The BA Law 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.
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. As such, this course also provides you with the opportunity to take up to 80 credits of modules 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.
In year one you will take compulsory law modules such as Law of Contract, Public Law, and Understanding Law, as well as optional modules from outside the school.
In your second year, you will typically take Criminal Law, Foundations of Tort and Land Law, as well as a number of optional/subsidiary modules.
In year three you can take up to a half of your subjects from optional law modules. 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.
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 Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore or Hong Kong. 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.