BA Law with Economics

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

The BA Law with Economics Degree at Aberystwyth University is designed to equip you with a critical understanding of the Law, with the additional advantage of superb economics training. This world-class course is the product of Aberystwyth University's century-old law department, which specialises in the related discipline of Criminology. All Departmental staff members are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields. In choosing to study a Law with Economics Degree you will acquire skills that will be of enormous benefit in any legal or non-legal profession. Expertise in advocacy, litigation and negotiation are just some of the many transferable skills that will assist you in any career path you choose. Expand the sections below to find out more...

Overview

This course has a major/minor structure, meaning two-thirds of your time will be spent learning the fundamental principles of law, legal reasoning and the legal profession, and one-third studying economics.

Why Study Law with Economics at Aberystwyth University?

Our degrees are qualifying Law degrees for entry to the legal profession. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor you will be eligible to continue vocational training on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) upon graduation, or the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) if you wish to train as a barrister. Aberystwyth has its own Legal Practice Centre within the Department of Law and Criminology, so we can offer you the opportunity to complete your solicitor training with us. Successful completion of particular modules will enable you to gain exemption from certain professional examinations.

The Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth is the oldest Law School in Wales, founded in 1901, and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the expertise of its staff. Your learning is closely linked to the vigorous research activity carried out in the department, providing you with an outstanding, dynamic and up-to-date learning environment. You will benefit from a mature and well-stocked Law library, supplemented by generous electronic provision. 

As well as being active in research and publication, our lecturers also participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal, criminological and related fields. Recently, for example, our staff have been involved in the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA); the Countryside Commission for Wales; the Youth Justice Board; the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; the Welsh Assembly Standing Orders Commission; and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

93% of our 2014 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, equal to the overall UK sector average (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show high levels of satisfaction with the subject, with 83% of students reporting high levels of satisfaction with the quality of the teaching they received and our staff receiving above UK average satisfaction responses for their communication with students.

100% of our 2014 School of Management and Business graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show significant improvement in many areas of our students' satisfaction. Students on courses in the School of Management and Business have reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching they received and with the learning resources to which they have access.

The Department offers a programme of valuable social and professional opportunities, such as trips to law fairs and to the Inns of Court in London. The Mooting Society provides you with the opportunity to develop and test your key advocacy and litigation skills in a fun and competitive environment, by taking part in mock trials. Aberystwyth University regularly competes in national and international mooting competitions, and there is also a Welsh National Mooting Competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh.

There is a strong international staff and student profile in the Department and there are frequent visits by academics and experts from other countries. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Utrecht (Netherlands) Katowice and Wroclaw (Poland), Brno (Czech Republic) and Helsinki (Finland), all of which offer legal courses in English.

The Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology 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).

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must pass 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Economic Principles And Skills 1 EC10120

Semester 2

Economic Principles And Skills 2 EC10320

Year 1 Options Core Modules Part I: Students must choose 80 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference.

Semester 1

Sgiliau Cyfreithiol GF13110

Y Gyfundrefn Gyfreithiol GF13410

Cyfraith Ymrwymiadau GF13520

Legal Skills LA13110

Legal System LA13410

The Law Of Obligations LA13520

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF11120

Cyfraith Cytundebau GF13820

Tort LA11120

Law Of Contract LA13820

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3.

Semester 1

Intermediate Microeconomics; Consumers And Producers EC30220

Semester 2

Macroeconomic Behaviour And Systems EC30320

Year 2 Options Year 2 - Students have a free choice of 80 credits of LA/GF modules, however, those wishing to gain professional exemption in Law must study the following modules (LA/GF):

Semester 1

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32900

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34500

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32900

Public Law LA34500

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32920

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34530

Tort LA31120

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32920

Public Law LA34530

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology and must take 80 credits in their minor department over Part II of the scheme.

Year 3 Options Year 3 - Students have a free choice of 80 credits of LA/GF modules, however, those wishing to gain professional exemption in Law must study the following modules (LA/GF):

Semester 1

Cyfraith Tir GF36100

Land Law LA36100

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Cyfraith Tir GF36130

Tort LA31120

Land Law LA36130

Year 3 Options Optional Modules Year 3 - 30 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology.

Final Year Electives You must take 40 elective credits in Economics.

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology and must take 80 credits in their minor department over Part II of the scheme.

Employability

Your BA in Law with Economics opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Providing you take the appropriate modules, this BA can be a qualifying law degree, making you a strong candidate to train as a barrister or solicitor. You will also have developed a specialist perspective through your understanding of Economics, which will be particularly useful for careers in corporate law, government, finance and business.

Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that law graduates succeed in the areas of criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of core legal skills and other skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately, and you will be confident in selecting and deploying the most appropriate of a range of legal methodologies. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines. You will also have enhanced your numerical skills and developed your capacity for logic and problem-solving.

In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding a BA in Law from one of the UK's foremost universities. Law and Economics are rightly perceived as academically demanding subjects, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This major/minor BA Law course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures and seminars. You will receive comprehensive training in the rules and complexities of law; and you will be able to explore and interrogate this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

In your first year, you will be introduced to the basics of law, alongside modules introducing the fundamental principles underlying microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will go on to study core legal concepts such Tort, Civil, European and Public Law, as well as being able to choose further module options from both subjects. The core Economics modules cover key concepts such as how markets co-ordinate economic activity, inflation and unemployment, public consumption, foreign exchange markets and monetary and fiscal policy.

Among many skills, you will learn: to explain the structure and function of legal institutions; to analyse the processes of legislation and development of legal principles; to understand the importance of legal precedent and make use of it; and to construct convincing and cogent arguments on the basis of relevant law and available evidence.

In addition, through your study of Economics you will learn to analyse contemporary issues from an economic and financial perspective and to handle quantitative relationships and formulae.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentations. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. For your Law assignments and tasks you will need to construct legal arguments and apply legal reasoning as you build your case. For Economics assignments you will be required to research, interpret and present information from various sources, including relevant internet sites such as the Bank of England.

The lectures, seminars and the department's supportive staff will only take you so far in your legal and academic training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with the fascinating but demanding subjects. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

Student Views

The Law degree course is challenging, engaging and excellently delivered. The balance of different modules keeps the attention of students through the entire three years of the course. The staff and tutors provide excellent support to students whenever they need it. Robert Donaldson

I enjoy learning about how the economy works, and how money isn't just printed out at anytime but is controlled by the government. Economics allows me to understand the fundamental problem that all societies face - scarcity - which makes us choose and that choice is the opportunity cost. Moreover, it focuses on the interaction of the market and people, how economic agents behave or interact and how the economy works. Fon Yih Young

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