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LLB (Honours) Law with Criminology

Learn law and criminology, gain practical experience and enhance your career prospects.

This course scored 94% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS M1M9 Course code

Course description

Prepare for a career in law on this fully qualifying law degree. Designed and developed in consultation with our extensive network of employers, it satisfies the standards of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Our Law School is renowned for its innovative approach to teaching based on our extensive experience of practical (clinical) legal education. The fully integrated clinical programme includes unique work related modules designed to give you that practical edge needed in today’s competitive employment market.

This joint degree provides an excellent foundation whether you want to enter the legal profession or move into other careers, such as criminal and community justice, education, personnel work, the civil service, or other options in the community or public sector.

You learn about the many types, causes and consequences of crime, the criminal justice institutions and the processes that seek to reduce offending, alongside studies of human society, social groups and social structures.

Key areas of study include • law and criminology • high risk and serious offenders • policing • rehabilitation and punishment • international human rights law.

Real client work

We are the home of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (HKC), where many of the following areas of legal and criminological study involves real client work. All our work based professional practice areas give you valuable experience that improves your legal skills and impresses future employers. Under the umbrella of our various ‘Legal Professional Practice’ modules, there are four departments where you can gain practical, graduate skills and experience. All four are available to study in, with students on this course encouraged to engage in the professional voluntary work, human rights, civil liberties and social justice type work.

HKC law clinic

The law clinic is a law firm in the University. You can apply to work within the law clinic on real cases, with real clients, all under the supervision of qualified lawyers. It gives you an insight into the pressures and demands of the legal profession.

Law in practice placement

You can apply to spend one day each week with a legal service provider to gain experience in a professional setting. Law in practice is often in a solicitor’s office working on real civil or criminal law cases. You are supported by staff at the placement provider and a University tutor.

HKC criminal appeals clinic

You can apply to work on a real case of an alleged miscarriage of justice. You gain a unique insight into the criminal justice system, which many do not experience until they are working in practice.

Human rights clinic

You work with an organisation an issue of human rights or equality law, such as a local authority or charity. This is a research, training and development opportunity.

Prison clinic

You work on real life cases in collaboration with an external firm of solicitors providing advice on prison law issues. Examples include advice and representation on re-categorisation and applications for judicial review.

Street Law/Urban Lawyers

Working largely in partnership with schools and other community groups, you work in a team to research and deliver advice and guidance about particular areas of law. This develops your legal research and presentation skills.

Advocacy and mooting

Being able to advocate is an essential part of a barrister’s or solicitor’s career. In our Legal Professional Practice areas, you can represent fictitious clients in an appeal before the Court of Appeal and/or The Supreme Court, in our on-campus moot court. This gives you experience in court etiquette, making a reasoned argument and enhances your research, presenting and time management skills, as well as your powers of persuasion.

Our Mooting and Debating Society members take part in internal and national competitions and we have enjoyed considerable success. We have previously won the prestigious national BPP/Oxford University Press Mooting Competition and in 2017 we were again finalists.

Law in practice placement (international)

To gain a greater understanding of law in practice in an international setting, you can apply to spend the summer working at law firms across the USA on criminal law cases. Typical placements involve working in a public defender's office.

Combined court helpdesk

You can apply to work at the local combined courts to gain supervised experience offering legal guidance and support to people who don’t have representation. It is a great opportunity to gain real-life experience of civil or family law, in a court setting, in order to prepare you for legal practice.

Teaching expertise

Our law and criminology teaching staff are research active, which means we can offer up-to-date course content and teaching perspectives that are of a very high standard.

Professional recognition

This qualifying law degree exempts you from the Common Professional Examination of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Professional recognition

This qualifying law degree exempts you from the Common Professional Examination of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• introduction to criminology and practice • UK constitutional law and practice • criminal law and practice • dispute resolution in contract

Year two modules

• dispute resolution in tort • trusts and equitable wrongs (including wills and administration of estates) • controversies of punishment • legal/social justice professional practice development (see grid below for practice areas)

Year two options

You choose one option from the list below

• exclusion rights and justice • life beyond crime, substance use and offending • experiencing criminal justice

Year three core modules

• land, property law and practice • legal/social justice professional practice (see grid below for practice areas)

Year three options

You choose one law options and two criminology options (subject to availability)

Law modules

• commercial law and practice
• dissertation
• employment law and practice
• family law, policy and practice
• immigration law and practice
• international human rights
• law and medicine
• law of business organisations
• legal professional practice (non-contentious)
• sports law and practice

Criminology modules

21st century crime: threats, responses and human rights
• advancing social justice
• comparative criminal justice
• crime and justice in the information age
• criminal justice realities
• experiencing custodial and community sentences
• making desistance and recovery a reality
• policing and crime prevention
• sex, violence and extremism
• simulating justice practice

Legal/social justice professional practice department

Business and Commercial Department

Advising SMEs
Business start ups
Placements in business

Property/Private Client Department

Domestic property disputes
Leasehold and freehold transactions
Wills and Probate

Litigation Department

Advocacy and mooting
County court representation
Court Help Desk - Civil
Court Help Desk - Family
Fast Track Claims
Insolvency
Personal Injury
Settlement Negotiation
Small Claims

Pro Bono/Human Rights Department

Criminal Appeals Clinic
Human Rights Clinic
Placements in legal practice - UK and International
Prison Clinic
Refugee Advice Clinic
StreetLaw/Urban Lawyers

Assessment
  • advocacy
  • contributing to seminars
  • coursework
  • dissertation
  • examinations
  • live client work
  • multiple choice tests
  • portfolio
  • presentations
  • reports
  • viva

Employability

You attend a series of careers talks and workshops with external speakers and alumni designed to prepare you for a career in graduate employment, in the legal and/or criminology sectors and beyond.

There are career opportunities available such as • solicitors’ firms • barristers chambers • the police, probation and prison services • financial services • local government • Crown Prosecution Service • victim support.

Further careers information is available from
• The Law Society at www.lawsociety.org.uk
• The Bar Council at www.barcouncil.org.uk/becoming-a-barrister
• The Solicitor's Regulatory Authority at www.sra.org.uk

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

2018/19 academic year

£12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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