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A law degree provides a foothold into many areas, not just the legal profession. It can lead to running a business, management, personnel, local or central government, the police and journalism.

If a career in law does appeal to you, you can go on to specialise in a particular area such as family law, criminal law and internet law. The demand for lawyers who understand Wales and the language is increasing due to the fact that the Welsh Government have more powers and the Welsh Language Measure provides further rights for Welsh speakers. After graduating you can join a law firm, large or small, and a career as a solicitor will enable you to work in any type of area – rural or urban. You may also, in time, choose to establish your own law firm.

There has been an exciting growth in the number of Welsh language modules available in Law. If you study these you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills in order to express yourself in both languages. The primary task of a legal mind is to make sense of the complexities of society and its people. In order to reflect today’s dynamic society, the Law modules at the universities change frequently. Some examples of Welsh language modules include Business Law, Europe, human rights and social policy.

It is an exciting time in Wales, and Manon George – who is conducting research into devolution Law in the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University – is witness to this as it is an area that is constantly changing, and one that will affect everyone in Wales. As a Welsh medium lecturer in Law, the skills that Manon has to enable her to work in both languages are attractive to her employers.

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“I definitely benefit from studying part of my Law degree through the medium of Welsh as it widens my horizons. Being able to practice law in two languages is a valuable skill and it shows flexibility to employers that students who study Law only through the medium of English cannot demonstrate.

For me, studying Law through the medium of English only would feel heavy and laborious at times, but being able to study part of the course in Welsh gives it variety that is an intrinsic part of my enjoyment of the course.

It’s difficult to know at present what my plans for the future will be, but it is good to know that I have a foothold in two areas – Law and the Welsh language – and I’m not constrained at all in considering the type of job that I would like to apply for.”

Gethin Davies, Law