Why study this course
Complement your academic studies
We offer a range of pioneering pro-bono projects where you can work with clients under professional supervision.
Course accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
A thriving community
Make connections through the Welsh Students' Union, Welsh-language halls and the new Welsh-language Academy.
The LLB Law and Welsh programme is both challenging and stimulating, enabling you to 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 study areas which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects. The programme is taught collaboratively by the Schools of Welsh, and Law and Politics, thus providing you with the opportunity for in-depth study in both disciplines.
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.
The devolution of Welsh Government and the introduction of the Welsh Language Act has meant that the ability to speak and understand Welsh to a high level is attractive to employers. Studying at Cardiff is an opportunity to benefit from socially-relevant research which is contributing to the development of Welsh in the twenty-first century.
We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. If you are applying to study this course via Clearing, entry grade requirements may be higher than those advertised. Typical offers are as follows:
AAA-AAB. Must include Welsh First Language
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
Our grade range covers our standard offer and contextual offer. We carefully consider the circumstances in which you've been studying (your contextual data) upon application.
- Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
- Where there is no grade range advertised and/or where there are selection processes in place (like an interview) you may receive additional points in the selection process or be guaranteed interview/consideration.
36-34 overall or 666 in 3 HL subjects. Must include a Welsh First Language qualification equivalent to grade A at A-level.
From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other qualifications from inside the UK
DD in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade A in A-level Welsh First Language.
Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding 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.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
In each year of the course, you will take modules to the value of 120 credits.
In year one you will take four compulsory 20 credit Law modules and two compulsory 20 credit modules in Welsh. These do not count towards the final degree classification.
In years two and three there are a small number of compulsory modules, including a dissertation in Welsh on a legal topic in year three, but the majority are chosen from the ranges of options in both Law and Welsh. This gives you flexibility to pursue your personal interests. The subjects required for legal practice in the UK can all be taken.
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 2023/2024 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
You will take four compulsory 20 credit Law modules and two compulsory 20 credit modules in Welsh in year one, providing you with a solid base for the next two years of your degree programme.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Contract ||CL4201||20 credits|
|Criminal ||CL4202||20 credits|
|Legal Foundations ||CL4203||20 credits|
|Public Law ||CL4204||20 credits|
|Iaith ac Ystyr||CY1600||20 credits|
|Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd||CY1601||20 credits|
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 Welsh.
If you wish to obtain a qualifying Law degree, you will notice that our QLD modules (Tort and Land Law) are offered with a range of credit weightings. This provides you with flexibility in your module choices but also allows you to study the modules needed for a qualifying law degree.
The list of optional modules 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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Yr Iaith ar Waith||CY2205||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Land Law ||CL5201||20 credits|
|Tort ||CL5202||20 credits|
|Discrimination and Law ||CL5205||20 credits|
|Cyfraith Tir ||CL5221||20 credits|
|CAMWEDD ||CL5222||20 credits|
|Welsh Devolution||CL5223||20 credits|
|Datganoli yng Nghymru||CL5224||20 credits|
|Land Law ||CL5301||30 credits|
|Tort ||CL5302||30 credits|
|Discrimination and Law ||CL5305||30 credits|
|Sociology of Law||CL5312||30 credits|
|Crime, Law and Society||CL5313||30 credits|
|Media Law ||CL5318||30 credits|
|Cyfraith Tir ||CL5321||30 credits|
|CAMWEDD ||CL5322||30 credits|
|Welsh Devolution ||CL5323||30 credits|
|Datganoli yng Nghymru ||CL5324||30 credits|
|Legal Practice: Foundation Skills||CL5327||30 credits|
|Miscarriages of Justice: The Cardiff Innocence Project||CL5328||30 credits|
|Public International Law||CL5329||30 credits|
|Law, Technology and Society||CL5330||30 credits|
|Employment Law||CL5331||30 credits|
|Law and Poverty||CL5332||30 credits|
|Criminal Law ||CL5380||30 credits|
|Legal History ||CL6220||20 credits|
|Legal History ||CL6320||30 credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Plant||CY2310||20 credits|
|Theori a Beirniadaeth Lenyddol||CY2330||20 credits|
|Ysgrifennu Creadigol||CY2360||20 credits|
|Bywydau Llên||CY2425||20 credits|
|Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth||CY2665||20 credits|
In year three, you will choose between 60 - 80 credits from Law modules and the remaining 40 - 60 credits will be chosen from Welsh options.
If you wish to obtain a qualifying Law degree, you will notice that our QLD modules (Law of the European Union and Equity and Trusts) are offered with a range of credit weightings. This provides you with flexibility in your module choices but also allows you to study the modules needed for a qualifying law degree.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Law of the European Union ||CL6201||20 credits|
|Company Law ||CL6204||20 credits|
|Dissertation ||CL6205||20 credits|
|Dissertation (Cymraeg)||CL6214||20 credits|
|Legal History ||CL6220||20 credits|
|Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd ||CL6221||20 credits|
|Healthcare, Ethics and Law||CL6230||20 credits|
|Equity and Trusts||CL6231||20 credits|
|Ecwiti ac Ymddiriedolaethau ||CL6232||20 credits|
|Law of the European Union ||CL6301||30 credits|
|Company Law ||CL6304||30 credits|
|Dissertation ||CL6305||30 credits|
|Family Law||CL6307||30 credits|
|Human Rights Law||CL6308||30 credits|
|Commercial Law||CL6313||30 credits|
|Traethawd Hir ||CL6314||30 credits|
|Legal History ||CL6320||30 credits|
|Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd ||CL6321||30 credits|
|Global Problems and Legal Theory||CL6328||30 credits|
|Law and Literature||CL6329||30 credits|
|Healthcare, Ethics and Law ||CL6330||30 credits|
|Equity and Trusts ||CL6331||30 credits|
|Ecwiti ac Ymddiriedolaethau ||CL6332||30 credits|
|Law & Governance in Practice: Work Placement Module ||CL6336||30 credits|
|Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patents and Trade Marks||CL6338||30 credits|
|Environmental Law and Policy||CL6339||30 credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Plant||CY3310||20 credits|
|Theori a Beirniadaeth Lenyddol||CY3330||20 credits|
|Ysgrifennu Creadigol||CY3360||20 credits|
|Bywydau Llên||CY3425||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Ddosbarth||CY3660||20 credits|
|Treftadaeth a Thwristiaeth||CY3665||20 credits|
|Cyfieithu Proffesiynol||CY3705||20 credits|
|Blas ar Ymchwil||CY3900||20 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
You will primarily be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, although your Welsh 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 will 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 in English and Welsh, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The demand for Welsh speakers means that a degree in Welsh can be a highly valuable for jobs and roles that require bilingual speakers. Many of our graduates are now following careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, and at all levels.
Studying in Welsh
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.