Law and French (LLB)
Study the skills required for a career in Law while also learning a language.
Cardiff Law School is committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience that is underpinned by our excellent research activity. We attract students from all over the world and offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study. We are the only Russell Group University to offer both courses required to qualify as a barrister or solicitor - the Bar Professional Training Course and the Legal Practice Course.
Legal practice increasingly takes place on a global stage, and Cardiff’s LLB programmes in law and languages aim to produce lawyers not only fully competent in the law of England and Wales, but also fluent in the chosen language and conversant with the general culture, political institutions and legal system of another country. The Law and French programme is taught in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages.
The Law and French programme is both challenging and stimulating and you will develop language skills and cultural awareness and build the skills required for a career in law or a wide range of professions. In addition to the foundation modules constituting the academic stage of training that is necessary to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales (known as the ‘Qualifying Law Degree’), we offer a wide selection of optional modules which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects.
In addition, we offer a wide selection of optional modules encompassing traditional and contemporary legal subjects and we also offer the opportunity to study law through the medium of Welsh. You will also take compulsory French language modules and language related-option modules in the School of Modern Languages.
The year abroad is the most distinctive feature of the Law and French programme. This is spent in the law faculty of a university in France (Amiens, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes or Toulouse) during which time you will build upon your linguistic and national legal skills and take full advantage of the benefits of studying in a foreign university environment.
Cardiff Law School offers a range of extra-curricular activities, some unique to this university, which equip our students with a competitive edge over other law graduates.
Pro Bono Scheme*
We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give our students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills.
Our two most established schemes are our Innocence Project (which is to date the first university Innocence Project in the UK to have a conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal) and our NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme, which is unique to Cardiff.
Both initiatives have won prestigious national awards and help by assisting members of the community and vulnerable groups with matters for which there is in reality no legal aid.
Our students can also work on issues that affect disabled children, through our partnership with the charity Cerebra. Or, if a commercial scheme is of interest, then students can apply for a place on our scheme with the Welsh Rugby Union, where we advise amateur rugby clubs on legal issues.
*Places on Cardiff Law School’s pro bono schemes are not guaranteed. Students submit an application for a place from their second year onwards.
Our students are able to enter annual mooting competitions which give them an opportunity to present legal issues before a judge, against an opposing counsel.
This activity provides students with invaluable experience of public speaking in court. Students are often required to provide evidence of their advocacy experience when applying for roles after leaving University so mooting is a great skill to be able to add to your CV.
Client Interviewing Competition
Cardiff Law Students are encouraged to take part in an annual client interviewing competition, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell solicitors.
Those that take part gain crucial experience interviewing and counselling in a simulated setting. Students are assessed against specific criteria which include interpersonal skills as well as their ability to handle legal problems.
The prime aim of this competition is to promote the development of lawyers' soft skills and to enable Law students to practise them at a high level. The Cardiff team won the International Competition in Hawaii in 2005!
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
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|Scholarships and bursaries||http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A level offer||A-level grades AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB to include a grade B in French. It is not necessary to have A-level Law and we do not require students to sit the LNAT test. However, A-levels must include a minimum of two traditional academic subjects. Detailed admissions and selection criteria can be found online.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grades AAB from a combination of 2 A-levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Core, to include a grade B in French.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||34 points in the International Baccalaureate with 6,6 and 5 at Higher Level including a minimum of 5 in French.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
The LLB descriptors relate to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education [QAA] levels 4, 5 and 6.
Mrs Catherine Cobley , Admissions Tutor
Mrs Linda Bailey , Course Administrator
Mrs Marie-laure Jones , Admissions Tutor
|Welsh medium provision||This course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.|
A particular strength of the Law and French programme is the wealth of opportunities it provides to engage with cutting-edge research in law and related disciplines; allowing you to critique established and developing bodies of law. Across the programme the importance of understanding law in its social context is emphasised.
The LLB Law and French programme is a full-time, four year honours degree. Academic years consist of two semesters and you are required to pursue modules to the value of 120 credits in each year of your studies. You will spend your Year Abroad in France or a French speaking country. During the course of your degree, you will be able to take the Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules that constitute the qualifying law degree.
You will receive a thorough grounding in the Law of England and Wales with an introduction to the French legal system. In the School of Modern Languages, you will undertake French studies comprising compulsory language modules involving tuition to proficiency in reading, speaking and writing French, and language related-option modules that focus on the study of French and francophone culture and society.
