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!

Key facts

Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Studying in WelshThis course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.
AccreditationsBar Council
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Typical places availableTBC
Typical applications receivedTBC
Typical A level offerA-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 offerGrades 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 offer34 points in the International Baccalaureate with 6,6 and 5 at Higher Level including a minimum of 5 in French.
Other qualificationsApplications 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.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Mrs Catherine Cobley, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Linda Bailey, Course Administrator

Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

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.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Legal Foundations [20]CL420320 credits
Public Law [20]CL420420 credits
French Language AdvancedML110420 credits
Criminal [20]CL420220 credits
Modern FranceML619920 credits
Contract [20]CL420120 credits

Year two

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 titleModule codeCredits
French Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)ML629920 credits
French Law ICL525520 credits
French Law IICL525620 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Land Law [20]CL520120 credits
Tort [20]CL520220 credits
Women and the Second World War in FranceML628620 credits
Business French IML629420 credits
Rhyfel AlgeriaML629720 credits
Innovations in European LiteratureML129820 credits
Imaging the Islands: Francophone Caribbean CulturesML620020 credits
At the Roots of European CulturesML129520 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Module titleModule codeCredits
Intercalary Year Abroad For Law and French StudentsML609560 credits

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
French Language (BA Languages)ML638020 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Law of the European Union [20]CL620120 credits
Trusts [20]CL620220 credits
Company Law [20]CL620420 credits
Dissertation [20]CL620520 credits
Law of the European Union [30]CL630130 credits
Trusts [30]CL630230 credits
Company Law [30]CL630430 credits
Dissertation [30]CL630530 credits
Family LawCL630730 credits
Human Rights LawCL630830 credits
Intellectual PropertyCL630930 credits
JurisprudenceCL631030 credits
Commercial LawCL631330 credits
Public International Law [30]CL631930 credits
Writing AfricaML638120 credits
May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and CultureML139920 credits
Student Language AmbassadorML139820 credits
French for professional purposesML639620 credits
Advanced Translation Practice (French)ML638620 credits
Legal History [20]CL622020 credits
Legal History [30]CL632030 credits
Administrative Law [30]CL630330 credits
Sports LawCL632430 credits
Devolution in Practice: Welsh Law & Politics Work PlacementCL632630 credits
Environmental Law & JusticeCL632730 credits
History of French LabourML630020 credits
European Cinema: thinking the real of fictionML230220 credits
Y Chwyldro Ffrengig [The French Revolution]ML630120 credits
European Cinema DissertationML230320 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

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.

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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.

Modern Languages
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.

Innocence Project

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.


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Mrs Catherine Cobley, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Linda Bailey, Course Administrator

Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor

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