LLB (Hons)

Law (3 years) / Law (4 years) / Law (5 years)

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  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 / 5 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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This is a Qualifying Law Degree that you can study at your own pace from home.

The course provides the essential legal skills required in industry and, given the flexibility of distance learning, allows you to combine study with work and other commitments, ideal for those who cannot commit to a full-time university education. You choose the pace of study, with three, four and five year routes available.

Our distance-learning students come from a variety of backgrounds. Wherever you live in the world, it is possible to study with Nottingham Law School and receive the same support as UK-based students. Tuition is offered during intensive teaching weekends each academic year. Although attendance is not compulsory, many students find these to be a key element in their progression and ultimate success.

Like all our undergraduate courses, LLB (Hons) Law (Distance Learning) is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying Law Degree. Meaning that upon completing this course you will be eligible for professional training as a solicitor or barrister.

Why choose this course?

  • It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
  • You can study at your own pace with three, four or five year routes available.
  • It is ideal for those who are unable to attend university full-time.
  • The intensive teaching weekends each year will enable you to enhance your learning and meet staff and other students.
  • If you have previously studied English Law at a minimum of first year degree-level, you may be able to gain direct entry to the second or third years.
  • We have considerable experience of delivering courses to adults in employment and offer excellent support, including a range of eLearning facilities.
  • Upon graduation you can apply for entry to our Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course which is the next stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.
  • 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2016/17).

We have recently reviewed and improved our core modules to ensure our students graduate with the key skills and practical experience employers from all sectors are looking for.All of our courses are designed to provide our students with a number of work-based learning opportunities.

We now offer the two following modules on all of our undergraduate courses, these modules have been designed to help you prepare for your future career.

Introduction to Applied Legal Knowledge (Legal Advice Centre)

Learn how to put theory into practice by revisiting areas of core law modules from a practical and professional skills-based perspective, accompanied by workshops in the School’s Legal Advice Centre.

Introduction to Applied Legal Knowledge

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

What you'll study

This course enables you to study around your existing commitments and gain a Qualifying Law Degree at your own pace.

In order to obtain the degree, you need to pass twelve subjects. The quickest way is to study four subjects each year for three years. Alternatively, you can choose to study over four or five years.

If you are not sure about which route to take, please ask us for advice.

  • Three-year track

    Year One

    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.

    Legal and Professional Environment

    An introduction to the English legal system including legal materials, techniques, context and develop future employability skills.

    Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

    The law of torts concerns civil wrongs and legal liability.  You will develop legal reasoning skills including the ability to analyse and interpret case law.

    Public Law and Research Skills

    Examine constitutional law including the relationship between the individual and the state. You will be introduced to legal research skills.

    Year Two

    International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

    Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of European Union law.  You will develop team working and online group presentation skills.

    Land Law and Professional Advice

    Explores legal and equitable rights and interests in land and develops the ability to provide professional advice.

    Criminal Law with Mooting Skills

    Study criminal law, enhance your analytical skills and prepare legal arguments using appropriate legal sources.

    Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

    Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail.

    Year Three

    Independent Legal Research Project

    You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in you chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

    Choose three of the following optional modules:

    Optional Modules

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Four-year track

    Year One

    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.

    Legal and Professional Environment

    An introduction to the English legal system including legal materials, techniques, context and develop future employability skills.

    Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

    The law of torts concerns civil wrongs and legal liability.  You will develop legal reasoning skills including the ability to analyse and interpret case law.

    Year Two

    Public Law and Research Skills

    Examine constitutional law including the relationship between the individual and the state. You will be introduced to legal research skills.

    Criminal Law with Mooting Skills

    Study criminal law, enhance your analytical skills and prepare legal arguments using appropriate legal sources.

    International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

    Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of European Union law.  You will develop team working and online group presentation skills.

    Year Three

    Land Law and Professional Advice

    Explores legal and equitable rights and interests in land and develops the ability to provide professional advice.

    Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

    Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail.

    Choose one optional module from the list below.

    Year Four

    Independent Legal Research Project

    You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in you chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

    Choose two optional modules from the list below.

    Optional Modules

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Five-year track

    Year One

    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.

    Legal and Professional Environment

    An introduction to the English legal system including legal materials, techniques, context and develop future employability skills.

    Year Two

    Public Law and Research Skills

    Examine constitutional law including the relationship between the individual and the state. You will be introduced to legal research skills.

    Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

    The law of torts concerns civil wrongs and legal liability.  You will develop legal reasoning skills including the ability to analyse and interpret case law.

    Year Three

    International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

    Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of European Union law.  You will develop team working and online group presentation skills.

    Criminal Law with Mooting Skills

    Study criminal law, enhance your analytical skills and prepare legal arguments using appropriate legal sources.

    Year Four

    Land Law and Professional Advice

    Explores legal and equitable rights and interests in land and develops the ability to provide professional advice.

    Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

    Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail.

    Choose one optional module from the list below.

    Year Five

    Independent Legal Research Project

    You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in you chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

    Choose two optional modules from the list below.

