School of Law

Law with American Law LLB/BA

The four-year Law with American Law degree programme involves students spending their third year studying American law at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Connecticut in Hartford, Washington University in St Louis or University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

American Law

Students spend their first, second and fourth years at Nottingham, following the usual three-year degree programmes.

During the year abroad, students study a combination of prescribed and elective courses in American law, attending the same classes as American students.

Benefits of studying abroad

The programme provides students with an opportunity to study a different legal system and its law in a different educational environment. It should offer a remarkable educational and cultural experience for them.

Students participating in the programme have proved to be very attractive to employers and, in particular, to the leading international firms of solicitors.

About the universities

The University of Texas, the University of Michigan and Washington University St Louis are among the best American law schools. They each have an excellent reputation for teaching and research and they offer first-rate facilities.

The University of Connecticut Law School is one of the leading public law schools in the country with an excellent reputation for teaching and research. The attractive campus, with its recently completed law library, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

The University of Connecticut is also a member of Universitas 21, a group of elite universities from around the world, which also includes The University of Nottingham. One of the principal activities of Universitas 21 is the operation of student exchange schemes.


Students attending the University of Texas are required to pay reduced tuition fees to the University of Texas, although these are subsidised by the University of Nottingham School of Law. It is impossible to give a precise figure, since it depends in part on currency exchange rates. However, as a result of recent exchange rate movements the fees have been increased from approximately £3,000 to nearer £4,000 per student for the year.

Under the Universitas 21 scheme, no tuition fees are payable by students attending the University of Connecticut. However, all students on the four-year programmes pay a fee to the University of Nottingham, which is currently set at £1,385 for Home students.

No tuition fees are payable by students attending Washington University in St Louis or the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. However, all students on the four-year programmes pay a fee to the University of Nottingham, which is currently set at £1,385 for Home students.

There is also the cost of return travel to the United States and medical insurance to cover hospitalisation. Accommodation costs and living expenses in Austin, Hartford, St Louis and Ann Arbor are not dissimilar to those in Nottingham.

The total difference in costs between a year at Nottingham and a year studying in the United States will depend on discretionary spending and how students spend their vacations, in particular, how much travelling they do.


Students are not admitted to the University of Nottingham to read for the Law with American Law degree. For this reason it is not in the UCAS handbook.

The practice is to transfer 10 undergraduate students who have been admitted to the school and successfully completed their first year of study on either the LLB Law or the BA Law degree courses.

The precise number of places is agreed with the law schools each year. Students will be selected for transfer on the basis of their examination performance in their first year of study, a legal reasoning test, an interview and their suitability for study abroad.

Further information

Students who are interested in the Law with American Law programme should address further enquiries to

Preliminary meetings providing detailed information will be held in October and students must submit their applications in the November of their second year.

Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.



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