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.
What you will study
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.
Year One: LLB (Hons) Legal Practice Degree
- Contract and Problem Solving
- Criminal Law
- Legal Systems and Sources
- Legal Skills
- Public Law
- Tort and Transactional Learning
Year Two: LLB (Hons) Legal Practice Degree
- Law on Trial
- Law of the European Union
- Land Law
- Litigation and Advocacy
- Introduction to Legal Practice – Including Solicitors’ Accounts Rules, Wills and Administration of Estates and Clinical Legal Practice
Year Three: LLB (Hons) Legal Practice Degree
- Equity and the Law of Trusts
- Advanced Legal Practice – Including Practical Legal Research, Interviewing and Advising, Writing, Drafting and Professional Conduct and Regulation
- Business Law and Practice and Taxation
- Property Law and Practice
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)
For the first two years of the LLB Legal Practice degree, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and tutorials.
In your second and third years you can also put theory into practice at our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic, which is a free, face-to-face advice service open to the public and local businesses. Working under the supervision of solicitors, you’ll 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 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 formal examinations, self and tutor assessment, written coursework, a learning portfolio, and problem-based exercises.
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