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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?

BA Law with Spanish and Spanish Law thoroughly covers the foundations of English law through core modules examining areas including tort, contract, trusts and criminal law. The course is run in partnership with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and you will also take core modules to develop your Spanish speaking and writing.

You will spend your third year studying in Spain at a partner law school in Málaga, Madrid or Barcelona, where you will study the Spanish legal system and develop advanced Spanish language skills, offering you a remarkable educational and cultural experience.

You will graduate with specialist knowledge and the transferable skills and confidence you need to stand out to employers as you start your career.

Exemptions

All our undergraduate law degrees allow exemption from the academic stage of qualification as a Barrister. Graduates wishing to qualify as barristers may proceed directly to the vocational stage of legal training - the Bar Training Course.

Students who begin their course in 2022, or thereafter, and who wish to become a solicitor must undertake the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

There are no exemptions conferred on students who have an undergraduate law degree. A number of institutions offer courses preparing students to pass the SQE. Some of these institutions guarantee a place for Nottingham graduates with at least a 2:2 degree.

Why choose this course?

Recognised by

Includes a year abroad

Develop your skills

Workshops and one-to-one sessions develop your legal skills and confidence

Student societies

Award-winning student societies offer mooting competitions, international trips and pro bono 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 2023 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAA including Spanish and excluding general studies and critical thinking

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

Spanish

IB score 36; 6 in Spanish at Higher Level

A level details

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).

Depending on personal circumstances, you may be eligible for a contextual offer. These are up to two grades lower than our standard requirements - check your eligibility.

GCSEs

Applicants will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English.

For those applicants who qualify for a contextual offer, we will be looking for a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English, but can offer more flexibility for the remaining grades achieved.

If you have not taken GCSEs, but have studied equivalent international qualifications, you will not be disadvantaged and we will look for the same grade range to have been achieved in the qualifications you have taken. If you will require a student visa but have not studied GCSE/IGCSEs and do not hold another suitable English language qualification, you should expect an IELTS condition to be included within any offer made to you.

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.

 

Selection Process

Due to the volume of applications we receive to our Law courses from highly qualified candidates we operate a ‘gathered field’ selection process. This involves holding applications received by the UCAS equal consideration deadline (25 January 2023) and assessing them in one go. It will take us a bit longer to make decisions on applications, but this ensures that we are able treat all applications fairly and make offers to the most suitable applicants. We aim to make decisions as soon as possible and applicants should expect to hear from us by 31 March 2023 at the very latest.

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 the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching is primarily by lecture and tutorial class, but some modules are taught by discussion groups and seminars.

You will be assigned to a tutorial class for each module studied. The group, which is usually made up of no more than eight students, meets on a fortnightly basis for each module to discuss pre-arranged questions and any other problems with the tutor.

Some of the second and final-year undergraduate optional modules are taught by the seminar method. This is a method, midway between the tutorial and the lecture, involving presentations from staff and students which are discussed by the class as a whole.

Visit our open days on demand to watch pre-recorded lectures and general talks and see some of our lecturers in action.

Skillegal programme

We offer a series of optional workshops on skills such as presentation, communication and negotiation. Delivered by a range of law firms and chambers from London and the regions, the workshops are designed to be interactive and fun and to provide you with an understanding of the skills needed to become a successful lawyer. The legal profession will be looking for evidence of these skills when you apply for legal training in your penultimate year.

Legal Skills Team

The Legal Skills Team help undergraduate law students with their academic legal skills. Their aim is to ensure that every student, regardless of background or performance, has someone they can approach to discuss the development of their legal study skills.

We run a legal skills programme that caters for all students throughout the academic year and offer a variety of seminars and workshops for different year groups to address and respond to the specific needs of each.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment is predominantly by written examination, although some modules are assessed only by coursework, and a few modules are assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework.

Where a module lasts for one semester, assessment is undertaken at the end of that semester. Where a module fills two semesters, assessment is at the end of the second semester, although your progress will be measured throughout the year.

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Examinations

Contact time and study hours

In year one, you will spend 8 to 10 hours per week in lectures taught by leading law academics. You'll have a tutorial every fortnight on Law of Contract and Public Law. In Understanding Law you will have a one-hour seminar 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 at a partner law school in Madrid, Málaga or Barcelona.

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.

Study abroad options may change due to, for example, curriculum developments, updates to partnership agreements or travel restrictions. Where changes occur, these will be reflected on our course webpages as soon as possible.

Placements

Our placements and internship programme offers a range of opportunities alongside detailed careers guidance, equipping you with the skills to compete in the graduate jobs market. You'll have the opportunity to develop key skills and experience in the workplace.

Modules

In year one, you will take core modules in Law and Legal Theory, Law of Contract, and Public Law, as well as modules to develop your Spanish speaking and writing.

