LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (SQE)

The The LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (SQE) degree is an exciting yet demanding course. It provides a fantastic opportunity for you to gain a law degree alongside preparation for the SQE exam, to prepare you for qualification as a solicitor.

Available to study part-time or full-time, the programme covers all of the foundation subjects required by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulations Authority for the purposes of professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales.

Employability is at the heart of everything we do. The Clinical Practice modules integrate our award-winning Legal Advice Clinic into the degree. Every student on the course will have the opportunity to gain Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and skills which can be used towards the 2 years of QWE required to become a solicitor. In addition to this, we have strong connections with industry and host a range of guest speakers who are experts in their field.

Outside of the classroom, you can become part of our thriving USW Student Law Society and get involved in a range of social and networking activities. The Society supports students with mooting in Year 1. You can also get involved in competitions such as mooting and client interviewing.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Y54N Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

Year 1

You will study:

  • Academic and Professional Legal Skills 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Law and the State 
  • Legal Systems and Methods 
  • The Law of Contract 
  • The Law of Torts 

Year 2

You will study:

  • Land Law
  • Criminal Law in Practice
  • Dispute Resolution and Advocacy
  • Foundations of Legal Practice
  • Clinical Practice 1

Plus one optional module* from a range of specially designed units which develop your foundational studies:

  • Law and Technology in Practice  
  • Law on Trial
  • Public Legal Education

Year 3

You will study:

  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Business Law in Practice
  • Property Law in Practice
  • Clinical Practice 2

Plus two optional modules* from:

  • Child Protection and Youth Justice
  • Employment Law in Practice
  • Family Law in Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Client in Practice
  • Law in the Community

*The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

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.

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 years two and three, you will put theory into practice at our Legal Advice Clinic. The Clinic is a free, face-to-face advice service open to staff, students and members of the public. Working under the supervision of qualified solicitors, you will provide legal advice on 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. 

Assessment

Assessment includes self and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and examinations.

Accreditations

The course maintains a focus on the law foundation subjects as recommended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of training. In addition, the professional practice subjects, which complete the knowledge required to sit the SQE exam.

Facilities

The University of South Wales has impressive study facilities for law.  The award-winning Legal Advice Clinic sits in the main Law building.  We also have 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. We run simulations in our Hydra Suite to provide real world experiences in a supportive environment.

Lecturers

Course Leader: Adam Collins

Tutors:

Support

Induction

There will be a full induction to the LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (SQE) in the week before teaching starts, enabling students to adjust to university life, get to know the teaching team, meet their Personal Academic Tutor and their peers, plan their studies, and understand how the University works.

Staff support

The course leader is available in regular weekly office hours. 

Each member of the course teaching team will have at least one scheduled office hour per teaching week. These office hours will be drop-in sessions, for which students will not need to book.  

There are a variety of University departments that offer support to students.

Peer support

We have Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions to support Year 1 students. These PASS sessions are run by students in the second and third year. These sessions enhance the law community and allows students to be partners in the course. 

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.

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 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000 per 20 credits

  • Full-time International: 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.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

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

You will be taught the Clinical Practice modules via the Legal Advice Clinic. Under supervision of qualified solicitors and lecturers, you will provide free legal advice to clients. This will give you an opportunity to put law into practice and to contribute working hours towards the 2 years of Qualifying Work Experience required to become a solicitor. The Legal Advice Clinic will also allow you to develop and put into practice vital skills, such as interviewing and advising clients, which are assessed at SQE2.

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.

Graduates of the LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (SQE) programme will typically go on to become solicitors or barristers.

The LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (SQE) will prepare students to sit the SQE examination. Graduates who wish to join the Bar will be able to progress to a Bar Training Course. 

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 concisely, and how to use evidence and rules.

Graduates also progress into a variety of careers which range from Legal Technologists, Social Work, Police, Third Sector organisations, Business, Finance, HR, Local Government, Civil Service, Management, and Education to name a few possibilities.

What kind of student would this course suit?

  • Aspiring solicitor or barrister.
  • If you enjoy analysing issues and problem-solving. These transferrable skills will give you an excellent position in the graduate market.
  • If you are interested in both the theoretical study and practical application of the law.

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