Are you interested in understanding criminal behaviour and the processes of criminal justice at the same time as gaining a fully accredited law degree?
This Bachelor of Laws (LLB) gives you the choice to study for your solicitor exams or your Bar exams after you graduate. Alongside your study of law you'll gain knowledge of:
- the history of criminology
- the role of criminology in maintaining and challenging social order
- how the world deals with the crimes of the powerful, such as genocide and war crimes
- policing and society
As well as preparing you for a career as a lawyer, this course is ideal if you're considering a career in the police or prison services.
All our law degrees also offer you another route to qualifying as a lawyer. If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma module in your final year, you'll be able to apply for work immediately when you graduate as a paralegal or trainee legal executive. You can then complete your training to become a Chartered Legal Executive whilst you work.
What you'll experience
On this course, you can:
- Have the opportunity to obtain pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work
- Enrich your study of law through an understanding of the theories of crime and criminology and through assessing competing perspectives on society and crime
- Take an optional paid placement year where you can apply your knowledge in a criminal justice organisation
- Get lots of practice at the type of assessment used in the first part of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
- Cover in-depth all the foundations of legal knowledge you need to go on and take your Bar exams
- Apply your learning in our community settings, gaining real-world legal practice skills
- Take our Law in Practice module and gain 3 months work experience that can count towards your qualifying work experience for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
- Benefit from teaching that's shaped by expert staff who have been practicing lawyers and criminologists and who understand how the legal landscape is changing
- Enrich your learning through our research expertise in areas such as data protection, policing and financial crime
Work experience and career planning
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
You can boost your employability even more by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3.
Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:
- Verisona Law
- Opus 2 International
- GE Capital
- Rolls Royce Motor Cars
Whatever your career ambitions, our placements team will be there to help and guide you and you'll maintain contact with your tutors throughout the year.
The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.
You could also choose to set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.
The majority of your timetabled teaching (around 80%) will be face-to-face and will include:
- practical sessions
To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.
We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.
The way you qualify as a solicitor has changed and we want to make sure that we prepare you as much as possible for the new SQE exams. The SQE exams are multiple choice, so we're adapting our assessment methods so that you're confident with this method of assessment.
Your assessment will depend on which modules you take, but it's likely to include:
- problem scenarios
- written reports and essays
- practical projects
Law is an incredibly flexible degree. If you don't believe us, take a look at our blog about the 7 reasons to study law.
When you graduate you'll be ready to take your next step to train as a solicitor, a barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive. It's worth noting that Chartered Legal Executives can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms.
Law degrees are in the top 10 degrees for employability. You'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will make you very employable across a range of other sectors. Your knowledge of criminology will be particularly helpful when applying for roles within the criminal justice system, such as the police or the probation service.
Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:
- DC Kaye & Co
- The Home Office
- Surrey Police
- Willis Towers Watson (risk management)
- Invicta law
- Parker Bullen LLP
- Fidelity Investments
- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Graduates of this course have secured jobs as:
- trainee solicitor
- legal executive
- probation service officer
- Border Force executive officer
- police community support officer
- account manager
- criminology teacher
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.