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Course overview

This qualifying law degree thoroughly covers the foundations of English law through core modules covering areas including tort, contract, trusts, criminal law and public law. It enables you to undertake further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

Our optional modules enable you to specialise in the areas of law that interest you. If you don't want to practice law, you can choose optional modules from different subjects outside of the school which will expand your knowledge and career opportunities in a wide variety of sectors.

You could also have the option to spend a year studying different legal systems at a partner law school in locations including Australia, Canada, Europe or the USA. This will give a global perspective to your studies and would look great on your CV. 

Why choose this course?

  • Recognised by the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree
  • Spend a year abroad, studying the law of that country, if successful in transferring to one of our four-year degrees
  • Workshops and one-to-one sessions develop your legal skills and confidence
  • Award-winning student societies offer mooting competitions, international trips and volunteering opportunities
  • Annual law fair offers the chance to network with over 70 legal organisations

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level offer AAA excluding general studies and critical thinking
IB score 36

All A level subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences are 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). 

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)

What is the LNAT?

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) is 2 hours, 15 minutes long. It is made up of two sections:

Multiple choice questions

  • You will have 1 hour 35 minutes to answer 42 questions
  • You will have 12 short passages to read, and you will then have three or four questions about each passage
  • The questions are designed to test your reading comprehension and logical reasoning skills
  • The test does not use ‘negative marking’: you will not lose a mark for an incorrect answer

Essay

  • You will have 40 minutes to answer one essay question
  • You will have three questions to choose from

Why do you ask for the LNAT?

  • The role of LNAT is to help us to distinguish between large numbers of similarly qualified applicants
  • It provides us with further information beyond that contained in your UCAS application about your aptitude for law, but we take your entire application into consideration
  • It doesn’t replace A levels and/or other qualifications

When do I have to take the LNAT?

  • If you are applying to study law with us for 2021 entry, you must sit your LNAT exam by 20 January 2021
  • You may only sit the LNAT once in each admissions cycle (any subsequent results will be void) and results cannot be carried forward

How do I book to sit the test?

  • Please visit the LNAT website to create an LNAT account and 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
  • If you have any extenuating circumstances, please notify the test centre who will then notify us

Are there any key dates I need to be aware of?

  • LNAT registration begins: 1 August 2020
  • Testing begins: 1 September 2020
  • Deadline to register/book the test: 15 January 2021 (to ensure that you take your test before the final deadline)
  • Deadline to sit the test: 20 January 2021 (for the University of Nottingham)

The deadline to sit the test is final and cannot be extended. International applicants may submit their application after these deadlines however, 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 happens after I’ve sat the test?

  • Your results will be sent straight to us and we are not able to let you know your score in advance
  • Once we have your result, we’ll take it into consideration alongside your UCAS application
  • We’ll then contact you as soon as possible to let you know if we are making you an offer to study with us

How long will it take to hear back from you?

  • We can’t really say, but we understand that it can be really stressful to wait for an offer
  • Please be assured that we process applications as quickly as possible

What if I have any queries?

  • Please contact LNAT with any questions
  • If you have an enquiry that is specific to the University of Nottingham, please contact us

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 on our mature students webpage.

Notes for applicants

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal exam results.

Candidates taking exams in other systems (for example, International Baccalaureate and other EU systems) will be expected to achieve an equivalent level of attainment. Please view our frequently asked questions for further information.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Support

The school provides specialist advice to help you with your legal skills. The aim is to ensure that every student has someone they can approach to discuss their legal study skills.

We also offer optional skills workshops on a wide variety of topics including presentation, communication and negotiation. These are delivered by a range of law firms and chambers from across the UK. In addition, the online Legal Employability Skills Award has been designed to help develop the skills that employers tell us that they look for in their graduate recruits.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Examinations

Contact time and study hours

In year one, you will spend between 8-10 hours per week in lectures taught by leading law academics. You'll have a tutorial of up to eight students, every fortnight on Law of Contract and Public Law. In Introduction to Law and Legal Theory you will have a one-hour seminar with up to 16 students, every other week.

You will also study optional modules outside the School of Law, which may be taught via a variety of methods. Beyond formal taught sessions, you'll be expected to engage in self-directed study, including reading case law and legislation and preparing answers to tutorial questions.

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to switch to a four-year degree and spend your third year studying abroad in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA. This is a competitive process, dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability.

Teaching is typically in English, but there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

This will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your CV by experiencing another culture. For those intending to follow a legal career, the grounding in different legal systems will prove very attractive to prospective employers and particularly those with an international dimension.

Placements

Our placements and internship programme provides local, national and international placements to ensure our graduates are competitive in the current job market. You'll have the opportunity to develop key skills and experience in the workplace.

Modules

Core modules

Introduction to Law and Legal Theory

The module provides an introduction to the basic techniques of legal study and reasoning. It familiarises law students with the main theoretical perspectives on law while connecting this knowledge to the practical operation of the law and its impact on society. It also encourages the development of a critical approach to understanding law in its context.

