Law and French (LLB)
Study the skills required for a career in Law while also learning a language.
The LLB Law and French programme is both challenging and stimulating, enabling you to build the skills required for a career in law or a wide range of professions.
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.
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 study areas which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects.
Our degree enables you to complete the academic stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor and to proceed directly to the vocational stages of training for the legal profession in England and Wales: the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course.
We are the only Russell Group University to offer both of these courses, meaning that you have the option to stay with us in Cardiff to complete your entire legal education. The Legal Practice Course has consistently received the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority/Law Society’s highest rating.
We are committed to developing your employability, with our dedicated Careers Consultant on hand two days a week in the Law building. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, some unique to Cardiff University, which equip our students with a competitive edge over other law graduates.
Pro Bono Schemes
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 (the first 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 or been shortlisted for 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. You can also apply for a place on our scheme with the Welsh Rugby Union, where we advise amateur rugby clubs on legal issues.
The application process for each of our schemes is different and we cannot guarantee that students will secure a place on the scheme of their choice, or on any of our schemes. Our portfolio is regularly reviewed and what we offer is subject to change.
Our students are encouraged to enter annual mooting competitions. These competitions give you an opportunity to present legal issues before a judge, against an opposing counsel.
Mooting is a great skill to be able to add to your CV and provides an invaluable experience of public speaking in a formal setting.
Client interviewing competition
Our students are encouraged to take part in an annual client interviewing competition, which has Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC as its President.
You will gain crucial experience interviewing and counselling in a simulated setting and will be assessed against specific criteria that include interpersonal skills and your ability to handle legal problems.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 67% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information|
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
|Typical places available||The school typically has 550 places available|
|Typical applications received||The school typically receives 3000 applicants|
|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||35 points, including 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|
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 receive a thorough grounding in the Law of England and Wales and French law.
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 optional modules focussing on the study of culture, history and literature.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
You will take four compulsory 20 credit Law modules and one compulsory 40 credit module in French in year one, providing you with a solid base for the next three years of your degree programme.
You are required to pursue modules amounting to 120 credits.
In year two, 80 credits will be chosen from compulsory Law modules with the remaining modules taken from French modules.
Module lists are kept under review on an annual basis in light of factors such as staff resources and student demand.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Land Law ||CL5201||20 credits|
|Tort ||CL5202||20 credits|
|Imaging the Islands: Francophone Caribbean Cultures||ML6200||20 credits|
|Business French I||ML6294||20 credits|
|Innovations in European Literature||ML1298||20 credits|
|At the Roots of European Cultures||ML1295||20 credits|
|Cultures of French Cinema: 1895 - present||ML6285||20 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
A key feature of the Law and French programme is the year abroad which takes place in year three. This is spent in the law faculty of a university in France (currently Amiens, Nantes, 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. There is also the opportunity to earn a Licence (French law degree).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad For Law and French Students||ML6095||60 credits|
You will take between 60 to 80 credits in Law modules (40 to 80 if you choose not to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree) and one compulsory 20 credit French language module. The remainder of credits will be chosen from optional French modules.
Module lists are kept under review on an annual basis in light of factors such as staff resources and student demand.
How will I be taught?
You will primarily be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, although your French modules will also offer the opportunity for workshops and language classes.
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. You will also have access to recorded versions of Law lectures.
In tutorials and seminars you’ll have the opportunity to discuss particular 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 you will make individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular judgment or article for the group.
You’ll 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.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated personal tutors who will help you reflect on your performance on the course and advise you on study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Careers Service). They will also provide a first point of contact if you experience any difficulties.
An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School and a 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.
All modules make extensive use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where 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.
We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.
Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the 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 assessed?
Modules are assessed through 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 take place in January or in the summer. Coursework is submitted on designated dates during the academic year.
During the academic year, you will complete various pieces of work which do not count towards your final module mark but are designed to help you to achieve the learning outcomes for your modules and to prepare for your examinations and coursework. This work might be written or oral and may be submitted formally to a tutor or presented during tutorials or seminars. This work will normally be done during your independent study time. Feedback on this work is given frequently and in a wide variety of formats and is intended to help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your learning, as well as give indications of how you might improve in your performance in examinations and coursework.
What skills will I practise and develop?
A law degree develops your ability to organise facts and ideas in a systematic way, identifying relevant information and evaluating these to formulate advice for a client or a legal argument.
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- grasp complex issues with confidence
- ask the right questions of complex texts
- have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
- identify and apply relevant data
- develop practical research skills
- propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
- communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, both in English and French
- work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
- work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
- take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
Cardiff Law School Pro Bono Unit – Law in the Real World
We are committed to extending extracurricular opportunities to our students, helping to enhance their CVs in a competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills.
Pro Bono is the term that lawyers use for free legal advice. We run several Pro Bono schemes and provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.
Our Innocence Project works with long-term prisoners maintaining their innocence of serious crimes such as murder, serious assault and sexual offences. The aim is to prevent miscarriages of justice in which an individual could have been wrongfully convicted.
In 2014, ours was the first Innocence Project in the UK to have a conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal.
Students work under the supervision of qualified barristers, investigating the cases and submitting them to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme
Under this scheme, we address the issue of NHS Continuing Health Care funding. This is an increasing problem nationwide which affects a vulnerable section of the community, predominantly those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Such individuals 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 by the NHS.
Students are trained in this niche area of law, and are allocated work in 'firms' of six students. They are supervised by legal professionals from Hugh James solicitors in Cardiff, and work involves client interviews, letter writing, and research.
Welsh Rugby Union Project
Working in partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union, students provide a free legal advice service to Welsh rugby clubs below the Principality Premiership. Legal issues faced by clubs include employment of staff, maintenance of the grounds, health and safety and much more.
The scheme is supported and underwritten by Hugh James solicitors, and Civitas barristers' chambers. Students also work collaboratively to produce information leaflets covering legal issues that clubs face.
Hafal Appropriate Adult Scheme
Hafal is Wales' leading mental health charity. Hafal train students to work as 'Appropriate Adults', to support vulnerable adults being interviewed at a police station having been arrested. Once trained, students volunteer to be on a rota to be called into police stations across South Wales.
The Personal Support Unit
The Personal Support Unit (PSU) supports litigants in person, witnesses, victims, their family members and supporters. It provides free, confidential, independent, non-legal support to clients, to help them through the court process. The PSU trains students to assist litigants at the Civil Justice Centre in Cardiff.
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, Eversheds LLP and NHS Wales Legal and Risk Services.
A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession. Each year a number of law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.
School of 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.
Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s MA degrees in European Studies or in Translation or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their graduation, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.
Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.