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Legal practice increasingly takes place on a global stage and multi-lingual legal experts are in high demand. By choosing to study LLB Law and French at Aberystwyth University you will not only gain competency in law but also a high level of fluency in French.  

This degree is the perfect combination of formality and creativity. You will study the core elements of legal practice together with law in a broader context, including its relationship with society. At the same time, you will study the rules that govern the French language but also gain a good understanding of the cultural and political aspects of French life and society, learning how to use French in a formal, legal setting as well as in a more informal setting during the year abroad in your third year - an experience that is sure to be the biggest adventure of your life so far.  

If you are looking for a course that is both challenging and stimulating, look no further than this LLB degree in Law and French at Aberystwyth University.

Course Overview

This twenty-first century LLB Law and French degree is an excellent combination that will open up a wide range of opportunities for you in the future. 

On the Law elements of the degree, you will study practical modules designed to meet employer needs and will be 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 modules encompass a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and you will gain the skills and competences that will enhance your employability in a legal context. 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, and 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. 

Alongside Law, you will pursue French language to an advanced level, but also gain an in-depth knowledge of French literature, culture and linguistics. The French elements of the degree are ideal for those who have established wide-ranging interests in the French-speaking world. Our modules provide an ideal combination of intensive language training, and a choice of subjects encompassing literature, culture, and linguistics. You will thrive in our multilingual environment; a cosmopolitan hub where there will be plenty of opportunity for you to practise your French. Most modules and classes are taught through the target language, many of the teaching staff are native speakers and all are experts in their respective languages. The year abroad in your third year of study will ensure that you are fully immersed in French, providing you with cultural and social insights, and enhancing your knowledge and confidence. 

Studying French alongside Law will enhance your skills and career opportunities considerably. 

Our Staff

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.

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 - 2023

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 Advanced FR19930 30
Images of France: The French Family FR12910 10
Beginners French 1 FR10920 20
Beginners French 2 FR11020 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems LC10120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Introduction to French Studies FR11120 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20
Contract Law LC13820 20
Criminal Law LC10520 20
Tort LC11120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Intercalary Year Dissertation FRS0000
Law/Language Sandwich Year LCS0000

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

Your LLB degree in Law and French will open up a range of exciting opportunities for you. You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor. The Law aspect of your degree offers you the possibility to succeed in many different areas including criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education. The language aspect will allow you to work for multi-national companies where the ability to communicate in another European language is an asset.

The Year Abroad is an element of the degree that will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. Students return from their year abroad with a wider skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt to any situation.

Your future is important to us and our degrees will equip you with the following:

  • confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies
  • the ability to evaluate and organise information and to communicate with a range of audiences
  • 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 writing and in speech
  • 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-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • research skills.

What experience opportunities 

Find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers Service offers.

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 such as Contract Law, Criminal Law and Tort Law, which must be studied and passed for exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations. You will explore the structure and development of the English and Welsh Legal system, the relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system, and analyse the process of creating legislation and how it is interpreted by judges. 

Alongside the Law modules, you will take the core language modules that include listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking.   

In your second and final year, you will select from a long list of Law modules that are available according to your own interests. The list will include subjects such as Commercial Law, Human Rights, International Law and Criminal Law.  You will also develop your language skills further through intense language classes in the Department of Modern Languages. You will be able to tailor the language study by selectively choosing from a range of elective modules. 

During your third year, you will study with one of our partner Universities in France. The year abroad will provide you with cultural and social insights, and enhance your knowledge and confidence. It is a transformational experience that will equip you very effectively for a global future. 

How will I be taught?   

You will be taught through a combination of innovative and high-quality lectures, tutorials and seminars. 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 themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning whilst at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments.  

How will I be assessed?  

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to write essays, sit exams, create portfolios, give oral presentations (including mooting exercises), sit listening tests, write individual compositions and create increasingly complex translations.   

A personal tutor will be allocated to you for the duration of your degree course. The tutor will be able to help you with any problems or queries that you may have, whether academic or personal. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 128 - 104

A Levels ABB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in French at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in French

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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