In each of Years Two and Three you will pursue modules amounting to 120 credits. In Year Two, 80 credits will be chosen from compulsory law modules; the remaining modules will be chosen from compulsory and optional French modules. In Year Three, between 60 and 80 credits will be chosen from law modules and the remaining 40-60 credits will be chosen from French options. The final Honours classification is based on the examinations taken in Years Two and Three as well as assessments taken during the Year Abroad.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Land Law ||CL5201||20 credits|
|Tort ||CL5202||20 credits|
|Women and the Second World War in France||ML6286||20 credits|
|Business French I||ML6294||20 credits|
|Rhyfel Algeria||ML6297||20 credits|
|Innovations in European Literature||ML1298||20 credits|
|Imaging the Islands: Francophone Caribbean Cultures||ML6200||20 credits|
|At the Roots of European Cultures||ML1295||20 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad For Law and French Students||ML6095||60 credits|
The LLB Law and French degree offers a fully structured curriculum that matches knowledge and acquisition of skills to each year of study. Our overall objective is to encourage you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand new legal challenges and to respond to them effectively.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars.
Lectures take a range of forms but generally provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. Students also have access to recorded versions of lectures.
Tutorials and seminars provide you with the opportunity to discuss particular legal themes or topics, to consolidate and get feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation. Communication skills are developed in tutorials, where pre-allocated tasks can include individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular judgment or article for the group. You will practise and develop legal, intellectual and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities, such as solving legal problems, small-group discussions, debates, moots, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments. You will also enhance your team-working skills.
During the academic year, you will be required to complete formative and summative assessments. Formative work does not count towards your final module mark and is designed to assist you in achieving the learning outcomes for individual modules and improve your ability to perform well in summative assessment (which does count towards your final module mark). Modules are summatively assessed by way of examination or coursework or by a combination of the two. The format of coursework varies, encompassing standard essays, extended essays, portfolios of work produced across a whole academic year and written solutions to legal problems.
We provide students with frequent feedback on their work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures and generic written feedback.
All modules within the Law programme make extensive use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, on which you can access discussion forums and find course materials including recordings of lectures, links to related materials, multiple-choice tests, past exam papers and examples of student work from previous years.
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.
Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.
Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.
Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.
In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Students who have chosen to work immediately following their degree have obtained roles as Negotiators, Paralegals, Remortgage Handlers and Lawyers with Law firms such as Hugh James Solicitors, Admiral Law, Abbleby Global and NHS Wales Legal and Risk Services.
However, a Law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession, and each year a number of Law graduates enter roles as diverse as Debt Adviser, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Digital Content Manager and Recruitment Consultant with organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Electronic Arts, Global3digital ltd and Page Personnel Finance.
In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
Cardiff Law School will be running four applicant open days open to all UK or EU applicants who are made a conditional or unconditional offer to study on one of our undergraduate courses.
Attending an applicant open day is the best way to learn more about our degree programmes and sample what life is like in Cardiff. You will have the chance to speak with students and lecturers and will hear all about the extra-curricular opportunities and Pro Bono schemes that our students take part in.For more information about our applicant open days or to find out how to register for an event please see our Open day Information page.
Cardiff Law School Pro Bono Unit – Law in the Real World
We are committed to extendingextracurricular opportunities to our students, helping to enhance their CVs ina competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers,charities and voluntary organisations to give students the opportunity to practiseand extend their skills.
Pro Bono is theterm that lawyers use for free legal advice. We run several Pro Bono schemesand provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.
For more information on our probono schemes please see our website.
Cardiff Law School InnocenceProject works with long-term prisoners maintaining their innocence of seriouscrimes such as murder, serious assault and sexual offences. The aim is toprevent miscarriages of justice in which an individual could have beenwrongfully convicted.
Students work under thesupervision of qualified barristers, investigating the cases and submittingthem to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Cardiff is a very activeInnocence Project, and has submitted six cases to the CCRC, one of which hasbeen referred to the Court of Appeal.
NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme
Under this scheme, we address theissue of NHS Continuing Health Care funding. This is an increasing problemnationwide which affects a vulnerable section of the community, predominantlythose suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia. Suchindividuals may find themselves in nursing homes, paying their fees privately,where arguably they are entitled to have the cost of their care met in full bythe NHS.
Students are trained in thisniche area of law, and are allocated work in 'firms' of six students. They aresupervised by legal professionals from Hugh James solicitors in Cardiff, andwork involves client interviews, letter writing, and research.
Welsh Rugby Union Project
Working in partnership with theWelsh Rugby Union, students provide a free legal advice service to Welsh rugbyclubs below the Principality Premiership. Legal issues faced by clubs includeemployment of staff, maintenance of the grounds, health and safety and muchmore.
