Build strong transferable skills and prepare for a career as a solicitor, barrister, or another profession with the Newcastle Law School LLB.
You'll study in a Law School that is globally engaged, yet rooted in its local community. This helps build knowledge and understanding, as well as empathy and cross-cultural awareness.
You can convert our standard three-year Law LLB Honours degree to a four-year LLB Honours degree with either a placement or international exchange year. The degree focuses on building the foundations of legal knowledge, as well as analysis and skills essential for a successful future career.
Studying the Newcastle LLB you'll learn about the law and develop practical legal skills such as:
- case analysis
- legal drafting and writing
- legal research
- client negotiation
- client interviewing
- gain direct experience in the community or in the industry through our pro bono schemes and work placement opportunities
- have the opportunity to broaden your cultural and legal frame of reference by applying to study at one of our prestigious international law faculties across Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America
You'll study compulsory modules in first and second year. These modules cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge. You can choose from a broad range of exciting law electives in second and third year. You can also explore non-law module options in the final year.
You'll benefit from the expertise of Newcastle Law School’s outstanding researchers and scholars. They'll put law into context and help you appreciate its societal, economic, cultural and disparate impacts.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Quality and ranking
- 18th in the UK - The Complete University Guide 2022 (Law category)
- Top 80 for Law – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023
Our Law LLB satisfies the requirements of the Bar Standards Board and allows you to progress directly to the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers on graduation. We also offer the subjects required for entry by the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Northern Ireland.
The Newcastle LLB is also a recognised degree by the Bar Council of India for the purposes of enrolment as an advocate in India.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
All modules in Stage 1 are compulsory. They cover some of the foundations of legal knowledge modules essential for a legal professional qualification.
You'll learn about key legal areas such as constitutional law, contract, law and ethics, the UK legal institutions. You'll gain an introduction to the principles of administrative law and the protection of human rights in the UK, and the relationship between UK and EU law post-Brexit. You'll also begin to develop core professional legal skills, such as using legal databases, developing legal research skills, and opportunities to develop client interviewing skills and mooting.
Before Stage 2, you'll have the opportunity to consider switching to a four-year programme. You can apply to either study on an international exchange for a year at one of our international law faculty partners, or to go on a year-long work placement.
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In Stage 2, a mix of compulsory and optional modules will help you to further develop critical legal, analytical and problem-solving skills.
In semester one, you'll build on your foundations of legal knowledge and gain an understanding of criminal, land and tort law.
In semester two, you will study a compulsory equity module and choose two optional modules from a range of specialised law electives representing a broad range of legal and socio-legal fields. This is where you start to tailor your degree to your interests.
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All modules are optional in Stage 3. You must choose three modules per semester. You'll also have the opportunity to pursue a significant piece of independent research, supervised by experts in the field, through the 40 credit Dissertation module.
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through a combination of:
- interactive workshops
In lectures, you should engage with the delivered content. You'll do this through note-taking and active participation in the large group format. The subject specialists provide a guided path through the module to support student learning and understanding.
In seminars and workshops, you'll discuss legal issues. You'll work through problem questions or debates regarding the effectiveness, desirability or clarity of law in a particular area in small groups. Discussions will be wide-ranging, such as:
- the likely outcome of a scenario concerning the breach of contractual terms in a construction contract
- the ways in which the legal profession are adapting to changing cultural and ethical standards
- what the study of literary works can tell us about the way that law is perceived by society
To get the most out of these sessions you'll prepare individually. Independent study and research are central to the skills required of a law degree and in many of the professional careers desired by law graduates. The emphasis on the following skills are essential for excellent degree outcomes:
- self-guided study
- engagement with a wider body of legal and academic materials
- a genuine curiosity
Law is about reflection, debate and argumentation. Student engagement with seminars and other interactive sessions are fundamental to this.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You will be given the opportunity to develop a portfolio of professional skills and boost your employability through:
- client interviewing
- using legal databases
- negotiating deals
You'll put them to the test in prestigious internal and external competitions. You will also visit the Newcastle Combined Court Centre to see the workings of the criminal and civil justice systems at first hand.
The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit-making organisation run by and for students. ELSA offers you the perfect platform to develop existing and acquire new skills, and meet fellow students and legal professionals throughout Europe.
We pride ourselves on our links with the legal profession and regulatory agencies based in the region. You'll benefit from these partnerships throughout your studies. You'll also have the chance to take part in award-winning pro bono initiatives and highly prized internships.
You'll also have the opportunity to apply to spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad. This will help you gain the kind of real-world experience that is valued by employers.
We offer study skills programmes in all three stages of your degree, and you will be trained in the use of our dedicated Law Library and legal databases. In Stage 3, you have the option to choose a dissertation module, learning and applying specific methodologies to conduct and document your own research.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
The year abroad allows you to explore European or International Legal Studies programmes and will extend the duration of your degree by a year.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
Situated on the eastern side of the city campus, the Law School offers you a great sense of community. It has everything you need as a law student:
- a newly refurbished lecture theatre
- computer cluster
- seminar rooms
- a dedicated law library
The student common room is a great place to relax and catch up with fellow students. As our academic and support staff are all based in the same building, you'll find it easy to seek advice whenever you need it.
We also have a dedicated mooting room, which provides the perfect environment to develop your advocacy skills.
Newcastle Law School has a long history of providing a comprehensive support network for students.
In your first year, you will be assigned a personal tutor. This academic member of staff will guide your studies, with weekly office hours when you can drop in for advice. This relationship ensures that your reference will be prepared by someone who knows you personally.
A fellow student will also be assigned as your peer mentor. They will help ensure that the transition from school/college to university, as well as the transitions between different years at university, are as seamless as possible.
Student mentors will give you guidance on everything from how to get the most out of lectures and the library, to how best to enjoy Newcastle as a city.
The Newcastle LLB will give you a diverse range of skills that will prepare you for a number of careers. Our graduates are sought after by a range of high-profile employers.
Many of our graduates go on to qualify as solicitors or barristers. Some choose to enter private practice. Others join organisations such as the Civil Service, local authorities or large companies.
If you looking to pursue a career as a solicitor you will need to pass the two stages of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). You will also need to complete two years of work experience. You can now study your SQE with the University of Law at Newcastle University.
To qualify as a Barrister you will need to pass the Bar Practice Course before completing a final practical stage of training: pupillage.
Non-law graduates are also required to study for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) before studying the BPC. You can now study your GDL with the University of Law at Newcastle University.
Join our successful alumni
Our graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers for a diverse range of local, national and international organisations such as Clifford Chance, Eversheds and Morgan Stanley.
They include multi-award-winning solicitor and campaigner Funke Abimbola; Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary Mike Barton; partner at Clifford Chance and chair of our advisory board Andrew Carnegie; Chief Justice of the Isle of Man David Doyle; and Justice of the High Court Sir Matthew Nicklin.
Make a difference
You'll have access to the Law School's dedicated careers advisor, and be able to hear talks on the profession by practising lawyers, gain experience via one of our five award-winning pro bono schemes, apply for a legal internship, and meet potential employers at our annual Law School Careers Fair.
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year at our on-campus and virtual open days.
You'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
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