know how the app works to easily access the information you need.
- The International Student Support Service provides all international students at NTU with advice and support on a range of issues.
- The employability team are here to offer career advice and guidance whatever your career aspirations are.
- Things don’t always go as we plan so if they don’t, make sure that your fully informed about the NEC and R4R processes.
The latest information about your course is available on NOW. We are here to help. Consult your module tutor / course tutor / School administrator (as appropriate) if you need any help or advice about your course.
Meet our alumni
We take great pride in our students who we believe make our outstanding institution what it is today. Our alumni connections with legal ﬁrms, both national and overseas, help ensure that our course content is useful and relevant to the legal profession. For this reason we continue to lead in the ﬁeld of modern legal education.
NLS has a vibrant and inclusive research culture with many members of staﬀ involved in writing books, journal articles and conference presentations.
We have staff members who are leading researchers in their fields and who have global links and excellent contacts within the legal sector.
Research by members of the Law School has impact beyond the University, having been cited by courts, government bodies and NGOs. Staff have provided expert advice to governmental, legislative, regulatory and other organisations both nationally and internationally.
The main research activities are organised by our research centres and groups, which enable staff with similar research interests to consider ideas and develop joint projects, such as conferences and publications.
The Nottingham Law Journal is an annual, peer-reviewed publication featuring academic articles and critical commentary on matters of contemporary legal interest.
At NLS, we encourage students to spend some of their time studying in another country. You will have the opportunity to study in Europe, Australia, the United States or further afield with one of the study abroad programmes. Depending on your course, you can study abroad for either a semester or a year. You will benefit from both academic and personal experiences during your study exchange.
Find out more about the Erasmus and study abroad programmes. Please note these opportunities will be subject to Government and University policies on travel.
NLS has been running summer schools in various European cities for more than 15 years. Summer schools run for one week, are open to all NLS students, and are taught in English.
Each summer school has a different legal focus, giving you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the area of Law that you are most interested in.
- Berlin – with a focus on international criminal justice including war crimes and the work of the International Criminal Court.
- Geneva – with a focus on international humanitarian law and the role of the international organisations based in Geneva
- Strasbourg – with a focus on human rights law and the work of the European Court of Human Rights.
All summer schools are subject to Government and University travel policies.
Mooting, Mediation and Negotiation
Our students have many opportunities to develop and practice their mooting and mediation skills while studying with us.
Mooting is arguing a legal problem against an opponent in front of a judge. The name derives from the moot courts at the Inns of Court in London, at which points of law were argued by selected barristers before the benchers (senior barristers and judges) who would then give their opinions. Today, students produce written skeleton arguments in advance before presenting their arguments orally, as if in an appellate court. We believe that mooting equips students with the skills to be not just proficient lawyers and advocates, but also adept business people, presenting their points to colleagues with confidence and knowing how to argue their corner.
Mooting is integrated into the LLB courses, with two core modules (Contract Law and Criminal Law) assessed by moot and the most successful students are able to take mooting as a final year option.
There are many opportunities to get involved with mooting. Our student law society (LEX) runs successful internal mooting competitions and workshops designed to assist students with their mooting skills. We have a Mooting Club for undergraduates and Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) students to compete internally, nationally and internationally, putting them in an advantageous position for a career in law.
Mediation and Negotiation
NLS is committed to equipping students with skills to be effective in the legal environment. Negotiation is a fundamental skill which pervades every area of the practice of law. Lawyers negotiate with or without their client present. Mediation is a process where parties to a dispute are present, with or without lawyers, and are assisted by an impartial third party (a mediator) to reach a mutually acceptable outcome through negotiation. In both negotiation and mediation, the lawyer’s skill in preparing for the negotiation and representation of their client is crucial. Our Centre for Mediation and Dispute resolution is dedicated to providing our students with the opportunities to learn and practise these skills in the form of internal competitions from which winners may enter national and international competitions.
Winners of the NLS internal competitions are awarded the Professor Miryana Nesic Memorial Prize for either Negotiation or Mediation Skills. Teams from NLS have previously won the UK Mediation Skills Competition held in the City of London and the International Commercial Mediation Competition held by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris.
