Our qualifying law degree is professionally accredited and provides exemption from the initial stage of the solicitor and barrister professional examinations for England and Wales.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
3 or 4 Years
A Level: AAA
IB: 34 points
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This means our graduates fulfil the academic requirements to apply for direct entry to the LPC or BPTC stage of professional training.
Newcastle is a top 10 UK university for law, providing a high quality legal education in a supportive and friendly environment.
All your modules in Stages 1 and 2 are compulsory to cover the essential foundation subjects in law.
In your final year you can choose legal topics that interest you from our wide range of research-informed modules, such as: human rights law; terrorism and counter-terrorism law; public international law; and environmental law.
You also have the opportunity to apply to spend a year studying law in Europe or further afield.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
As the North East of England's longest established Law School, Newcastle is highly regarded for its teaching of law - we achieved an impressive overall student satisfaction score of 94% in the 2016 National Student Survey.
We also rank in the top 20 UK universities in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
Our degree is recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council.
This means it provides exemption from the first part of the legal professional examinations for England and Wales, allowing you to progress directly to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers on graduation.
We also offer the subjects for students intending to continue their legal education and take the professional course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast.
What you will studyWhat you will study
All the modules in Stages 1 and 2 are compulsory, covering the essential foundation modules of legal professional qualification - see the Course Details for more information.
You also learn about the legal and judicial processes of England and Wales, and develop and practise core professional legal skills such as interviewing clients and using legal databases.
In Stage 3, you have the freedom to follow the areas of law that interest you the most, choosing from a wide choice of optional modules.
You can choose modules informed by the research interests of our expert academic staff, such as:
- criminology and criminal justice
- employment law
- terrorism and counter-terrorism law
- US constitutional law
You can also select up to a third of your modules from other areas of the University, such as English, politics, history, business or a modern language.
Boost your employabilityBoost your employability
We offer a range of opportunities to help you boost your employability and stand out from the crowd in the graduate marketplace, including:
- opportunities to work on real-world cases through pro bono initiatives
- the chance to develop career-enhancing skills such as client interviewing and mooting
- annual internships as an environment agency crime technical assistant (available on a competitive basis)
Study abroadStudy abroad
If you want to add an international dimension to your degree and stand out from the crowd, you can apply to spend a year studying abroad.
- Law LLB Honours (European Legal Studies)
- Law LLB Honours (International Legal Studies)
These four-year degrees involve spending your third year studying law at one of our highly regarded international partner universities.
You can apply to transfer to one of these degrees once you're studying on our Law LLB Honours degree and places are available on a competitive basis.
The European degree offers exchange places with:
- KU Leuven (Belgium)
- the University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
- the University of Groningen (the Netherlands)
- the University of Oslo (Norway)
- the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
The International degree currently offers the study abroad opportunity with the National University of Singapore, and other partnerships are being developed.
All of our partners teach in English so foreign language skills are not required.
Successful completion of this year is recognised in your degree title on graduation: either Law LLB Honours (European Legal Studies) or Law LLB Honours (International Legal Studies).
Facilities and support
As a Law student, you'll spend much of your time in our dedicated Law School. All of our facilities, staff and students are housed together in this building in the heart of campus.
You'll have access to:
- high quality lecture theatre, seminar rooms and computing facilities
- a Dedicated Law Library containing over 40,000 volumes of materials
- subscriptions to various legal services, such as: Westlaw; LexisLibrary; Justis; and many electronic journals
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School website
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree