LLB (Hons) Law

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The LLB (Hons) Law degree is a stimulating and challenging course that focuses on justice, technology and employability. Available to study part-time or full-time, the programme covers all of the foundation subjects required by the Bar Standards Board for the purposes of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.

Employability is at the heart of everything we do. At USW, you will benefit from our award-wining Legal Advice Clinic which provides opportunities for every law student to gain vital skills that you can take with you into the workplace. In addition to this, we have strong connections with industry and host range of guest speakers who are experts in their field to provide context and real-life examples relating to the topics you study.

Graduates will gain an in-depth understanding of the diverse nature of law and develop a range of skills to help them advance their careers whether they are aiming to be solicitors or barristers or decide to follow a different career path. Upon graduation, you can choose to join our LLM Professional Practice (SQE) to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. It also enables you to progress on to the Barristers Training Course.

Outside of the classroom, you can become part of our thriving USW Student Law Society and get involved in a range of sporting, social and networking activities. Students benefit from our expertise in mooting from Year 1 and can also get involved in mooting competitions.

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UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M100 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M100 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Treforest A

You will study seven foundation subjects such as Criminal Law, Contract and Problem Solving, Tort and Transactional Learning, Land Law, and Law of the European Union. You can also study optional modules such as Commercial and Consumer Law, Family Law, Employment Law, Cyber Law, Sports Law and Equality Law. There is also an extended research project in the final year.

We encourage personal development through practical options and employability initiatives. As part of the work-based learning module, Learning through the Workplace, you will gain experience in a number of career settings, perhaps in our Legal Advice Clinic in Cardiff, advising clients on legal issues. On completion of appropriate modules, you can gain exemption from Part 2 of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), enabling member status

Year One: LLB Law Degree

  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Legal Systems and Sources
  • Contract and Problem Solving
  • Tort and Transactional Learning

Year Two: LLB Law Degree

  • Law on Trial
  • Law of the European Union
  • Land Law
  • Learning through the Workplace
  • Two optional modules

Year Three: LLB Law Degree

  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics
  • Three optional modules

Students also have the opportunity to complete a Contemporary Legal Research project or a 16,000 word dissertation.

Foundation Year

The LLB (Hons) Law is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the law degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. For more information please email [email protected] 

 

Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.

Teaching

The course is currently using a blended approach to teaching.

Teaching on the LLB (Hons) Law degree is informed by actual practice and our modules reflect real-life trends. Teaching methods vary from traditional lectures to more clinical legal education and online simulations.

In the third year, you can complete a dissertation in a legal issue of your choice. For an extra dimension, the Socrates exchange scheme is your opportunity to study in a European institution, with tuition in English.

We have an active Student Law Society, with activities that include mooting and debating in our state-of-the-art Moot Court. The Law Society have previously entered national competitions.

A number of part-time study options are also available, providing an attractive alternative for anyone interested in the legal field. If your circumstances change, you will have the opportunity to transfer to the full-time Law degree course at various stages. Our part-time delivery of the LLB (Hons) Law course is taught on Monday and Thursday. Study for the part-time degree is over a maximum six-year period.

Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area.

We have a programme of high-profile guest speakers, whose talks will give you an insight into the practice of law and help you understand the many career paths available when you graduate. You could get involved with the active Student Law Society, with events ranging from professional networking and visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court, to mooting classes and social activities.

Law Research

The Law Research Group at the University of South Wales comprises staff with a wide range of academic and practice experience. Their research interests span diverse subject areas, including: constitutional law; criminal law; employment law; equality law; family law; intellectual property law; international human rights; legal education and media law. These interests are showcased in our monthly law blog.

Law staff are active members of inter-disciplinary research centres, such as the Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre, run by Alexandra Dobson (Associate Professor in Law) and the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales (co-directed by Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys).

Assessment

Assessment includes self, peer and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, written exercises, in-class work, and examinations.

Accreditations

Our LLB Law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of training.

Placements

You can volunteer with the University’s Legal Advice Clinic during your law degree. Under supervision, you can provide free legal advice to members of the public and small businesses. This will give you an opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice and provide vital work experience.

We work with the legal services sector to offer valuable work placements, where you can practise your new legal skills and understand the realities of the workplace. This placement will also contribute towards your legal degree. Firms involved in the scheme include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law, Clarkslegal LLP, Blake Morgan LLP, Berry Smith LLP, Harding Evans, NewLaw, Howells, and many more.

Facilities

The University of South Wales has impressive study facilities for law. These include a courtroom with digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. You can take part in a range of activities, including moots and mock trials in our Moot Courtroom, which is modelled on those you will experience as a qualified practitioner.
 

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. The University has a Contextual Admissions Policy, therefore, whilst most offers we make are at the top of the range, under the Policy we take certain aspects of an application into consideration and eligible UCAS applicants can receive a personalised offer or have results considered individually when you receive them.  Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. 

Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions.    Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

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).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13700 

  • Part-time UK:  £720 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Placement expenses: Work placement module as part of second year studies
Students must undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one 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

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

A law degree is the most adaptable of academic qualifications. Law graduates have an excellent record of employability because they are educated to think logically, articulate arguments clearly and in a concise way, and how to use evidence and rules. LLB (Hons) Law graduates can use their degree as a first step towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW law 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.

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