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Law and Politics (LLB)

  • ML12

3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Cardiff Law School is committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience that is underpinned by excellent research activity. A well resourced centre of excellence, we attract students from all over the world and offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study. The Law and Politics programme is taught in collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Law students in group discussion

The LLB Law and Politics programme is both challenging and stimulating and enables you to build the skills required for a career in law and 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 modules which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects. We also offer the opportunity to study law through the medium of Welsh.

Country specific guidance for international students can be found on the Law School’s web pages.

You can get hands-on experience by taking part in one of our pro-bono schemes, and by taking part in other activities such as mooting, negotiating, public speaking, client interviewing competitions and legal discussion groups, all of which are designed to increase your confidence, skills and employability.

You do not have to move away from Cardiff to complete your legal education as we offer both the Bar Professional Training Course and the Legal Practice Course.

Key Facts

UCAS Code ML12
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Accreditation  This degree meets the academic stage of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
Typical places available The School admits c220 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Typical applications received c1100
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB
Admissions Tutors Law: Mrs Cathy Cobley
Politics: Jonathan Kirkup & Claire Malcolm
Tel Numbers 029 2087 4350 and 029 2087 5036
Email address
School website

A particular strength of the Law and Politics programme is the wealth of opportunities it provides for you to engage with cutting-edge research in law and related disciplines and use it to critique established and developing bodies of law. Across the programme the importance of understanding law in its social context is emphasised. The programme also provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of key aspects of politics theory and modern politics.

This is a full-time, three-year Honours degree programme. 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. During the course of your degree, you will be able to take the Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules that constitute the qualifying law degree.

Modules offered by the Department of Politics and International Relations allow students the opportunity to gain expertise in political theory, European politics and international relations.

Year One – compulsory modules

  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract
  • Legal Foundations
  • Introduction to European Integration
  • And EITHER Introduction to Political Thought OR Introduction to Government

Years Two and Three

In each of Years Two and Three students pursue modules amounting to 120 credits. In Year Two, 80 credits will be chosen from the law modules available for that year of study; this list is kept under review on an annual basis in light of factors such as staff resources and student demand. The remaining modules will be chosen from the list of options for Politics. In Year Three, between 60 and 80 credits will be chosen from law modules and the remaining 40-60 credits will be chosen from Politics options. The final Honours classification is based on the examinations taken in Years Two and Three.

Year Two optional law modules:
  • Cymraeg Y Gyfraith (Legal Welsh)
  • Discrimination and Law
  • Evidence
  • French Law
  • German Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labour Law
  • Land Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Media Law
  • Sociology of Law
  • Tort
  • Welsh Devolution
Year Two optional Politics modules
  • British Politics Since 1945
  • Conducting Political Research
  • Democracy in Crisis?
  • Global Justice
  • International Law in a Changing World
  • International Security: Concepts & Issues
  • Justice & Politics: Contemporary Political Theory
  • Political Thought from Marx to Nietzsche
  • Politics & Policies in the EU
  • Theory & Practice in Comparative Politics
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • Western European Politics and Society
Year Three optional law modules:
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Dissertation
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law of the European Union
  • Medicine, Ethics and Law
  • Public International Law
  • Trusts
Year Three optional Politics modules:
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Elections in the UK
  • European Mind in the 20th Century
  • European Union Security
  • French Politics & Society
  • Global International Organisation in World Politics
  • Influencing Public Policy
  • Justice & Politics Of International Law
  • Managing a Difficult Democracy
  • May 68: Marking Changes in European Politics and Culture
  • Modern Welsh Politics
  • Personality & Power
  • Politics Dissertation
  • Public Policy in Britain

Please click here to find out more about the modules offered as part of this course

The LLB Law and Politics degree offers a fully structured curriculum that matches knowledge and acquisition of skills to each year of study. Our overall objective is to encourage you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand new legal challenges and to respond to them effectively.

