Cardiff University Law
The LLB Law programme is both challenging and stimulating and enables you to build the skills required for a career in law or a wide range of professions. In addition to the foundation modules which constitute the academic stage of training that is necessary to become a solicitor or barrister known as the ‘Qualifying Law Degree’, we offer a wide selection of optional study areas which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects. This programme attracts students from all over the world and we offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.
We are the only Russell Group University to offer both the academic stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor and the vocational stages of training: the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course which means that you have the option to stay with us in Cardiff to complete your entire legal education. The Legal Practice Course has consistently received the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority/Law Society’s highest rating.
Our structured curriculum enables you to develop knowledge and legal skills in each year of study. We support you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand new legal challenges and to respond to them effectively.
We are committed to developing your employability, with our dedicated Careers Consultant on hand two days a week in the Law building. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, some unique to Cardiff University, which equip our students with a competitive edge over other law graduates.
Pro Bono Schemes
We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give our students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills.
Our two most established schemes are our Innocence Project (the first in the UK to have a conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal) and our NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme, which is unique to Cardiff.
Both initiatives have won or been shortlisted for prestigious national awards and help by assisting members of the community and vulnerable groups with matters for which there is in reality no legal aid. You can also apply for a place on our scheme with the Welsh Rugby Union, where we advise amateur rugby clubs on legal issues.
The application process for each of our schemes is different and we cannot guarantee that students will secure a place on the scheme of their choice, or on any of our schemes. Our portfolio is regularly reviewed and what we offer is subject to change.
Our students are encouraged to enter annual mooting competitions. These competitions give you an opportunity to present legal issues before a judge, against an opposing counsel.
Mooting is a great skill to be able to add to your CV and provides an invaluable experience of public speaking in a formal setting court.
Client interviewing competition
Our students are encouraged to take part in an annual client interviewing competition, which has Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC as its President.
You will gain crucial experience interviewing and counselling in a simulated setting and will be assessed against specific criteria that include interpersonal skills and your ability to handle legal problems.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 81% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information|
|Accreditations||Bar Standards Board|
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
|Typical places available||The school typically has 550 places available|
|Typical applications received||The school typically receives 3000 applications|
For detailed entry requirements see the Cardiff School of Law and Politics admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||A Level grades AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB. There are no specific subject requirements. It is not necessary to have A-level Law and we do not require students to sit the LNAT test. However, A-levels must include a minimum of two traditional academic subjects. Please see our detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information. General Studies is not accepted.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grades AAB from a combination of 2 A levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Core.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points including 6, 6 and 5 at higher level.|
|Other requirements||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|