Law BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2018 entry

Qualification
Law BA Hons | BA Hons
UCAS code
M100
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
AAA
Required subjects
None specific; you must also take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)
IB score
36
Course location
Course places
174 (split with LLB Law)
School/department
 

Overview

Covering the same core areas as our Law LLB, this course also provides you with the opportunity to take up to 80 credits of modules outside the School of Law.
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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.

Year one

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.

Year two

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.

Year three

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.

View four-year course options

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.

 

Support

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.

Key facts

  • The School of Law is consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, 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
 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA excluding general studies and critical thinking

All A level subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences are regarded as acceptable (except for general studies and critical thinking). However, offers are not normally made to students presenting more than one non-traditional or practical subject (such as art, art and design, computer and information technology, dance, drama and theatre studies, graphics, media and communication studies, and sports and physical education studies). A higher score in the LNAT examination may be required of those applicants presenting non-traditional subjects.

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)

All applicants, including mature and overseas applicants, must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) exam if you are applying for 2018 entry (or deferred entry to 2019) for an undergraduate law degree at the University of Nottingham.

Find out more about the LNAT

How are LNAT results used?

The role of LNAT is to act as a second filter to distinguish between large numbers of similarly qualified applicants - it does not act as a replacement for A levels and/or other qualifications.

How do I book the LNAT exam?

Please visit the LNAT website to create an LNAT account - you will then be able to book your exam. The earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting a test slot on the day of your choice. You will need to enter your UCAS Personal Identifier number on your LNAT profile. If you take your LNAT exam after submitting your UCAS application, you must go back and enter your UCAS Personal Identifier number on your LNAT profile.

You may only sit the LNAT once in each admissions cycle. If you sit it twice in the same cycle, your second result will be void. If you decide to reapply in the following year, you must sit the test again in the next admissions cycle as LNAT results cannot be carried forward from one year to the next.

What are the key exam dates?

  • LNAT registration begins: 1 August 2017
  • Testing beings: 1 September 2017
  • Deadline to register/book your LNAT test: 15 January 2018 (this is to ensure that applicants get a test appointment before the final deadline of 20 January 2018)
  • Deadline to sit the LNAT: 20 January 2018 for the University of Nottingham

International applicants may submit their application after these deadlines - however, please note that courses may close early depending on the volume of applications. We would still advise you to sit your exam and submit your UCAS application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What score is necessary to 'succeed' at Nottingham?

It is not possible to say what LNAT score will be required in any particular year.

Contact details

Please contact the LNAT Administrator for any other questions. Alternatively, if you have an enquiry that is specific to the School of Law at the University of Nottingham, please contact us.

 

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.

International applicants

We welcome students from all over the world and have a dedicated International Office that offers guidance and advice for international applicants.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

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. 

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

Please view our frequently asked questions for further information.

 
 

Modules

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. 

 
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.

 
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). 

 
Public Law B

This module covers the procedures and major principles of judicial review of administrative action and fundamental aspects of civil liberties law, including the powers of the police.

 
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
 

Plus 40 credits of modules from outside the school.


Q-Step Quantitative Methods pathway

You can choose to take a specialised pathway as part of your course, graduating with a BA Law (Quantitative Methods) degree. This pathway is designed to integrate training in the quantitative analysis of a range of datasets. In order to graduate with the 'Quantitative Methods' qualifier, you will need to follow the Q-Step pathway through your degree, selecting 20 credits of Q-Step modules per year (as well as applying the quantitative skills you have developed to your dissertation).

Quantitative Methods for Social Science 1

This module focuses on quantitative methods for the social sciences, and in particular the acquisition of 'quantitative literacy'. The main topics of interest are:

  • the character of quantitative data
  • their use in description, explanation and forecasting
  • their visualisation
  • character and use of inferential statistics in the social sciences
  • estimation
  • performing basic hypothesis tests
  • evaluating reports of quantitative analyses as used in policy, business, regulations and academic literature
  • working with statistical software

Throughout the semester there are weekly one-hour lectures, weekly two-hour seminars, plus two four-hour workshops. The module assessment is one 2,000-word piece of coursework.

 
Quantitative Methods for Social Science 2

This module continues from Quantitative Methods for Social Science 1, which is a prerequisite. The main topics of interest are the character and use of multivariate analysis, and the application of these topics in empirical social science research and in applied non-academic research. Practical training in these topics will be an integral part of the module.

Throughout the semester there are weekly two-hour lectures, weekly two-hour seminars, plus two four-hour workshops. The module assessment is one 2,000-word piece of coursework.

 
 

Year two modules

Core modules

Criminal Law

This module includes an introduction to the general principles of criminal law and the study of some offences.

 
Foundations of Tort A

The module covers basic principles of the tort of negligence.

 
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.

 
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. 

 

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. 

 
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. 

 
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. 

 
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. 

 
International Human Rights

The module will examine the essential elements of international human rights law system - conceptual, substantive and institutional. The course will develop from an introduction and historical overview of international human rights law to consider the nature of human rights obligations in international law and the various mechanisms created to promote and protect human rights.

Substantive rights will be used as case studies to examine each of these aspects of the international human rights system.

 
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. 

 
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.

 

Instead of optional law modules, you may take up to 40 credits of modules from outside the school across years two and three.

 

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. 

 
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.

 

Optional modules include:

Dissertation

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

 
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.

 
International Humanitarian Law

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

You 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.

 
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.

 
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. 

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

 
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
 
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 case law in their social, historical and theoretical contexts. This module does not cover children's services.

 
Tax Law

The module will begin with a brief consideration of how tax law is derived and applied. The module will then consider the basic charging provision of three taxes: income tax, as it relates to employees and businesses, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

 

Instead of optional law modules, you may take up to 40 credits of modules from outside the school across years two and three.

 

 

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. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Study abroad

The University of Nottingham has one of most extensive and diverse study abroad programmes in the UK and those who have studied abroad often say that the experience greatly enhanced their academic and personal development.

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.

 

Careers

A degree from the School of Law will equip you with a thorough knowledge of English law and an in-depth understanding of the areas in which you choose to specialise. A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete legal training relevant to that of a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course).

Those seeking careers outside of law use their degree to gain access to a wide variety of professions and organisations such as consultancies, business advisory services, marketing, civil service, public relations, accountancy and campaigning.

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.

Overseas practice

Law graduates from the University of Nottingham may be eligible to practise overseas including in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Singapore, where admission to the Bar (or equivalent) can be attained subject to meeting the jurisdictions' conditions. View further details.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 95% 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 £20,685 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home first-degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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.

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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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. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* 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

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

 
 
 

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