BA

Law with French

Key Facts

Code M1RC
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The BA Law with French Degree at Aberystwyth University has been designed to meet the need for a generation of lawyers equipped both legally and linguistically to deal with the legal business. This programme combines the expertise of the Department of Law and Criminology with that of the Department of Modern Languages. It will also provide you with a high level of competence in the French language, and a good understanding of the culture. You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of the expert staff in both departments. Many of the staff at the Department of Law and Criminology also practiced as barristers or solicitors, thus providing a practical application to your theoretical studies.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Law and Criminology: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Law (NSS 2018

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study BA Law with French at Aberystwyth University? 

  • The BA Law with French is a practical Law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics. 
  • During the four years of this course, you will have a selection of core and optional modules that you will have to study. Some of the modules on this course could grant you exemption from certain professional examinations. Check out the module tab to see which modules grant you the exemption. 
  • The Department of Law and Criminology is a research-active. The research that is conducted in the department feeds directly into the teaching of our undergraduate courses. Some of our esteemed teaching staff are active researchers 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.
  • There is a wide range of expertise available within the Department of Modern Languages and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); dialectical (the study of different forms of French, past, and present); literature; the history of ideas and artistic movements; literary representations of Paris, travel literature and current affairs. 
  • For all students in the Department of Law and Criminology, life after university is important to us. During the four years of this degree, you will have the opportunity to visit various employment events where you will meet and have the opportunity to network with the legal industry. 
  • A highlight of the course is the Year abroad where previous students have studied with our partnered universities. Please visit our Study Abroad office website to see our current partnerships with French universities.  
  • Both departments have various extracurricular opportunities where students who have a similar interest in the relevant subjects meet. The Department of Law and Criminology encourages all students to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society, in order to develop key advocacy and litigation skills. For students who are studying Law through the medium of Welsh, we also offer a Welsh medium Mooting. 
Our Staff

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).

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language (beginners) FR10740 40
French Language Advanced FR19930 30
Images Of France: The French Family FR12910 10
Law Of Contract * LA13820 20
Legal Skills * LA13110 10
Legal System * LA13410 10
The Law Of Obligations * LA13520 20
Tort * LA11120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Comparative Public Law LA39110 10
French Language FR20130 30
Introduction To Civil Law LA39010 10
Public Law * LA34530 30
Tort LA31120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Language Of Business 1 FR20310 10
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel And Literature In France FR27110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Law/language Sandwich Year LAS0080 80
Year Abroad Assessment FRS0040 40

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equity And The Law Of Trusts * LA32920 20
French Language FR30130 30
Land Law * LA36130 30
Tort LA31120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
The Language Of Business And Current Affairs FR30310 10
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel And Literature In France FR37110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

From Campus to Career

Your BA in Law with French 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 BA 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 in the Department of Law and Criminology? 

  • 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 four-year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral, Written, Aural and Translation.

In your first year:

  • 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 its interpreted by judges;
  • Take the core language modules which include, listening, reading, writing, translation speaking.

Your third year will be spent on the Erasmus + Programme where you will study with one of our partner Universities in France or a French-speaking country.

The second year and fourth you may be introduced to:

  • EU Law;
  • Public Law;
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts Land Law;
  • You will also develop your language skills further with intense language classes with the Department of Modern Languages;
  • 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 in the Department of Law and Criminology. 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 to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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