Law BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:M100
Qualification:BA Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Law BA Hons
UCAS code
UCAS code
M100
Qualification
Law BA Hons | BA Hons
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
A*AA 
Required subjects
National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted 
IB score
38
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
174 (split with LLB Law)
School/department
 

Overview

Covering the same core areas as our Law LLB, this course also provides students with the opportunity to take up to 80 credits of modules outside the School of Law.
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The BA Law is an excellent programme that meets the demand from highly qualified students who wish to study law as an academic discipline, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a career in legal practice.

In addition to the study of the foundation subjects of English law, this programme allows you to specialise in areas of law according to your own interests and future career plans. As such, you will be able to spend time on modules offered from outside the School of Law.

Students may apply at the beginning of year two to be transferred to one of the school's four-year degree courses, which incorporate a year abroad studying the law of that country. Successful students can choose between America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. However, this is highly competitive and transfer should not be assumed. For those intending to follow a legal career, the grounding in different legal systems will prove very attractive to employers and, in particular, the leading international firms of solicitors.

Year one 

In year one you will take Understanding Law, Public Law, and Law of Contract. BA students also take optional modules from outside the school.

Year two

In year two you will take Foundations of Tort. Students can also take up to one third of their subjects from law option/subsidiary modules.

Year three

In year three you will take Law of Trusts and Law of the European Union. During this year, students can take up to one half of their subjects from law option/subsidiary modules.

BA Law as a four-year degree 

If you opt for a four-year degree (a choice made early in your second year), you will be given the opportunity to spend the third year at a partner university in another country. This may be in America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand or Singapore. You will return to Nottingham for your fourth year to complete your degree by studying those subjects normally taken in year three. 

Law with American law 

You will spend your third year studying American law at the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Connecticut in the United States. Two scholarships, sponsored by leading solicitors' firms, are available on a competitive basis for those students studying at the University of Texas.

Law with Australian law 

You will spend your third year studying at the Australian National University in Canberra, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the University of Sydney or the University of Western Australia in Perth. One scholarship, sponsored by a leading solicitors' firm, is available on a competitive basis.

Law with Canadian law 

You will spend your third year studying at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, or the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Law with Chinese law (Hong Kong) 

You will spend your third year studying at the University of Hong Kong. All teaching is in English.

Law with European law 

You will spend your third year at one of the school's European partner institutions under the EU-funded SOCRATES/Erasmus scheme. The school has links with Brest (France), has links with Brest (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Ghent (Belgium), Lund (Sweden), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), Roveniemi (Finland), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Vienna (Austria).

Law with New Zealand law 

You will spend your third year studying at the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury.

Law with South East Asian law 

You will spend your third year studying law at the National University of Singapore. All teaching is in English.

One scholarship, sponsored by a leading solicitors' firm, is available on a competitive basis. The school believes that these degrees will provide an extremely valuable educational and cultural experience. For those of you intending to follow a legal career, the grounding in different legal systems will prove very attractive to employers and, in particular, the leading international firms of solicitors.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: A*AA, National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted

English language requirements 

IELTS: 7.0 (including 7.0 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

View the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results. 

Our standard offer is A*AA at A level. In order to be eligible for an offer, candidates must be predicted to achieve at least AAA at A level. General studies and critical thinking are not included in the achievement of A level grades.

Candidates taking examinations in other systems (for example International Baccalaureate and other EU systems) will be expected to achieve an equivalent level of attainment.

Required subjects

All A level subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences are regarded as acceptable. However, offers are not normally made to students presenting more than one non-traditional or practically orientated subject. A higher score in the LNAT examination may be required of those applicants presenting non-traditional subjects. 

 
 

Modules

Typical year one modules

Core modules

Law of Contract A

This module is concerned with aspects of the substantive principles of general contact law. Topics include aspects of contract formation and vitiating factors. 

This module aims to:

  • enable students to understand and apply the principles of the law of contract
  • build a sound understanding of the legal principles underlying the formation of contracts and to develop legal skills of analysis and critique
 
Law of Contract B

The module continues the study of the substantive principles of general contract law commenced in 'Law of Contract A'. Topics considered include certain vitiating factors, the contents of contracts, and discharge and remedies.

