Our professionally accredited degree offers rigorous academic training in the principles of English law and exemption from the initial stage of the solicitor and barrister professional examinations for England and Wales.
Newcastle Law School offers you all the benefits of being part of a close-knit community under one roof in our dedicated Law School building.
The degree includes a wide range of topics shaped by our research expertise. This ensures that you gain the very latest subject knowledge, as well as having the freedom to explore your own legal interests.
You will have a range of opportunities to broaden your experience and enhance your employability, with:
Our degree is professionally accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Bar Council. This offers exemption from the initial stage of the solicitor and barrister professional examinations for England and Wales.
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.
As the North East of England’s longest established Law School, Newcastle is highly regarded for its teaching of law. We achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 95% in the 2013 National Student Survey. We are also ranked in the top ten UK universities for law in The Guardian University Guide 2014.
Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars where you can discuss legal issues and work through problem questions in small groups. Individual preparation for seminars is also extremely important and occupies much of your study time.
Traditional end-of-year examinations form a large part of the assessment, while other modules are assessed via compulsory course work. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
All the modules in Stages 1 and 2 are compulsory, covering the essential foundation modules of legal professional qualification.
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. Up to a third of your modules at this Stage may be from other areas of the University, such as English, politics, history, business or a modern language.
You have the opportunity, between Stages 2 and 3, to spend an intercalating year studying law at one of our European partner universities. This means that you will not only graduate with a fully-qualifying degree, but you will also be able to draw on the experiences and skills developed during your year abroad. This will open new horizons for you on the job market.
We currently have links with universities in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. All of our partners teach in English so you do not need language skills to take advantage of this opportunity.
Students who wish to take advantage of this European study opportunity must apply during their first year on the LLB; there is no separate application process via UCAS. Successful completion of this year is recognised in your degree title on graduation: Law (European Legal Studies) LLB Honours.
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. This helps to create an inclusive, community feeling. It also gives you access to some first-rate facilities, all under one roof:
We also subscribe to many useful legal services, including Westlaw, Lexis®Library, Justis, and many electronic journals – these provide services like legal dictionaries, databases of legal materials, bibliographies and journals indexes.
Our student society, The Eldon Society, plays a key part in student life in the Law School. It organises a packed programme of employer presentations and social events. The Eldon Society Master and Vice Master of Moots also run our annual mooting competition.
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.