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Please note: This course is subject to validation. First intake for this course is September 2025, for September 2024 entry please visit Law LLB (Hons).

This course lets you explore Law according to your interests and career ambitions.

You have the flexibility to customise your degree by selecting from a range of optional modules that align with your interests and career aspirations.

You'll learn about Law using real-life situations and get to dig deeper into specific topics from inquests and criminal law to human rights and law in popular culture.

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to spend time in our Student Law Office, where you will work with legal professionals, gaining essential skills for your future career. You'll deepen your understanding of specific legal areas and learn how to apply this knowledge in various situations. Plus, you'll refine your analytical, thinking, and communication skills, crucial for the modern workplace, under expert guidance.

This course will equip you with transferable skills and prepare you for a multitude of career paths. For example, if you aspire to become a solicitor or barrister, you can transition seamlessly into one of our M Law pathways after your initial two years. With this additional year of study, you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills required for the next steps in your chosen profession.

Why choose Northumbria to study Law?

Over 95% of students studying Law at Northumbria thought staff were good at explaining things (NSS, 2023).

Law at Northumbria is ranked 7th in the UK for research power out of 69 submissions (REF, 2021). This represents a rise of 37 places compared to 2014.

Becoming a Solicitor

What is a solicitor?

A solicitor is a qualified legal professional who deals with legal matters which may include complex problems, provides advice to clients, prepares legal documents, and represents them in various legal matters. Unlike barristers, solicitors usually work directly with clients and handle a wide range of legal matters. Solicitors can specialise in a range of areas from commercial law to family and crime, and so much more.

M Law Pathway

If you aspire to be a solicitor, this pathway is a great start. After two years, you can follow the MLaw pathway, if you are eligible. On this pathway, you will have optional modules based on your interests, but will also undertake some core modules aimed at preparing you for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1). You will also have the opportunity to work with real clients in the Student Law Office.

Find out more about MLaw.

Becoming a Barrister

What is a Barrister?

A barrister is a type of lawyer who represents clients in court and provides expert legal advice. They have the skills to handle complex legal arguments and present them persuasively to the judge and jury.

M Law Exempting (Bar Course)

If you aspire to be a barrister, you can follow the MLaw Exempting (Bar Course) pathway, if you are eligible. On this pathway, you will have optional modules based on your interests, but will also undertake some core modules relevant to your qualification. Years 3 and 4 of the programme will cover the topics relevant to your career in court, equipping you for pupillage beyond your degree.

Find out more about MLaw Exempting (Bar Course)

What is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)?

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is the route to qualification as a solicitor from September 2021.

The introduction of SQE means that the assessments required to become a solicitor have been centralised with every aspiring solicitor sitting the same national assessment. Under the SQE route to qualification to become a solicitor it is necessary to:

  • Have a degree or equivalent;
  • Pass the two stages of the SQE national assessment: SQE1 and SQE2;
  • Undertake a two-year period of qualifying work experience; and
  • Meet the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor.

The SQE Assessment is split into 2 stages: SQE1 and SQE2:

SQE 1 – A test of your ‘functioning legal knowledge’ and application of law based on realistic client scenarios. This stage consists of 2 multiple choice papers of 180 questions each. To progress onto SQE2, the student must pass SQE1.

SQE 2 – A test of your practical legal skills including interviewing (notes and analysis), advocacy, research, drafting, writing, and case analysis.

As mentioned above, ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ (QWE) is also required as part of the SQE route. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) anticipate that student’s gain this experience before sitting SQE2 although this is not a requirement. A minimum of two years full time equivalent is required, and QWE is more flexible than the concept of a period of recognised training under the old route to qualification. Whilst many students may still choose to complete this requirement by undertaking one period of formal training with a law firm, work undertaken with up to 4 organisations can be used to satisfy the QWE requirement. A greater range of work experience can also count now than previously. This new development provides students with more flexibility and gives students an opportunity to widen their knowledge through a greater range of work experience increasing the potential pathways to qualification.

There is a cost of sitting the SQE assessments, in addition to any course tuition fees. The SRA regularly updates information and guidance about how to qualify under the SQE system so keep checking its website.

Dr Victoria Roper, Associate Professor at Northumbria University, answers crucial questions about the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination in the BBC's podcast series; Not All Lawyers Have Law Degrees.

Please note: This course is subject to validation. First intake for this course is September 2025, for September 2024 entry please visit Law LLB (Hons).

This course lets you explore Law according to your interests and career ambitions.

You have the flexibility to customise your degree by selecting from a range of optional modules that align with your interests and career aspirations.

You'll learn about Law using real-life situations and get to dig deeper into specific topics from inquests and criminal law to human rights and law in popular culture.

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to spend time in our Student Law Office, where you will work with legal professionals, gaining essential skills for your future career. You'll deepen your understanding of specific legal areas and learn how to apply this knowledge in various situations. Plus, you'll refine your analytical, thinking, and communication skills, crucial for the modern workplace, under expert guidance.

