Why study Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University?

The Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University is one of the oldest and most established Law departments in Wales.

From the start of your degree, you will benefit from access to our established connections with local legal professional and be encouraged to engage with real clients and case work under the guidance and support of our esteemed academic team. Studnets also benefit from unrivalled resources such as the National Library of Wales (one of only five copyright libraries in the UK), just a few minutes' walk from campus. 

Why Aberystwyth?

With over 100 years of teaching experience, we combine modern approaches to learning and will encourage you to develop professional skills throughout the duration of your degree. The is one of the reasons why the University has been awarded University of the Year for Teaching Quality two years consecutively by the Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2018 and 2019. 

In addition, you will also learn from internationally renowned lecturers who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. The research undertaken within the Department creates a stimulating learning environment and offers you the change to contribue to wider law and policy debates. You will also benefit from our strong links with alumni all over the world. 

Your Future: Employability

Figures released in June 2018 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that 96.8% of our full-time, first degree students were either in work or further study six months after graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2017 (HESA 2018).

The Family Legal Clinic

The Clinic, which is shortlisted for ‘The LawWorks Cymru Award 2018’ offers free confidential legal advice in family and child law, an area where people may find it difficult to find or afford other legal services. At the same time, the Clinic provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable real-life experience and put theory into practice. Everything that the Clinic does is overseen by an experienced solicitor, ensuring a consistently high standard of legal advice throughout. 

The Veterans Legal Link project

Veterans Legal Link was established in 2015 to address the legal advice deficit in Wales. The project invites lawyers and law students to assist veterans and their families in receiving free legal advice. The service supports the reintegration of Veterans and their families by providing a comprehensive signposting and referral service to legal advice
and non-legal advice services. The project is run nationwide via online, telephone, Skype and face-to-face delivery methods.

Employability skills for professionals

This module integrates community service  with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen the local community and its rootedness in the unique history, environment, culture and economy of Ceredigion. It consists of ring-fenced high-quality credit-bearing bilingual placement opportunities with major local employers.