Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

(European) Law with Italian LLB (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: M107
  • Bangor code: LLB/LIE
  • Course length: 4 years

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Bangor Law School's Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382085
E-mail: law@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/law/

Course Overview

Law affects all of our lives and the knowledge of law increases our understanding of the society and the world in which we live. This (European) Law with Italian course programme provides a liberal education in Law, or in Law combined with another discipline, to promote such an awareness and to allow those who so wish to progress to careers in the legal professions.

You can combine the study of Law with a range of subjects. Approximately two-thirds of the curriculum will focus on Law and one-third on the other subject. All are LLB degrees and all have been accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council as Qualifying Law Degrees (QLD). This status denotes that Bangor LLB graduates have completed the academic stage of training for the legal professions in England and Wales, and may enter directly onto Legal Practice Courses (LPC) to become solicitors or the Bar Practice Training Course (BPTC) to become barristers.

In the Law with French/German/Italian or Spanish degree, the European language may be studied from beginner and intermediate level when combined with Law.

Lawyers with additional linguistic skills are in high demand. Recognising this, we have developed a suite of programmes in Law with a European Language enabling you to undertake a 4-year programme combining the study of a European Language with a Qualifying Law Degree. The language may be studied from beginners and intermediate level when combined with Law.

Law with a European Language enables you to develop linguistic skills and knowledge of continental legal systems to meet the needs of legal practice within the European Union. These schemes last for four years, including a whole year abroad in the third year studying law and developing language proficiency at a leading university in Europe.

These partner university placements are operated through the European Commission Erasmus exchange programme. An Erasmus study grant is available to participating students for the duration of the placement. Details can be found at: www.bangor.ac.uk/international/erasmus/index

During the third year abroad, you study Law at the partner universities and learn the fundamentals of law, basic legal skills and develop proficiency in the European language. This involves gaining inside knowledge of the legal system, learning to deal with legal issues, interpreting legal rules and employing techniques of legal reasoning - and all done competently in the chosen language. This set of knowledge and skills substantially increases your future work prospects.

A range of modules in the chosen language is undertaken in conjunction with the compulsory modules in Law.

This degree is accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Recognition by the Bar Council of India

Bangor University is one of a small number of UK Universities whose LLB degrees are recognised by the Bar Council of India.

What does this mean?

Students who complete an LLB degree from Bangor University will have their degree recognised for professional purposes and may enter the legal profession in India.

How does this work?

If a student completes one of the following study combinations, the degree will be recognised the same as if the LLB degree had been completed in India:

  1. Three year LLB in Law at Bangor University after completing a three year BA/BSc/BCom/BBA in India;
  2. Three year LLB in Law at Bangor University followed immediately by a 1 year LPC/BPTC professional UK Law training programme, followed by a training contract in the UK with a law firm (2 years) or Barristers Chambers (1 year);
  3. Four year LLB with a Continental Language at Bangor University, followed by EITHER a 1 year LPC/BPTC professional UK Law training programme OR a LLM Masters degree in Law at Bangor University.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • All degrees have Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status denoting that Bangor LLB graduates will have completed the academic stage of training for the legal professions in England and Wales.
  • As all Bangor LLB degrees have QLD status, graduates may enter directly onto Legal Practice Courses (LPC) to become solicitors or Bar Vocational Courses (BVC) to become barristers.
  • Bangor LLB degree holders are eligible to take the Law Society of Ireland entrance exams: FE-Is.
  • The degrees address the British, European and global dimensions of contemporary legal development.
  • The degrees allow you to specialise as well as to cover a broader range of options.
  • You can choose to have tutorials in all of the foundation subjects in either English or Welsh.
  • We have a dedicated and well-resourced Law library.
  • 10% of the School's students achieve 1st class honours degrees.
  • If neither English nor Welsh is your first language, you can study Law with Professional English to refine your legal linguistic skills.
  • Bangor is the only institution in north Wales to offer a Law degree and has committed major resources to develop the subject.
  • The Law (LLB) degree is taught by bilingual staff with a wide range of expertise in the subject.

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

In compulsory modules you will usually have 2 hours of lectures every week and one hour-long tutorial every fortnight, while in optional courses tuition is by means of weekly seminars, 2 hours in length. Reading and library-based research are required before tutorials and seminars. Written essays and/or class tests are also set.

Final assessment is by means of examinations in the first and second years, but independently-researched essays and the dissertation on a legal subject of your own choice contribute to assessments in the final year.

What will I study?

You will study the seven foundation subjects to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree plus additional legal and/or non-legal subjects which allow for specialisation. You will be encouraged to study in areas which complement your chosen degree scheme.