This course will equip you with transferable skills and prepare you for a multitude of career paths. For example, if you aspire to become a solicitor or barrister, you can transition seamlessly into one of our M Law pathways after your initial two years. With this additional year of study, you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills required for the next steps in your chosen profession.

Why choose Northumbria to study Law?

Over 95% of students studying Law at Northumbria thought staff were good at explaining things (NSS, 2023).

Law at Northumbria is ranked 7th in the UK for research power out of 69 submissions (REF, 2021). This represents a rise of 37 places compared to 2014.

Becoming a Solicitor

What is a solicitor?

A solicitor is a qualified legal professional who deals with legal matters which may include complex problems, provides advice to clients, prepares legal documents, and represents them in various legal matters. Unlike barristers, solicitors usually work directly with clients and handle a wide range of legal matters. Solicitors can specialise in a range of areas from commercial law to family and crime, and so much more.

M Law Pathway

If you aspire to be a solicitor, this pathway is a great start. After two years, you can follow the MLaw pathway, if you are eligible. On this pathway, you will have optional modules based on your interests, but will also undertake some core modules aimed at preparing you for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1). You will also have the opportunity to work with real clients in the Student Law Office.

Find out more about MLaw.

Becoming a Barrister

What is a Barrister?

A barrister is a type of lawyer who represents clients in court and provides expert legal advice. They have the skills to handle complex legal arguments and present them persuasively to the judge and jury.

M Law Exempting (Bar Course)

If you aspire to be a barrister, you can follow the MLaw Exempting (Bar Course) pathway, if you are eligible. On this pathway, you will have optional modules based on your interests, but will also undertake some core modules relevant to your qualification. Years 3 and 4 of the programme will cover the topics relevant to your career in court, equipping you for pupillage beyond your degree.

Find out more about MLaw Exempting (Bar Course)

What is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)?

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is the route to qualification as a solicitor from September 2021.

The introduction of SQE means that the assessments required to become a solicitor have been centralised with every aspiring solicitor sitting the same national assessment. Under the SQE route to qualification to become a solicitor it is necessary to:

  • Have a degree or equivalent;
  • Pass the two stages of the SQE national assessment: SQE1 and SQE2;
  • Undertake a two-year period of qualifying work experience; and
  • Meet the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor.

The SQE Assessment is split into 2 stages: SQE1 and SQE2:

SQE 1 – A test of your ‘functioning legal knowledge’ and application of law based on realistic client scenarios. This stage consists of 2 multiple choice papers of 180 questions each. To progress onto SQE2, the student must pass SQE1.

SQE 2 – A test of your practical legal skills including interviewing (notes and analysis), advocacy, research, drafting, writing, and case analysis.

As mentioned above, ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ (QWE) is also required as part of the SQE route. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) anticipate that student’s gain this experience before sitting SQE2 although this is not a requirement. A minimum of two years full time equivalent is required, and QWE is more flexible than the concept of a period of recognised training under the old route to qualification. Whilst many students may still choose to complete this requirement by undertaking one period of formal training with a law firm, work undertaken with up to 4 organisations can be used to satisfy the QWE requirement. A greater range of work experience can also count now than previously. This new development provides students with more flexibility and gives students an opportunity to widen their knowledge through a greater range of work experience increasing the potential pathways to qualification.

There is a cost of sitting the SQE assessments, in addition to any course tuition fees. The SRA regularly updates information and guidance about how to qualify under the SQE system so keep checking its website.

Dr Victoria Roper, Associate Professor at Northumbria University, answers crucial questions about the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination in the BBC's podcast series; Not All Lawyers Have Law Degrees.

Course Information

UCAS Code
M102

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad
1 other options available

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2025

Fees
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Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* Government has yet to announce 25/26 tuition fee levels. As a guide, 24/25 fees were £9,250 per year. 



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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Northumbria University is committed to developing an inclusive, diverse and accessible campus and wider University community and are determined to ensure that opportunities we provide are open to all.

We are proud to work in partnership with AccessAble to provide Detailed Access Guides to our buildings and facilities across our City, Coach Lane and London Campuses. A Detailed Access Guide lets you know what access will be like when you visit somewhere. It looks at the route you will use getting in and what is available inside. All guides have Accessibility Symbols that give you a quick overview of what is available, and photographs to show you what to expect. The guides are produced by trained surveyors who visit our campuses annually to ensure you have trusted and accurate information.

You can use Northumbria’s AccessAble Guides anytime to check the accessibility of a building or facility and to plan your routes and journeys. Search by location, building or accessibility feature to find the information you need. 

We are dedicated to helping students who may require additional support during their student journey and offer 1-1 advice and guidance appropriate to individual requirements. If you feel you may need additional support you can find out more about what we offer here where you can also contact us with any questions you may have:

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Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.

 

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