Wednesday 25 January 2017

Nottingham Law School opens up distance learning LLM Legal Practice for USA students


Nottingham Law School reception
Nottingham Law School's LLM Legal Practice (DL) is to be offered to US students

Deans Rich Leonard and Professor Griffiths-Baker sign the MOU
Deans Rich Leonard and Professor Griffiths-Baker sign the MOU

A unique new partnership is to give students at Campbell Law School in the USA the chance to complete Nottingham Law School's LLM Legal Practice via distance learning.

The initiative is part of a recently signed agreement between the two institutions, which will see a number of other collaborations developed in the future.

Through the LLM Legal Practice (DL), students from Campbell Law School will be able to gain further credits on their postgraduate learning by completing a dissertation.

Andrea Nicholson, Head of Postgraduate Provision at Nottingham Law School, said: “Existing joint LLMs between UK and USA institutions require attendance in the UK, which does not always work well for Juris Doctor (JD) students. Opening up this distance learning opportunity is a great way for students at Campbell Law School to internationalise their knowledge and CV without missing any of their home studies.”

The Memorandum of Understanding was agreed during a visit by Nottingham Law School Dean, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, and Andrea Nicholson, who is also School Research Co-ordinator, to Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they met with the School’s Dean, Rich Leonard, and colleagues.

“As our economy and immediate geographic region becomes more globalised, this is an exciting opportunity for our students and others to obtain a valuable international credential,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “We are thankful to partner with our friends at Nottingham Law School in this venture, and we look forward to future opportunities developing between our students and faculty.”

Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker added: “We share many of the same visions as Campbell Law School when it comes to expanding our international offering and giving our students the best opportunities we can. We’re looking forward to developing this agreement and supporting more initiatives in the future.”

During the trip, Professor Griffiths-Baker and Andrea Nicholson also met with Chief Judge Stephani Humrickhouse at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Chief Judge Linda McGee of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway, Toshiba General Counsel Ken Hammer, and Judge Marion Warren Director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Nottingham Law School
Nottingham Law School is one of the largest university law schools in the UK, with over 100 academic staff and 2,500 students.

It prides itself on outstanding facilities, including a suite of replica courtrooms; staff who have real practical experience in the legal industry; 96% of students in employment or further study*; close links with both legal and other professions; and an award-winning Legal Advice Centre offering a variety of pro bono opportunities.

Nottingham Law School was named Legal Education Provider of the Year 2016 in the Solicitors Journal Awards. Visit the website

*(DLHE survey, Full-time, UK, First degree, undergraduate leavers 2014/15)

Campbell Law School
Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has twice received the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association, honoring its First-Year Professionalism Development Series in 2003 and the Connections mentorship program in 2016. The school has also been recognized by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,900 alumni, including more than 3,000 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. Visit the website


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