Undergraduate Extended DegreeLLB (Hons) Law and Criminology (extended degree)

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The Foundation year of this programme is subject to validation*

  • Learn from dedicated tutors with extensive criminological and legal knowledge and experience of national and international justice systems.
  • Take a ‘Practice Based Learning’, approach to understand and apply critical thinking to key issues in society, legal and criminal justice practice and complex criminological issues.
  • Gain practical experience in LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology through our industry links and our mooting and debating societies to help you pursue a successful career.
  • Benefit from additional specialised careers support from our dedicated Law School Careers Advisor.
  • Ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • 92% of Roehampton Social Sciences graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2017 results).

Summary

In this law degree, you will be encouraged to think like a lawyer from day one. Learn the essential law foundation subjects in order to practise law alongside exploring current trends and different responses to crime. Our practice-based learning approach focuses on understanding the law in the context of everyday life and legal practice, and applying your learning to a range of critical criminological and legal issues.

The Law and Criminology extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Law and Criminology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

The course has been designed by experienced academics and practitioners, with input from our internationally-renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice. It is specifically designed for your career development. Throughout your degree, you will work with practitioners from the legal sector. You will have the opportunity to put law into action through our pro bono activities with the Citizens' Advice Bureau and work placements.

Our teaching draws on a range of disciplines such as sociology, psychology and human rights to provide you with a dynamic understanding of a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of English law, criminological theories, and criminal justice practice. A high proportion of your time will be spent working face to face with tutors, developing your understanding of legal and criminological issues and the core skills and competencies that legal practitioners are expected to have.

Modules include: Legal Systems, Ethics and Skills. where you will be introduced to the structure and functions of the English legal system; Criminal Law where you will focus on key principles in crimes such as murder, manslaughter, non-fatal and theft related offences; and Introduction to Criminal Justice where you will analyse contemporary trends and policies in the criminal justice system.

Our dedicated Careers Adviser has established links with graduate recruiters and can help you to obtain a graduate role. You will be supported to map out your aptitudes and create a career plan. We also provide personalised sessions in CV and application writing, presentations, mock-interviews, and commercial-awareness training, as well as opportunities to develop your networking skills.

In your first year, you will gain an understanding of the key functions of the English legal system, explore the moral dimension of the practice of law, grasp criminal law and human rights, and learn how to present reasoned and logical arguments. You will also study Law in Practice 1: Legal Communication: an interactive module designed to build your skills and confidence in legal communication and to allow you to understand how to apply law in practice and in wider society.

In your second year, core modules build on themes from the first year, exploring the ways that theories of crime can aid our understanding of the operations of the criminal justice system, as well as a range of contemporary issues in crime, justice and punishment. You will also develop your legal knowledge and understanding. Recent examples of modules include Land Law, European Union Law, Business Enterprises and Contract Law, which underpins all commercial relationships.

In your final year you will choose from a diverse range of module options in Law and Criminology as well as having the opportunity to carry out an independent research dissertation in an area that interests you. You can also gain work experience and apply for a placement on our pro bono scheme with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

You will take a minimum of three Criminology options and at least one Law option. Recent examples of Criminology options include Gender, Violence and Human Rights; Prisons and Punishment; Crime, Culture and the City; and Service Learning (includes placements). Law options might include International Human Rights, Corporate Finance, Tax, Pro Bono and Employment.

Career Routes into the Legal Profession

To become a solicitor:

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the process for becoming a solicitor.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) will be a centralised assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It is likely to be introduced in 2020.

This means that from 2020, your qualifying route to becoming a solicitor will need to include:

  1. ​Passing stages 1 and 2 of the SQE. The first focuses on legal knowledge and the second on practical legal skills.
  2. Having a degree (in any subject) or equivalent qualification.
  3. Having a substantial period of work experience.
  4. Passing the character and suitability requirements.

Please see the SRA's Frequently Asked Questions document for the latest information about the SQE.

For more information on qualifying as solicitor, please visit the SRA website.

To become a barrister:

Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You will not need to complete the SQE to become a barrister (as the SQE applies only to intending solicitors), although there are some changes to the qualification route.

The qualification route to becoming a barrister currently includes:

  1. The requirement for a Qualifying Law Degree at 2:2 or better (or Graduate Diploma in Law).
  2. The need to pass a computer-based Bar Course Aptitude Test.
  3. Completion of the Bar Professional Training Course.
  4. Admittance to an Inn of Court and completion of pupillage.

For more information on qualifying as a barrister and the proposed future changes, please visit the Bar Standards board website.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

English Academic Skills 1
English Academic Skills 2
Mathematical Functional Skills Essentials
An Invitation to Sociology
Approaches in Sociology and Criminology
Citizens, Law and the State
Research, Reasoning and Legal Tools

Year 1

Law Induction
Law of Contract 1
Public Law and Human Rights
Criminal Law
Criminology: Theories, Concepts and Ideas
Introduction to Criminal Justice

Year 2

Compulsory modules

The Law of Torts
Law of Contract 2
Law of Property
European Union Law
Criminological Imagination
Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Optional module
Career Preparation

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Equity and Trusts
Law in Practice 3: Placement
Law in Practice 3: Pro bono WBL
Placement Learning in Criminology
Law in Practice 3: Problem-based learning
Law and Legal Research

Optional Modules
Corporate Finance and Acquisitions
Criminal Evidence
Employment Law
Family Law
International Human Rights
Medical Law and Ethics
Tax Law
Law and Legal Research
Gender, Violence and Human Rights
Drug Use and Policy
Illegal Economies
Punishment and Imprisonment
Family Criminology
Understanding Justice
Victims of Crime
Crime, Culture and the City
International Human Rights and Criminal Law
Global Disorder
Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
Global Security, Justice and Society

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be equipped to work in a range of legal and criminal justice related professions, for example, as a paralegal, crime analyst, practising solicitor or barrister. Graduates can also work in prison and probation services, the police, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the court system. You will also be equipped to work in any career that demands critical reasoning skills.

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by the end of June in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.