Our qualifying law degree is professionally accredited and provides exemption from the initial stage of the solicitor and barrister professional examinations for England and Wales.
This means our graduates fulfil the academic requirements to apply for direct entry to the LPC or BPTC stage of professional training.
Newcastle is a top 10 UK university for law, providing a high quality legal education in a supportive and friendly environment.
All your modules in Stages 1 and 2 are compulsory to cover the essential foundation subjects in law.
In your final year you can choose legal topics that interest you from our wide range of research-informed modules, such as: human rights law; terrorism and counter-terrorism law; public international law; and environmental law.
You also have the opportunity to apply to spend a year studying law in Europe.
As the North East of England’s longest established Law School, Newcastle is highly regarded for its teaching of law - we achieved an impressive overall student satisfaction score of 91% in the 2015 National Student Survey.
We also rank in the top 20 UK universities in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015, The Guardian University Guide 2016, and The Complete University Guide 2016.
Our degree is recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council.
This means it provides exemption from the first part of the legal professional examinations for England and Wales, allowing you to progress directly to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers on graduation.
We also offer the subjects for students intending to continue their legal education and take the professional course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast.
All the modules in Stages 1 and 2 are compulsory, covering the essential foundation modules of legal professional qualification - see the Modules section for more information.
You also learn about the legal and judicial processes of England and Wales, and develop and practise core professional legal skills such as:
In Stage 3, you have the freedom to follow the areas of law that interest you the most, choosing from a wide choice of optional modules.
You can choose modules informed by the research interests of our expert academic staff, such as:
You can also select up to a third of your modules from other areas of the University, such as English, politics, history, business or a modern language.
We offer a range of opportunities to help you boost your employability and stand out from the crowd in the graduate marketplace.
If you want to add an international dimension to your degree and stand out from the crowd, you can apply to study abroad for a year between Stages 2 and 3.
You will spend the year studying law at one of our European partner universities. We currently have links with universities in:
As all our partners teach in English, you don't need language skills to take advantage of this opportunity.
Successful completion of this year is recognised in your degree title on graduation: Law (European Legal Studies) LLB Honours.
If you wish to take this opportunity, you simply apply at the end of your first year on the degree; there is no separate application process via UCAS.
As a Law student, you’ll spend much of your time in our dedicated Law School. All of our facilities, staff and students are housed together in this building in the heart of campus.
The 24 hour library service is really good. I like studying there as it is a good change of scenery from my room. The staff in the Law Library are very helpful and accommodating. The shuttle bus service which takes home students who like to study late is very useful.