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 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 Advisor 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, to understand how to apply law in practice and the 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 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 also 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; Service Learning (includes placements). Law options might include International Human Rights, Corporate Finance, Tax, Pro Bono and Employment.
Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:
Corporate Finance and Acquisitions
International Human Rights
Medical Law and Ethics
Punishment and Prisons
Drug use and Policy
Crime, Culture and the City
Problems in Social Theory
Gender, Violence & Human Rights
Children, Psychology and Criminal Justice
Sociology of Death
Placement Learning in Criminology
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Career Routes into the Legal Profession
To become a solicitor:
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the process for becoming a solicitor.
The Solicitor’s 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:
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 Solicitors Regulation Authority 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:
For more information on qualifying as a barrister and the proposed future changes, please visit the Bar Standards board website.
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.
LLB Single Honours
4 years (full-time)