Professional Practice Lectures
NLS aims to ensure the highest level of competency and understanding for its students. In order to help achieve this, we arrange a series of lectures delivered by leading practitioners from a range of solicitors’ ﬁrms. It gives you the opportunity to see how the skills you are developing will be applied in a commercial and professional context. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with practitioners. Details of the individual lectures for 2021/22 will be communicated throughout the year.
NLS Legal Advice Centre
Our multi-award-winning NLS Legal Advice Centre provides you with the opportunity to work within our fully regulated teaching law firm on real cases, supervised by full-time solicitors and other experienced lawyers employed by the Law School. The Centre supports access to justice and provides legal advice and community outreach on a range of issues. The Centre has achieved financial awards for its clients totalling over £5 million in compensation and benefits.. The Centre was awarded Best Contribution by a Law School at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono awards 2021 and was named Alternative Business Structure of the Year at the Modern Law Awards 2020 for its innovation and contribution to the community.
Find out more about the NLS Legal Advice Centre and how to get involved.
You can find details of recruitment opportunities on the NLS Pro Bono Learning Room on NOW.
Your future career
We offer courses for all next stages of your professional training, if you are seeking a career in the legal sector. Your personal tutor will be able to advise you on the options open to you.
How do you qualify as a solicitor?
Because you have accepted a place on our undergraduate LLB programme starting in 2021, once you have completed your LLB degree, you have a choice of how you wish to qualify. The traditional route is to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The LPC is the compulsory first stage of training and is followed by a two-year training contract. Once this training has been completed, you will be fully qualified as a solicitor. However, this route is gradually being phased out.
Instead, from Autumn 2021 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is introducing the centralised Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) which will be a new route to qualification. NLS are offering a wide range of SQE preparation courses and you will be given more information about this new route to becoming a solicitor as you continue your studies especially as an LLB undergraduate student some of your modules may also help you prepare for the SQE.
How do you qualify as a barrister?
Having delivered training for the Bar since 1997, in December 2019 NTU became an Authorised Education and Training Organisation and, as such, is authorised by the Bar Standards Board to deliver the vocational component of training leading to Call to the Bar.
Those who successfully complete the vocational component and wish to practise at the Bar of England and Wales are required to undertake a one-year pupillage.
Specialise in an area of law
We offer a wide range of Masters in Law (LLM) programmes, where you will be able to enhance your knowledge of the legal profession by focusing on specific areas of the law. There will also be opportunities for you to work with our various research centres and groups, each specialising in their own areas of legal expertise.
It may seem a little early to be thinking about your future career but it's never too soon to start exploring your options - your future starts now. The Law School’s Employability team offers personalised careers guidance and support for making work experience and graduate job applications. The Team also advertises a variety of extra-curricular employability opportunities via the Employability Resource NOW learning room and email bulletins.
Remember that you are developing your employability through your studies, too. We encourage you to recognise, and make the most of, in-curriculum opportunities such as the Employer Challenge, placements, group presentations and mooting.
All law students have access to information, advice and opportunities on the NOW learning room. Access Employability Online on a regular basis for up to date information on work and professionals coming in.
- Attended a careers seminar dedicated to training contracts / pupillage applications / interview techniques.
- Participated in a professional skills workshop delivered by practitioners and other graduate recruiters.
- Networked with graduate employers / law firms offering opportunities and placements at the NLS law fair and graduate job fairs.
- Met with a specialist careers consultant and discussed my future options.
- Applied to participate in the NLS mentoring scheme.
- Completed a mock interview and received helpful feedback.
- Visited InPlace and applied for a professional placement.
- Searched 'Employability Online - Events and Opportunities' for training contracts / pupillages / paralegal vacancies / graduate-level jobs / work experience opportunities and employability events.
- Visited employability online for advice about CVs, applications, and interviews.
Placements and work experience for undergraduate students
All undergraduate students will benefit from work experience in the form of the Employer Challenge and/or a range of optional modules and pathways:
- Sandwich / year-long placement (between your penultimate and final years)
- Half-year placement module (second year on the three-year LLB Law full time and LLB Business Law)
- Certificate in Professional Practice
- Law in Practice module (final year)
Undertaking a substantive period of work experience during your studies is a great way to develop your career thinking, as well as your professional skills and identity.
