The LLB and the BA (Law) are excellent programmes that meet 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. In addition to the study of the foundation subjects of English law, both programmes allow you to specialise in areas of law according to your own interests and future career plans.
LLB students devote most, if not all, of their time to the study of law, whereas BA (Law) students can spend more of their time on modules outside the School of Law.
Students registered on either course may apply at the beginning of year two to be transferred on 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, China, Europe, New Zealand, and South East Asia (see right). However, this is highly competitive and transfer cannot 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, to leading international firms of solicitors.
In year one you take Understanding Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract and Foundations of Tort (LLB). BA students also take optional modules from outside the School.
In year two you will take Land Law, Law of the European Union (LLB only) and Criminal Law (BA students will take Foundations of Tort). LLB students will take one or two optional law modules while BA students can take up to one third of their subjects from law option/subsidiary modules.
In year three you will take Law of Trusts (BA students will also take Law of the European Union), LLB students will take up to six optional modules while BA students can take up to one half of their subjects from law option/subsidiary modules.
LLB Law as a four-year degree
If you opt for a four-year degree (a choice made early in your second year), you will be given the opportunity to study the third year at a partner university 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. Three 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 University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney or the University of Western Australia. 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 Western Ontario or the University of British Columbia.
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), Ghent (Belgium), Roveniemi (Finland), Neuchatel (Switzerland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Utrecht (Netherlands), Vienna (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic).
Law with New Zealand Law
You will spend your third year studying at the University of Auckland.
Law with South East Asian Law
Your 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. The School believes that these degrees will provide an extremely valuable educational and cultural experience. For those of you 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.
A levels: A*AA, National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 22 in any element)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
You will have a thorough knowledge of English law and an in-depth understanding of the areas you chose to specialise in. 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.
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 2012, 95.7% 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 £21,088 with the highest being £42,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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.
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.
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.
The International Office provides support and advice on financing your degree and offers a number of scholarships to help you with tuition fees and living costs.