Law and French

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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

Why study Law and French at Aberystwyth University?

  • With University staff and students from over 100 countries, Aber is a friendly, outward-looking community.
  • The Law component of the degree is taught and mentored by staff within the most established Law department in Wales.
  • This is a practical degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced professionals, and academics.
  • Some of the teaching staff in the Department of Law and Criminology have practised as solicitors; others are active for large organisations such as GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • By choosing Aberystwyth, you will be joining a cosmopolitan hub where there will be plenty of opportunity for you to practise your French.
  • All students in the Department of Modern Languages thrive in its multilingual environment. 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.
  • One of the highlights of this degree is the year abroad. In your third year you will study with one of our partner Universities in France.
  • There will be excellent social and professional opportunities, such as visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London.
  • You can opt to participate in the Law Department's national and international competing Mooting Society, in order to develop your advocacy and litigation skills.
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).


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
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


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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Intercalary Year Dissertation FRS0000


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language FR30130 30


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Commercial Law LC36220 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC36320 20
Employability Skills for Professionals LC36620 20
Environmental Law LC37720 20
Equity and Trusts LC34920 20
Family and Child Law LC36420 20
Human Rights LC35220 20
Intellectual Property Law LC38620 20
International Law LC36920 20
Labour Law LC36820 20
Land Law LC34820 20
Law and Criminology Dissertation LC39020 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC36720 20
Principles of Evidence LC36520 20
Crime and Punishment in Historical Perspective LC33020 20
Criminal Justice Placement LC32520 20
Criminal Law LC30520 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment LC32020 20
Critical and Radical Criminology LC37120 20
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation LC30140 40
Introduction to Criminology LC32220 20
Police, Policing and Society LC31020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC38120 20
Psychology and Crime LC34020 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders LC39120 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC36120 20
Dissertation EL30120 20
Extended Essay Module EL30510 10
Gender in Modern and Contemporary French Culture FR31020 20
Humour and Literature FR36120 20
Littérature fantastique, 18e-20e siècles / Fantastic literature, 18th-20th centuries FR37220 20
Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism FR38020 20
The Language of Business and Current Affairs FR30310 10
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel and Literature in France FR37110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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.

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Course Content

What will I learn?

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. You will also take the core language modules which include listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking.

You will spend your third year studying with one of our partner Universities in France.

During the second and fourth year, you will be introduced to EU Law, Public Law, Equity and the Law of Trusts, and Land 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 your study by selectively choosing 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. 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.

Personal Tutor

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 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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