This module aims to:

  • enable students to understand and apply the principles of the law of contract
  • acquire a thorough understanding of the principles of contract law and to enable students to analyse, apply and critique such principles 
 
Public Law A

The module examines the nature of constitutionalism and the structure of the UK state. Core constitutional concepts - limitations on governmental power, the rule of law, human rights - are analysed. 

The module examines changes that have taken place in relation to the traditional notion of parliamentary sovereignty with reference to the UK's membership of the EC/EU and the incorporation of the ECHR via the Human Rights Act. Other topics covered include: devolution, the civil service, New Public Management, and judicial review (introductory). 

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the language and nature of the discourse of constitutionalism
  • make students aware of the basic constitutional framework that currently operates in the UK and the changes that it has recently undergone 
 
Public Law B

The procedures and major principles of judicial review of administrative action. Fundamental aspects of civil liberties law, including the powers of the police.

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the legal principles of judicial review of administrative actions and the scope of protection of civil liberties in the United Kingdom
  • enable students to understand the fundamental aspects of judicial review and the protection of basic civil liberties in the United Kingdom
 
Understanding Law

The module provides an introduction to the basic techniques of legal study and encourages the development of a critical approach to understanding law in its context. The module comprises two parts: 

  • Legal Method 
  • A Critical Introduction

This module aims to:

  • provide the students with a critical framework with which to evaluate the substantive legal concepts which they encounter in the remainder of the degree course 
  • develop an appreciation of the social and other pressures that shape the development of the law
  • develop the ability to reflect on fundamental social concepts such as justice, liberty and rights
  • build a number of research, analytic and writing skills which will be used throughout the degree
 

Plus subsidiary modules (20 credits).

 

Typical year two modules

Core modules

Criminal Law

This module studies the general principles of criminal law and the study of some offences and ensures that a student can apply these general principles and is familiar with the principle offenses.

This module aims to:

  • develop an understanding of substantive criminal law
  • develop critical and analytical legal reasoning skills
  • develop oral and written presentation skills
 
Foundations of Tort A

The module covers basic principles of the tort of negligence.

This module aims to:

  • begin to develop an understanding of the tort of negligence and, through that, of general principles of the law of tort
  • introduce students to techniques of analysing legal problems
  • enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the law of negligence in its application to physical injury and damage through answers to problem questions
 
Foundations of Tort B

This module builds on Foundations of Tort A, continues the study of the tort of negligence and covers other major torts.

This module aims to:

  • develop further the understanding of the tort of negligence and other major torts
  • develop further techniques of problem analysis
  • enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the major torts through essays and problem answers
 
Land Law

This module examines the nature of land ownership in English law, and the conceptual framework of the creation and transfer of estates and interests in land. This module also examines the principal third party interests affecting land, with particular emphasis on their creation/acquisition and their protection through changes of ownership. 

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the nature of land ownership in English law and the conceptual framework of the creation and transfer of estates and interests in land 
  • introduce students to the principal third party interests affecting land 
  • encourage students to examine critically the substance of the present law and the Law Commission proposals for reform 
 

Optional modules

Classical Legal Theory

This module examines the classical theoretical approaches to the nature of law as a means of formal regulation, and the limitations imposed upon its operation by practical and ethical considerations. 

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the classical theoretical approaches to the understanding of law and legal scholarship
  • give the ability to compare variant analyses of legal rules and their operation
 
Employment Law

Employment law is concerned with redressing inequalities in the contractual bargain between the employer and worker. The module is primarily concerned with individual employment law, both common law and statute, although it must be understood in the context of the law of industrial relations and standardisation at international and European levels. In the introduction to the module the role of the Employment Tribunal and other bodies concerned with adjudication and the resolution of employment disputes will be explained.  

Specific areas of substantive employment law covered include:

  • employment and other work relationships 
  • the contract of employment (creation and content)  
  • termination of employment, including unfair dismissal and redundancy 
  • regulation of wages and working time 
  • rights of part-time and fixed-term and agency workers  
  • protection for applicants and workers against discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation under the Equality Act 

This module aims to:

  • explore employment law as an academic discipline 
  • provide a comprehensive study of the law governing the individual employment relationship and the adjudication of disputes between employers and workers
 
Family Law

This module involves a critical analysis of the law relating to spouses and cohabitants. It focuses on the definition of the family in law, on legal remedies for domestic violence, and on the regulation and legal consequences of marriage breakdown. 

