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 LLB Law 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
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|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||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB for A’Level|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr Russell Sandberg
|Tel Number||02920 875406|
There are opportunities for students wishing to study part of their course through the medium of Welsh. Scholarships may also be available courtesy of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Visit www.mantais.ac.uk for further information and terms and conditions.
A particular strength of our 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.
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.
Year One comprises 120 credits of compulsory modules. Years Two and Three each comprise 120 credits of modules to be chosen from a list of optional subjects. The final honours classification is based on the examinations taken in Years Two and Three.
The programme structure is as follows:
Year One – compulsory modules
- Legal Foundations
- Public Law
- Criminal Law
Years Two and Three
In each of Years Two and Three students pursue modules amounting to 120 credits, chosen from the list of optional law subjects 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. At present the list of optional subjects is:
- Cymraeg Y Gyfraith (Legal Welsh)
- Discrimination and Law
- French Law
- German Law
- Insurance Law
- Labour Law
- Land Law
- Law and Religion
- Media Law
- Sociology of Law
- Welsh Devolution
- Administrative Law
- Commercial Law
- Company Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Human Rights Law
- Intellectual Property
- Law of the European Union
- Medicine, Ethics and Law
- Public International Law
Please click here to find out more about the modules offered as part of this course
The LLB Law 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.
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.
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 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 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. 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 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 programme make extensive use of the 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 a personal tutor 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||
AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB for A-level
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 and 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.
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.