This three-year Law LLB Honours degree focuses on building the foundation of legal knowledge you need for a career in law. You will also develop a range of versatile skills that can open the doors to many career options.
Studying the Newcastle LLB will let you:
- learn about the law and develop practical skills such as legal argument and client negotiation
- gain experience through our pro bono schemes and work placement
- have the opportunity to apply to study in Europe, Asia, the US or Australia
You will study compulsory modules in Stages 1 and 2. These modules will give you a strong foundation in the essential subjects in law, including Contract, Land and Tort.
You can tailor your final year and specialise in legal topics that are of interest to you.
Quality and ranking
We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.
Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.
Our degree is recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority* and accredited by the Bar Standards Board**. 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 required for entry by the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Northern Ireland.
* The Solicitors Regulation Authority are making changes to the route to qualifying from 2021.
** The Bar Council have introduced changes to the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from September 2020.
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, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.
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 the essential foundation modules of a legal professional qualification.
You will learn about key legal areas such as, Public, Contract and Land Law, as well as gaining an introduction to the legal and judicial processes of England and Wales. You will also begin to develop core professional legal skills, such as using legal databases and interviewing clients.
During Stage 1, you will have the opportunity to consider switching to a four-year programme. This will allow you to apply to either study abroad for a year or go on a year-long work placement.
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In Stage 2 you will build on your knowledge gain an understanding of criminal, and EU Law, Equity and General Principles of Tort. All modules in Stage 2 are compulsory and will help you to further develop critical legal and analytical and problem-solving skills.
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Your final year will give you the chance to specialise in an area of law that is of interest to you. You can choose from a wide range of optional modules that are informed by the research of our expert academic staff.
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Teaching and assessment
You will learn through a combination of lectures and seminars where you will openly discuss legal issues and work through problem questions in small groups.
You will be required to undertake individual preparation for seminars, so you can get the most out of these sessions.
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.
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I enjoy being able to use my own knowledge and creativity to come up with innovative solutions to complex legal problems, particularly when this involves working with other students.
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. 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 and has everything you need as a law student: newly refurbished lecture theatre, computer cluster, seminar rooms, and a dedicated law library.
The student common room is a great place to relax and catch-up with fellow students and 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 – an academic member of staff who 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.
You will also be assigned a peer mentor – a fellow student who can help to 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 act as a source of guidance for advice 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 and 97% of graduates from Newcastle Law School were in employment or further education within 6 months of graduating*.
Many of our graduates go on to qualify as solicitors or barristers, with some choosing to enter private practice and others joining organisations such as the Civil Service, local authorities or large companies.
Some also choose to study a specific area of law at postgraduate level.
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
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+ inititiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
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, including Newcastle University London. 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 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
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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How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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- 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
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