This course combines practical skills with academic learning by offering you the chance to spend your third year on a paid legal work placement, allowing you to apply what you have learnt and gain a valuable insight into professional practice. The year on placement will give you a head start in the jobs market after graduation.
With an award-winning pro bono scheme, mooting club, thriving student law society, school magazine, international summer schools, and social and networking events there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with Law School life and really make the most out of your time here.
Why choose this course?
- 100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).
- It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
- Your placement firm will pay you during your placement year.
- You can take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
- We have 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.
- 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.
- We pioneered the development of a work placement year in legal education over 40 years ago and now have one of the highest numbers of students on year-long, legally related placements among British universities (HESA data 2015-2016).
- 96% of our undergraduate law students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2017).
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.
All our LLB courses operate within a common framework. This not only ensures consistently high standards but also means that should your circumstances change then we are normally able to facilitate a change in your programme and study mode. You should discuss any request to change course with your personal tutor.
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.
On placement you will be supported by a visiting tutor and you will be assessed based on the work you undertake for the firm. This doesn't count towards your degree classification but it will count towards the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice.
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 have been 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.
- Year 1 coursework 17%, written 66% and practical 17%
- Year 2 coursework 10%, written 67% and practical 23%
- Year 4 coursework 57%, written 33% and practical 10%
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops 23% and independent study 77%
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops 23% and independent study 77%
- Year 3 placements 100%
- Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops 21% and independent study 79%
Careers and employability
Your career development
A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 97% of our law school graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE Survey undergraduate results 2014/15).
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 and an appreciation of the law that many employers will value. 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.
Excellent placement opportunities
We pioneered the development of the legal placement year over 40 years ago. This course allows you to take advantage of our considerable experience and undertake a paid placement in your third year.
This course has been endorsed by:
- law firms, ranging from major national and international businesses to small rural practices
- company, government and local authority legal departments.
Successful completion of a placement has significant benefits. It increases your chances of obtaining a training contract and opens up the possibility of a reduction in your training contract by up to six months.
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 laptop, anywhere at any time.