The University of South Wales’ LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (Exempting) degree has been officially validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is the only one of its kind in England and Wales. If you want to be a solicitor, this is a great way to combine the academic and professional parts of your training.
This unique law course combines an undergraduate law degree (LLB) with the requirements of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) over three years instead of the usual four. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to enter a law firm as a trainee solicitor without undertaking a separate LPC. You’ll study alongside students on the LLB (Hons) Law course in the first year. The professional element is spread over years two and three.
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In addition, three elective legal practice modules (which may include, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Litigation, Advanced Criminal Litigation, Advanced Business and Corporate Law and Practice, Commercial Property, Family Law and Practice, Employment Law and Practice and Wills and Estate Planning)
For the first two years of the LLB Legal Practice degree, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and tutorials.
Your learning will be supported by excellent study facilities, including a moot courtroom modelled on those you will experience as a qualified practitioner. It’s fully equipped with the latest digital video equipment, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. All activities are based on authentic scenarios and you can take part in moots or mock trials. Lectures are recorded with Panopto, so you can watch or listen again anytime for revision and clarification. This is supported by online materials and research through the University’s virtual learning environment.
In your second and third years you can also put theory into practice at our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic, which is a free, face-to-face advice service open to the public and local businesses. Working under the supervision of solicitors, you’ll provide legal advice and guidance for real-life problems.
Assessment includes formal examinations, self and tutor assessment, written coursework, a learning portfolio, and problem-based exercises.
Your learning will be supported by excellent facilities, including a Moot Court that’s fully equipped with the latest digital facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. You’ll also develop essential legal practice skills in our advice clinic such as interviewing, advocacy and drafting.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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Students will be required to print Legal Practice related materials
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
We designed this course in consultation with practising solicitors to give you the skills to become a highly employable lawyer. This unique law degree course integrates the academic stage of legal education with the requirements of the Legal Practice Course, so graduates are eligible to enter into a period of recognised training (the new name for a training contract) with a firm of solicitors, without having to undertake a separate Legal Practice Course.
While this LLB (Hons) Legal Practice degree satisfies the academic and vocational stages of training for the legal profession, a qualification in law can also be used as the basis for many other careers, including accountancy, management and advisory work.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.