Law with German and German Law BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2018 entry

Qualification
Law with German and German Law | BA Hons
UCAS code
M1R2
Duration
4 years full-time (year 3 out)
A level offer
AAA
Required subjects
German; plus Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)
IB score
36; 6 in German at Higher Level
Course location
Course places
6
School/department

Law

 

Overview

This four-year course is offered by the School of Law in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
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This course will equip you with a legal qualification based on English law as well as an appreciation of German law. You will also develop advanced German language skills and a cultural awareness of Germany.

Applicants must have studied A level German and there is a compulsory third year abroad in Germany.

Year one

In year one you will take core modules in the Law of Contract, Public Law and Understanding Law and core language modules as well as an introductory module into the study of German.

Year two

In year two you will take further core modules in Criminal Law, Foundations of Tort and Land Law and core language modules. In addition, you will take Civil Law: A Comparative Introduction. This is designed to ensure that you are able to spend the third year abroad - equipped not only with the language skills required, but also with a legal grounding that will widen your learning opportunities in the host country. This reflects the integrated structure of this degree.

Year three

In year three you will be expected to study German at either Georg-August-Universität Göttingen or Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Year four

In year four you will take the final core modules in the Law of Trusts and (currently) the Law of the European Union and core and optional language modules.

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 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
 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA including German and 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.

Please view our frequently asked questions for further information.

 
 

Modules

Year one modules

Core modules

German 1

This module will improve your command of written and spoken German. Taking up the four skill areas of A level work (writing, reading, listening and speaking), it aims to develop them through a variety of exercises towards the level required in year two.

 
Introduction to German Studies

This module will provide an introduction to the study of German. It will cover the main fields of German studies (literature, culture, history, linguistics, media) as well as the study skills required for academic study (critical and analytic skills, reading skills, presentation skills, writing skills).

 
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
 
 

Year two modules

Core modules

Civil Law: A Comparative Introduction

This module introduces you to the civil law tradition as practised on the continent of Europe by comparing its history and main features with the common law tradition as practised in the United Kingdom. 

It will pay particular attention to the legal systems of France and Germany (although reference will be made to Spain, the Netherlands and other European jurisdictions), and will emphasise the principal areas of private law (contract, tort and property). 

It will cover:

  • the structure of civilian legal systems, including the constitutional and institutional context
  • sources of law and legal development
  • basic features of contract, tort and property law
  • harmonisation of law and the emergence of a European private law
  • the methodological challenges of legal comparison

All students will be exposed to the same core content, but seminars will provide opportunities to acquire deeper knowledge of a chosen legal system. Lectures will be in English but seminars will, when possible, also be offered in other European languages so as to enable those with the necessary linguistic skills to acquire and develop a legal vocabulary in the pertinent language.

 
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.

 
German Language

This module will consolidate your proficiency in the four skill areas of German Language 1 (writing, reading, listening and speaking) and develop these further. The vehicles for instruction will be texts from newspapers and other sources, which will be used for discussion of translation issues and grammatical structures, linguistic analysis and textual comparison, oral presentation, and essay and CV writing.

The module will use texts that cover a broad range of general, journalistic and academic topics, as well as those that will help to prepare you for living, working and studying during your year abroad.

 
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.

 
 

Year three modules

Year three is spent studying at either Georg-August-Universität Göttingen or Leibniz Universität Hannover.

 

Year four modules

Core modules

German Language

This module will further enhance your practical command and effective understanding in the four skill areas of German Language 2/German Post Beginners (writing, reading, listening and speaking) and develop these further, including their translation skills.

Classes will use a broad variety of authentic German texts from a range of registers and topics to develop your translation skills towards professional standards for translation into English and to further improve your proficiency in written and spoken German with the support of native speakers. Working with texts and class discussions are the key features of this module. You are encouraged to reflect on your year abroad.

 
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.

 

Plus 40 credits from a range of modules on German studies.

 

 

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.

 
 

Year abroad

The University of Nottingham has one of the 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.

Offered in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, this course includes a year abroad. You will spend your third year studying law at a university in Germany (teaching is in German).

The year abroad is an essential part of this course as it allows you to experience the study of law in your chosen language in a culture where it is spoken natively, as well as providing you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability.

 

Careers

This degree will equip you with a thorough knowledge of English law and encourage an appreciation of German law. You will also develop advanced language skills in German as well as cultural awareness.

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

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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

93.6% of undergraduates from 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 £22,509 with the highest being £40,000.*

94.2% of undergraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,336 with the highest being £31,000.*

The School of Law ranked 5th in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with graduates earning an average of £4,844 more than expected five years after graduation.**

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

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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Assessment

This course involves a period of study abroad during year three.  This year will include formal assessments which must be completed successfully in order to progress on the course.  The assessment, on average, consists of 20% exam and 80% practical, although the balance of assessment will vary depending on the University attended and the modules selected.

This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment

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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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