This law degree combines a balanced and stimulating legal education with practical skills and work-based learning. You will gain knowledge of the law and its application in the real world, learn how to analyse and solve problems, and be able to present logical, reasoned arguments. This emphasis on skills means you’ll be ready for the challenges of any career.
This course is recognised as a qualifying law degree (QLD) for professional purposes in the UK. It satisfies the academic stage of training set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for progression to the vocational stage; the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister. If you have already decided on a career as a solicitor, you should consider our LLB (Hons) Legal Practice (Exempting) course.
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
Students also have the opportunity to complete a Contemporary Legal Research project or a 16,000 word dissertation.
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. Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences).
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
Assessment includes self, peer and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, written exercises, in-class work, and examinations.
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.
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.
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 (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (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.
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 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.
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. LLB (Hons) Law graduates can use their degree as a first step towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.
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.