The LLB Law (Hons) offers all the foundational modules required for a qualifying law degree (QLD) as well as a range of optional modules in contemporary areas of law. Indicative optional modules include commercial law, cybersecurity, human rights, family law, energy law, environmental law, sports law, corporate law and governance, intellectual property, international law, legal practice and client management *.
Why Study Law at Cardiff Met?
Our programme equips our students to develop academic and applied legal skills required for a wide range of careers. Our LLB degree is more than a traditional law degree. Beyond academic learning and intellectual study, we teach our students to develop applied legal skills in advocacy, client management, interviewing and drafting. Our students learn these skills in a range of 'law lab' activities including mock trials, negotiations, dispute prevention and resolution, client interviewing and letter drafting.This experiential approach to the study of law aligns with our Cardiff Met EDGE which combines academic rigour with the practical development of soft skills. EDGE is all about helping our students develop sound ethical principles, digital competence, global awareness and entrepreneurial skills.
The EDGE approach brings legal learning to life. Our goal is to get our students to think and behave like lawyers. EDGE prepares them to work in a wide range of careers. We embed EDGE in different elements of our programme curriculum. Modules* in corporate governance, legal practice and management will develop in our students an appreciation of ethical principles and professionalism in the workplace. Our e-learning activities assist our students in developing digital skills and highlight the importance that digital resources play in the delivery of legal services. Our optional module* in cyber-law will discuss the legal risks and challenges associated with the use of new technologies. The EDGE approach to teaching law will also prepare our students to work in a globalised world. We stimulate students' interest in topical global issues in a number of subjects including cyber-law, environmental law, public international law, family law and energy law.
Because our LLB degree is more than a traditional law degree, we teach law in context by actively demonstrating to our students how law interfaces with a wide range of disciplines including business and commercial enterprise. Our LLB programme is part of the Business and Management Studies department within the Cardiff School of Management (CSM) , the first business school in Wales to achieve the Small Business Charter award. The CSM works and operates with SMEs and start-ups with Wales and there may be an opportunity to offer student legal clinic work that supports these CSM activities.
We expect that the rigour of the LLB curriculum will equip students with practical skills in multi-tasking, time management, independent study and personal development management. Development of these key skills will prepare our students to thrive in a wide range of careers.
* The programme content is indicative and is subject to validation and resource availability. Programme/course content may be revised prior to the programme start date and/or at any stage during the delivery of the programme.
Learning & Teaching
Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.
Seminars involve students applying their knowledge to specific legal problems and seeking the most appropriate resolution whilst using appropriate legal authority to support their conclusions. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in effective argument construction, oracy skills development and negotiating techniques practice.
Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these classes students are able to practise and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and practice.
Case Studies/Problem Questions
Case studies are employed in a range of modules. Students are presented with simulated complex legal problems that they are required to analyse and synthesise an appropriate response for.
A key component of the learning experience is to invite experts, academic and in practice, to provide insights into their research work or business activity. A network of experts help provide specialist knowledge as well as strengthening and promoting the credentials of the programme. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.
All students studying in Cardiff School of Management benefit from the team of dedicated tutors who provide a point of personal and regular contact for students. They guide students in such matters as, finance, welfare, career development as well as helping where needed with the planning of effective study patterns, exam preparation and a range of other important issues. The Personal Tutors work closely with the Programme Director and Year Tutors to ensure that the needs of the students are met effectively and that their time at Cardiff Metropolitan University is a pleasant and successful experience.
In addition to the Personal Tutors, the individual course specific academic support and guidance is provided by the Programme Director.
The programme provides further general support to the students through the following:
• An induction programme for level 4, level 5 and level 6 students
• Student handbook, programme handbook and individual module handbooks
• The Moodle Virtual Learning Environment
• Library and study skills packages
• Library and learning resources of both Cardiff Metropolitan University campus
• Specialist computing facilities including interactive and multi-media labs
• A 24-hour open access IT facility on the Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses
• Unlimited worldwide web access
• Access to student services including those offered by careers, welfare, disability, counselling, chaplaincy and medical centre.
The University operates an outward mobility programme and funding is available to encourage cultural visits to other countries in support of understanding law and business in their global and political contexts.
The assessment strategy incorporates a wide spectrum of approaches. Each module has its own aims, objectives, learning outcomes and methods of delivery and assessment. Assessments may therefore take the form of assessed written papers/essays/reports, oral presentations, group and individual research projects, case studies as well as open/closed book formal examinations.
Preparation and support is available for assessment through various activities designed by module leaders, personal tutors and library staff. Feedback is constructive and encourages students to think critically about their work and to reflect on what they need to do to improve it.
Employability & Careers
The degree is ideal if you are interested in becoming a practicing solicitor or barrister. It also develops competencies and transferable skills suiting those wishing to embark on wide ranging careers in policy areas such as international organisations, government departments, the charity sector and the world of business.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 - 120 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
- 112-120 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
112-120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
112-120 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
112-120 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.