BA (Hons) Law

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Reviews

Anonymous

The lecturers are very good and the small group tutorials enable you to ensure you have a good understanding of the content. The content itself can be demanding both due to complexity and volume of areas covered for some modules. Most modules are generally well structured but this largely depends on who the module convener is. Most of the modules are assessed by exam which can make the end of the year very stressful (as all vote modules are year long and assessed by one exam alone) but I have found the course enjoyable overall and have loved my university.

Anonymous

My degree is basically just a lot of reading and a lot of private study in the library with a massive textbook! It's composed of 8 lectures a week and 4 tutorials that occur fortnightly (2 in week 1, 2 in week 2, then reverts back again). It's very challenging at times to remember all the content, it's not so much what we learn but how much we have to learn! That being said, I don't think I'll ever truly understand Land law! The forms of assessment are my real bug-bear, 3 lots of 3 hour exams at the end of the year that count for 100% of the module - no 25% courseworks and 15% participation grades for us! (How is it fair that 15% of some people's degree is given on turning up to seminars?!!!) Overall, it's challenging and mind-stretching, but it's something I really love, so I persevere!

Anonymous

I have thoroughly enjoyed my law degree at Nottingham. I feel that the degree has struck a good balance between academic rigour and scope for developing interests. The lecturers are all experts in their field making learning from them very rewarding. It is a demanding course, and the tutorials require preparation, but the tutors are helpful in supporting my studies and pointing to useful resources. Most of the modules are exam based, but there are also coursework based modules - I found I've enjoyed the teachings of the exam modules best as they are very structured with clear topics and handouts, whilst the coursework modules are usually seminar based and allows for more research and academic debate which I find can be hard to grasp personally.Career support wise the law school and the law and bar societies all provide numerous career events and newsletters to notify students of opportunities and deadlines throughout the year, and there are also many law firm representatives that keep us up to date on applications and opportunities

Anonymous

The course is well-structured, with the compulsory modules on the first year setting students up well for the rest of the course. The teaching is varied, utilising a combination of lectures and tutorials or seminars. Teaching is generally engaging with the chance to leave feedback at the end of modules. Assessment is varied and unfortunately there is little choice of assessment method (although in some modules both coursework and exams may contribute to the final grade). One of the best opportubities available is the chance to study at a partner institution in Year 3!

Anonymous

I love studying the law at Nottingham, our timetables aren't ridiculously packed and the content of our learning is actually so interesting as well. Some Lecturers can be more engaging than others but they usually make up for that in tutorials when they address students issues better in smaller groups.

Anonymous

Whilst my degree is very complex, having a primary focus on International Law rather than domestic, I have come to really enjoy it. I think that this can be attributed to the excellent teaching from all of the lecturers who have conducted my seminars this year. In each seminar, there is always a high level of intellectual discussion and the seminar teachers have always encouraged each student to get involved.What makes the structure of this course different to my undergraduate degree is the face that the exams are all at the end of year, including those for the Autumn Semester and including all essay submissions. Whilst this has given me longer to write the essays, it also proves very difficult to revise for everything and be prepared for the very intense weeks in April and May. Also, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to complete Autumn essays earlier on in the year when the deadlines are so far away.

Anonymous

I enjoy studying my course at University of Nottingham, it is one of the best places to study law. However i was challenged with the fact that they do not offer placements or more practical forms of teaching some other universities which are lower in ranking actually offer.I find some lecturers to be extremely harsh in marking and sometimes i felt as though they intentionally tried to mark us down.

Anonymous

The course consists of the seven compulsory law modules which must be studied in order to obtain a qualifying law degree, as well as a huge variety of optional modules in second and third years. In the first year you study Public (Constitutional and Administrative) Law, Contract Law and Tort Law. In second year you study Criminal Law, Land Law and EU Law, and in the final year you study Law of Trusts. This structure is very good - the first year modules are most straightforward providing a good introduction to studying Law, and it is not too difficult to still get a good grade. After that the modules increase in difficulty but because of having a years' experience studying Law already they don't actually seem too bad. The teaching for all of the modules I have studied has been outstanding, with the exception of the EU Law module, although that could just be because it is the most difficult module I have studied meaning I have had to take a lot of responsibility for my own learning - it may just be a difficult module to teach. I have thoroughly enjoyed my degree so far and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the law, and the University of Nottingham has been fantastic in teaching me.

Anonymous

The content and organisation of the degree is excellent, it contains everything you need to achieve a qualifying law degree which will allow you to move on to complete a Legal Practice Course (LPC) or go to Bars. The lectures are well spread out, as are the tutorials and seminars. There is a real focus by the university on you taking responsibility for your own learning. My only criticism would be that the standard of lecturing (in terms of technique and effectiveness) can vary between modules. Some modules have not been taught particularly well this year, but it has to be said that this is against the general standard achieved.

Anonymous

The course itself is rather challenging but I would say that I enjoyed most of the modules. I personally shy away from coursework, hence it was a great relief for me that dissertation is not compulsory.

Anonymous

Content-wise, great spread of modules to choose from (personal favourites are maritime and IP!). Most modules are structured well, with knowledgeable professors delivering effective lectures, albeit fast-paced and content-heavy at times. Assessment for core modules are via end of year exams; optional modules can be via exams or coursework. Some modules are of distinctively higher difficulty than others. Grading is comparatively harsher than other unis, but a decent grade is attainable with hard work. Overall, an wonderful experience, and I especially loved the beautiful campus!