For help with applying to extra-curricular work experience opportunities - such as those offered by the Legal Advice Centre - contact the Employability Team.
LLB Law for Financial Services (In-Company)
This innovative pathway is for students studying on the LLB Law (full-time) and LLB Business Law programmes.
Students interested in pursuing a career in finance can elect to transfer to the LLB Law for Financial Services (In-Company) pathway, during their second year of study. On this pathway you will spend your third and final year in paid, full- time employment in the financial services sector, while studying a tailor-made syllabus via distance learning. Visit https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/our-schools/nls/llb-hons-law-for-financial-services-in-company to find out more about this unique LLB pathway.
NLS Alumni Fellowship Programme and Employability Award
NLS Alumni Fellowship Programme
NLS has set up the Alumni Fellowship Programme to support the professional and personal development of current undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The programme draws upon a select group of NLS graduates, known as Alumni Fellows, who have volunteered to share their knowledge and experience to help improve students’ employability prospects and gain insight into the legal profession and alternative careers.
There are a range of activities for students to take part in such as mentoring, drop-in sessions, mock interviews, networking events etc. These are fantastic opportunities for you to: learn from the experiences of former NLS students, build your professional network and gain insight into the broad range of career options open to NLS graduates. Details of Alumni Fellowship activities will be shared during Terms 1 and 2, so make sure to check your emails, 'Employability Online - Events and Opportunities' and the NLS Employability NOW Learning Room.
NTU’s Acceler8 Employability Award is designed to provide you with formal recognition of your achievements outside of your studies. This recognition will improve your employability prospects by showing employers the broader range of skills and experiences you have developed.
Library services and study spaces
Whether you visit the library in person at one of the campus libraries or virtually through this website, we hope you will find your library friendly and welcoming, and able to support you in your learning, teaching and research. The library can offer you:
- 24/7 IT facilities
- group and individual study spaces
- bookable project rooms
- events and workshops
- 1:1 appointments in person and online
- and much more
Find out more about the library services.
Pastoral and academic support
NLS has a dedicated pastoral adviser and a student support adviser who are committed to providing a high standard of academic and pastoral support.
A vital part of this support is providing personal tutors for all students. You will meet your personal tutor in the first week, in a session with your seminar group. You will continue to meet with your personal tutor throughout the year and undertake timetabled sessions with them and your seminar group. It is vital you attend these tutorials as they are designed to support your transition to university life, both academically and socially.
Student Services Centre
NTU aims to provide a supportive and caring community, and urge you to seek out advice, guidance and support at the earliest opportunity. The Student Services Centre offers fantastic support for our students, so we encourage you to use this facility if you have any issue at all.
NLS Central is a unique resource for students that brings together helpful resources on Academic and Student Support – all in one Central location. NLS Central will appear as a Learning Room under the ‘Student Communities’ heading when you log onto NOW. Scroll down the list of rooms and you will find NLS Central. You can Search for NLS Central in the search function in NOW and pin the page so that it always appears in your list of favourite learning rooms.
Your voice - make your contribution!
There are many different ways to get involved in NLS activities.
Read the latest edition of our Law School magazine, All Things Law, and find out what students and staff have achieved.
We need student course and School Representatives to let us know if there are any issues that we need to resolve, and to give feedback on what is going well, or not so well. You will be given details of how to put yourself forward for these positions at the beginning of each academic year.
We set up focus groups, to find out more about the student experience and to get feedback on course delivery and innovation. We really appreciate any student feedback and welcome your views, comments and suggestions. Our aim is to continually improve the student experience. Watch out for communications inviting you to attend these sessions.
NLS Student Collaborative Development Forum
The focus of the forum is to exchange ideas and develop and improve systems to facilitate events and activities, which will enhance the Law School community and demonstrate your leadership, employability and workplace skills to the outside world.
Students will be invited to volunteer to be on the forum at the start of the academic year. If you are interested in being part of the forum, email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the Deputy Dean.