Law of Contract

This module is concerned with aspects of the substantive principles of general contact law. Topics include aspects of contract formation and vitiating factors, the contents of contracts, and discharge and remedies.

Public Law

This 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. 

This module also 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.

Plus 40 credits of modules from outside the school.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Core modules

Criminal Law

This module includes an introduction to the general principles of criminal law and the study of some offences.

Foundations of Tort

The module covers the tort of negligence and other major torts.

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.

Optional modules include:

Classical Legal Theory

This module examines the classical theoretical approaches to the nature of law as a means of formal regulation, and the limitations imposed upon its operation by practical and ethical considerations. 

Employment Law

Employment law is concerned with redressing inequalities in the contractual bargain between the employer and worker. The module is primarily concerned with individual employment law, both common law and statute, although it must be understood in the context of the law of industrial relations and standardisation at international and European levels.

In the introduction to the module the role of the Employment Tribunal and other bodies concerned with adjudication and the resolution of employment disputes will be explained. 

Family Law

This module involves a critical analysis of the law relating to spouses and cohabitants. It focuses on the definition of the family in law, on legal remedies for domestic violence, and on the regulation and legal consequences of marriage breakdown. 

Foundations of Public International Law

This module introduces the foundations and general institutional structures of public international law as a means of regulating the conduct of States.  

It will consider the sources of public international law, the basic concepts of statehood and recognition, the subjects of the international legal system, the rise of institutions and the evolution of doctrines such as jurisdiction and state responsibility. 

International Human Rights

This module provides an introduction to the international human rights system.

We will examine the essential elements of international human rights system - conceptual, substantive and institutional. The module will develop from an introduction and historical overview of international human rights law to consider the nature of human rights obligations in international law as well as the various mechanisms created to promote and protect human rights. Substantive rights will be used as case studies to examine each of these aspects of the international human rights system.

As well as gaining an understanding of the international system for the protection of human rights, you will also become familiar with those principles of public international law in which international human rights law is based.

Legal Issues in Health Care

This module analyses the rights of patients, in the context of treatment provision, confidentiality, and the right of free movement in the EU internal market. The module asks questions about the construction of the body, by medicine and law, and the role of the state in the provision of healthcare. 

Maritime Law

This module considers the law regarding a number of topics relating to maritime casualties and their aftermath, such as limitation of liability, collisions, salvage and oil pollution.

Instead of optional law modules, you may take up to 40 credits of modules from outside the school across years two and three.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

In year three, you will take your final core modules, as well as optional law modules and/or modules from outside the school.

If selected to transfer to one of our four-year degrees, you will spend your third year at a partner law school in another country. After this, you will return to Nottingham to complete your fourth and final year of study.

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. 

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.

Optional modules include:

Advanced Criminal Evidence

Building on existing foundational knowledge (Foundations of Criminal Evidence), this module will provide opportunities for more specialist, advanced studies in criminal trial procedure and evidence, involving in-depth analysis of key topics with major theoretical, policy and practical significance, and drawing out interdisciplinary links to, eg, psychology, philosophy, criminology, forensic science and socio-legal studies.

Particular topics may include:

  • Common sense inferential reasoning
  • Covert evidence, entrapment and PII (including CHIS; special counsel)
  • Testimonial witness evidence
  • Identification evidence 
  • Principles of examination-in-chief and cross-examination
  • Hearsay and the right to confrontation
  • Vulnerable witnesses ‘special measures’
  • Previous sexual history evidence
  • Bad character evidence
  • Forensic science evidence and expert witness testimony 
  • DNA profiling evidence and probabilities
Child Law

The course is divided into four sections:

  1. Basic Concepts and Guiding Principles: What are the principles which guide the courts in making decisions about children? What are the legal consequences of being a parent? Do parents have rights? Do children have rights?
  2. Children and their Biological Parents: What are the consequences of parenthood outside marriage? What happens if parents cannot agree about how their children should be brought up? Where do the children live if their parents separate? How is the decision made? What is the position of the non-residential parent? 
  3. Children and Third Parties – Guardians, Step-parents, Relatives, Foster parents and Adoptive parents: How can non-parents obtain parental responsibility for – or even become the legal parent of - someone else’s child? 
  4. Children and the State: What state assistance is available to parents temporarily unable to care for their children? When can the state take children away from their parents?
Dissertation

You will explore a topic of your choice under the supervision of a member of staff. The nature and topic of the dissertation will be decided by you and the proposed supervisor. The dissertation will normally be an essay of 46 pages, exclusive of bibliography.

Intellectual Property

The module examines the rationale for intellectual property rights and their commercial importance; the national, European and wider international dimensions of the legal regulation of intellectual property rights; and the law governing the acquisition, exploitation and infringement of copyright and allied rights, including the application of copyright law in the context of modern information technology developments.

