Senior Status Law

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The LLB Senior Status Law degree at Aberystwyth University is available to those who already hold an existing Bachelors degree in another subject, and is engineered to enhance your career prospects by completion within two years. Taught in the oldest and most established Law Department in Wales, LLB Senior Status Law is both challenging and stimulating. As a student on this course, you will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of our expert staff, many of whom have also practised as solicitors. Their professional experience will offer you a practical application to your theoretical studies. Our ethos in the Department of Law and Criminology is to nurture ingenuity and your ability to think outside the box. This will enable you to emerge from the degree with real-world capabilities that will help shape your future and career development.  

Course Overview

This twenty-first century LLB Senior Status Law degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences that will make you ‘career ready’ and enhance your employability in a legal context. 

LLB Senior Status Law is a practical law degree designed to meet employer needs and is taught by experienced legal professionals and academics who are active for large organisations such as GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Our LLB degrees provide a foundation for those intending to qualify as a solicitor or a barrister in England and Wales. 

LLB Senior Status Law offers a number of options, including the opportunity to do a work placement module in different areas of law, or to study abroad in the second year at one of our many partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia 

During your degree, you will be able to take advantage of excellent social and professional opportunities such as visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London. You will have the opportunity to enhance your studies by participating in our national and international competing Mooting Society 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. 

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).

Modules September start - 2024

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contract Law LC23820 20
Criminal Law LC20520 20
Legal Skills and Research * LC20420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC20120 20
Tort LC21120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Criminology LC22220 20
Law in Action LC23220 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equity and Trusts LC34920 20
European Law LC30720 20
Land Law LC34820 20
Public Law LC30620 20
Contract Law LC23820 20
Criminal Law LC20520 20
Legal Skills and Research * LC20420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC20120 20
Tort LC21120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Law and Practice and Solicitors Accounts LC31420 20
Climate Change and Environmental Law LC37720 20
Commercial Law LC36220 20
Community Justice LC30320 20
Company Law LC37220 20
Contemporary Issues in Criminology LC34220 20
Criminal Law and Practice LC31620 20
Critical and Radical Criminology LC37120 20
Dispute Resolution in Contract and Tort LC31520 20
Drugs and Crime LC38220 20
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation LC30140 40
Employability Skills for Professionals LC36620 20
Family and Child Law LC36420 20
Human Rights LC35220 20
Humanitarian Law LC37620 20
Intellectual Property Law LC38620 20
International Law LC36920 20
Introduction to Criminology LC32220 20
Labour Law LC36820 20
Law and Criminology Dissertation LC39020 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC36720 20
Police, Policing and Society LC31020 20
Principles of Evidence LC36520 20
Principles of Professional Conduct, Public & Administrative Law, Legal System of England & Wales & L LC31320 20
Property Law and Practice LC31820 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC38120 20
Psychopathology LC39220 20
Sports Law and Society LC37920 20
Technology, Artificial Intelligence and the Law LC32420 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders LC39120 20
Trusts, Wills and the Administration of Trusts and Estates LC31720 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC36120 20
Law in Action LC23220 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career prospects

The LLB Senior Status Law degree opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you.

  • You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor.
  • You will have the potential 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:

  • the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies
  • the ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organising information
  • the 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 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? 

During your first year you will receive core training in a number of subjects. 

You will learn about the general requirements for a valid legal contract, look at procedural unfairness and the parties to the contract, and study different aspects of the terms of the contract. You will move on to examine contract performance and breach, and the remedies available.  

You will have the opportunity to understand and examine critically the evidence, concepts, debates, and controversies associated with the study of criminal law. You will be informed of the principles of criminal law upon which most offences are based, and of the key criteria in identifying the most serious of criminal offences, such as homicide and sexual offences. 

You will learn about legal skills and research and receive a thorough grounding in the skills needed to undertake the study of law, including critical analysis, advocacy (with particular focus on mooting), reading cases, case noting, reading legislation, sources of law, using legal databases, legal method, legal reasoning, writing legal essays and papers. 

You will study the legal system components that are fundamental to a qualifying law degree and gain an overview of the criminal justice system. You will also examine the relationship and interaction of the two systems. 

You will examine the basic principles of tort, which is the right of individuals to seek private legal remedies for wrongs they have suffered at the hands of others, either deliberately or through carelessness. Such wrongs include deliberate and negligent physical injury to the person and property, psychiatric injury, interference with enjoyment of property and harm to reputation. 

In your final year you will study a variety of legal topics. 

You will be introduced to the materials and methodologies of European legal orders and learn about the principal features of the legal regimes based on the European Union. 

You will study Public law, conventionally divided into constitutional and administrative law. The United Kingdom is unusual in that it does not have a codified constitution. Whether this has an impact in practice and the way in which the Constitution has adapted and accommodated to changing circumstances will be important themes. 

You will explore Equity and the Law of Trusts and examine the many reasons for Trusts being set up as well as the role of trusts in promoting public policy, the increasing importance of trusts in commercial law, and the role and availability of equitable remedies. 

You will be introduced to the essential principles of Land ownership in England and Wales, and the rights, and the enforceability of the rights of others over land, including the equitable co-owner, the lessee, the mortgagee, the covenantee and the owner of the dominant tenement for the purposes of granting an easement. 

You will also be able to tailor your studies through careful selection from a range of elective modules. 

How will I be taught? 

You will be taught through a combination of innovative and high-quality lectures, tutorials and seminars. 

Our lectures will introduce you 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 specific legal themes or topics, and to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning while at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments. 

How will I be assessed? 

You will be assessed through essays, exams, study logs or portfolios and oral presentations including mooting exercises. 

A personal tutor will be assigned to you for the duration of your degree course. Your personal tutor will be your key contact if you have any issues or queries. 

Student Testimonials

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

I chose to study the LLB Law degree as I wanted to go on to train as a solicitor. One of the great things about the degree is the wide range of optional modules you can choose, and if they don't run every year, as some don't, they run every other year so you are guaranteed to have the chance to do the ones you want. Also, the staff are extremely friendly and approachable, meaning that any problems, issues or questions you have will be answered quickly and easily. Whilst it involves a lot of hard work, as does any degree, it is well worth it in the end, and you will have fun and gain experience along the way! Katie Jayne Mansell

The combination of a brilliant course with a beautiful town is perfect. I have loved studying Law at Aberystwyth over the past 3 years. Although it has been hard work and exhausting, it has been thrilling and challenging as well. All the lecturers, tutors and staff are fantastically friendly and helpful and care about the department and the way modules are taught. The Law library houses everything you need for your degree, so you don’t need to go far. Law attracts so many different personalities and students from different backgrounds and spending 3 years with them is great. The modules offer great choice. William Pryce

Typical Entry Requirements

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A Levels

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

Other Requirements Available to applicants who already hold an existing Bachelor’s degree (2:2 or equivalent) in another subject.

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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