University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description


University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


This qualifying law degree covers the foundations of English law and allows you to specialize in areas of the subject according to your own interests.

This course meets the demand from highly qualified students who wish to study law as an academic discipline, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a career in legal practice.

You may apply at the beginning of year two to be transferred to one of the school's four-year degree courses, which incorporate a year abroad studying the law of that country. The school has partner law schools in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA.

This is highly competitive and transfer should not be assumed. For those intending to follow a legal career, the grounding in different legal systems will prove very attractive to prospective employers and, in particular, the leading international firms of solicitors..

Year one

In year one you will take core modules in Foundations of Tort, Law of Contract, Public Law, and Understanding Law.

Year two

In year two you will take further core modules in Criminal Law, Land Law, and (currently) Law of the European Union, as well as optional law modules and/or modules from outside the school.

Year three

In year three you will take the final core module in the Law of Trusts, as well as optional law modules and/or modules from outside the school.

If selected to transfer to one of our four-year degrees, you will spend your third year at a partner law school in another country. After this, you will return to Nottingham to complete your fourth and final year of study (as described below).

LLB Law as a four-year degree

If selected to transfer to one of the four-year degrees, you will spend your third year at a partner law school in another country. This may be in Australia, America, Canada, Europe (various countries), Hong Kong, New Zealand or Singapore


The school provides specialist advice to help you with your legal skills. The aim is to ensure that every student, regardless of background or ability, has someone they can approach to discuss their legal study skills.

We also offer optional skills workshops on presentation, communication and negotiation, delivered by a range of law firms and chambers from across the UK.

The University library houses a law collection of approximately 60,000 books, law reports series, journals and extensive electronic resources. There is also a dedicated law librarian.

Key facts

Entry requirements

A-Levels: AAA excluding general studies and critical thinking.

All A level subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences are regarded as acceptable (except for general studies and critical thinking). However, offers are not normally made to students presenting more than one non-traditional or practical subject (such as art, art and design, computer and information technology, dance, drama and theatre studies, graphics, media and communication studies, and sports and physical education studies). A higher score in the LNAT examination may be required of those applicants presenting non-traditional subjects.

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)

All applicants, including mature and overseas applicants, must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) exam if you are applying for 2018 entry (or deferred entry to 2019) for an undergraduate law degree at the University of Nottingham.

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions poilcy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results.

Candidates taking examinations in other systems (for example International Baccalaureate and other EU systems) will be expected to achieve an equivalent level of attainment. Please view our frequently asked questions for further information.


The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Please note: The structure detailed below may change for 2019 entry; updates will be added when they are available.

Year one modules

Core modules

  • Foundations of Tort A
  • Foundations of Tort B
  • Law of Contract A
  • Law of Contract B
  • Public Law A
  • Public Law B
  • Understanding Law

Year two modules

Core modules

  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Law of the European Union

Optional modules

  • Classical Legal Theory
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Foundations of Public International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Legal Issues in Health Care
  • Maritime Law

Instead of optional law modules, you may take up to 20 credits of modules from outside the school.

Year three modules

Core modules

  • Law of Trusts

Optional modules

  • Dissertation
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Issues in Company Law
  • Mental Health Law and Policy
  • Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Principles of Criminal Evidence
  • Social Welfare and the Law
  • Tax Law

Instead of optional law modules, you may take up to 20 credits of modules from outside the school.

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to switch to a four-year degree and spend your third year studying abroad in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA. This is a competitive process, dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

For those intending to follow a legal career, the grounding in different legal systems will prove very attractive to prospective employers and, in particular, the leading international firms of solicitors.


This course will equip you with a thorough knowledge of English law and an in-depth understanding of the areas in which you choose to specialise.

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete legal training relevant to that of a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course).

Those seeking careers outside of law use their degree to gain access to a wide variety of professions and organisations such as consultancies, business advisory services, marketing, civil service, public relations, accountancy and campaigning.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree.

Overseas practice

Law graduates from the University of Nottingham may be eligible to practise overseas including in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Singapore, where admission to the Bar (or equivalent) can be attained subject to meeting the jurisdictions' conditions.

Employability and average starting salary

98.5% of undergraduates from the School of Law had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,875 with the highest being £46,000.*

The School of Law ranked 5th in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with graduates earning an average of £4,844 more than expected five years after graduation.**

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.


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Last updated November 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 years
Full time
9,250 GBP
£9,250 (UK/EU) - £16,350 (international)
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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