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Law and Politics (LLB)

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The School of Law and Politics is committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience that is underpinned by excellent research activity.

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Course overview

Unquestionably the relationship between Law and Politics is an interdependent one.

Both subjects have a huge impact on all our lives regardless of age, ethnicity and social background. This programme allows you to combine these fascinating topics within the interdisciplinary environment of the School of Law and Politics.

You will gain a comprehensive grounding in Law by studying the foundation modules (which constitute the academic stage of training that is currently necessary to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales) across the three years of your programme. Alongside your Law modules you will study Politics modules that explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability.

Distinctive features

Politics

Founded on world-class research and an international reputation for excellence, our degree programmes are both challenging and inspirational.

We have excellent academic links with the National Assembly for Wales and long established relationships with national and international organisations such as the Westminster parliament, European Union and NATO giving you the opportunity to supplement your learning by engaging with political decision makers.

Law

We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give you the opportunity to practise and extend your skills through a variety of pro bono schemes. Our students have helped overturn two convictions at the Court of Appeal through their work as part of the innocence project, reclaimed thousands of pounds for individuals and/or families who have paid private nursing home fees, provided legal support for rugby clubs and players and supported vulnerable adults who have been arrested.

You will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement which will be carried out in the third year of your degree. Should you wish to pursue a career in the legal sector, full-time, salaried placements will be open to you at a number of Cardiff Law firms 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 a paralegal, and will perform graduate level roles.

Should you wish to pursue a career in the political sector you will have an opportunity to gain relevant work experience during your third year at an organisation that plays a key role in Welsh governance.

Accreditations

UCAS codeML12
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 550 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 3000 applicants

Politics is an exciting and varied subject which addresses a range of questions that are critical to our contemporary world.

Entry requirements

AAB-ABB if all qualifications taken within 3 years. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Award of the IB Diploma 35 points or 666 at Higher Level

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff School of Law and Politics admissions criteria pages.

GCSE

Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-scores.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 22 for Writing and 20 in all other components.

PTE Academic

At least 62 with 62 in Writing and no less than 54 in all other components.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: a Distinction in Writing and at least one Distinction and two Merits in other components.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE English Language Grade B or 6, IGCSE English First Language grade B, IGCSE English as a Second Language not accepted.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2020 and this page will be updated by end of October 2020 to reflect the changes.

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

During the course of your degree, you will be able to take the Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules that constitute the Qualifying Law Degree.

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.

 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

You will study modules to the value of 120 credits in your first year.

You will take four compulsory 20 credit Law modules and two optional 20 credit modules in Politics in your first year, providing you with a solid base for the next two years of your degree programme.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Contract [20]CL420120 credits
Criminal [20]CL420220 credits
Legal Foundations [20]CL420320 credits
Public Law [20]CL420420 credits

Year two

You will study modules amounting to 120 credits in total, 80 of which are to be chosen from the list of optional Law modules available. Remaining modules will be taken from the list of options in Politics.

This list is kept under review on an annual basis in light of factors such as staff resources and student demand. The final honours classification is based on the assessments taken in years two and three.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Land Law [20]CL520120 credits
Tort [20]CL520220 credits
Discrimination and Law [20]CL520520 credits
Cyfraith Tir [20]CL522120 credits
CAMWEDD [20]CL522220 credits
Welsh DevolutionCL522320 credits
Datganoli yng NghymruCL522420 credits
French Law ICL525520 credits
French Law IICL525620 credits
Land Law [30]CL530130 credits
Tort [30]CL530230 credits
Discrimination and Law [30]CL530530 credits
EvidenceCL530630 credits
Sociology of LawCL531230 credits
Crime, Law and SocietyCL531330 credits
Media Law [30]CL531830 credits
Cyfraith Tir [30]CL532130 credits
CAMWEDD [30]CL532230 credits
Welsh Devolution [30]CL532330 credits
Datganoli yng Nghymru [30]CL532430 credits
Legal Practice: Foundation SkillsCL532730 credits
Miscarriages of Justice: The Cardiff Innocence ProjectCL532830 credits
Legal History [20]CL622020 credits
Human Rights LawCL630830 credits
Commercial LawCL631330 credits
Legal History [30]CL632030 credits
Environmental Law and JusticeCL632730 credits
Global Problems and Legal TheoryCL632830 credits
Law and LiteratureCL632930 credits
Law in the CommunityCL633430 credits
Gender, Sex and DeathPL922020 credits
International Relations of the Cold WarPL922120 credits
Colonialism, GPE and DevelopmentPL922220 credits
Digital Technologies and Global PoliticsPL922320 credits
Global GovernancePL922420 credits
EU PoliticsPL922520 credits
From Espionage to Counter-Terrorism: Intelligence in Contemporary PoliticsPL922920 credits
The Power and Politics of Research MethodsPL923020 credits
Comparative European PoliticsPL923220 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL923320 credits
Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to MillPL923420 credits
The History of Realist Political Thought in International RelationsPL923520 credits
Local to Global Sustainable DevelopmentPL923620 credits
Political Theories Across the Globe: Methods and Issues in Cross-cultural ThinkingPL923720 credits
Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio’r Gymdeithas GyfalafolPL923820 credits
Credoau'r CymryPL928620 credits
British Politics since 1945PL928720 credits
International Security: Concepts and IssuesPL928820 credits
Justice and Politics: Contemporary Political TheoryPL929120 credits
Global JusticePL929220 credits
International Law in a Changing WorldPL929920 credits

