Taught in the oldest and most established Law School in Wales, Aberystwyth's LLB Human Rights degree is both challenging and stimulating. The Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority recognise the degree - providing a direct route to the legal profession.
You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of our expert staff, many of whom have also practised as solicitors - providing a practical application to your theoretical studies.
By nurturing ingenuity and "outside of the box" thinking, you will emerge from the degree with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.
Aberystwyth Law School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 5% more than Law graduates nationally. (HESA 2017)
Why study Human Rights at Aberystwyth?
- It is a practical law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics
- Upon completion, you will be eligible to continue vocational training on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
- Successful completion of particular modules will grant you exemption from certain professional examinations
- Taught by professionals who are active for large organisations e.g. GRETA, the Country Side Commission for Wales, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Excellent social and professional opportunities, visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London
- Option to do a work placement module in different areas of law
- Option to study abroad in the second year at one of our many partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia
- Option to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society, in order to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills. We also offer a Welsh medium Mooting competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh
- The School also offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for further information
Aberystwyth Law School lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Criminal Law
- Legal Skills
- Legal System
- The Law Of Obligations
- Criminal Law: Controversial Issues
- Law In Action
- Law Of Contract
- Criminal Justice And The Penal System
- Family And Child Law
- Human Rights - Theories, Institutions & Remedies
- International Law
- Labour Law
- Medicine, Ethics And Law
Your LLB in Human Rights Law opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you:
- You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor
- Your LLB in Law offers you the possibility to succeed in many different areas including criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education
Your future is important to us and our degrees with equip you with the following skills:
- Possess the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies
- Ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information
- Ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately
- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
- Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
- The ability to work independently
- Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
- Self-motivation and self-reliance
- Team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
- Research skills
What opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth Law School?
- Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer
- Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
The first year you may discover:
- You will receive core training in a number of subjects e.g. Contract law, Criminal Law and Tort Law, which must be studied and passed for exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations
- Explore the structure and development of the English and Welsh Legal system
- The relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system
- Analyse the process of creating legislation and how it’s interpreted by judges
The second year and third year you may be introduced to:
- EU Law
- Public Law
- Equity and the Law of Trusts Land Law
- You will also be able to tailor your study through careful selection from a range of elective modules
How will I be taught?
- You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars which are innovating and high quality allowing you to realise your potential
- In your lectures, you will be introduced to key concepts and relevant up to date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures
- Our tutorials and seminars are an opportunity for you to discuss particular legal themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning whilst at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments
- You will be assessed through essays, exams, study logs or portfolios and oral presentations including mooting exercises
- You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at the Aberystwyth Law School. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have issues or queries
- You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches
If you have a passion for human rights and want to obtain a qualifying law degree then the Human Rights (M990) is certainly the degree to do. Although one could study the so-called 'straight law degree' and do human rights modules, I can honestly say it is not the same as studying the themed degree that is automatically tailored to one with a passion for human rights such as myself. For someone who wants to pursue a career in the future in the human rights field, I feel having a specialised degree will be a very good starting point out in the real world, as one is given a real insight into not only the theoretical support and critique of human rights but also the effectiveness of its enforcement both at a domestic and international level. I certainly do not regret having chosen M990. Benjamin Cartwright
M990 Human Rights is an exciting and thought-provoking course to take. Not only do you learn the same principles of law as M100 students do, but you have the satisfaction of knowing that your course is tailored directly to your interest in Human Rights. Everything is planned out for you but you can still choose different modules that interest you. The level of careful planning even ensured that my personal tutor was one of the Human Rights lecturers in the department. It is a fantastic course with some of the most qualified Human Rights lecturers in Britain. Rebecca Sian Davies
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org