Law and Criminology (LLB)
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 Criminology programme is taught in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, which is an established centre for teaching and researching Criminology.
The LLB Law and Criminology 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.
|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||1100|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB|
|Admissions Tutors||Law: Mrs Cathy Cobley
Criminology: Dr Rachel Swann
|Tel Number||02920 874350|
A particular strength of the Law and Criminology 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 a thorough grounding in criminological research methods and practice.
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 School of Social Sciences allow students to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to the study of Criminology.
Year One – compulsory modules
- Public Law
- Criminal Law
- Legal Foundations
- Introduction to Social Science Research
- Foundations of Contemporary Criminology
Years Two and Three
In each of Years Two and Three students pursue modules amounting to 120 credits, 80 of which are to be chosen from the list of optional 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 Criminology. 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
- French Law
- German Law
- Insurance Law
- Labour Law
- Land Law
- Law and Religion
- Media Law
- Sociology of Law
- Welsh Devolution
Year Two compulsory Criminology modules:
- Offending and Victimisation
- Responses to Crime
Year Three optional law modules:
- 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
Year Three optional criminology modules:
- Crime control, Regulation and Policing
- Diversity, Crime and Criminal Justice
- Prisons and Community Sanctions
Please click here to find out more about the modules offered as part of this course
The LLB Law and Criminology 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 Criminology 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
School of Social Sciences 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
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||Advanced Diploma with a Pass in the Core and grades AA at A-level.|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||34 points, including 6,6,5 at higher level.|
Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here
|Applicant Open Days||
Cardiff Law School will be running four applicant open days open to all UK or EU applicants who are made a conditional or unconditional offer to study on one of our undergraduate courses.
Attending an applicant open day is the best way to learn more about our degree programmes and sample what life is like in Cardiff. You will have the chance to speak with students and lecturers and will hear all about the extra-curricular opportunities and Pro Bono schemes that our students take part in.For more information about our applicant open days or to find out how to register for an event please see our Open day Information page.
Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.
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
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.
For more information on our pro bono schemes please see our website.
Cardiff Law School 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.
Students work under the supervision of qualified barristers, investigating the cases and submitting them to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Cardiff is a very active Innocence Project, and has submitted six cases to the CCRC, one of which has been referred to the Court of Appeal.
Julie Price, head of the Pro Bono Unit, interviews a student about the Innocence Project.
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.
Pamela Coughlan was at the centre of a landmark case in 1999, in which she successfully secured NHS funding for her care.
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.
Find out more about WRU scheme.
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.
One of our students talks about her experience of the Cerebra scheme.
Hafal Appropriate Adult Scheme
Hafal is Wales’ leading mental health charity, and they 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.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Mrs Cathy Cobley
Telephone: 02920 874350
Name: Dr Rachel Taylor- Swann
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74774