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Course overview

Do you want to study law while immersing yourself in Spanish culture? Do you want to gain a global perspective on your studies and enhance your CV? Would you like to put your Spanish language skills to good use?

This four-year qualifying law degree is offered in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. It thoroughly covers the foundations of English law through core modules covering areas including tort, contract, trusts and criminal law. It also enables you to undertake further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

You’ll also spend a year studying in Spain at a partner law school, where you’ll study the Spanish legal system and develop advanced Spanish language skills. 

Why choose this course?

  • Recognised by the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree
  • Spend a year abroad, studying in Spain
  • 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 including Spanish and excluding general studies and critical thinking
Required subjects

Spanish

IB score 36; 6 in Spanish at Higher Level

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.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • 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 Understanding Law you will have a one-hour seminar with up to 16 students, every other week.

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 will spend your third year studying abroad in Spain.

This will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your CV by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in Spanish.

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.

Spanish 1

This module builds on A level Spanish to consolidate your understanding of grammar, and your ability to comprehend both structures and meanings in a variety of written and aural texts.

You will be guided in using a broader range of discursive strategies in both written and spoken Spanish, and trained in the comprehension of broadcast items, on current affairs and culture, from across the Spanish-speaking world.

Optional modules

You must take 20 credits from this group:

Introduction to Literature in Spanish

This module is designed as a foundation for all later modules covering Spanish and Portuguese literatures.

Its main aims are to:

  • give a general introduction to literature and to the study of literature
  • provide a partial overview of literary writing in the Spanish language
  • introduce some of the key theoretical issues of literary study
  • instil good reading and critical habits

The main skills tested on this module are:

  • close reading
  • textual analysis
  • seminar participation
  • the ability to write cogent and convincing commentaries and essays
Modern Latin American History

This module aims to introduce you to the main patterns of Latin American political, economic and social history, between Independence in the 1820s and the end of the 20th century, through a combination of lectures and guided reading and research.

We focus on specific concepts, terminology, events and people, so as to develop an understanding of different perspectives and interpretations of the history in question, and to appreciate the interaction between the ‘political history’ of major events and protagonists in official positions of power, and the ‘social history’ of populations who both contributed to, and were affected by, political change.

You will learn to develop a critical approach to the study of history through a variety of materials; gain an ability to distinguish critically between the particular and the general and to develop the tools for comparative analysis. You will also learn how to research historical sources, and to develop and sustain coherent intellectual argument.

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

Civil Law: A Comparative Introduction

This module introduces you 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 context
  • 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.

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.

Spanish 2

This module builds on grammatical knowledge and communication skills developed in Spanish 1, and aims to prepare you to function effectively in a university or work situation in a Spanish-speaking country.

Written classes focus on developing essay writing skills in Spanish, using a range of texts from Spanish and Spanish American sources as stimuli. Special attention is given to developing complex sentence structures and rhetorical devices. Laboratory classes use a full range of contemporary audio-visual materials to develop aural comprehension and conversational ability in Spanish.

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 your third year you will attend one of our partner institutions in Spain - the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), University of Malaga or University of Valencia. Teaching will be in Spanish.

In year four, you will take the final core modules in the Law of Trusts and (currently) the Law of the European Union and core and optional language 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. 

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.

Spanish 3

Following your time spent living in a Spanish-speaking country this advanced module will be your final step towards fluency, training you in a more formal, sophisticated register of spoken and written Spanish.

We'll continue to use a wide range of authentic Spanish texts to further deepen your knowledge and confidence at this advanced level. We'll look at how the texts are put together so that you may use these skills within your written and spoken Spanish, taking you to the highest level of proficiency.

Plus 40 credits from a range of modules on Spanish studies, including:

Business and Society in Spain

In this module you will learn to devise and develop projects and teaching methods appropriate to engage the age and ability group they are working with. The module enables you to gain confidence in communicating your subject, develop strong organisational and interpersonal skills, and to understand how to address the needs of individuals.

Literature and Films, Conflict and Post-Conflicts

We will address the way in which film and literature have reflected, resisted, interrogated, and remembered the socio-political violence and conflicts that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries so far in Europe (emphasis on the Iberian Peninsula) and Latin America (including Brazil).

