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Welcome back to Nottingham Law School. Here you will find everything you need to know in your first few weeks of the new academic year.

Jenny Holloway

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.

Jenny Chapman
Executive Dean
Nottingham Law School

NLS Student Enquiry Point

At the NLS Student Enquiry Point 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.
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NLS Student Enquiry Point
Room 4508
Fourth floor
Chaucer building

Student Enquiry Point opening hours are to be confirmed.
If you need to contact an administrator please contact us by email or phone.

Email: blsnlssubjectadmin@ntu.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4270

NLS Central

Access NLS Central on NOW once you have completed enrolment.

Term and closure dates 2020/21

Term dates

Welcome weekFriday 25 September - Sunday 4 October 2020
Term one beginsMonday 5 October 2020
Term one endsFriday 11 December 2020
Christmas breakFour weeks
Term two beginsMonday 11 January 2021
Term two endsThursday 1 April 2021
Term three beginsMonday 19 April 2021
Exam periodMonday 17 May - Friday 11 June 2021
End of academic yearFriday 11 June

Some courses may have teaching days outside of term time. For more information, please consult your course leader.

Closure dates

NTU Christmas closureFriday 25 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021 (inclusive)
NTU Easter closureFriday 2 April - Tuesday 6 April 2021
May DayFriday 3 May 2021
Spring Bank HolidayMonday 31 May - Tuesday 1 June 2021
August Bank HolidayMonday 30 August 2021

Welcome from the NLS Senior Team

Matthew Homewood - Deputy Dean

Welcome to the 2020/21 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.

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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.

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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 will 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 solicitors 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 NLS.legaladvicecentre@ntu.ac.uk.

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Checklist

Here are our top 10 things for you to remember before the start of term:

Checklist

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The NLS Student Enquiry Point is where you can access administrative and other support. The Enquiry Point 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The International Student Support Service provides all international students at NTU with advice and support on a range of issues.
  9. The employability team are here to offer career advice and guidance whatever your career aspirations are.
  10. 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.

Get involved

Research

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

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.

Study abroad

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

Summer schools

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

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 Mooting Club for undergraduates and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) 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 2020/21 will be communicated throughout the year.

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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 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 recovered over £4.2million in benefits and compensation for its clients over the past six years, £1.2million of this in the last academic year alone. The Centre was named ABS of the Year at the Modern Law Awards 2020.

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.

Mooting at Nottingham Law School

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?

Currently, once you have completed your LLB degree or GDL, you need 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.

From Autumn 2021 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) intends to introduce the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) which will be a new route to qualification. NLS will be offering a range of courses to prepare you for the SQE. If you are an undergraduate student some of your modules can 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.

We offer a 9 month LLM Barristers Training Course and a 6 month PgDip Barristers Training Course.

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.

Employability

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. Our Law School Employability team are here to support you throughout your time at NLS. They offer career advice and guidance, whether you are searching for a training contract, applying for pupillage, graduate schemes or seeking work experience opportunities and any other opportunities open to you as a law graduate.

All law students have access to information, advice and opportunities on the NOW learning room. Access FutureHub on a regular basis for up to date information on work and professionals coming in.

Employability checklist

  • I have attended a careers seminar dedicated to training contracts / pupillage applications / interview techniques.
  • I have participated in a professional skills workshop delivered by practitioners and other graduate recruiters.
  • I have networked with graduate employers / law firms offering opportunities and placements at the NLS law fair and graduate job fairs.
  • I have met with a specialist careers consultant at the City Campus employability hub (Newton building, Level 0) and discussed my future options.
  • I have requested to participate in the NLS mentoring scheme.
  • I have completed a mock interview and received helpful feedback.
  • I have visited InPlace and applied for a professional placement.
  • I have signed up to and searched FutureHub for training contracts / pupillages / paralegal vacancies / graduate-level jobs / work experience opportunites and employability events.
  • I have visited employability online for advice about CVs, applications, and interviews.

Placements and work experience for undergraduate students

NLS offers many work-based learning opportunities to our undergraduates. We strongly recommend that you get involved to help you stand out from other students and graduates.

Not only will a placement improve your professional skills by providing you with opportunities to apply legal theory in a work- based context, you will also be able to add your experience to your CV, enhancing your employability as a graduate.

Placement opportunities for undergraduates:

  • Year-long placement (third year, on a four-year course)
  • Half-year placement module (second year, on the three year LLB Law full-time and LLB Business Law courses)
  • Law in Practice module (final year)
  • Certificate in Professional Practice

Every undergraduate student will engage with work based learning during their time at NLS. Students can take part in our Employer Challenge initiative or undertake specific legal practice modules.

Our Employability team will help you search and apply for pro bono work placements. You should ask them about pro bono with the Legal Advice Centre, or taking a legal internship in the USA over the summer. Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/nlsplacements to find more information on the placement opportunities.

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 www.ntu.ac.uk/law4financialservices to find out more about this unique LLB pathway.

NLS Alumni Fellowship Programme and Acceler8

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 uses a select group of NLS graduates, known as Alumni Fellows, who share their knowledge and experience with students to help improve their 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 students to discuss their chosen career paths and the application process. Students are able to learn from the experience of the Alumni Fellows and develop their own networks.

Details of Alumni Fellowship activities will be available in your first term, so make sure to check your emails, FutureHub and the Employability NOW Learning Room.

Acceler8

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.

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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.

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.

Personal tutors

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

NLS Central is a learning room on NOW that brings together helpful resources on Academic and Student Support – all in one Central location. It contains many useful guides that will help you manage your expectations and to understand what is expected of you by the University and your tutors.

Your voice - make your contribution!

There are many different ways to get involved in NLS activities.

Read the latest edition of our school magazine, All Things Law, and find out what students and staff have achieved.

Student representatives

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.

Focus groups

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 jenny.chapman@ntu.ac.uk to contact the Executive Dean.

Feedback questionnaires

As well as focus groups, we will ask you to complete feedback questionnaires throughout your course. These may include Evasys questionnaires on your modules / course and the National Student Survey, 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 profiles

We are always on the look out for new student profiles to showcase your experiences to prospective students. Please email Melanie King if you would like to have your profile online.

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

New for 2020, the BAME Law society aims to help network and connect with peers through networking and inspiring law related events.

Read the BAME Law society plan.

Contacts

Useful contacts

Nottingham Law School Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4460

General Student Enquiries: blsnlssubjectadmin@ntu.ac.uk

Undergraduate Courses: nlsadminllb@ntu.ac.uk

Full time Masters Courses: nlsadminllm@ntu.ac.uk

Distance Learning Masters Courses: nlsadminllmdl@ntu.ac.uk

Graduate Diploma in Law: nlsadmingdl@ntu.ac.uk

Legal Practice Course: nls.lpc@ntu.ac.uk

Barristers Training Course: nls.bptc@ntu.ac.uk

Masters Plus Programs: plsadminteam@ntu.ac.uk

Email addresses for all other members of staff can be found in the Staff Directory.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418