The BA Law meets the demand from highly qualified students who wish to combine the study law with other academic disciplines, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a career in legal practice.
Covering the foundations of English law, this qualifying law degree also offers you the opportunity to specialise in areas according to your own interests and future career plans.
You 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. The school has partner law schools in Australia, Canada, Europe (various countries), Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. 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 prospective employers and, in particular, the leading international firms of solicitors.
In year one you will take core modules in the Law of Contract, Public Law, and Understanding Law, as well as optional modules from outside the school.
In year two you will take further core modules in Criminal Law, Foundations of Tort and Land Law, as well as optional law modules and/or modules from outside the school.
In year three you will take the final core modules in the Law of Trusts and (currently) the Law of the European Union, as well as optional law modules and/or modules from outside the school.
If selected to transfer to one of our four-year degrees, you will spend your third year at a partner law school in another country. After this, you will return to Nottingham to complete your fourth and final year of study (as described in the preceding paragraph).
BA Law as a four-year degree
If selected to transfer to one of the four-year degrees, you will spend your third year at a partner law school in another country. This may be in Australia, Canada, Europe (various countries), Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA.
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Law with American law
You will spend your third year studying aspects of American law at the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Connecticut in the United States.
Law with Australian law
You will spend your third year studying aspects of Australian law 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.
Law with Canadian law
You will spend your third year studying aspects of Canadian law 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 aspects of Chinese and Hong Kong law at the University of Hong Kong. All teaching is in English.
Law with European law
You will spend your third year studying aspects of the relevant national law at one of the school's European partner institutions under the EU-funded SOCRATES/Erasmus scheme. The school has links with Vienna (Austria), Ghent (Belgium), Prague (Czech Republic), Copenhagen (Denmark), Roveniemi (Finland), Brest (France), Rome (Italy), Utrecht (Netherlands), Madrid (Spain) and Lund (Sweden). All teaching is in English (except for Brest and Madrid).
Law with New Zealand law
You will spend your third year studying aspects of New Zealand law at the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury.
Law with South East Asian law
You will spend your third year studying aspects of South-East Asian law at the National University of Singapore. All teaching is in English.
The school's Legal Skills Adviser helps law students with their legal skills. The aim is to ensure that every student, regardless of background or ability, has someone they can approach to discuss their legal study skills.
We also offer a Skillegal programme. This is a series of optional workshops on skills such as presentation, communication and negotiation, delivered by a range of law firms and chambers from London and the regions.
The University library houses a law collection of approximately 60,000 books, law reports series, journals and extensive electronic resources. There is also a dedicated law librarian.
- The School of Law is consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing 6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, and in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- This course is recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree allowing exemption from the whole of the Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) of the Law Society and the Bar
- We are one of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, in recognition of our commitment to developing students' quantitative expertise
- The School of Law is home to a number of student-run societies, which coordinate a wide variety of activities including careers and sporting events, volunteering opportunities, mooting competitions, and local and international trips