The module adopts a comparative approach which focuses on the formal experiments and common preoccupations of filmmakers and writers across different national cultures and historical contexts (translations and subtitles will be provided when required). It will discuss questions on authoritarianism, confronting colonial and neo-colonial practices, racial and class inequality and social injustice, gender and sexuality, living on with the legacies of past traumas.

You may expect to discuss works by writers such as Roberto Bolaño, Ruben Fonseca, Alejandro Zambra, Mariana Enríquez, Clarice Lispector and Fernando Pessoa. Feature films and documentaries by Alfonso Cuarón, Pedro Almodóvar, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Claudia Llosa, Patricio Guzmán and Susana de Sousa Dias will also be discussed.

Literature and Film under Franco

This module aims to further develop your knowledge of 20th century Spanish history, literature and film gained at levels 1 and 2. It familiarizes you with the context and circumstances in which filmic and literary texts were produced under Franco, thereby developing awareness of generic conventions in both literature and film, and perfecting skills in close textual analysis.

The module imparts a solid knowledge of the Francoist régime and of the literature and film produced at this time, plus an understanding of the conditions for cultural production under the Dictatorship.

By the module’s conclusion, you will have gained a good command of the concepts and vocabulary required to analyse literary and filmic texts, a capacity for close reading and textual analysis, as well as seminar-presentation skills and research and essay-writing skills.

Painting in Spain

This module will offer a panorama of painting in Spain from the late 16th century to the late 19th century taking in four themes: portraiture, history and genre painting, religion, and mythology and myths.

Artists covered will include Domenikos Theotocópoulos, Diego de Silva y Velázquez, Jusepe de Ribera and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo from the Spanish Golden Age and Francisco de Goya, Vicente López, Martín Rico and Marià Fortuny from the 19th century.

You will have the opportunity to study other painters in the preparation of assessments throughout the year. There will be an emphasis on designing exhibitions and on understanding the paintings both within the context of art history and the history and cultures of Spain.

Politics and Literature in Contemporary Spain

The module aims to impart understanding of the interfaces between literature and politics, by studying the articulation of key social and political issues and aesthetics in contemporary Spanish cultural artefacts.

We discuss the status of literary writing in late capitalism, concentrating on how contemporary ‘Hispanic’ authors have dealt with issues of language, identity, culture, society, nationhood, gender, class, memory, time and writing.

We also explore debates regarding the consistency of the categories of ‘Spain’ and ‘Spanishness’ when analysing cultural production in contemporary Iberia, and assess the competing discursive practices involved in remapping the notion of Spanish canonical literature at the beginning of the new millennium.

Spanish American Narrative and Film

This module looks at key 20th century Spanish American novels and short stories and considers issues such as race, gender, sexuality and the conflict of cultures. You will be trained in using a broad range of tools of narrative and rhetorical analysis so as to engage in debates about literary representation and aesthetics, and will hone your use of these through a programme of research tasks, seminar presentations, group discussions, and written assignments.

Thinking the Revolution: Ideology, Education and Culture in Cuba Since 1959

This module assesses Cuba’s revolutionary change since 1959, through an examination of its evolving ideology. The module is structured both chronologically and thematically so as to review the critical factors - nationalism, dependency, radicalism and leadership - shaping developments from the original rebellion up to the present day.

We focus on the role of education policies, and the ways in which a ‘cultural revolution’ was fundamental to the socialisation process of, and popular participation in (or dissent from) the Revolution. This study will inform conclusions about both the meaning of ‘ideology’ within the context of the Revolution, and the international geo-political significance of Cuba's self-definition and evolution.

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.

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 encourage an appreciation of Spanish law. You will also develop advanced language skills in Spanish as well as cultural awareness.

The skills you’ll acquire on a law degree from Nottingham will help pave your way to a successful career in sectors as diverse as multi-national business, politics, the media and of course law practice.

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.

76.7% of undergraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary was £22,668*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

 

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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" I like how the course combines the cultural element of learning more about another country, and the way in which its language has developed and how it differs to English, alongside learning about the English legal system and how that operates around the country with its different technicalities. "
Jasmine Melia

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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.