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

Welcome to Spanish at the University of Nottingham — this is where your journey to Spanish fluency shall really begin to take off!

Designed for students who have completed an A level in the language, this module will support you to improve in all the key areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, listening and speaking. To keep the classes interesting and relevant we'll use a wide range of source material from newspapers, audio-visual content and websites.

Through this, not only will your speaking and comprehension skills improve, but also your grammar usage and ability to understand the language in different contexts.

You'll also become more culturally aware of the countries that make up the Spanish-speaking world and get a better understanding of their varying current affairs and cultures.

Optional modules

You must take 20 credits from this group:

Literature in Spanish

This module is designed as a foundation for all later modules covering Spanish and Portuguese literatures. The main aims of this module are to give you a general introduction to literature and the study of literature, while providing you with a partial overview of literary writing in the Spanish language. As well as to introduce some of the key theoretical issues of literary study and instil good reading and critical habits. Through this you will be tested on your skills in close reading, textual analysis, seminar participation and the ability to write cogent and convincing commentaries and essays. This module is worth 20 credits.

Modern Latin American History

Through a combination of lectures, guided reading and research you'll explore the main patterns of Latin American political, economic and social history, between independence in the 1820s and the end of the twentieth century.

We'll focus on specific concepts, terminology, events and people, so as to develop an understanding of different perspectives and interpretations of the history in question. We'll also encourage you 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 between the particular and the general and to develop the tools for comparative analysis.

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 (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, 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 information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 24 October 2022.

In year two, you will take further core modules covering criminal law, foundations of tort, and land ownership. You will also build on your language skills and compare legal systems as practised in Europe.

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 will build on the language and cultural skills developed in year one and get you started on your exciting journey towards degree-level Spanish. Over the year, we're going to take you to the next level so by the end of the module you'll be ready to spend time living in a Spanish-speaking country.

We'll further develop your grammar and communication skills, building your confidence so that you feel happy working or studying abroad during year 3. We know the thought of essay writing in another language may feel daunting, but we will help you develop these skills to competence.

To prepare you for participating in conversation with fluency we'll pay special attention to developing your ability to use complex sentence structures and rhetoric. You'll get plenty of practice during laboratory classes where you'll have access to a wide range of contemporary audio-visual materials.

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 (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, 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 information on available modules. This content was last updated on

In your third year you will attend one of our partner institutions in Málaga, Madrid or Barcelona. 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

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

Taught in Spanish, this module has been designed to give you a thorough insight into Spanish business including the contexts that have influenced its development and the ways it interacts with wider society.

We'll investigate a range of factors that have shaped the Spanish business landscape since the transition to democracy, such as:

  • changes within the global and European regulatory environment
  • ideological factors
  • entrepreneurship
  • government action to attract foreign investors, promote Spanish FDI and boost trade with regions such as Latin America, Europe and China.

You'll not only gain a historical understanding, but a contemporary perspective too by looking at case studies of both companies like Inditex (the owners of Zara and other important fashion brands) and important Spanish industries such as tourism. The module also explores some of the less positive impacts and criticisms of Spanish business practices relating to the environment, debt and corruption.

Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies through Literature and Film

This module addresses the way in which cinema (both documentary and feature films) and literature (mostly short stories) 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 (Franquismo, Military Dictatorships in Central and South America, Salazarism, etc), colonial and neo-colonial practices, racial and class inequality and social injustice, gender and sexuality. Visual and literary texts may address significant conflicts as they occur and also the ways in the legacies of past traumas endure.

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

You may believe that politics and literature are two distinct fields of study, but this module will help you understand the complex but integral relationship between the two.

We’ll explore the representation of key social and political issues within contemporary Spanish literature. You’ll discover how literature in late capitalism, and contemporary ‘Hispanic’ authors in particular, 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. This shall lead us to 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.

Making the Cuban Revolution: Ideology, Culture and Identity in Cuba since 1959

Free education from cradle to grave has been central to modern Cuba’s cultural and ideological identity. This module will encourage you to explore Cuba’s revolutionary change since 1959, through an examination of its evolving ideologies. You’ll review the critical factors of nationalism, dependency, radicalism and leadership which shaped developments from the original rebellion up to the present day.

 

Together we’ll discover 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 help you form 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.

Plus 20 credits from a range of law modules.

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 (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, 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 information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

£20,500*
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, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice.

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 students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

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.

Upon graduating, you can undertake further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

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.

The University of Nottingham's law graduates are the 6th most highly paid in the UK above King’s College London and University College London.*

* Chambers Student law firms preferred universities study 2019.

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, the 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

87.4% 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 £25,800.*

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 2019/20 data published in 2022. 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.
** 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.

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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, Law with Spanish and Spanish Law

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Important information

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