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Law (LLB)

Entry year


Study Law with us and gain hands on experience of Law in the real world.

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Course overview

Our flagship LLB Law programme is a full time, three-year course that is both challenging and stimulating.

Study foundation modules (which constitute the academic stage of training that is currently necessary to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales) together with a wide selection of exciting, optional modules that include Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Media Law and Family Law.

In addition to the broad-based academic training we provide, studying Law at Cardiff will offer you unique opportunities to see Law in action in a social context.

We are committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience that is underpinned by excellent research activity.

We are the only Russell Group University to offer both courses currently required to qualify as a barrister or solicitor – the Bar Professional Training Course and the Legal Practice Course – which means that you have the option to stay with us in Cardiff to complete your entire legal education.

 

 

Distinctive features

Pro bono schemes

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
  • supported vulnerable adults who have been arrested.

Work placements

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 a paralegal, and will perform graduate level roles.

Study abroad

We offer LLB Law students (M100) the opportunity to apply to study abroad through the medium of English. Study currently takes place in Madrid, Prague or Warsaw at one of our European partner institutions.

Accreditations

UCAS codeM100
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 550 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 3000 applications

Entry requirements

AAB-ABB if all qualifications taken within 3 years. Please note that General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies 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 with 35-33 points of 666-665 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.

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.

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

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.

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.
 

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

Year two

You will study 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
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
Criminal Law [30]CL538030 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

Year three

You will study 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
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
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?

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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

17%

Guided independent study

83%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

18%

Guided independent study

82%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

19%

Guided independent study

82%

Placements

0%

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

88%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

13%

Year 2

Written exams

88%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

13%

Year 3

Written exams

75%

Practical exams

3%

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.

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 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.

Students who 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.

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 81% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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