As well as focus groups, we will ask you to complete feedback questionnaires throughout your course. These may include MySay questionnaires on your modules / course and the National Student Survey (NSS), which is a national survey completed annually by final year undergraduate students. We use the feedback you give us to make improvements to your course and would encourage you to complete these surveys.
Student ambassadors and NLS CERT Student Mentors
Student Ambassadors - we need you!
NTU and NLS run many events throughout the year, including open days, seminars, lectures, and conferences.
The role of the Student Ambassador varies according to the event but it could include:
- staffing your course stand at an open event
- being prepared to talk about your experience studying with us
- helping at registration
- taking visitors on campus tours.
Ambassadors will receive training and will work alongside academic staff and members of the Marketing team.
The Student Ambassador scheme offers NTU students the opportunity to develop skills and confidence while being able to earn money by supporting these events.
NLS CERT Student Mentors (undergraduate only)
Student Mentors are law students in their second or third year who have volunteered to help you settle in and find your way around NTU and NLS. They understand how you are feeling and can answer any questions you may have.
You will meet the mentors during Welcome Week and at key times throughout the year. Student Mentors offer you support, understanding, encouragement and help you become part of our Law School community.
Nottingham Trent Volunteering and NTU students in classrooms
NTU offers a wide range of fantastic opportunities to complement your academic studies and help you make the most of your time with us.
NTU Community Engagement and Volunteering
Offers opportunities to make an impact through volunteering in both local and global communities.
By responding to growing areas of need in:
- Arts and Culture
- Crime and Justice
- Education and Attainment,
- Environment and Sustainable Futures
- Health and Wellbeing
You can help to make a difference while also developing essential skills that can support your studies and enhance your employability.
Globally, there are exciting volunteering opportunities to support charities in countries such as Romania, Greece, Uganda, Guatemala and Fiji.
NTU Students in Classrooms
Students in Classrooms make a difference in local schools. As a positive role model you will support pupil attainment and character development, whilst increasing awareness of higher education and the opportunities it can offer.
Get paid to work in local schools and colleges through initiatives such as:
- Outreach Ambassadors
- Learning Advocates
- Achievement Coaches.
Students' Union and Societies
The Students' Union is the heart of student life at NTU and offers an array of services and activities. This includes everything from political engagement activities to a wide variety of entertainment and personal development opportunities.
Built in 2014, our City Campus Students’ Union offers three storeys of exciting social and leisure space including sports facilities, a 30 ft climbing wall, café lounges, a convenience store, and a 2,400-capacity live music venue, which doubles up as a daytime bar.
Want to meet students with similar interests to yours and socialise with them on a regular basis? Join an NTSU society. It’s one of the best things you can do at NTU.
These are some NLS societies that you could join:
LEX Student Law Society
LEX creates many opportunities, both academic and social, throughout the year for students to gain practical legal skills and access pro bono activities. LEX hold mooting competitions which helps students develop their advocacy skills and prepares them for the assessed moots. LEX hold an annual Negotiation Workshop and Competition sponsored by national law firm, Shoosmiths, to help students with the skill of negotiation. They hold social nights, networking dinners, trips to legal landmarks such as the Inns of Court, and a Law Ball.
The New Black Society
The New Black Society aims to bring together a community of like-minded people with a progressive mentality to succeed in the face of adversity and joining our society will enable you to look at your personal fears or challenges in a unique and exciting way. Events that we have held included helping students integrate into university, a panel discussion on the rise in hate crime in Nottingham, how to succeed in university as an international student and overcome mental/physical health challenges.
Commercial Awareness Society
Our main aim is to help you develop your understanding of commercial awareness and develop this attribute for future applications. Commercial awareness is a vital skill not just for lawyers, but for a wide range of other careers. Commercial awareness is having an understanding of how businesses and organisations work and how current affairs can have an impact on them.
Court Visit Association
The Court Visit Association aims to bridge the gap between academic studies and practicing within law firms. Their aim is to develop students understanding of court etiquette and key roles within the courtroom. Members of the association will have a strong understanding of how courtrooms work and are familiar with the setting. They plan regular trips to courts across the UK, including tours around the courtrooms.
BAME Law Society
The BAME Law society aims to help network and connect with peers through networking and inspiring law related events.
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