This module aims to:

  • develop an understanding of substantive family law 
  • encourage a critical and reform-oriented approach to the study of law 
  • encourage awareness of the social and practical implications of legal rules 
  • encourage consideration of the relative merits of, and the inter-relationship between, legal and non-legal solutions to family law problems 
 
Foundations of Public International Law

This module introduces the foundations and general institutional structures of public international law as a means of regulating the conduct of States.  

It will consider the sources of public international law, the basic concepts of statehood and recognition, the subjects of the international legal system, the rise of institutions and the evolution of doctrines such as jurisdiction and state responsibility. 

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the fundamental structures of international legal order 
  • develop analytical abilities in relation to the legal basis of international affairs 
 
International Human Rights

The module will examine the essential elements of international human rights law - conceptual, institutional and substantive. The course will develop from an introduction and historical overview of international human rights law to an examination of the sources of the law.  

Students will be guided to explore the nature of these obligations before moving on to examine the United Nations, regional and domestic institutional mechanisms created to promote and protect human rights. Finally, focussed attention will be given to a selection of rights and principles. 

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the essential elements of international human rights law - conceptual, institutional and substantive - in an interactive and flexible manner
  • enable students to acquire or develop the skills of identifying, evaluating and using international human rights law material 
 
Legal Issues in Health Care

This module analyses the rights of patients, in the context of treatment provision, confidentiality, and the right of free movement in the EU internal market. The module asks questions about the construction of the body, by medicine and law, and the role of the state in the provision of healthcare. 

This module aims to:

  • facilitate the appreciation, analysis and critique of legal and ethical issues arising in healthcare practice
 
Maritime Law

This module considers the law regarding a number of topics relating to maritime casualties and their aftermath, such as limitation of liability, collisions, salvage and oil pollution.

This module aims to:

  • understand the law relating to a variety of topics in the area of maritime law and the relationship between them
 
 

Typical year three modules

Core modules

Law of the European Union

This module analyses the legal order established by the European Union (EU) treaties. It considers the law governing the establishment and operation of the EU, including the methods for enforcement of EU law.  This module also considers the substantive law of the European Union. It involves a detailed examination of the law relating to the internal market, and related areas of EU law. 

This module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the legal principles and legal methodology underlying the establishment and maintenance of the integration envisaged by the European Union treaties
 
Law of Trusts

This module examines the conceptual context of trusts, and the requirements for the creation and validity of express private trusts and charitable trusts. This module also examines resulting and constructive trusts, the duties of trustees and the imposition of fiduciary liability, together with associated remedies.

This module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the nature and uses of the trust machinery
  • enable students to understand the nature, extent and remedies for breach of fiduciary relationships
 

Optional modules

Dissertation

Students will explore a topic of their choice under the supervision of a member of staff. The nature and topic of the dissertation will be decided by the student and the proposed supervisor. The dissertation will normally be an essay of 46 pages, exclusive of bibliography.

The module is directed to students wishing to engage in detailed research on topics either covered more generally elsewhere in the curriculum, or not covered in the curriculum.

 
Intellectual Property

The module examines the rationale for intellectual property rights and their commercial importance; the national, European and wider international dimensions of the legal regulation of intellectual property rights; and the law governing the acquisition, exploitation and infringement of copyright and allied rights, including the application of copyright law in the context of modern information technology developments.

This module aims to:

  • facilitate the understanding of the nature and function of intellectual property rights and of the law relating to intellectual property rights, with particular reference to copyright and allied rights 
  • develop a knowledge of some of the theoretical issues surrounding intellectual property rights of the national, European and wider international dimensions of legal regulation of intellectual property rights and of the UK statutory framework and relevant case law governing the acquisition
 
International Humanitarian Law

The module will examine the essential elements of international humanitarian law - conceptual, institutional and substantive. The course will develop from an introduction and historical overview of international humanitarian law to an examination of the sources of the law. 

Candidates will then examine the form of armed conflicts in which these laws operate, paying particular attention to such issues as the classification and treatment of combatants, targeting rules and weaponry usage. It will then consider issues relating to the implementation of enforcement of the law.

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the essential elements of international humanitarian law - conceptual, institutional and substantive - in an interactive and flexible manner

There will be a focus on enabling students to acquire or develop the skills of identifying, evaluating and using international humanitarian law material.

 
Issues in Company Law

This module seeks to deal with fundamental and complex issues of corporate law. In the beginning we will set 'the scene' by looking at various business mediums available while focusing on the distinction between private and public companies. 

