School of Law

Law with International Legal Studies LLB/BA

The four-year Law with International Legal Studies degree programme involves students spending their third year studying New Zealand Law at the University of Auckland, or the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, or South African Law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

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

New Zealand Law

During the year abroad, students study a combination of prescribed and elective courses in New Zealand law or South African law, attending the same classes as New Zealand or South African 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

All law schools in the programme are among the best law schools. They enjoy an excellent reputation for teaching and research and offer first-rate facilities. They have extensive programmes of international student exchanges.

The University of Auckland is 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.

The exchange programmes with the University of Canterbury and Stellenbosch University are the subject of a bilateral agreement with the University of Nottingham School of Law.


Under the Universitas 21 scheme, no tuition fees are payable by students attending the University of Auckland. Similarly, no tuition fees are payable under the bilateral agreement with the University of Canterbury and Stellenbosch University. 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 New Zealand or South Africa and medical insurance to cover hospitalisation. Accommodation costs and living expenses in New Zealand and South Africa are not dissimilar to those in Nottingham.

The total difference in costs between a year at Nottingham and a year studying in New Zealand or South Africa 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 International Legal Studies degree. For this reason it is not in the UCAS handbook.

The practice is to transfer up to two 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 International Legal Studies 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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