Northumbria University

Northumbria Law School

Northumbria Law School

The institution

Northumbria Law School is ranked 1st in England for the percentage of law graduates in professional employment*. We will equip you with the knowledge and experience to make a real difference in your career.

The University has won a prestigious national award for its contribution to 'pro bono' work across the North East. The Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded for the exceptional work of our Student Law Office, which operates like a solicitor's practice, providing huge benefits to both local community and legal education. If you enroll on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) you will have the opportunity to try out legal practice for real through the Student Law Office. You will be advising and representing members of the public under the supervision of qualified members of staff and may even need to represent your client at court or tribunal.

Our tutors are continuously commended on their excellent level of teaching and support as you’ll be taught by experienced academics and legally qualified staff. We have close links with the local Bar and the North East circuit, so you’ll benefit from additional sessions, talks and mock trials that are delivered by Judges and specialists in particular areas of law and legal practice. You’ll receive careers support through our Student Engagement Centre that provides regular interactions and sessions throughout your study.

*DLHE March 2014

Postgraduate study

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Designed for any non-law graduate who intends to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK. Northumbria’s GDL is taught using a practical, student-focused approach providing a solid grounding in the major areas of law. It covers the foundations of legal knowledge which are taught by means of lectures, group sessions and seminars. Students are provided with comprehensive study materials, textbooks and step-by-step workbooks to support their studies.

At the beginning of the course students are required to study the English System by means of a pre-attendance package and induction programme. In addition, students must study seven subjects, which are stipulated by the professional bodies as being the foundations of legal knowledge.

All students are required to undertake research into a further area of law. The Law School offers a range of options including Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Evidence and Legal History among others. Students receive initial guidance on the subject and advice on how to conduct legal research.

Successful GDL students who continue to study at Northumbria are guaranteed a place on the LPC and are entitled to a substantial discount off LPC or BPTC fees.

Legal Practice Course Postgraduate Diploma (LPC) – 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time
Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, enabling students to learn how to apply their legal knowledge in a practical context. The well-established, highly successful programme offers flexible learning options, a strong staff/student ratio, a guaranteed legal placement or professional mentor scheme and a wide range of electives tailored to both general and commercial practice.

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Northumbria’s BPTC is student-centered with skills taught in small group sessions. During the course students develop a range of essential skills, which include advocacy, drafting, opinion writing, conference skills and resolution of disputes out of court. Evidence, criminal litigation and civil litigation are also taught as discrete subjects, as well as being integrated with the five main skill areas. All subjects and skills are developed through practical sessions, in which students work on case studies and carry out a range of tasks which are typical of pupillage.

Postgraduate Courses

As a professional, you will be looking for practical and innovative courses with enviable reputations and a diverse and interesting student base from across the globe. Northumbria Law School offers LLM courses, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals, and offered full-time or via distance learning which provides a flexible approach more suited to busy lifestyles.

Our courses are focused on enhancing graduate employability which is why we pride ourselves on excellent links with employers, regionally, nationally and globally. With experienced professors, academic experts and professional support staff committed to giving you the best learning experience, a Northumbria University postgraduate degree will give your career an extra edge.

Academic scholarships are available for students with a 1st or 2:1 degree, applying for full-time study (Academic scholarships do not apply to students undertaking professional Law courses who are in receipt of a package deal - terms and conditions apply*).

The University also offers an easy payment scheme that means students can spread their tuition fees over 10 months.

*For further information on scholarships, visit wour website.


Northumbria Law School embraces diversity and breadth of research interests and outputs.

While the research flagship of the Department is the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, which brings together a wide variety of staff research interests ranging from youth justice and mentally ill offenders to forensic evidence and the cross-border transfer of criminal justice data, more discrete research interest groups are also emerging, for example in the areas of gender and sexuality, in legal education and practice, encompassing clinical legal education, and in public law.

In 2013, the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Interest Group launched, bringing together academics and research students to act as a key driver for this dynamic and ambitious aspect of our research environment.

There are also a number of informal research clusters bringing together staff sharing research interests in animal rights, information rights, environmental law, sports law and commercial and corporate law. At the same time as encouraging collaborative and interdisciplinary research, whether from a national, international or comparative perspective, the law Department is also the academic home to several individual researchers with established national and international expertise in their chosen fields, including international human rights, Islamic legal tradition and post conflict justice and law and development in Pacific island states.


You'll be studying in the outstanding City Campus East, with state-of-the-art lecture theatres, dedicated mock court room and our very own specialist Law Practice Library that is open 24/7 and houses a collection of practitioner materials, journals and law reports.

We've invested £200 million to make sure that our campuses are places where you enjoy spending time. Our modern city campus is designed with you in mind, you'll find everything to give you an outstanding student experience including our world-class Sport Central, award-winning customer service University Library, new Trinity Square accommodation and excellent catering facilities.

Open Day dates

Northumbria Law School will be hosting a series of Open Days between October 2015 – May 2016. For dates, and to book a place, please visit the open days section on our website.

Law Fairs attending

St Andrews Law Fair – 06/10/2015

York Law Fair – 21/10/2015

Queen’s Belfast Law Fair – 22/10/2015

BMJ Medical Fair - 23/10/2015 and 24/10/2015

Leeds Law Fair – 02/11/2015

Northumbria Careers Fair 03/11/2015

Teesside Careers Fair – 06/11/2015

Oxford Law Fair – 07/11/2015

Newcastle Law Fair – 16/11/2015

Manchester Law Fair – 17/11/2015

Sheffield Law Fair - 18/11/2015

Durham Law Fair - 24/11/2015

Hull Law Fair – February 2016

National Pupillage Fair – March 2016 (date TBC)

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