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Law with options in Mandarin, LLB, LLB

Law with options in Mandarin, LLB, LLB

Course Overview


Law at Northampton looks at the historical, social, political and economic forces that influence our legal systems and govern our societies. You will learn to think like a lawyer rather than just ‘learn’ law.

A major factor in our quality is the calibre and enthusiasm of our staff, testing your mental agility with complex, realistic legal scenarios as you get to grips with criminal, public and private law, legal systems, contracts, human rights and explore family law, the law of property and legal aspects of the EU.

Throughout your programme, you will study courses in Mandarin language and add this extremely useful skill to your growing competence in law.

You will have many opportunities to hone your developing legal skills in student-led initiatives, such as mock legal debating, our highly active Law Society, the students’ journal, in which your work may be published, and our community law clinic – the Northampton Law Project.

Should you choose to practice law, you will have a wide variety of career options within legal professions. However, more than a third of Northampton law graduates now choose to use their law degree as a passport for entry into a wide range of careers including business – for which you will have a language advantage – finance and banking, teaching, governmental bodies and departments and the police force.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning, Distance learning
DURATION 48 months
What You'll Study
How You'll Study

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (NT1001)
Criminal Law (NT1020) – 15 Credit Points
Foundations of Private Law (NT1022) – 15 Credit Points
Legal System (NT1025) – 15 Credit Points
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1 (NT1001) – 15 Credit Points
Contract (NT1520) – 15 Credit Points
Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (NT1536) – 15 Credit Points
USA Constitutional Law (NT1537) – 15 Credit Points
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2 (NT1501) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Eu Institutions and Law (NT2026) – 15 Credit Points
The Law of Property (NT2031) – 15 Credit Points
Family Law (NT2526) – 15 Credit Points
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 3 (NT2001) – 15 Credit Points
Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (NT2525) – 15 Credit Points
Succession and Trusts (NT2528) – 7.5 Credit Points
Introduction to Legal Theory (NT2527) – 7.5 Credit Points
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 4 (NT2501) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Evidence (NT3025) – 15 Credit Points
Commercial and Consumer Contracts (NT3032) – 15 Credit Points
Mandarin 5 (NT3001) – 15 Credit Points
Mandarin 6 (NT3501) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses


  • Select 30 credits of Law courses
  • Select 30 credit points from courses of choice


  • Select 50 credits from Honours courses
  • Select 15 credit points from courses of choice

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation (NT4025) – 25 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 100 credits from honours courses.

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Law with options in Mandarin, LLB?
  • 93% student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.
  • Taught by top legal academics, who are shaping national and international policy, for example in regulation and the energy sector.
  • Northampton Law Project: law students gaining experience through providing a free legal advice service for the public ranging from help with employment issues, housing, consumer rights and advice for small businesses facing financial difficulties.
  • Community projects including students running employability skills workshops for inmates in prison, and workshops on law for school pupils.
  • Our Law Society which organises a busy and varied programme of social, educational and supportive events, and the European Law Students’ Association – a local branch of a pan-European network.
  • The Northampton Student Law Review, a student-led journal, which publishes our students’ work.
  • Strong links with local and national employers, with members working in the legal profession regularly giving career talks to students.
  • An exceptionally high professional employment rate, with our law graduates much in demand, not only in the USA but abroad too.
  • In all LLB programmes, in each year of study you can take optional law courses or other subjects across the University, e.g. in anthropology or forensic medicine.
  • Northampton law graduates today occupy roles at the top of Scotland’s legal system.


There are many opportunities at the Northampton University  to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Entry requirements



SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.


Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


IELTS Academic:

OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0


OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
  • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

    Northampton University admissions terms and conditions