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The Law with German 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 created by membership of the European Union. This programme combines the expertise of the Department of Law and Criminology with that of the Department of European Languages.
It will provide you with a high level of competence in the German 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 in the Department of Law and Criminology have also practised as barristers or solicitors, thus providing a practical application to your theoretical studies.
Two four-year schemes provide the opportunity to combine the study of Law with a European Language - the LLB and the BA, both of which are offered with French, German or Spanish. The LLB with German allows for language studies to constitute one-quarter of the credits studied in each of the three years at Aberystwyth; under the BA (Law with a European Language) scheme, language studies account for one-third of the credits taken in Aberystwyth.
Founded in 1901, the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth is the oldest Law School in Wales and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the expertise of its staff. In choosing to study in the Department of Law and Criminology, you will discover a challenging and stimulating course. Our degree is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, providing a direct route to the legal profession.
Our degrees are qualifying Law degrees for entry to the legal profession. Degrees with languages are four years in duration. As a Law with German student you will spend a year in Würzburg, Berlin or Frankfurt/Oder.
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. Successful completion of particular modules will enable you to gain exemption from some professional examinations.
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 resources.
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.
92% of our 2014 European Languages graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating. 78% were found to be working in 'professional' level work or in 'graduate' level education, 9 percentage points more than the overall national average (DLHE 2014).
The Law 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.
This LLB enables you to study one 30-credit German-language module in each year of study. Language skills are vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and languages graduates are in demand by employers. Whilst you will have acquired the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in at least one foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired.
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).
All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.
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 (30 Credits) You must take the following module:
German Language Advanced GE19900
German Language Advanced GE19930
Year 1 Options Core Modules in Part 1 - Students must choose 90 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference.
Sgiliau Cyfreithiol GF13110
Y Gyfundrefn Gyfreithiol GF13410
Cyfraith Ymrwymiadau GF13520
Legal Skills LA13110
Legal System LA13410
The Law Of Obligations LA13520
Year 2 Core (30 Credits) You must take the following module:
German Language GE20100
German Language GE20130
Year 2 Options Core modules in Part II (Year 2) - 70 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference:
Year 2 Options Year 2 - a further 20 credits of LA/GF semester 1 modules from the list of modules offered by the Dept of Law & Criminology
Year 3 Core (40 Credits) During your year abroad your registration will be as follows:
Year Abroad Assessment GES0000
Year Abroad Assessment GES0040
Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take the following module:
German Language GE30100
German Language GE30130
Final Year Options Core modules in Part II (Final Year) - must choose 70 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference:
Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32900
Cyfraith Tir GF36100
Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32900
Land Law LA36100
Final Year Options Year 4 - a further 20 credits of LA/GF modules from the list of modules offered by the Dept of Law & Criminology
Your BA in Law with German opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor. In addition, 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.
European Languages graduates have found employment in the public and private sectors. They have gone on to become teachers, translators, administrators, managers, army officers, journalists and lawyers. Modern linguists are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. Many of our students go on to teach the languages they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. Many students also choose to do postgraduate work in a range of different fields, e.g. marketing or translating and interpreting. Our degrees also take our students across the world.
Studying for a LLB in Law with German will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• 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
• gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately
• you will be confident in selecting and deploying the most appropriate of a range of legal methodologies
• writing for and speaking to a range of audiences
• evaluating and organising information
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills
In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding a LLB in Law from a traditional university. Law is rightly perceived as an academically demanding subject, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context.
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.
This LLB Law programme is designed to help you fine-tune your cognitive abilities and give you the formal knowledge required for a successful law career in the twenty-first century, but with the flexibility to combine your study of the law with another discipline. In addition to a rigorous core of modules which will provide you with fundamental training in the law. As long as you pass the core law modules, this LLB Law degree is a qualifying Law degree for the purposes of the professional legal bodies in the United Kingdom.
In the first year you will receive core training in a number of foundation subjects which must be studied and passed for the purpose of obtaining exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations; these include Contract law and Criminal law. You will also explore the structure and development of the English, Welsh and international Legal systems, learn about the significance of judicial precedent and its relationship with the court system, and analyse the processes of creating legislation and how it is interpreted by judges. As well as this, you will be studying the core 30-credit language module in German. Each year, in the core module, you will acquire and consolidate the three skills: writing, speaking and listening. In the first year, especially, in lectures and small groups, we seek to consolidate your knowledge of German grammar and to impart the necessary terminology to enable you to talk about the German language. Various methods are used to raise your language awareness and to improve your linguistic skills, e.g. translating sentences into and out of German, free composition and grammar exercises. You will also get plenty of oral practice and the opportunity to hone your listening skills. The small groups give you the chance not only to speak German, but to practise your presentation skills and to learn more about the cultural context in which the language is used.
In the second and third years you will be introduced to the Law of Torts, Public Law, European Law, and Equity and the Law of Trusts, which you need to study in order to gain exemption from the Law Society and Bar Part I examinations. You will also be able to tailor your study through careful selection from a range of elective modules in Law as well as taking the 30-credit core language module in German.
UCAS Code: M1R2
Tariff Required: 300
Entry Requirements: Grade C in A level German unless to be studied as a beginner GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.
Course Length: 4 Years