This is a Qualifying Law Degree that you can study at your own pace from home.
The course provides the essential legal skills required in industry and, given the flexibility of distance learning, allows you to combine study with work and other commitments, ideal for those who cannot commit to a full-time university education. You choose the pace of study, with three, four and five year routes available.
Our distance-learning students come from a variety of backgrounds. Wherever you live in the world, it is possible to study with Nottingham Law School and receive the same support as UK-based students. Tuition is offered during intensive teaching weekends each academic year. Although attendance is not compulsory, many students find these to be a key element in their progression and ultimate success.
Like all our undergraduate courses, LLB (Hons) Law (Distance Learning) is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying Law Degree. Meaning that upon completing this course you will be eligible for professional training as a solicitor or barrister.
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 at your own pace with three, four or five year routes available.
- It is ideal for those who are unable to attend university full-time.
- The intensive teaching weekends each year will enable you to enhance your learning and meet staff and other students.
- If you have previously studied English Law at a minimum of first year degree-level, you may be able to gain direct entry to the second or third years.
- We have considerable experience of delivering courses to adults in employment and offer excellent support, including a range of eLearning facilities.
- 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
The teaching materials, which are supplied in hard copy, are accompanied by a teaching and preparation schedule designed to ensure your learning is on track. The University gives you access to a virtual learning environment (NOW), that provides you with online information including:
- study materials
- previous exam papers
- course updates and emails as well as the ability to connect with other students.
The academic team has many years of experience in teaching law to distance-learners and tutors are available to discuss any academic problems by email, telephone or fax throughout the year.
During the four study weekends, teaching takes place in Nottingham. Teaching consists of some direct lectures but is principally small-group discussions, where problem-solving is a major focus.
In the first years you will study compulsory foundation modules required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a Qualifying Law Degree.
In your final years there is an extensive range of optional Law modules. You will be encouraged to focus upon your future career at this time and will be able to select combinations that best reflect your interests and aspirations.
In order to obtain the degree you need to pass twelve subjects. The quickest way is to study four subjects each year for three years. Alternatively you can choose to study over four or five years. If you are not sure about which route to take, please ask us for advice.
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.
There are four study weekends per year where you will receive direct teaching and contact with other students. The rest of the time you will be studying via distance-learning, supported by staff who you can contact throughout the year. If you complete the course in three years you will be expected to study for an average of 22 hours per week. Alternatively, you can spread your studies over four or five years.
Where will I study?
Teaching for the four weekends will take place in Nottingham city centre. The rest of the course is studied via distance learning.
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.
Excellent work placement opportunities
Work experience is a valuable addition to both your education and CV in today's competitive job market. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd and enhance your employability.
We encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience. You will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice, if you successfully undertake at least ten weeks' relevant experience. This certificate will demonstrate that you have:
- developed practical skills
- work-based competencies.
You will be responsible for organising your own placement, but the University will be there to support you. We will provide you with an introduction to the Certificate in Professional Practice and advice on securing placements if you are interested.
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 and four mooting rooms to enhance your mooting and advocacy experience in an authentic environment.
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 easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:
- the £13 million Boots Library with learning resources specific to your course
- the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings (we've invested a massive £90 million in these)
- landmarks which provide you with an inspiring place to learn, relax with friends and share ideas
- our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time.