Anonymous

Although I think that the quality of my degree overall is very good, as we have some of the most qualified professors in the country, I often feel like I would benefit from a more pastoral aspect to the course. There is very little in the way of feedback and progress reports, so it can often feel like the department doesn't really care. Additionally, some modules have as many as 5 different professors, and as all teach and make resources in their own way, it leads to inconsistent and hard to follow notes. However, overall the quality of teaching is very good and the combination of lectures and regular seminars means that you can get a full and detailed handle on the particular subject you are studying. Additionally the resources available online are very detailed and offer a great support to your further reading and lecture notes.

Anonymous

My law degree is fascinating. It opens avenues into politics, sociology, psychology and many other topics therefore making it a very well rounded subject to study. The lectures are fast but engaging and the cases are fun to learn about because they are 'real life stories'. It is also very 'up to date' - laws and policies are constantly changing which means it is good to be sharp on current affairs. The inclusion of coursework is good as it releves some pressure from the 3 3 hour exams at the end of the academic year.

Anonymous

Key features of the PhD programme•A comprehensive induction to the School and social welcome event•Submission of a 100,000 word thesis which is assessed by a viva voce examination

Anonymous

Studying law can be complex and tricky, and requires a lot of dedication, but ultimately it is extremely rewarding.Studying law does not require one mode of thinking, various branches of the law require you to apply your mind in different ways (for example, International Human Rights Law requires broad political considerations, while Land Law requires more technical, logical thinking). It is an excellent opportunity to develop new ways of thinking, and to put your brain to work.I am very satisfied with the level of teaching at my university: for the most part, teachers provide a wide range of information for students and from my experience, the lay out of materials is clear. However it is definitely better when you move in to second year compared to first year.Law can be pretty complex, but if you are dedicated and determined to succeed then it is very rewarding.The form of assessment is very difficult: it requires you to carry a lot of information and often it all rides on one exam/essay. This is significantly more stressful than continued assessment. However it does not affect the final grades that students achieve.

Anonymous

law is a very tough but interesting course which requires a lot of constant reading. The is a huge amount of case law needed to be understood to be well applied in the exams or in tutorials. Though it may be a lot of work, i find it really interesting because the cases are more like stories that occur. The assessments may be seen as too strict and for me, the majority of my teachers have been really good.

Anonymous

The balance between teaching time (lectures, seminars, and tutorials) and self-study is at an appropriate level. The first year course content is suitable for both students new to studying law and those who have previously studied it as an A-level. One negative would be the varying level of lecture quality depending on who is leading it.

Anonymous

The teaching in the relevant modules is comprehensive and assessments are pitched at an appropriate level. Although it may be a struggle in the first year because the markers generally grade you based on a level that is expected of a second-year student, the feedback that you ultimately receive is incredibly detailed. This also prepares you for work in year 2. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities for you to receive more feedback as there are voluntary essays that you can submit for marking which do not count towards your final grade. The modules such as International Trade and Maritime Law offer an interesting take on the issues as the lecturer often discusses the practical side of the law. 

Anonymous

The teaching in the School of Law here is world-class. Lecturers and tutors are engaging and always willing to help if you have any questions. Modules are indeed challenging, and require hard work and plenty of reading, but they are thoroughly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Assessment varies from coursework to exams depending on the module, but plenty of guidance is given for either. The overall degree classification is calculated from average mean mark across the second and third year, weighed 33% and 67% respectively. The degree has opened my mind up to thinking and analysing in a different way, and I've really enjoyed it. There are some truly fascinating areas of the law.

Anonymous

In one word: Challenging. Except to do a lot of reading and loads of independent studying. Lectures are good to absorb information but the tutorials and seminars are where you can really understand and apply what you've learnt in the tectures. There aren't any compulsory assignments during any of the modules, so the final exam counts as 100% of the overall grade. 

Alex Kirtley

The tutorial and seminar sessions are the most helpful parts of the course. Public Law A and EU law in second year is not taught very well in lectures

Anonymous

Like every law degree, it requires hard work, solid effort to understand complex issues and a lot of reading. However, the University of Nottingham has world-class lecturers to guide you along the process. The lecturers and tutors make every discussion intellectually stimulating and you can tell they love their job. Whenever you need help, it is always available. I've really enjoyed the content of the degree and would recommend this University to anybody considering studying Law.

Anonymous

Despite the cliche, Law truly is a fascinating subject. The more time you devote to it, the more you will enjoy it. The Uni of Nottingham is sensible with the structure of the Law degree, teaching the basics in the first year which you build upon in further years. They also have world-class lecturers and tutors - genuinely top academics in their field, which really gives you confidence and just adds to the enjoyment of learning it all. Lots of support is given when it comes to exams and coursework. You really do have to put in the effort though; don't expect that it will come naturally to you if you have done no reading whatsoever! Overall, I couldn't recommend it enough, even if you don't want to go into a legal career afterwards (which roughly 50% don't).

Anonymous

The course content has been very interesting so far and the lecturers have ensured that there is a thorough understanding of key principles. It has been challenging, I can't lie, but if you put in the right amount of work and effort, you will get the results and enjoyment from this degree.

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