Nottingham law school restructures LLB

In a move to strengthen the employability of its graduates Nottingham Law School is to offer a restructured law degree from October 2012.

The LLB full-time law degree will now feature a split-year pathway which will give students four different options in their second year of study.

Those wishing to gain an international law perspective can choose to study overseas at partner universities in a range of countries, including Australia, Switzerland, Turkey, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands.

There will also be an option to undertake a professional work placement in either legal or non-legal professional practice.

Alternatively, students can choose to study a range of business modules delivered by Nottingham Business School to develop business knowledge and commercial awareness, or could instead participate in clinical legal education.

For students who decide not to take a spilt-year pathway, there is also an alternative year-long programme which delivers substantive law modules with professional skills and employability enhancement embedded within them.

Nottingham Law School principal lecturer, Martin Millward, who is responsible for the development of the full-time LLB, said: “underpinning it all is a key emphasis upon the development of transferable professional skills and a key focus upon enhancing the employability of our graduates.”

The law school has also introduced a new final year module, Path to Professional Practice, which has been designed in consultation with the law school’s Employers Advisory Board and brings together a range of advanced legal skills within a real world context, including drafting, interviewing, negotiation, professional ethics and commercial awareness.

Millward added: “Many students are increasingly looking for paralegal employment prior to undertaking their postgraduate vocational legal training and this module will prepare them to meet the needs of such employers. The module is being introduced into all of our full-time attendance LLB programmes and will provide an excellent platform from which to progress to the vocational stage of legal training to become a solicitor or a barrister.”