The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.
In choosing to study this LLB Law with Spanish degree, you'll discover a challenging and stimulating degree; elements of this degree are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors regulation authority - a direct route into the legal profession. This twenty-first century LLB Law with Spanish degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences demanded in the many career options available to you upon its successful completion. Additionally you combine your legal training by following the core elements of a Spanish degree. You'll emerge with real-world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.
This LLB Law with Spanish programme is designed to help you get to grips with the complexities of the Law whilst giving you exciting opportunities to learn Spanish in a world-class, supportive environment. This is a four-year course, involving a year abroad in Spain.
This course has a major/minor structure, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time learning the fundamental principles of law, legal reasoning and the legal profession, and one-third consolidating your study of Spanish language.
In your first year, you will be introduced to the basics of law alongside advanced Spanish language. You will then go on to study legal concepts such as tort law, civil law and public law, whilst continuing your language study. In year 3, you will study abroad at one of Aberystwyth’s partner institutions. For LLB Law with Spanish these are: the University of Oviedo and the University of Salamanca.
The programme is hosted by the Department of Law and Criminology in conjunction with the Department of European Languages. The Department of European Languages is a dynamic environment, producing cutting-edge research, whilst emphasising the practical study of spoken and written language. The department has excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art language laboratories, and a wide array of foreign-language publications available. It also has an active student society.
The skills you learn will be of enormous benefit in any legal or non-legal profession. Your expertise in advocacy, litigation and negotiation are just some of the many transferable skills that will assist you in any career path you choose. Your study will aid you in taking your legal knowledge into a global market, potentially enabling you to practice law or a related career in Spain or other Spanish-speaking countries.
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).
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:
Spanish Language Advanced SP19900
Spanish Language Advanced SP19930
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:
Spanish Language SP20100
Spanish Language SP20130
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 SPS0000
Year Abroad Assessment SPS0040
Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take the following module:
Spanish Language SP30100
Spanish Language SP30130
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 major/minor degree opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Your LLB Law with Spanish degree makes you a strong candidate to train as a barrister or solicitor. In addition, the skills you will have acquired in Spanish language will equip you for potential work in Spain or the emerging markets of Latin America. You will also be in a strong position to gain work as a translator or interpreter, as a teacher, or in politics/international relations.
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.
Your language studies will also train you in gathering and assessing information, in reading and listening skills, in developing your own opinions and in confidently presenting these opinions in spoken form. Through your year abroad, you will gain an invaluable insight into another culture, an experience that will serve you well in an increasingly globalised job market.
To help you discover the most appropriate career pathway for you, you will be assigned a dedicated, subject-specific careers advisor who will assist you in constructing a Personal Development Plan. This process will encourage you to reflect on your learning and your career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.
This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars and oral and written language classes. World-class lecturers will provide comprehensive and engaging presentations to help you understand the complexities of law. You will also explore this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. Your language learning will involve oral and written presentations to enable you to build your confidence in Spanish language. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.
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.
You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentations. In all these areas you will need to construct legal arguments and apply legal reasoning as you build your case.
In addition, the language component of your studies will be assessed via oral presentations, conversation, listening comprehension and written examinations. During your year abroad, you will continue your law and language study and complete a Year Abroad Assessment.
The lectures, seminars and the Departments' supportive staff will only take you so far in your legal and language training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with your major/minor degree. 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.
Law is a challenging subject which stretches me each and every day and that is exactly why I enjoy it! Thanks to both the brilliant staff and the extensive resources available to students, the challenge remains one which I’ve never felt was out of my grasp. Aberystwyth itself is a great town, ideal for a variety of students; it has something to offer for everyone and I know of no better place to make close friends. The town is very relaxed and welcoming, and when it is sunny there is no place in the UK I’d rather be. Andrew James Hall
UCAS Code: M1R4
Tariff Required: 300
Entry Requirements: Grade C in A level Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.
Course Length: 4 Years