The Foundations of Legal Knowledge are:

  • Public Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Criminal Law
  • Obligations (including Contract, Restitution and Tort)
  • Property Law
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Legal Research

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Public Law
  • Contract Law
  • Introduction to Law
  • Legal Skills

40 credits from:

  • Intermediate Italian I
  • Intermediate Italian II
  • Italian for Beginners I
  • Italian for Beginners II

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Italian Language 1
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort
  • Equity and Trusts

Year 3

Study Abroad:

  • Study in Italy

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • Italian Language 2
  • Land Law
  • International Law of Human Rights

20 credits from:

  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the (European) Law with Italian Modules page.

Careers & Employability

All of the LLB degrees are Qualifying Law Degrees, allowing graduates to proceed directly to the vocational stage of professional training to become barristers or solicitors. A degree in law is also a highly-valued qualification for entry into other careers, including government, industry and commerce. Lawyers with additional language skills are greatly in demand.

Employability and the School of Law

Studying at Bangor Law School is about so much more than learning: it is also about preparing for employment. We are focussed on helping students to improve their career prospects by developing the skills that are in demand by employers and facilitating opportunities to gain crucial work experience.

Developing contacts

Through our continuous work in developing contacts with legal practitioners across the UK, we have developed a programme of work placements with a number of law firms and corporations. Our contacts in the legal sector have also been instrumental in developing the annual Law Fair, during which students are able to network with a range of local employers. These activities are complemented by regular careers talks from guest speakers.

Through the support of legal practitioners in the local area we have also been able to conduct specialist module workshops recently, which allow students to discuss and debate issues they have encountered in class with experienced professionals.

Bangor Students' Law Society

The award-winning Bangor Students' Law Society organises a calendar of events intended to complement what is learnt in lectures and to expand students' career prospects. These include the annual Moot Court competitions (in which teams of students take part in simulated court proceedings) and the opportunity to obtain the BPP Certificate in Commercial Awareness.

Together, the Law School and the Society provide a dynamic learning environment that accelerates students' development and prepares them for life after graduation, be it in the legal profession, further study or another industry altogether.

Innocence Project and Street Law

The Innocence Project and Street Law see students applying their legal education to real-life situations and to make a difference, whether that may be through overturning a wrongful conviction or distributing legal knowledge amongst local communities and schools. These activities are an impressive addition to any CV and help to nurture all-important analytical, communication, presentation and teamwork skills.

Both School and Society work continuously to develop links with the legal industry to ensure that all available opportunities are to the utmost benefit of Bangor University Law School's students and graduates.

Work Experience and Volunteering

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Find out more about how the BEA can help you...

Entry requirements for this course

  • 280-320 points (normally excluding General Studies).
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is accepted.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate.
  • IELTS 6.5 (international candidates).
  • We consider mature students with relevant experience on individual merit.
  • Access applicants are welcome.
  • Other Legal qualifications also accepted.

General entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

  • International Baccalaureate:
    You will usually need to have been awarded the full diploma and offers may vary according to the course you are applying for.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:
    We accept a Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Advanced Diploma that is equivalent to 120 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Access courses and mature entry:
    We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students.

International Students

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for application information. If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Office on 01248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

IELTS Courses and Accreditation

Bangor University also has an IELTS Test Centre and we can help you put together a package of study in which you can:

We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.

More information

  • E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk
  • Or write to:
    Admissions Office
    Bangor University
    Gwynedd
    LL57 2DG
  • Tel: 01248 382017

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You can keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for further information on applications.

Confused about how to apply?

If you’re not quite sure how to proceed and would like to find out a little more then perhaps our Going to University site will help.

Why study with the Bangor Law School

  • Bangor Law School enjoys an impressive 94% student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey 2014), placing us no.1 in Wales and joint 5th of all law schools in the UK.
  • Our student satisfaction rating reflects our commitment to support, guidance and pastoral care.
  • Our class sizes are considerably smaller than those of many other UK law school, giving lecturers the opportunity to get to know students on a first-name basis.
  • We have a dedicated Law library managed by a professional law librarian.
  • Our international body of staff is made up of experts in fields including International Law, Intellectual Property Law, European Law, Procurement Law, Competition Law, Finance Law and Devolved Government. Graduates of many of the world's leading universities, they have substantial experience at professional and academic level and are widely published in leading journals. This expertise is reflected in the teaching, through which students develop a thorough understanding of contemporary legal systems and issues with a worldwide perspective.

LLB Degrees

  • Every Bangor LLB is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and is recognised by the Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar Council of India for professional purposes. This means that Bangor LLB graduates will have completed the academic stage of training for the legal professions in England, Wales, Ireland and India.
  • As all Bangor LLB degrees have QLD status, graduates may enter directly onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to become solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become barristers.
  • Bangor LLB degree holders are eligible to take the Law Society of Ireland entrance exams: FE-Is.
  • The degrees address the British, European and International dimensions of the contemporary legal environment and development.
  • We have a dedicated degree scheme in Law with English as a second language for students from overseas whose first language is not English.
  • Welsh students may undertake tutorials in all of the foundation subjects in either English or Welsh, opt for an LLB in Law with Welsh, and undertake a few modules taught entirely through the medium of Welsh.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea -has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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