Why study this course
Spend a year abroad
Adventure into a new culture; open your mind to new ideas and experiences while applying and developing your language skills.
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. Throughout the programme, in addition to developing high-level language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of French cultures allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture. Students develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts. On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in the French language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.
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 accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:
AAA-AAB. Must include French.
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 grade 6 in HL French.
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 French.
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 2024 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
|Year three (sandwich year)||£9,000||None|
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2024/25 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
|Year three (sandwich year)||£3,405||None|
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.
Course specific equipment
Many students choose to invest in personal copies of unabridged bilingual dictionaries and reference grammars. While copies of most course materials are available in the library, many students opt to acquire personal copies of set texts.
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.
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. The third year is a year spent studying or working abroad.
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 in a transnational context so that in successive years student’s develop high-level language competencies and the skills to become independent and critical thinkers, equipped for high-level professional employment.
In Year 1 you will take 80 credits in Law modules and one compulsory 40 credit module in French, providing you with a solid base for the next three years of your degree programme.
In year 2 you will take 90 credits in Law modules one compulsory 30 credit module in French language.
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.
In year 4 you will take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits in Law modules and a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 credits in MLANG modules (which will include one compulsory 30 credit French language module). You will build on the broad base of knowledge and skills you have developed to follow specialised research-led teaching and/or dissertation work, taught and/or supervised by cutting-edge research staff, working on the culture, politics and history of your target culture.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/2025 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.
In Year one you will take 80 credits of compulsory Law modules and one compulsory 40 credit module in French language, providing you with a solid base for the next three years of your degree programme.
Year one develops the linguistic skills for post A-level students on the advanced pathway.
A varied language timetable includes oral expression, aural comprehension and writing skills, which are taught in small groups to enhance confidence and active learning. Our teaching methods allow you to engage with a range of materials including videos, films, websites as well as interactive learning tools. Language classes are taught through the medium of French, thus allowing you to immerse yourself in the language right from the start. Class materials include a range from literary and historical to contemporary journalistic texts, providing a broad insight into French language and culture.
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 French.
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
Year three: Sandwich year
Year three is spent in France. This year will enable you to develop your language skills, deepen your understanding of the target culture and develop your independence, resourcefulness and resilience.
Your options include studying at the law faculty one of our partner universities 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.
The year abroad is a great opportunity for you to improve your understanding of the language, immerse yourself in another culture, and gain international study or work experience.
Any student who undertakes a study placement abroad is currently eligible to apply for a study abroad grant.
While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned a Year Abroad coordinator, who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress. You may also get a visit from one of your lecturers who will be keen to find out how you are getting on.
Final Year students and students visiting Cardiff from our partner institutions are usually happy to help with our regular year abroad briefings. We have also created an extensive 'Law and French' TEAMS resource which provides you with all the information (practical and academic) on your year abroad.
Studying or working abroad is excellent preparation for your final year and gives you a level of self-confidence and maturity that has proven popular with employers.
When we welcome you back to Cardiff, you will take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits in Law and a minimum of 30 (in the form of a compulsory 30 credit French language module) and a maximum of 60 credits in the School of Modern Languages.
You will build on the broad base of knowledge and skills you have developed to follow specialised research-led teaching and/or dissertation work, taught and/or supervised by cutting-edge research staff, working on the culture, politics and history of your target culture.
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.
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 French modules will also offer the opportunity for workshops and language classes.
Lectures take a range of forms but generally 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. 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.
Most of our modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars and language classes that enable you to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.
Seminars provide an opportunity for you to engage critically with key ideas and explore the ideas outlined in lectures in a small group environment, usually consisting of around 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.
Language classes are taught in groups to enhance confidence and active learning. A varied timetable includes oral expression, aural comprehension and writing skills, which are taught in small groups to enhance confidence and active learning. These vital communication skills are practiced and developed through regular classwork exercises and written work. Our teaching methods allow you to engage with a range of language-learning technologies. Materials including textbooks, videos, films, novels, audio files and websites are supported by online resources that compliment classroom activities and promote and enable independent learning. Class materials include a range from literary and historical to contemporary journalistic texts, providing a broad insight into language and culture.
Independent study forms a key part of your learning, and our independent learning portfolios have been developed to provide you with online resources to support your independent language learning.
How will I be supported?
The Law and French Programme (LLB) is team-taught, with the programme as a whole overseen by the Programme Director. Students are supported by a number of different staff, some focussing on academic performance in a particular area and some looking at learning and progress more holistically.
All academic staff have designated hours where they are available to meet with students to offer advice and feedback on the subjects that they teach.
You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will meet with you regularly to reflect on your progress and development across your studies, and to think about how to build on your achievements and advance further. The personal tutor can also guide students who are experiencing difficulties towards appropriate support.
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.
A skills development week each semester allows for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.
Our undergraduate Professional Services Team provides academic and student support for all programmes. The team are located in a dedicated ‘student hub’ within the school and provide information and guidance in response to any queries you may have. We also have a dedicated Student Support Administrative Officer within the School, who can provide you with the necessary advice and guidance in a supportive, caring and confidential environment.
We pride ourselves on the level of engagement we have with our student body, giving you the opportunity to express your opinions and be partners in School decision-making where possible. We survey students regularly to make sure we are always working in your best interests.
Beyond the School, the University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, the Academic Skills Development Centre and excellent libraries and resource centres.
