LLB

Senior Status Law

LLB Senior Status Law Code M104

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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, this course 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

Why study LLB Senior Status Law at Aberystwyth University?

  • The LLB Senior Status Law degree is designed to meet employers' needs and you will be taught by experienced legal professionals and academics. The teaching team of the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University are active for large organisations such as GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Upon successful completion of this degree, you will be eligible to continue vocational training on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). In addition, you will also gain exemption from certain professional examinations by selecting relevant modules. Scroll down to find out more in the module tab. 
  • The LLB Senior Status Law degree provides excellent social and professional opportunities, including visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London. 
  • As a Department, we want to ensure that you have the best opportunities during this two-year course. You will have the option to undertake a work placement module in different areas of Law. The work-placement module equips you with the necessary experience to ensure a smooth transition from campus to career. For more information, please scroll down to our employability tab. 
  • We offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. For all Law students in the department, the Mooting society is a great opportunity to engage and develop the mooting skills that are essential to a successful legal career. We provide all students in the Department of Law and Criminology the option to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society. Taking part in this society will assist you to develop key advocacy and litigation skills. 
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

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
Contract Law * LC23820 20
Criminal Law * LC20520 20
Legal Skills and Research * LC20420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC20120 20
Tort * LC21120 20

Options

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

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

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.

Course Content

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the two year degree scheme.

In the 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
  • study the relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system
  • analyse the process of creating legislation and how its interpreted by judges
  • study the fundamental aspects of European Law.

In the second year you may explore:

  • The Law of Torts
  • Public Law
  • Equity Law
  • The Law of Trusts.

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.

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

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Class 2:1 in a first degree in any subject

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

BTEC National Diploma:
Class 2:1 in a first degree in any subject

International Baccalaureate:
Class 2:1 in a first degree in any subject

European Baccalaureate:
Class 2:1 in a first degree in any 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 applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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