About Us

Expertise created through heritage. Since 1901, Aberystwyth Law School has an established history of high quality teaching which is carried out in a stimulating and engaging environment.

All of the degree schemes offered by the School have been carefully devised to ensure that first year students, who may have no prior knowledge of the subject, receive a thorough introduction to basic principles and methodology.

That sound foundation is built upon in later years as you specialise in one direction or combine your studies with a second discipline. We are very progressive in terms of what we teach and how we teach and we address problems facing today’s society, such as the environment, criminal behaviour, the internet, scientific development, policing, human rights and prisons.

So why choose Aberystwyth Law School?

Aberystwyth is a vibrant, cosmopolitan bilingual university town, nestled between the rolling Cambrian mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. You’ll be part of a campus university with its own sports centre, a busy Arts Centre; and you will be next door to the National Library of Wales, only one in five copyright libraries in the UK.

The Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulations Authority recognise most of our degrees.

All members of staff are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debate and policy-making. Our staff are active for large organisations such as GRETA, the Countryside Commission for Wales, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations and the office of the High Commissioner for Human rights.

Aberystwyth Law School has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching, learning environment and the cultural experience it offers it students, this is why we are the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times & The Sunday Times, The Good University Guide 2018.) In the 2017 National Student Survey, our Law School was scored 90% for student satisfaction. The University was ranked 2nd for assessment and feedback in the UK. These outstanding figures demonstrate that the student experience really matters to us.

Our exciting and work place relevant degree schemes are highly regarded by both students and employers. Just this year an incredible 100% of our graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation that is 5% higher than Law graduates nationally (HESA, 2017).  This demonstrates that our innovative teaching gives you a smooth transition from campus to career.

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

Criminology provides an excellent foundation for careers in crime or intelligence analysis and a very broad range of other careers in the police, HM Prison service and the Youth National Probation service.

Take the time to browse through our webpages and find out more about our courses on offer. If you’ve never visited Aberystwyth, take the time and come along to one of our Open Days so that you can see why we’re rated one of the best Universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who’ll be your mentors and guides during your time with us.