The University of South Wales’ LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (Exempting) degree has been officially validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to give you the skills to become a highly employable solicitor.
If you want to be a solicitor, this is a great way to combine the academic and vocational stages of your training. University of South Wales is a Top 50 Law School, according to Guardian League Tables, and prides itself on its excellent teaching and student support.
This course is the only one of its kind in England and Wales, combining 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 will study alongside students on the LLB (Hons) Law course in the first year. The professional element is spread over years two and three. During this time, you will work at our Legal Advice Clinic.
University of South Wales has been ranked as the top Law School in Wales (The Times Good University Guide 2021, Guardian League Table 2021) and in the top 15 Law Schools in the UK (Guardian League Table 2021).
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
You will study the seven foundation modules required for qualifying law degree status. The professional element (Legal Practice Course) is spread over the second and third years. You will also develop legal research skills and choose modules from options that may include Family Law and Practice, Employment Law and Practice, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Litigation, and Commercial Property Law. Your learning will be supported by excellent facilities, including the Legal Advice Clinic, and a Moot Court that’s fully equipped with the latest digital facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. You will also develop essential legal practice skills in our advice clinic such as interviewing, writing and drafting.
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)
Subject to revalidation from 2021
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 is informed by actual practice and our modules reflect real-life trends. Teaching methods vary from traditional lectures and workshops to online simulation and clinical legal education.
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.
In your second and third years, you will put theory into practice at our Legal Advice Clinic, which is a free, face-to-face advice service open to the public. Working under the supervision of solicitors, you will provide legal advice and guidance for real-life problems.
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 Student Law Society, with events ranging from professional networking and visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court, to mooting and debating in our state-of-the-art Moot Court and social activities. The Law Society have previously entered national competitions, and the Legal Advice Clinic entered students into the Client Interviewing Competition in the academic year 2018/19.
Assessment includes examinations, self and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, and problem-based exercises.
Our LLB Legal Practice (Exempting) degree is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
You will work in the Legal Advice Clinic during your studies. Under supervision of lecturers and solicitors in practice, you will provide free legal advice to members of the public. This will give you an opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice and obtain vital work experience.
The Clinic also provides you with the opportunity to play a part in ensuring access to justice in the local community via a variety of outreach programmes.
The Clinic was shortlisted in two categories - Best New Pro Bono Activity and Best contribution by a Law School - in the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2019.
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 Court, which is modelled on those you will experience as a qualified practitioner.
Gemma Sweetman, LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (Exempting) Course Leader
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.
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.
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 a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
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. By graduation, students with the LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (Exempting) degree will also have completed their academic and vocational stages of legal training. As a result, students are able to enter into a training contract with a firm of solicitors as soon as they graduate, and in just three years instead of the usual four. Many law graduates go on to become solicitors or barristers, but many others use the qualification as a route into a wide variety of careers. These include financial services, management, education, public and emergency services, the media, the civil service, local government, journalism, or postgraduate study.
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.