If you’re interested in law and criminological theory and practice, this LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology degree course will match your interests.
The course is a qualifying law degree (QLD), which means it gives you the core legal knowledge to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. In your final year, you can also choose to take the CILEx Graduate fast-track diploma. This allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive following further professional experience.
As well as core legal subjects, you’ll get to choose from various optional modules to suit your own interests. These currently include Commercial Law and White Collar Crime.
After the course, you could continue your legal training or take up employment in sectors such as the police or the probation service. You could also continue your studies on a Master’s degree.
What you'll experience
On this course, you can:
- Bring what you learn to life in mock trials in our replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview room
- Use your skills advising members of the public on a variety of aspects of the law, by working in one of our community settings
- Opt for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) in your final year, which allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer when you get further experience after the course
- Join our student law society and take part in team competitions such as negotiation and mooting
- Develop your understanding of the key issues in criminology#
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience to boost your career prospects further.
We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.
What you'll study
The English Legal System – 20 credits
This module introduces you to the legal principles of the English legal system.
Contract Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll get introduced to the legal principles that underpin contract law.
Criminal Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll look at the legal principles of criminal law.
Public Law – 20 credits
This module develops your knowledge of legal rules, as well as principles of constitutional and administrative law in the UK.
Understanding Criminology – 20 credits
This module introduces you to the origins and developments of criminological thinking.
Tort – 20 credits
On this module you'll discuss the principles and rules of the law of tort.
Land Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll look at the foundational legal principles of land and property law.
Equity and Trusts (Level 5) – 20 credits
This module outlines the principles and rules of equity and the law of trusts, their application, current issues and contentious areas.
Questioning Criminology – 20 credits
In this module, you’ll examine various criticisms and challenges that have been made of criminology and the social sciences.
Legal Writing and Research – 20 credits
On this module you'll develop your legal writing and research skills.
European Union Law – 20 credits
In this module, you'll analyse and apply the law of the European Union.
Equality And Human Rights Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll develop your understanding of human rights and equality principles and practices, and how they apply in UK law.
Contemporary Criminologies – 20 credits
In this module, you'll focus on two core themes in contemporary criminology: the centrality of punishment and the administering of pain in the criminal justice system, and how its problematic relationship to society has occupied recent criminological thought.
White Collar Crime (Level 6) – 20 credits
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of offences in the the field of white collar crime and of the key issues of corporate criminal responsibility.
Dissertation – 40 credits
On this module, you'll carry out independent research, including arranging meetings with your supervisor.
Community Lawyer – 40 credits
On this module you'll take part in a competitive recruitment process and complete level 5 training to work with one of our external partners, where you'll apply academic legal knowledge in a practical way to assist clients.
Family And Child Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll discuss issues around family and child law and look at the application of the law to problem situations.
Intellectual Property Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll explore intellectual property law, looking into what it actually is and how UK law protects it.
CILEx Level 6 Practice – 20 credits
This is a practice module accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Advocacy, Practice and Theory – 20 credits
On this module you'll get an experiential approach to the development of legal advocacy skills, and an understanding of the theoretical, professional and ethical aspects of advocacy.
Commercial Law – 20 credits
This module will introduce you to important aspects of commercial law such as the relevant types of contract, sale of goods and consumer legislation.
Law In Practice – 40 credits
On this module, you'll get the practical skills you'll need in the workplace, through working in our in-house general legal advice clinic.
Employment Law – 20 credits
This module, with some roots in Contract law, provides an understanding of the free-standing subject of Employment Law.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- clinical legal training
- practical learning in our mock court
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- coursework essays
- participation in mock trials
- written moot arguments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 50% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 23% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 65% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 52% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you could progress to a graduate training scheme, go straight into employment in the private, public or voluntary sector, or continue your studies.
If you chose a career in law, you can do the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), which are the traditional routes to becoming a barrister or solicitor.
If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma module in your final year, you can work as legal executive or paralegal when you graduate and become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer following 3 years of qualifying employment. This gives you similar career opportunities to barristers and solicitors.
The course also prepares you for graduate training schemes and other roles where you can use your knowledge and experience of law and criminology. For example, in the police force, probation service or prison service.
What jobs can you do with a Law with Criminology degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- fraud auditor
- police officer
- criminal management officer in a firm of solicitors
- designated detention officer
- business development executive
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.