International Wildlife Law

Given the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ finding that approximately 1 million species of animals and plants are threatened with extinction, and given that a decline in abundance of native species around the globe of 20% has taken place since 1900, biological diversity is seriously in decline.

This decline is unprecedented, linked to anthropogenic threats, and driving ever more vocal public protests and direct action by groups like Extinction Rebellion. It is also taking place and continuing despite there being many international treaties in place to tackle the threats and problem.

This module sets out to examine the problem, and the legal response under the principal global treaties that are in place to protect wildlife and habitats.

Issues in Company Law

This module seeks to deal with fundamental and complex issues of corporate law. In the beginning we will set 'the scene' by looking at various business mediums available while focusing on the distinction between private and public companies. 

We will examine how companies are formed, and the consequences of formation - discussing concepts such as the corporate legal personality and the corporate 'veil', and the phenomenon of the corporate group. We will also examine contractual and non-contractual liability of companies and those dealing with them; and finally we will consider various issues relating to shareholding and the share capital of companies.

Mental Health Law and Policy

This module concerns the law relating to people in the psychiatric system. Issues - including hospital admissions, treatment, competency and guardianship, and advocacy on behalf of the mad - are discussed from a variety of perspectives including patient rights, social control, and medical humanitarianism. 

Underlying the module is the question of what madness is, how it is to be responded to, and whether the existing legal provisions are sufficient or appropriate. 

Military Justice

The module builds on a your knowledge and understanding of Public Law, Criminal Law and Public International Law to apply it, along with Military Law, within the military context.

Focusing mainly on the status, internal and external deployment of British armed forces, the module draws on a variety of materials and case studies to examine the domestic and international legal frameworks within which the military operate.

From public inquiries into the Bloody Sunday killings in Northern Ireland, the court martial of soldiers for crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the extension of human rights protection to soldiers as well as civilians, and the on-going debate about the prosecution of British soldiers, the module considers whether the scales of military justice are in balance.

Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law

Corporate insolvency gives rise to a number of fascinating and complex questions. Which assets can be claimed by the company's creditors? What should be done with them? How should the proceeds raised be distributed amongst the creditors? How should those responsible for the losses be dealt with? 

The module seeks to develop an understanding of the ways these issues are resolved by the current law. You will be expected to analyse and evaluate the law, and consideration will be paid to the real-world context in which insolvency disputes arise.

Instead of optional law modules, you may take up to 40 credits of modules from outside the school across years two and three.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Law with American law

Study aspects of American law by spending your third year with the University of Texas at Austin or University of Connecticut in the USA.

Law with Australian law

Study aspects of Australian law by spending your third year with the Australian National University in Canberra, or in Sydney with the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology or the University of Sydney.

Law with Canadian law

Study aspects of Canadian law by spending your third year with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver or University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Law with Chinese law (Hong Kong)

Study aspects of Chinese and Hong Kong law by spending your third year with the University of Hong Kong (teaching is in English).

Law with European law

Study aspects of the relevant national law by spending your third year with one of the school's European partner institutions in Vienna (Austria), Ghent (Belgium), Prague (Czech Republic), Copenhagen (Denmark), Rovaniemi (Finland), Brest (France), Rome (Italy), Utrecht (Netherlands), Madrid (Spain) and Lund (Sweden). Teaching is in English, except for in Brest and Madrid.

Law with New Zealand law

Study aspects of New Zealand law by spending your third year with the University of Auckland or University of Canterbury.

Law with South East Asian law

Study aspects of South-East Asian law by spending your third year with the National University of Singapore (teaching is in English).

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

£19,000*
Per year
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.

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 £1,000 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

We offer a range of Undergraduate Excellence Awards for high-achieving international and EU scholars from countries around the world, who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers. This includes our European Union Undergraduate Excellence Award for EU students and our UK International Undergraduate Excellence Award for international students based in the UK.

These scholarships cover a contribution towards tuition fees in the first year of your course. Candidates must apply for an undergraduate degree course and receive an offer before applying for scholarships. Check the links above for full scholarship details, application deadlines and how to apply.

Careers

This course will equip you with a thorough knowledge of English law and an in-depth understanding of the areas in which you choose to specialise.

Overseas practice

Law graduates from the University of Nottingham may be eligible to practise overseas including in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Singapore, where admission to the Bar (or equivalent) can be attained subject to meeting the jurisdictions' conditions.

Graduate destinations

A high proportion of our graduates go on to qualify as solicitors or barristers.

Those interested in a career outside of law use their degree in a wide variety of professions and organisations such as consultancies, business advisory services, marketing, civil service, public relations, accountancy and campaigning.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Avery Dennison, BAE Systems, Clifford Chance, the London Stock Exchange, and PwC.

Average starting salary and career progression

85.1% of undergraduates from the School of Law secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £26,200.*

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.**

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

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 consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Bar Standards Board

This course is recognised by the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree.

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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.