A two-year Qualifying Law Degree for graduates.
If you are a graduate who wants to gain a Qualifying Law Degree, this course is for you. This compact degree is completed in just two years, and has equal accreditation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board to all other undergraduate courses at Nottingham Law School, enabling you to progress on to further training to become a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales.
This degree has been designed with international students in mind, as you will be able to gain a Qualifying LLB Law Degree in less time than if you studied at home. It can also help you to obtain a professional qualification in English Law, which has formed the basis of legal systems around the world.
If you want to become a lawyer in another country please consult the appropriate country's legal body to confirm requirements. In a few countries, such as Canada, successful completion of the LLB (Hons) Law Senior Status can provide some exemptions from qualifying exams.
The LLB (Hons) Law Senior Status is also appealing to UK non-Law graduates who wish to study for a law degree in greater depth than offered by the Graduate Diploma in Law conversion course.
Why choose this course?
- Graduates can gain a Qualifying Law Degree in just two years.
- It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board to enable you to progress on to further training to become a solicitor or barrister.
- You will study the seven foundation subjects of English Law.
- It prepares you for the professional work environment.
- You will study in one of the largest law school's in the UK with outstanding facilities including a suite of mock courtrooms.
- Our exciting International Summer School Scheme gives you the opportunity to visit Berlin, Strasbourg and Geneva.
- Successful completion of the course (at 2.2 or above) guarantees you a place on our renowned Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors.
- 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).
Canadian students may find information on our international page useful.
How you're taught
Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and linked seminars that provide 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.
During the course you will complete each of the foundation modules as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board and select subjects from a range of optional law modules. Students are also required to undertake an independent legal research project, enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.
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.
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 awarding-winning staff includes:
- 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, 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 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
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 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 encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience during the vacations. If you undertake at least ten weeks' relevant work experience this will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice. This qualification demonstrates 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 which 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 site, 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.