During your studies, you can expect to utilise a wide range of sources, such as reports of court cases, statutes, policy documents, academic journals and research studies. 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. Communication skills are developed in tutorials, where pre-allocated tasks can include individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular judgment or article for the group. Legal studies in general develop the ability to organise facts and ideas in a systematic way, identifying relevant principles and evaluating these in order to formulate advice for a client or a legal argument as appropriate. Writing legal essays develops communication skills and the ability to argue in an objective, reasoned, professional manner, with due regard to authority and acceptable citation methods.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, amounting to approximately ten to twelve hours a week of formal teaching. This will be supplemented by independent research and study of at least 20-25 hours per week, through which you will acquire more advanced knowledge and understanding. Tutorials provide you with 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; you are expected to engage fully in tutorials. Teaching is organised in modules, split over two semesters (Autumn: 14 weeks, Spring: 17 weeks); in each there are 11 teaching weeks.

Modules are formally assessed by way of examination or coursework or 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. Coursework is submitted on designated dates during the academic year and examinations typically take place during the spring examination period.

During the academic year, you will be required to complete formative work which is designed to assist you in achieving the learning outcomes for individual modules and improve your ability to perform well in summative assessment. Formative work might be written or oral and may be submitted formally to a tutor or presented during tutorials or seminars. Preparation for formative work will normally be done during your independent study time. Feedback on formative 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 giving indications of how you might improve your performance in summative assessments. Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.

All modules within the LLB Law and Politics programme make extensive use of University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, on which 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 provide students with frequent feedback on their work. This comes in an array of formats (including oral tutor feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance). This feedback is intended to help you reflect on your performance and identify things you can do in order to improve.

The School takes the views of its students seriously and provides many opportunities for students to feedback on their educational experience, helping to shape future developments.

All students are allocated personal tutors in both the Law School and the Department of Politics and International Relations who will not only assist with reflection on performance on the course but also advise on study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Career Service) and provide a first point of contact when difficulties are experienced. 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.

Typical A-level Offer


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 FAQs page for more information. General Studies is not accepted.

Typical WBQ Offer  Pass the Advanced Diploma and grades AA-AB at A-level.
Typical Int Bacc Offer  34 points, including 6,6,5 at higher level.
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

Our graduates occupy key positions in the legal profession, business world, industry and government, in the UK, the European Union, and beyond.

To assist you in your career planning, the Law School has a dedicated Law Careers Adviser, based on site and available to help with all aspects of the career planning process – whether you need help deciding what to do next, organising work experience, preparing a professional CV, or dealing with tricky questions on applications and at interview.

We organise a comprehensive careers programme throughout the autumn and spring terms which includes careers workshops, skills sessions, employer presentations and introductions to different legal practice areas such as Insolvency and Clinical Negligence. Recent speakers have included representatives from Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Eversheds, Morgan Cole, Irwin Mitchell, CMS Cameron McKenna, Macfarlanes, Bond Pearce and 4 Kings Bench Walk.

The annual Cardiff Law Fair attracts in the region of 40 legal exhibitors including, in 2011, a range of Magic Circle, City and Regional law firms as well as representatives from barristers’ chambers, the Government Legal Service and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

We are committed to extending the extra-curricular opportunities available 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 chance to practise and extend their skills by taking part in a range or pro bono projects. Examples include the Innocence and Continuing Healthcare projects which enable students to work on real cases with real clients whilst also developing their time management and interpersonal skills, organisation, verbal and written communication, tact and sensitivity.

Whether or not you decide to pursue a career in professional law, help is at hand. In addition to the services on offer within the Law School itself, the University’s Careers & Employability Service runs a full programme of careers workshops, one to one guidance appointments, employer presentations and fairs which cover a broad spectrum of non law careers.

Students on integrated law programmes can attend careers and employability activities in both schools and all students are welcome to attend events organised by Careers & Employability. Details of upcoming events are available on the Careers website

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Cathy Cobley  

Telephone: 02920 874350  



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School Contact

Name: Dr Jonathan Kirkup  

Telephone: 029 2087 5036 



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