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. 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.
USW’s law degree 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
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.
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.