About Us

Since 1901, the Aberystwyth Law School has established a history of high-quality teaching.

Submerse yourself and become inspired in a department where the synergy between Law and Criminology is realised in a dynamic and engaging learning environment.


As the first Law School in Wales, we use this firm academic foundation to teach a series of stimulating degrees across our two main subject areas: Law and Criminology. Aberystwyth Law Schools offers a range of flavoured degrees, including Criminal Law, Human Rights and Business Law in additional to our Criminal Justice and Criminal Psychology pathways.  Our degree programmes will allow you to study and understand the foundations of law, explore how criminal justice systems influence society, and examine the problems arising from crime and criminal behaviour. In doing so you will develop a wider understanding of critical issues relating to the environment, criminality, the internet, scientific development, policing, human rights and prisons, amongst a varied range of other captivating topics.

Even if you have no prior knowledge of law or criminology, our carefully devised degrees schemes mean all first years will receive a thorough introduction to legal principles, study skills, criminological perspectives and research methodologies. These sound foundations are built upon in later years as you specialise in one direction or combine your studies with a second discipline.

 What sets us apart? 

  • High quality teaching – UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times & The Sunday Times, The Good University Guide 2018) 
  • Students are at the heart of what we do – 92% student satisfaction for Criminology (M900), 90% student satisfaction for Law (National Student Survey 2017);
  • From campus to a career – 100% of our graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation, 5% higher than Law graduates nationally (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

Teaching and Research Areas of Interest


The Hugh Owen Library – containing a large and varied collection of legal materials, books, journals and law reports, with significant holdings in International Law and the European Documentation; 
Learning facilities – 200 study spaces, bookable individual and group study rooms, public computer workstations, wireless internet access, ICT and library enquiry desks and a specialist Law 
Computing facilities – located in 26 different areas, 13 of which are always available for individual academic work, varying from 10 to 101 
Vast online resources – over 40,000 electronic journals for Law and 
Specialist legal databases – Lexis and Westlaw: used commercially in legal professions throughout the world and Heinonline: an online archive of legal; 
National Library of Wales – one of only five copyright libraries in the UK, receiving one copy of every law or criminology-related book published.


Our degree schemes are workplace relevant and highly regarded by both students and employers. 

Law- All of our Law degrees allow you to progress to the Bar and Professional Training courfse (for intending Barristers) and the Legal Practice Course of the Law Society (for intending solicitors), providing you exemption from the first part of your professional examinations. 

Criminology- provides a particualrly valubale foundation for careers in the criminal justice sector, including the Police, HM Prison, Probation and the Youth Justice system. It also provides an excellent background for careers in crime analaysis, social work, research and the community sector. 
The Law Scholl also hosts regular guest lectures with visiting academics and representatives from a wide range of organsiations including a selection of Law Firms, the Police, the Judicary, the local Youth Offending Team and the HM Prison and Probation.

What are our graduates doing now?

What are our graduates doing now? 
Many of our graduates have pursued successful careers as:
Legal Consultants;
Legal Directors;
Investment Banking;
Corproate Finance.