This Qualifying Law Degree has a flexible timetable designed to fit around your existing commitments.
If you require a legal qualification to get to where you want to be but cannot afford to dramatically change your lifestyle to get it, look no further. This Qualifying Law Degree course has been designed for students who want to combine their legal education with ongoing employment or personal commitments.
You will attend the same seminars as LLB (Hons) Law (full-time) students and gain the same skills, but the timetabling of your classes and the overall duration of the programme are flexible to meet your needs. With flexible study you have the choice of studying for four, five or six years. Your seminars may, for example, be scheduled on just one day or two afternoons per week. And you will have the opportunity in your first year to transfer onto full-time study if your availability changes.
Why choose this course?
- It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
- You can study around your job or other commitments.
- You will attend the same number of seminars as full-time students, but enjoy the flexibility to study at your own pace over four, five or six years.
- You will receive bespoke guidance materials to support your independent study as well as direct tutor contact in seminars.
- You will benefit from our considerable experience of delivering courses to adults in employment and excellent student support.
- You will have the opportunity to transfer to full-time study if you wish.
- 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 bespoke web-based materials supported by taught seminars, which provides direct contact with tutors and the opportunity to enhance your understanding through critical evaluation of your own reading and debate. You will be advised of the available study patterns for the scheduling of seminars.
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.
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 award-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 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.
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.
Excellent placement opportunities
The work experience you will gain from this course will prove invaluable in today's job market. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd.
We will encourage you to get work experience during your holidays. 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 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.