We will examine how companies are formed, and the consequences of formation - discussing concepts such as the corporate legal personality and the corporate 'veil', and the phenomenon of the corporate group. We will also examine contractual and non-contractual liability of companies and those dealing with them; and finally we will consider various issues relating to shareholding and the share capital of companies.

This module aims to:

  • provide an understanding of complex issues pertaining to corporations
  • solve complex factual problems using the legal knowledge and principles gained in this course
 
Mental Health Law and Policy

This module concerns the law relating to people in the psychiatric system. Issues - including hospital admissions, treatment, competency and guardianship, and advocacy on behalf of the mad - are discussed from a variety of perspectives including patient rights, social control, and medical humanitarianism. 

Underlying the module is the question of what madness is, how it is to be responded to, and whether the existing legal provisions are sufficient or appropriate. 

Mental health provides an ideal opportunity to examine the interrelations between law, social policy and social theory. The module will introduce a variety of these perspectives, including patient rights, social control and medical humanitarianism. Underlying the discussion will be the broader issue of what madness is, and how it is to be responded to.

 
Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law

Corporate insolvency gives rise to a number of fascinating and complex questions. Which assets can be claimed by the company's creditors? What should be done with them? How should the proceeds raised be distributed amongst the creditors? How should those responsible for the losses be dealt with? 

The course seeks to develop an understanding of the ways these issues are resolved by the current law. Students will be expected to analyse and evaluate the law, and consideration will be paid to the real-world context in which insolvency disputes arise.

This module aims to:

  • enable students to understand and employ the major legal rules relating to corporate insolvency
  • enable students to analyse and critique the principles underlying these rules
  • allow students to gain an overview of the context in which corporate insolvency proceedings take place
  • develop general analytical and critical skills, and to build upon earlier foundation work and to bring together experience from a wide range of subjects to the curriculum
 
Principles of Criminal Evidence

An introduction to the major principles of criminal evidence, including: 

  • relevance and factual reasoning in criminal adjudication
  • discretionary exclusion and the concept of a fair trial
  • confessions
  • character evidence
  • hearsay
  • presumption of innocence and burdens of proof
  • witness evidence
  • examination-in-chief and cross-examination
  • special measures for vulnerable witnesses
  • privilege against self-incrimination
  • expert witnesses and scientific evidence

This module aims to:

  • provide a basic introduction to the fundamentals of criminal evidence
  • illuminate the relationship between legal theory and practice in a particular concrete area of law
  • develop skills of forensic reasoning and problem-solving
  • develop skills of doctrinal and conceptual legal analysis
  • illuminate the moral and political foundations of positive law (for example, with regard to the concept of 'fair trial' under the Human Rights Act)
  • foster critical reflection on the development and reform of the law
 
Social Welfare and the Law

This module will examine the law governing care in the community, welfare benefits and housing provision. 

It will have a particular focus upon the ways in which social welfare law affects the lives of specific groups of individuals such as disabled adults, adults with mental health needs and adults who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. 

The object of the module will be to place legislation and caselaw in their social, historical and theoretical contexts. This module does not cover children's services.

This module aims to:

  • establish the substantive knowledge of law indicated in the summary and to establish the related skills described under learning outcomes
 
Tax Law A

This module will begin with a brief consideration of how tax law is derived and applied. The module will then consider the basic charging provisions of income tax with a particular emphasis on businesses and their employees.

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the laws relating to income tax
 
 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Study abroad

The University of Nottingham has one of the biggest and most diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, and those who have studied abroad often say that it was the highlight of their time as a student.

At the beginning of the second year of this course, you may apply to be transferred to one of our four-year international courses which incorporate a year abroad studying the law of your chosen country. Successful students can choose between America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. This is a highly competitive process and successful students will graduate with grounding in different legal systems, which will prove very attractive to employers and, in particular, leading international firms of solicitors.

Find out more.

 

Careers

Upon completing this course, you will have a thorough knowledge of English law and an in-depth understanding of the areas you chose to specialise in. You will have completed the academic stage of training required for a career in law and will have also developed transferable skills suitable for a range of careers, including communication skills, and the ability to think critically and analytically, to conduct independent research and to work in groups. 

Professional recognition 

 solicitors-regulation-authority   BSB

This course is recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 92% of first-degree graduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,334 with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. 

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers. 

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students. 

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.  
 
 

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