Law with German and German Law BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:M1R2
Qualification:BA Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:Law with German and German Law
UCAS code
UCAS code
M1R2
Qualification
Law with German and German Law | BA Hons
Duration
4 years full-time (year 3 out)
A level offer
AAA 
Required subjects
German A level; National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted 
IB score
38 (including a 6 in German at Higher Level)
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
School/department

Law

 

Overview

Incorporating a year abroad, this four-year course equips graduates with a legal qualification based on English law as well as an appreciation of European and German law.
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This innovative course is offered by the School of Law in collaboration with the University's Department of German Studies. It is offered as a direct-entry, four-year degree programme.

The course is designed to equip you with a legal qualification based on English law and to encourage an appreciation of European law and German. The programme will provide a solid foundation, not only for a career in law, but for one with a European dimension. You will also develop advanced language skills in German and cultural awareness of the respective country.

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

Year one 

The three years which are spent in Nottingham involve two-thirds of your time being spent in the School of Law and one-third in the relevant language department (although there is some scope for flexibility in your final year of study).

Your first year comprises a timetable of compulsory law modules, compulsory language modules and options in German.

Year two 

During your second year, you will study some compulsory law modules, compulsory language modules and optional choices in the relevant language.

Additionally, the second year includes the module 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 law/language structure of the degree.

Year three 

During your third year, you will be expected to study German at either The University of Hannover or University of Göttingen.

Year four 

The fourth year offers some compulsory law modules, compulsory language modules and a choice of optional language modules.

In year four you will take Law of Trusts, Law of the European Union, German 3, plus optional modules from German.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA; National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted; German at A level

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.

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

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).

This module aims to introduce students to the full range of disciplines which contitute German Studies in the UK.  

 
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
 
 

Typical year two modules 

Core modules

Civil Law: A Comparative Introduction

This module introduces students 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 contex
  • 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.

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the main features and basic concepts of the civilian legal tradition, as well as its differences and similarities with the common law tradition, which provides the bulk of the subject matter of their studies at Nottingham

This will not only acquaint students with legal systems that they are increasingly likely to come into contact with during the rest of their studies and their professional careers, but will also develop their understanding of legal change, especially the harmonisation of private law in Europe. 

Students intending to study a year abroad in Europe as part of their Nottingham law degree will be able to acquire a basic knowledge of the structure and concepts of the systems in which they will study as well as methodological tools for integrating their year abroad with their study of English law.

 
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 
 
 

Typical year three modules

Year three is spent studying at a German university. For more information, please refer to the the Department of German Studies.

 

Typical year four 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
 

Plus two 10-credit optional German modules.

 

 

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.

 
 

Year 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.

Offered in collaboration with the Department of German Studies, this course includes a year abroad. You'll 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.

Find out more.

 

Careers

This course is designed to equip you with a legal qualification based on English law and to encourage an appreciation of European law and German law. The programme will provide a solid foundation, not only for a career in law, but for one with a European dimension. You will also develop advanced language skills in German as well as cultural awareness.

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.*

In 2014, 96% of first-degree graduates in the Department of German Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,455 with the highest being £27,000.*

* 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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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.

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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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