    Optional Modules

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Like all our undergraduate Law courses, our distance learning LLB is a qualifying Law degree.

How you’re taught

The teaching materials, which are supplied in hard copy, are accompanied by a teaching and preparation schedule designed to ensure your learning is on track. The University gives you access to a virtual learning environment (NOW), that provides you with online information including:

  • study materials
  • assignments
  • previous exam papers
  • course updates and emails as well as the ability to connect with other students.

The academic team has many years of experience in teaching law to distance-learners and tutors are available to discuss any academic problems by email, telephone or fax throughout the year.

During the four study weekends, teaching takes place in Nottingham. Teaching consists of some direct lectures but is principally small-group discussions, where problem-solving is a major focus.

In the first years you will study compulsory foundation modules required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a Qualifying Law Degree.

In your final years there is an extensive range of optional Law modules. You will be encouraged to focus upon your future career at this time and will be able to select combinations that best reflect your interests and aspirations.

In order to obtain the degree you need to pass twelve subjects. The quickest way is to study four subjects each year for three years. Alternatively you can choose to study over four or five years. If you are not sure about which route to take, please ask us for advice.

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.

Contact time

There are four study weekends per year where you will receive direct teaching and contact with other students. The rest of the time you will be studying via distance-learning, supported by staff who you can contact throughout the year. If you complete the course in three years you will be expected to study for an average of 22 hours per week. Alternatively, you can spread your studies over four or five years.

Where will I study?

Teaching for the four weekends will take place in Nottingham city centre. The rest of the course is studied via distance learning.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

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

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Learn from the experts

The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified and experienced solicitors or barristers and are experts within their research fields, ensuring that you will be taught with a real-life context and a focus upon practical relevance and impact.

Our staff have won a number of awards including:

  • Matthew Homewood who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.
  • Melanie King and Edward Mosley, members of the Law School Employability Team who were nominated by students for the Outstanding Teaching 2016 – Student Support Award. Edward Mosley went on to win the award.

Learn at your own pace with the option of three, four and five-year study routes.

Careers and employability

Your career development

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2016/17).

If you complete your LLB with us and gain a 2.2 or above we will guarantee you a place on our excellent LLM Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors. If you are interested in a career as a barrister there is also the opportunity to progress on to our highly-regarded LLM Bar Professional Training Course. 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.

A Law degree doesn't just have to lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister however. On our LLB course you will gain a host of transferable skills including an international perspective and an appreciation of the law that many employers will value, both in the UK and overseas. 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 work placement opportunities

Work experience is a valuable addition to both your education and CV in today's competitive job market. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd and enhance your employability.

We encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience. You will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice, if you successfully undertake at least ten weeks' relevant experience. This certificate will demonstrate that you have:

  • developed practical skills
  • work-based competencies.

You will be responsible for organising your own placement, but the University will be there to support you. We will provide you with an introduction to the Certificate in Professional Practice and advice on securing placements if you are interested.

96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2016/17).

Our virtual learning environment (NOW) allows you to study online from anywhere at any time.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following:

  • five GCE / GCSE passes and two at A-level standard
  • four GCE / GCSE passes and three at A-level standard
  • BTEC National / Higher Certificate or Diploma
  • an appropriate Access course qualification
  • an appropriate Professional qualification
  • a degree in another discipline.

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following:

  • five GCE / GCSE passes and two at A-level standard
  • four GCE / GCSE passes and three at A-level standard
  • BTEC National / Higher Certificate or Diploma
  • an appropriate Access course qualification
  • an appropriate Professional qualification
  • a degree in another discipline.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

You must make arrangements for submission of your reference. An academic or professional reference (e.g. from your employer) will be acceptable. If you have difficulty with either of these, please contact the Law School Admissions team for advice. One reference is sufficient in the first instance. Please give the name of your second referee and we will contact them if we need to.

Your application will be considered by the course leader and a letter will be sent to you as soon as possible. If you require a receipt of your application form, please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation course page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Applications from students with no formal qualifications will be considered. We assess everyone individually taking into account any relevant life or work experience, references and your personal statement.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Applications for this course need to go directly to the University rather than through UCAS. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Writing your application and personal statement

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.

You must make arrangements for submission of your reference. An academic or professional reference (e.g. from your employer) will be acceptable. If you have difficulty with either of these, please contact the Law School Admissions team for advice. One reference is sufficient in the first instance. Please give the name of your second referee and we will contact them if we need to.

Your application will be considered by the course leader and a letter will be sent to you as soon as possible. If you require a receipt of your application form, please include a stamped addressed envelope.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications for this course need to go directly to the University rather than through UCAS. We will assess your application on an individual basis.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. You may need a visa to study here, so you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to NTU, please visit our how to apply page. Here you will be able to find information on applying for a visa.

Struggling to write your personal statement? We have prepared a helpful guide for this too.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

The Apply button at the top of this page will take you to the NTU Applicant Portal.

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.

For more information about the fees for this course, please visit our fees page.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

For more information about the fees for this course, please visit our fees page.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Further information on fees and funding

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

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