Year three

In year three, you will choose between 60 and 80 credits from Law modules and the remaining 40-60 credits will be chosen from Politics options.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Law of the European Union [20]CL620120 credits
Company Law [20]CL620420 credits
Dissertation [20]CL620520 credits
Dissertation (Cymraeg)CL621420 credits
Legal History [20]CL622020 credits
Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd [20]CL622120 credits
Healthcare, Ethics and LawCL623020 credits
Equity and TrustsCL623120 credits
Ecwiti ac Ymddiriedolaethau [20]CL623220 credits
Law of the European Union [30]CL630130 credits
Company Law [30]CL630430 credits
Dissertation [30]CL630530 credits
Family LawCL630730 credits
Human Rights LawCL630830 credits
Intellectual PropertyCL630930 credits
Commercial LawCL631330 credits
Traethawd Hir [30]CL631430 credits
Legal History [30]CL632030 credits
Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd [30]CL632130 credits
Sports LawCL632430 credits
Environmental Law and JusticeCL632730 credits
Global Problems and Legal TheoryCL632830 credits
Law and LiteratureCL632930 credits
Healthcare, Ethics and Law [30]CL633030 credits
Equity and Trusts [30]CL633130 credits
Ecwiti ac Ymddiriedolaethau [30]CL633230 credits
Law in the CommunityCL633430 credits
Law & Governance in Practice: Work Placement Module [30]CL633630 credits
International Politics in the Nuclear AgePL932020 credits
Africa in International Thought and Practice: Colonialism, Anticolonialism, PostcolonialismPL932120 credits
Global Environmental PoliticsPL932220 credits
Bombs, Bullets and Ballot-boxes: the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969 to 1998PL932420 credits
Political Economy: Rationality in an Irrational World?PL932520 credits
Popular Culture and World PoliticsPL932820 credits
China in the WorldPL933020 credits
Cybersecurity: Diplomacy and Digital Rights in Global PoliticsPL933220 credits
A History of British IntelligencePL933320 credits
The Politics of Violence and KillingPL933520 credits
Justice, Legitimacy and International LawPL933620 credits
Latin American PoliticsPL933720 credits
Sex, Drugs and Public PolicyPL933820 credits
Visual Global PoliticsPL933920 credits
Politics in Practice: Work Placement ModulePL934020 credits
The Soul and the City: Plato's Political PhilosophyPL934120 credits
Crisis and Commitment in 20th Century Political ThoughtPL934320 credits
Science, Knowledge, PoliticsPL934420 credits
The Many Faces of Thomas HobbesPL934520 credits
Be the Change: Governing without the StatePL934620 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
Personality and PowerPL939220 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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.

Seminars 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.

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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

19%

Guided independent study

81%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

18%

Guided independent study

82%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

18%

Guided independent study

82%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School of Law and Politics 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.

Feedback

We will 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

 

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. 

Throughout your studies 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.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and 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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

78%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

22%

Year 2

Written exams

73%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

27%

Year 3

Written exams

77%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

23%

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 skills, contributing 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
  • 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
  • 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

Other information

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.


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 court 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.

Careers

Career prospects

In 2016/17, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Degrees in Politics provide you with a foundation for a wide range of careers such as in non-governmental organisations, global development, international business, diplomacy and intelligence in government, journalism, and policy research, as well as a basis for more specialist subjects taught at postgraduate level.

Students who have studied Law and have chosen to work immediately following their degree have obtained roles as negotiators, paralegals, mortgage handlers and lawyers with law firms such as Hugh James Solicitors, Admiral Law, Eversheds LLP and NHS Wales Legal and Risk Services.

However, 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.

You will have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant at the School of Law and Politics. They arrange practical employability workshops throughout the year which cover topics including writing CVs and covering letters, preparing for employer selection days and interviews, job search strategies and sourcing work.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 67% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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