How will I be assessed?
The focus of assessment in the School of Law and Politics and the School of Modern Languages is in supporting you to develop your ideas, skills and competencies, with the feedback you receive feeding forward into future work. We use traditional assessment formats (such as essays, class tests, written solutions to legal problems, exams and dissertation) as well as more innovative forms of assessment, (such as blogs, participation in radio shows, video and audio projects, interviews, portfolios, and so forth). Assessments include formative assessments (which enable you to develop your skills and do not count towards your final degree classification) and summative assessments (which do count towards your final classification).
As part of your skills training in year 1, you will be supported in understanding how the assessments work, what is expected of you, how you will be marked and how to make the most of your feedback.
Examinations take place in January or in the summer. 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.
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 completed during your independent study time.
Feedback and assessment is a priority area, with a dedicated assessment and feedback lead tasked with ensuring you have the best experience. Feedback on your 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?
Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- Describe the main principles, values, institutions and processes of the legal systems in England and Wales and the European Union
- Where appropriate, demonstrate awareness of the impact of relevant international law on the laws of England and Wales and outline alternative models of legal regulation with reference to the laws of other jurisdictions
- Describe and explain the main principles, values and rules of the primary areas of substantive law of the legal system of England and Wales
- Explain the relationship between an existing body of law and relevant political, economic, social and cultural issues and outline how these factors contribute to contemporary legal debates
- Explain the political, legal, social and/or philosophical context of the evolution of a particular body of law
- Give an explanation of the meaning of complex legislation and identify its doctrinal implications
- Provide a summary of a complex body of case law and identify the legal principles arising from it
- Explain the meaning and significance of a range of primary and secondary legal materials, academic research and commentary
- Describe the main institutional structures and processes of the French legal system and explain and analyse the key principles, rules and values underpinning French law with appropriate reference to key primary and secondary sources in the original language.
- With reference to appropriate primary and secondary materials in the original language, explain and illustrate the legal, political, historical and philosophical influences that have shaped the evolution of the areas of French law studied
- Write and speak grammatically and appropriately in French using a range of formal, informal and specialist registers and translate accurately into and from the target language
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the social and cultural context of the country or countries associated with the target language.
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- Apply knowledge of legal rules and principles to propose solutions to doctrinal problems of varying complexity
- Evaluate the doctrinal coherence and significance of a body of statutes and/or case law
- Evaluate the success and/or shortcomings of an area of law in relation to policy perspectives and wider social/contextual issues and identify areas where law reform might be needed
- Evaluate law reform proposals in a way which demonstrates sound understanding of current legal problems, sensitivity to law’s social, cultural and political context and awareness of international legal obligations
- Relate a piece of academic writing or research to a contemporary legal debate and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses with reference to other supportive materials
- Use official publications, academic research and commentaries presented in a variety of formats in the construction of an argument relevant to a contemporary legal debate
- Discriminate between primary and secondary materials, with reference to their authority, relevance and objectivity
- Through independent research, identify appropriate primary and secondary legal sources, research and commentary and apply them in written work or an oral presentation
- read primary and secondary legal materials in the original French, identify the key statements of law and/or legal argument relevant to the issue under consideration
- Design and deliver an extended piece of research and writing in French.
- Demonstrate an awareness of legal, cultural and linguistic differences between jurisdictions and countries.
Professional Practical Skills:
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- Locate a variety of primary and secondary materials in both paper and electronic format in both English and French
- Identify and access up-to-date legislation and case law on a legal issue in both English and French
- Use appropriate databases to find academic research and commentary of relevance to a topic for the purposes of supplementing reading lists and taught materials in both English and French
- Produce written work, in a variety of formats, which is accurately informed, coherently written and structured, and appropriately referenced in accordance with OSCOLA guidance
- Give a clear, confident and informed oral presentation or oral response to a question on a taught or independently researched legal topic in a manner that would be appropriate for a professional environment.
- With support, propose appropriate discussion questions for a tutorial or seminar group study of a topic and manage a short group discussion of those questions
- Demonstrate written, oral and aural skills sufficient to communicate fluently and appropriately on a variety of topics of a formal, informal and academic nature in the target language.
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- Effectively communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing, at a level which demonstrates accurate and clear use of the English French languages
- Prepare and give an oral presentation and provide clear and accurate supporting materials in an appropriate format.
- Take responsibility for structuring, managing and reporting, orally and/or in writing, a small research project
- Contribute constructively and reliably to a group task
- Effectively manage time and conduct self-directed study in the context of a structured timetable, prescribed learning activities and task deadlines
- Reflect on their own learning, identify gaps in their knowledge and plan strategies for closing those gaps
- Make use of both oral and written feedback, including feedback obtained through tutor assessment, self- assessment and peer assessment
- Use subject specific electronic sources and Virtual Learning Environments
- Use electronic methods for research and demonstrate general competency in IT skills when preparing and presenting written material
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.
Careers and placements
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
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.
Students from the School of Modern Languages go on to work in a range of exciting areas.
Students studying a Law and French programme at Cardiff may be particularly interested in the following features that are likely to increase their employability:
- High-quality language skills;
- The ability to think critically and analytically;
- Enhanced oral and written communication skills;
- A high level of intercultural awareness, which enables students to mediate between cultures;
The possibility for students to take an internationally recognised French diploma such as the DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française).
All students in their third year must complete an academic placement abroad. 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.
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.