Key Facts

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  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 128

  • Course Length

    4 Year

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The LLB Law and German Degree at Aberystwyth University has been designed to meet the need and demand for multi-lingual legal experts within the United Kingdom. This programme combines the expertise of the Department of Law and Criminology with that of the Department of Modern Languages. 

This Law and German joint honours degree will provide you with a high level of competence in the German language, and a good understanding of the culture. You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of the expert staff in both departments. The Law component of this degree will provide you the opportunity to be taught and mentored by staff within the most established Law department in Wales. Some of our teaching staff have also practiced as solicitors, which will provide you with a practical application to your theoretical studies.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

100% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Modern Languages (NSS 2019)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

90% overall satisfaction for the Department of Law & Criminology (NSS 2019)

Overview

Why study Law and German at Aberystwyth University? 

  • A practical degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced professionals, and academics; 
  • Taught by professionals who are active for large organisations e.g. GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; 
  • Excellent social and professional opportunities, e.g. visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London; 
  • Experience a Year Abroad under the Erasmus + Programme and study with one of our partner Universities in Germany and Austria.
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

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
Beginners German 1 GE11120 20
Beginners German 2 GE11020 20
German Language Advanced GE19930 30
Legal And Criminal Justice Systems LC10120 20

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contract Law LC13820 20
Criminal Law LC10520 20
Cyfraith Camwedd CT11120 20
Cyfraith Cytundebau CT13820 20
Exploring German Cultural Identity GE10810 10
Introduction To European Film EL10520 20
Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820 20
Tort LC11120 20

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
German Language GE20130 30

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Abuse And Wildlife Crime LC22120 20
Commercial Law LC26220 20
Company Law LC27220 20
Crime And The Media LC24320 20
Criminal Justice And The Penal System LC26320 20
Criminology Research Skills 2 * LC25120 20
Drugs And Crime LC28220 20
Environmental Law LC27720 20
European Law * LC20720 20
Extended Essay Module EL20510 10
Family And Child Law LC26420 20
German-speaking Refugees From National Socialism In The Uk GE27220 20
Humanitarian Law LC27620 20
International Law LC26920 20
Introduction To Criminology LC22220 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Medicine Ethics And The Law LC26720 20
Police, Policing And Society LC21020 20
Principles Of Evidence LC26520 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour LC28120 20
Psychopathology LC29220 20
Public Law * LC20620 20
Short Prose In German GE27110 10
The Language Of German Drama GE29120 20
Youth Crime And Justice LC26120 20
Yr Heddlu, Plismona A'r Gymdeithas CT21020 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Law/language Sandwich Year LCS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment GES0060 60

Employability

Your LLB in Law and German opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you. You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor . Your LLB in Law offers you the possibility 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 will equip you with the following: 

• Possess the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies. 

• Ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organising information. 

 •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-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement. 

• Research skills.

Work experience opportunities 

 The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES) and GO Wales. You have the option to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES is very rewarding and a worthwhile experience. Upon completion of this programme, you will stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. 

GO Wales is a scheme that works closely with local businesses to create paid work placements of a certain duration for students. It an experience that will equip you with valuable skills to enhance your CV. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

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; The relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system; 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. 

Your third year will be spent on the Erasmus + Programme where you will study with one of our partner Universities in Germany or a German speaking country. 

During the second and fourth year, you will be introduced to EU Law; Public Law; Equity and the Law of Trusts; Land Law. You will also develop your language skills further with intense language classes with the Department of Modern Languages. 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 at the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have issues or queries.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

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

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

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

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. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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