This exciting and intensive dual degree enables you to gain a Qualifying Law Degree as well as a Masters in Law (LLM) from Radboud University in the Netherlands in just three years.
During the course you will study European Law in-depth for two years at Nottingham Trent University, then in your third year you will complete the LLB in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, at Radboud University, where you will be awarded the additional Masters qualification. We believe that your experience living in another culture during your year abroad will develop your view of Law from a truly international perspective.
Why study this course?
- It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
- Opportunity to gain a Qualifying Law Degree and a Masters in Law in just three years.
- You will spend your final year at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands with all teaching delivered in English.
- You can take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
- You will benefit from our renowned expertise in mooting. You will take a mooting module and can get involved in international and national mooting competitions for which we have a winning track record.
- You can join our thriving Law Society, LEX, and get involved with a range of sporting, social and networking activities.
- You will study in outstanding facilities, including a suite of authentic mock courtrooms and mooting rooms.
- Upon graduation you can apply for entry to our Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course which is the next stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.
- 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).
How you're taught
Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and linked seminars that provide you with the opportunity to enhance your understanding through further reading and debate. You will also make use of eLearning activities and will focus on project work and the application of your legal knowledge as the course progresses.
Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.
How will I be assessed?
Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a diverse range of methods that reflect the skills required. You will take part in:
- oral presentations
- mooting exercises
- case analysis
- research projects
- group projects
- problem-solving assignments
- both seen and unseen examinations.
Each of the pathways studied in the final year at Radboud requires a written thesis on a subject within the field of European Law. The thesis brings together a range of advanced legal skills and provides an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
Learn from the experts
The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified and experienced solicitors or barristers and are experts within their research fields, ensuring that you will be taught with a real-life context and a focus upon practical relevance and impact.
Our staff have won a number of awards including:
- Matthew Homewood who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.
- Melanie King and Edward Mosley, members of the Law School Employability Team who were nominated by students for the Outstanding Teaching 2016 – Student Support Award. Edward Mosley went on to win the award.
- Senior Lecturer and Pro Bono Director Nick Johnson who also won an Outstanding Teaching Award, voted for by students in recognition of his teaching and support for volunteer projects in the Law School.
Careers and employability
Your career development
A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).
If you complete your LLB with us and gain a 2.2 or above we will guarantee you a place on our excellent LLM Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors. If you are interested in a career as a barrister there is also the opportunity to progress on to our highly-regarded LLM Bar Professional Training Course.
A Law degree doesn't just have to lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister however. On our LLB course you will gain a host of transferable skills including an international perspective and an appreciation of the law that many employers will value, both in the UK and overseas. In the last few years our graduates have gone on to positions including:
- in-house counsel
- trade mark attorney
- trade union consultant
- freedom of information adviser
- human resources officer
- investment banker
- victim support caseworker
- review and features editor
- quantity surveyor
- business development manager
- sports marketing analyst.
The additional Radboud Masters award in European Law provides an excellent basis for an international legal career. Graduates are ideally equipped to work as lawyers with international law firms, national governments, European institutions and agencies, universities, multinationals and Non Governmental Organisations.
Excellent placement opportunities
You will find the work experience associated with this course invaluable in today's employment market. This is because you will gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd.
We will encourage you to get relevant work experience during the vacations. You will achieve our Certificate in Professional Practice if you successfully undertake ten weeks' relevant work experience. This qualification will:
- look good on your CV
- demonstrate you have developed practical skills and work-based competencies.
You will be responsible for organising your own placements with the support of the University. You will receive an introduction to the Certificate and advice on securing placements in the first year.
You can also work towards the University's Acceler8 Employability Award. This has been designed to provide formal recognition for everything you achieve outside of your studies.
Nottingham Law School is based in the Chaucer building on the City Campus. It is a vibrant place to study with fantastic facilities and accommodation just a few minutes' walk from everything Nottingham has to offer. Not only will you study in outstanding lecture theatres and seminar rooms, but the Law School has also invested in:
- a mock courtroom
- family courtroom
- four mooting rooms to enhance your mooting and advocacy experience in an authentic environment
- the NLS Legal Advice Centre.
The NLS Legal Advice Centre is our onsite teaching law firm which has been granted Alternative Business Structure status by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, enabling students to practise pro bono under the supervision of a qualified solicitor.
You'll also have access to a great combination of facilities on the City Campus, including:
- the 24-hour Boots Library, with learning resources specific to your course
- IT open areas in the Newton and Chaucer buildings
- Nottingham Trent Student Union, including sports facilities, a shop, cafes and music venues
- a range of student accommodation.
We've recently invested a massive £90 million into our buildings and facilities, providing you with inspiring places to learn, relax with friends and share ideas.
As a student you will also have access to our virtual learning environment (NOW), which allows you to access your university timetable, NTU email, module documents and the NTU online library from your own laptop, anywhere at any time.