The Scheme is supported andunderwritten by Hugh James solicitors, and Civitas barristers' chambers.Students also work collaboratively to produce information leaflets coveringlegal issues that clubs face.
Cerebra Legal Entitlements Research Project
Students working on this projectresearch the law relating to disabled children and provide advice to familiesof disabled children facing disputes over their health and social careentitlements.
The research project was set upin conjunction with international children's charity Cerebra, who refer casesto the project. Students are supervised by law school staff and the work isunderwritten by practising solicitors.
Hafal Appropriate Adult Scheme
Hafal is Wales' leading mentalhealth charity, and they train students to work as 'Appropriate Adults', tosupport vulnerable adults being interviewed at a police station having beenarrested. Once trained, students volunteer to be on a rota to be called intopolice stations across South Wales.
The Personal Support Unit
The Personal Support Unit (PSU)supports litigants in person, witnesses, victims, their family members andsupporters. It provides free, confidential, independent, non-legal support toclients, to help them through the court process. The PSU trains students toassist litigants at the Civil Justice Centre in Cardiff.
QAA subject benchmark
|QAA subject benchmark|
The LLB descriptors relate to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education [QAA] levels 4, 5 and 6.
What are the aims of this Programme?
The Cardiff Law School is committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience that is informed by leading-edge research activity. A well- resourced centre of excellence, we attract students from all over the world and offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study. In cooperation with the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics and our Erasmus partners in France, we provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the French legal tradition as well as that of England and Wales, to attain near native proficiency in the French language and build an understanding of the cultural contexts in which the language is spoken, both through formal teaching and by living and studying for a year in France.
The LLB Law and French programme is designed to be both challenging and stimulating and to enable students to develop a core base of legal knowledge, explore a variety of specialist legal subjects and build the skills required for a career in law and a wide range of other professions. The programme enables students to complete the foundation modules that constitute the academic stage of training that is necessary to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales (known as the ‘Qualifying Law Degree’). In addition to these modules, we offer a wide selection of optional modules encompassing traditional legal subjects as well as those of particular contemporary relevance in social, political and/or economic terms. Students will also be able to choose explore French and European culture, society and politics through the range of modules made available within the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics. They will also, during their intercalary year, be able to choose from a range of options made available by our foreign partner institutions: these include subjects dealing with international or European law, broader matters dealing with the culture, politics and history of law, as well as those dealing with domestic French law. Our research is firmly embedded in our teaching, and this is reflected in the modules we offer. A particular strength of our programme is the wealth of opportunities it provides for students to engage with cutting-edge research in law and related disciplines and use it to critique established and developing bodies of law. Across the programme the importance of understanding law in its social context is emphasised.
What is expected of me?
Students are expected to attend all lectures and are required to attend all tutorials. Tutorials provide students with the opportunity to discuss particular legal themes or topics, to consolidate and get feedback on their individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation. Students are expected to engage fully in tutorials. Although tutorials will normally only take place on two days per week, students are expected to engage in independent study of at least 20-25 hours per week in addition to attending tutorials and listening to lectures.
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
How is this Programme Structured?
In each year of the programme, students are required to take modules to the value of 120 credits taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, amounting to approximately ten to twelve hours a week of formal teaching. This, of course, will be supplemented by independent research and study through which students will acquire more advanced knowledge and understanding.
In Year 1, Students take 120 credits, 80 of which comprise four of law modules and 40 of which comprise modules dealing with French language and society. None of these modules count towards the final degree classification. In Years 2, 2S and 3, modules are chosen from a range of options, including those required for legal practice in the UK.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
Students do not require any specific equipment to study this programme.
What skills will I practise and develop?
Within the curriculum, students will be developing their ability to undertake independent learning and also enhancing their team-working skills. Communication skills are developed in tutorials, where pre-allocated tasks can include individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular judgment or article for the group. Legal studies in general develop the ability to organise facts and ideas in a systematic way, identifying relevant principles and evaluating these in order to formulate advice for a client or a legal argument as appropriate. Writing legal essays not only develops communication skills but also the ability to argue in an objective, reasoned, professional manner, with due regard to authority and acceptable citation methods.
Outside the curriculum students are able to develop wider “employability” skills through participation in pro-bono schemes run by the Law School with partner organisations, in which student volunteers assist real people in their dealings with the law. The schemes currently include:
- the Innocence Project, (dealing with alleged miscarriages of justice);
- the NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme, (challenges to NHS healthcare funding assessments);
- the Asylum Justice Scheme, (volunteering at asylum clinics/training as accredited advisors);
- the Personal Support Unit – (supporting people involved in the court system);
- the Appropriate Adult Scheme – (supporting vulnerable adults in police stations); and
- the Rugby Union Project – (providing legal advice and legal newsletters to rugby clubs).
