Law (LLB)

Study Law at Cardiff and gain hands on experience of Law in the real world.

The LLB Law programme is both challenging and stimulating and enables you to build the skills required for a career in law or a wide range of professions.  In addition to the foundation modules which constitute the academic stage of training that is necessary to become a solicitor or barrister known as the ‘Qualifying Law Degree’, we offer a wide selection of optional study areas which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects. This programme attracts students from all over the world and we offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.

We are the only Russell Group University to offer both the academic stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor and the vocational stages of training: the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course which means 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. 

Our structured curriculum enables you to develop knowledge and legal skills in each year of study.  We support you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand new legal challenges and to respond to them effectively.

Distinctive features

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.

Mooting

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 court.

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.

Coming to Cardiff University Law School was one of the best choices that I have ever made. The Law Programme has been an unforgettable experience so far, despite being challenging - it has proved beyond rewarding.

Caitlin Woodford, LLB student

Key facts

UCAS CodeM100
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 81% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
AccreditationsSolicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Bar Council
Typical places availableThe school typically has 330 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 1800 applications
Typical A level offerA Level grades AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB. There are no specific subject requirements. 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. Please see our detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information. General Studies is not accepted.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrades AAB from a combination of 2 A levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Core.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34 points including 6, 6 and 5 at higher level.
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
Admissions tutor(s)

In each year of the course, you will take modules to the value of 120 credits.

As well as the foundation modules required in year one, we offer a wide range of optional modules in years two and three that cover both traditional and contemporary legal subjects. This gives you flexibility to follow your interests. 

The level of degree qualification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

In your second year you will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement which will be carried out in the third year of your LLB Law degree. The full-time, salaried placements will be open to you via a competitive application process which aims to replicate the graduate recruitment processes you will encounter after leaving university. During your placement, you will undertake legal practice as paralegals, and will be performing graduate level roles. You will develop both key practitioner skills such as case management, legal research and legal writing in addition to generic employability skills such as time management, team working and commercial awareness. Placements will be located in Cardiff and will count for 10% of degree classification.
 

Year one

You will take four compulsory 30 credit modules in year one, providing you with a solid base for the next two years of your degree programme.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Public Law [30]CL430430 credits
Contract [30]CL430130 credits
Legal Foundations [30]CL430330 credits
Criminal [30]CL430230 credits

Year two

You will take modules amounting to 120 credits, chosen from the list of optional law subjects. This list is reviewed on an annual basis taking into account staff resources, student demand and changes to legal practice.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Land Law [20]CL520120 credits
Tort [20]CL520220 credits
Discrimination and Law [20]CL520520 credits
Law and Religion [20]CL521120 credits
Land Law [30]CL530130 credits
Tort [30]CL530230 credits
Discrimination and Law [30]CL530530 credits
EvidenceCL530630 credits
Law and Religion [30]CL531130 credits
Sociology of LawCL531230 credits
Human Rights LawCL630830 credits
Cyfraith Tir [20]CL522120 credits
CAMWEDD [20]CL522220 credits
Cyfraith Tir [30]CL532130 credits
CAMWEDD [30]CL532230 credits
Media Law [30]CL531830 credits
Criminal Law [20]CL528020 credits
Criminal Law [30]CL538030 credits
French Law ICL525520 credits
French Law IICL525620 credits
Welsh DevolutionCL522320 credits
Datganoli yng NghymruCL522420 credits
Research in LawCL531930 credits
Environmental Law & JusticeCL632730 credits
Administrative Law [30]CL630330 credits
Law and LiteratureCL632930 credits
Global Problems and Legal TheoryCL632830 credits
International Law in a Changing WorldPL929920 credits

Year three

You will take modules amounting to 120 credits, chosen from the list of optional law subjects. This list is reviewed on an annual basis taking into account staff resources, student demand and changes to legal practice.

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
Commercial LawCL631330 credits
Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd [20]CL622120 credits
Ymddiriedolaethau [20]CL622220 credits
Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd [30]CL632130 credits
Ymddiriedolaethau [30]CL632230 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
Global Problems and Legal TheoryCL632830 credits
Law and LiteratureCL632930 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.

How will I be taught?

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. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures.

In tutorials and seminars you will have 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 you will make 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.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor 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 Career 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 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.

All modules within the Law programme 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.

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 typically take place during 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.

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.

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.

You will also:

  • enhance your ability to argue in an objective, reasoned, professional manner, with due regard to authority and acceptable citation methods
  • develop your ability to undertake independent learning and effectively manage your time
  • enhance your team-working skillscontributing constructively and reliably
  • develop your communication skills , both orally and in writing
  • learn how to use subject specific electronic sources, databases and the Virtual Learning Environment to gather evidence and to research legal questions.

Other information

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.

Innocence Project

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.

Cerebra Legal Entitlements Research Project

Students working on this project research the law relating to disabled children and provide advice to families of disabled children facing disputes over their health and social care entitlements.

The research project was set up in conjunction with international children's charity Cerebra, who refer cases to the project. Students are supervised by Law School staff and the work is underwritten by practising solicitors.

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.

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

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