Law with German and German Law BA


Fact file - 2019 entry

BA Hons Law with German and German Law
UCAS code
4 years full-time (year 3 out)
A level offer
Required subjects
German; plus Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)
IB score
36; 6 in German at Higher Level
Course location
Course places




Incorporating a year abroad, this course will provide you with a legal qualification based on English law as well as an appreciation of German law.
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You will also develop advanced German language skills and a cultural awareness of Germany.

The course is offered by the School of Law in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Applicants must have studied A level German and the course includes a year abroad in Germany.

Year one

In year one you will take core modules in the Law of Contract, Public Law and Understanding Law and core language modules as well as an introductory module into the study of German.

Year two

In year two you will take further core modules in Criminal Law, Foundations of Tort and Land Law and core language modules. In addition, you will take Civil Law: A Comparative Introduction.

This is designed to ensure that you are able to spend the third year abroad - equipped not only with the language skills required, but also with a legal grounding that will widen your learning opportunities in the host country. This reflects the integrated structure of this degree.

Year three

In year three you will study German at either Georg-August-Universität Göttingen or Universität Hannover. Teaching is in German.

Year four

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.


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

We also offer optional skills workshops on presentation, communication and negotiation, delivered by a range of law firms and chambers from across the UK.

The University library houses a law collection of approximately 60,000 books, law reports series, journals and extensive electronic resources. There is also a dedicated law librarian.

Key facts


Entry requirements

A levels: AAA including German and excluding general studies and critical thinking

All A level subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences are regarded as 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). A higher score in the LNAT examination may be required of those applicants presenting non-traditional subjects.

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)

All applicants, including mature and overseas applicants, must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) exam.

Find out more about the LNAT

How are results used?

The role of LNAT is to act as a second filter to distinguish between large numbers of similarly qualified applicants - it does not replace A levels and/or other qualifications. It is not possible to say what LNAT score will be required in any particular year.

How do I book?

Please visit the LNAT website to create an LNAT account - 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.

You may only sit the LNAT once in each admissions cycle (any subsequent results will be void) and results cannot be carried forward.

What are the key dates?

  • LNAT registration begins: 1 August 2018
  • Testing beings: 1 September 2018
  • Deadline to register/book the test: 15 January 2019 (to ensure that you take your test before the final deadline)
  • Deadline to sit the test: 20 January 2019 (for the University of Nottingham)

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.

Contact details

Please  contact LNAT for any other questions. Alternatively, if you have an enquiry that is specific to the University of Nottingham, please contact us.


English language requirements 

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.

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 in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

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

Please view our frequently asked questions for further information.



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Please note: The structure detailed below may change for 2019 entry; updates will be added when they are available.

Year one modules

Core modules

German 1

This module will improve your command of written and spoken German. Taking up the four skill areas of A level work (writing, reading, listening and speaking), it aims to develop them through a variety of exercises towards the level required in year two.

Introduction to German Studies

This module will provide an introduction to the study of German. It will cover the main fields of German studies (literature, culture, history, linguistics, media) as well as the study skills required for academic study (critical and analytic skills, reading skills, presentation skills, writing skills).

Law of Contract A

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

Law of Contract B

The module continues the study of the substantive principles of general contract law commenced in Law of Contract A. Topics considered include certain vitiating factors, the contents of contracts, and discharge and remedies.

Public Law A

The 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. Other topics covered include: devolution, the civil service, New Public Management, and judicial review (introductory). 

Public Law B

This module 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.

Understanding Law

The module provides an introduction to the basic techniques of legal study and encourages the development of a critical approach to understanding law in its context. The module comprises two parts: 

  • Legal Method 
  • A Critical Introduction

Year two 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 A

The module covers basic principles of the tort of negligence.

Foundations of Tort B

This module builds on Foundations of Tort A, continues the study of the tort of negligence and covers other major torts.

German Language

This module will consolidate your proficiency in the four skill areas of German Language 1 (writing, reading, listening and speaking) and develop these further. The vehicles for instruction will be texts from newspapers and other sources, which will be used for discussion of translation issues and grammatical structures, linguistic analysis and textual comparison, oral presentation, and essay and CV writing.

The module will use texts that cover a broad range of general, journalistic and academic topics, as well as those that will help to prepare you for living, working and studying during your year abroad.

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.


Year three modules

Year three is spent studying at either Georg-August-Universität Göttingen or Universität Hannover.


Year four modules

Core modules

German Language

This module will further enhance your practical command and effective understanding in the four skill areas of German Language 2/German Post Beginners (writing, reading, listening and speaking) and develop these further, including their translation skills.

Classes will use a broad variety of authentic German texts from a range of registers and topics to develop your translation skills towards professional standards for translation into English and to further improve your proficiency in written and spoken German with the support of native speakers. Working with texts and class discussions are the key features of this module. You are encouraged to reflect on your year abroad.

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.


Plus 40 credits from a range of modules on German studies.


Year abroad

On this course, you will spend your third year studying abroad in Germany.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability 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 German.



This course will equip you with a thorough knowledge of English law and encourage an appreciation of German law. You will also develop advanced language skills in German as well as cultural awareness.

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete legal training relevant to that of a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course).

Those seeking careers outside of law use their degree to gain access to a wide variety of professions and organisations such as consultancies, business advisory services, marketing, civil service, public relations, accountancy and campaigning.

Professional recognition



This course is recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree.

Employability and average starting salary

98.5% of undergraduates from the School of Law had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,875 with the highest being £46,000.*

94% of undergraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,000 with the highest being £60,000.*

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.**

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

Careers support and advice

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.


Fees and funding

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 £2,000 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

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.

How to use the data

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.


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