Other activities available in the Law School include mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions and legal discussion groups.
How will I be taught?
Students are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, amounting to approximately ten to twelve hours a week of formal teaching. This, of course, will be supplemented by independent research and study through which students will acquire more advanced knowledge and understanding.
Students studying the LLB Law and French programme can expect to utilise a wide range of legal sources, such as reports of court cases, statutes, policy documents, academic journals and research studies. They will also study a range of written texts and audio-visual materials in the French language. They practise and develop legal, intellectual and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities, such as solving legal problems, small-group discussions, debates, moots, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments. Written French language skills are developed through translation exercises, essays,and other writing tasks in the target language. Students are taught in small groups and set regular work for completion in their own time. Oral and aural skills are developed through conversation classes and the use of language laboratory facilities.During the intercalary year the students will have the opportunity to develop their independent research and extended writing skills by conceiving, researching and drafting two dissertations in French. One is on an aspect of contemporary French life or culture and the other requires comparison between different legal traditions or practices in different jurisdictions.
How will I be assessed?
Modules are summatively assessed by way of examination or coursework or by a combination of the two. The format of coursework varies, encompassing standard essays, extended essays, portfolios of work produced across a whole academic year and written solutions to legal problems. Examinations typically take place during the summer examination period. Coursework is submitted on designated dates during the academic session.
During the academic year, students will be required to complete various pieces of formative work which are designed to assist them in achieving the learning outcomes for individual modules and improve their ability to perform well in summative assessment. Formative work might be written or oral and may be submitted formally to a tutor or presented during tutorials or seminars. Preparation for formative work will normally be done during students’ independent study time. Feedback on formative work is given frequently and in a wide variety of formats and is intended to help students identify strengths and weaknesses in their learning, as well as giving indications of how they might improve in their performance in summative assessments.
Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.
Students will receive feedback in their law modules in a variety of ways. After each tutorial cycle a guidance note will be posted on Learning Central for each module. These feedback notes are not a replacement for student preparation or participation in the tutorials and will be a supplement to your participation in tutorials. Tutorial feedback notes may cover a variety of areas including:
- feedback on performance in seminars across the groups;
- highlighting particularly pertinent issues students should focus on preparing for summative assessments;
- clarifying common areas of concern or errors;
- outlining areas not covered during the tutorials which are raised on the tutorial handouts
Formative coursework will be marked by your module tutor and will normally be returned within four teaching weeks. Your tutor will give you written feedback on your work; the purpose of this feedback is to guide you in your studies, enable you to improve your performance and it will address your understanding of the topic or problem, the strength of your analysis, and the quality of your research and other transferable skills. Tutors will also provide a feedback class after each formative assessment that will focus on skills and substantive content. Individual feedback on examination scripts is only available to students who have failed the module. However, students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.
How will I be supported?
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, on which students can access discussion forums and find course materials including recordings of lectures, links to related materials, multiple-choice tests, past exam papers and examples of student work from previous years. We provide students with frequent feedback on their work. This comes in an array of formats (including oral tutor feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance). This feedback is intended to help students reflect on their performance and identify things they can do in order to improve.
All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will not only assist with reflection on performance on the course but also advise on study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Career Service) and provide a first point of contact when difficulties are experienced.
An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School and an in-house Law Careers Consultant is available.
A range of staff are available to provide further support, including an academic support tutor, a pro-bono scheme co-ordinator and specialist law librarians. A member of academic staff acts as a designated Disability and Diversity Officer and ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.
Study during the year abroad is organised through established partnerships with universities in France and through identified contact points in both host and home Universities. Students will have the opportunity in Year 2 to meet and discuss informally with students who have been to the country and university to which they will go in their intercalary year (Year 2S) and with students who are natives of that country or who have come from our partner institutions. Students will also be taught by teachers from those institutions in Year 2 in the target language. Extensive Handbooks and Guides will provide both formal academic advice from the Programme Directors and more informal advice drawn from the experience of previous cohorts of students who have studied with our partner institutions and lived in the relevant cities abroad. Academic and domestic matters concerning the Year Abroad will be discussed in preparatory meetings in Year 2.
