Nottingham Trent and Dutch law school offer common law and European law degree

Nottingham Law School is teaming up with a law school in the Netherlands to teach a joint degree in European and common law.

The law school, part of Nottingham Trent University, has teamed up with Radboud University in Nijmegen to allow students to study both common law and European law from September 2013.

Nottingham Law School students taking part in the programme will study for two years in Nottingham and spend their final year in Nijmegen. At the end of the three years they will be awarded an LLB in European Law by Nottingham Trent University and an LLM in European Law from Radboud University.

Students at Radboud will spend three years completing modules required for the Bachelor’s Degree in International and European Law, which will be awarded by Radboud University. They will then spend their fourth and final year at Nottingham Law School and will be awarded an LLB in Legal Studies by Nottingham Trent University.

John Tingle, head of international development at Nottingham Law School, who has been instrumental in arranging the link-up, said: “The two law schools have very similar ideologies. While we are both underpinned by legal research, many of our academics are also legal practitioners. 

“UK lawyers need to know about European Law at a practical level because of the UK’s role in the European Union. They need to know about international human rights because of the impact of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

“You cannot practise effectively as a lawyer today – even on the domestic stage – without knowledge of what is going on in Brussels and Strasbourg.”