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
A Knowledge and understanding
- Describe the main principles, values, institutions and processes of the legal systems in England and Wales and the European Union
- Where appropriate, demonstrate awareness of the impact of relevant international law on the laws of England and Wales and outline alternative models of legal regulation with reference to the laws of other jurisdictions
- Describe and explain the main principles, values and rules of the primary areas of substantive law of the legal system of England and Wales
- Explain the relationship between an existing body of law and relevant political, economic, social and cultural issues and outline how these factors contribute to contemporary legal debates
- Explain the political, legal, social and/or philosophical context of the evolution of a particular body of law
- Give an explanation of the meaning of complex legislation and identify its doctrinal implications
- Provide a summary of a complex body of case law and identify the legal principles arising from it
- Explain the meaning and significance of a range of primary and secondary legal materials, academic research and commentary.
- Describe the main institutional structures and processes of the French legal system and explain and analyse the key principles, rules and values underpinning French law with appropriate reference to key primary and secondary sources in the original language.
- With reference to appropriate primary and secondary materials in the original language, explain and illustrate the legal, political, historical and philosophical influences that have shaped the evolution of the areas of French law studied
- Write and speak grammatically and appropriately in French using a range of formal, informal and specialist registers and translate accurately into and from the target language
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the social and cultural context of the country or countries associated with the target language.
B Intellectual skills
- Apply knowledge of legal rules and principles to propose solutions to doctrinal problems of varying complexity
- Evaluate the doctrinal coherence and significance of a body of statutes and/or case law
- Evaluate the success and/or shortcomings of an area of law in relation to policy perspectives and wider social/contextual issues and identify areas where law reform might be needed
- Evaluate law reform proposals in a way which demonstrates sound understanding of current legal problems, sensitivity to law’s social, cultural and political context and awareness of international legal obligations
- Relate a piece of academic writing or research to a contemporary legal debate and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses with reference to other supportive materials
- Use official publications, academic research and commentaries presented in a variety of formats in the construction of an argument relevant to a contemporary legal debate
- Discriminate between primary and secondary materials, with reference to their authority, relevance and objectivity
- Through independent research, identify appropriate primary and secondary legal sources, research and commentary and apply them in written work or an oral presentation
- read primary and secondary legal materials in the original French, identify the key statements of law and/or legal argument relevant to the issue under consideration
- Design and deliver an extended piece of research and writing in French.
- Demonstrate an awareness of legal, cultural and linguistic differences between jurisdictions and countries.
C Practical skills
- Locate a variety of primary and secondary materials in both paper and electronic format
- Identify and access up-to-date legislation and case law on a legal issue
- Use appropriate databases to find academic research and commentary of relevance to a topic for the purposes of supplementing reading lists and taught materials
- Produce written work, in a variety of formats, which is accurately informed, coherently written and structured, and appropriately referenced in accordance with OSCOLA guidance
- Give a clear, confident and informed oral presentation or oral response to a question on a taught or independently researched legal topic in a manner that would be appropriate for a professional environment.
- With support, propose appropriate discussion questions for a tutorial or seminar group study of a topic and manage a short group discussion of those questions
- Demonstrate written, oral and aural skills sufficient to communicate fluently and appropriately on a variety of topics of a formal, informal and academic nature in the target language
D Transferrable Skills
- Effectively communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing, at a level which demonstrates accurate and clear use of the English language
- Prepare and give an oral presentation and provide clear and accurate supporting materials in an appropriate format.
- Take responsibility for structuring, managing and reporting, orally and/or in writing, a small research project
- Contribute constructively and reliably to a group task
- Effectively manage time and conduct self-directed study in the context of a structured timetable, prescribed learning activities and task deadlines
- Reflect on their own learning, identify gaps in their knowledge and plan strategies for closing those gaps
- Make use of both oral and written feedback, including feedback obtained through tutor assessment, self assessment and peer assessment
- Use subject specific electronic sources and Virtual Learning Environments
- Use electronic methods for research and demonstrate general competency in IT skills when preparing and presenting written material
As students progress through the three years of the degree the depth and breadth of their studies will increase. Our overall objective is to encourage students to become independent learners, able to undertake and understand new legal challenges and to respond to them effectively.
During the year abroad, if you spend your intercalary year at some of our partner institutions you may be able to work for a national licence en droit: this is the national degree that students in France usually obtain after three years study. After graduation, you have the option to proceed directly to the vocational stage of training for the legal profession in England and Wales: the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course, both of which can be undertaken at Cardiff Law School through our Centre for Professional Legal Studies. The Legal Practice Course has consistently received the SRA/Law Society’s highest rating. There are also opportunities for postgraduate study to LLM and PhD standard.
Mrs Catherine Cobley , Admissions Tutor
Mrs Linda Bailey , Course Administrator
Mrs Marie-laure Jones , Admissions Tutor
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