- Learn from dedicated tutors, with extensive criminological and legal knowledge of national and international justice systems.
- Use a practice-based learning to understand key issues in society, legal and criminal justice practice, and complex criminological issues.
- Gain practical experience through our industry links, and mooting and debating societies, to help build your career.
- Benefit from additional, specialised careers support from our dedicated Law School Careers Adviser.
- 94% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2018 results).
- Ranked sixth in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
In this law degree, you will be encouraged to think like a lawyer from day one. Exploring the essential law foundation subjects, you will learn to practise law, with a good understanding of current trends and responses to crime.
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, and have the opportunity to put law into action through our pro bono activities with the Citizens Advice Bureau and work placements.
Through practice-based learning, you will learn to understand the law in the context of everyday life and legal practice, and apply your learning to critical criminological and legal issues.
Drawing on disciplines such as sociology, psychology and human rights, you will gain a dynamic understanding of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, as well as 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 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, which focuses 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 obtain a graduate role. You will be supported to map out your aptitudes and create a career plan. We provide personalised sessions in CV and application writing, presentations, mock-interviews and commercial-awareness training, as well as opportunities to develop your networking skills.
Above all, this degree provides you with a Qualifying Law Degree, with a specialism in criminology.
Read a blog about a Law student's experience working for the Citizen's Advice Bureau.
- 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 to present reasoned and logical arguments.
- Study Law in Practice 1: Legal Communication, an interactive module designed to build your skills and confidence in legal communication, and understand how to apply law in practice and wider society.
- Core modules build on themes from year one, exploring how theories of crime can aid our understanding of the operations of criminal justice, as well as contemporary issues in crime, justice and punishment.
- Develop your legal knowledge and understanding.
- Recent examples of modules include Law of Property, European Union Law, Criminological Imagination and Contemporary Issues in Criminology.
- Choose from diverse module options in law and criminology.
- Carry out an independent research dissertation in an area that interests you.
- Gain work experience and apply for a placement on our pro bono scheme with the Citizens' Advice Bureau.
- Take at least three criminology options and 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 and Acquisitions, Tax Law 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:
- Passing stages 1 and 2 of the SQE. The first focuses on legal knowledge and the second on practical legal skills.
- Having a degree (in any subject) or equivalent qualification.
- Having a substantial period of work experience.
- 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:
- The requirement for a Qualifying Law Degree at 2:2 or better (or Graduate Diploma in Law).
- The need to pass a computer-based Bar Course Aptitude Test.
- Completion of the Bar Professional Training Course.
- 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:
You will attend three introduction sessions when you begin the course which is called the Law Induction.
Corporate Finance and Acquisitions
International Human Rights
Medical Law and Ethics
Law and Legal Research
Gender, Violence and Human Rights
Drug Use and Policy
Punishment and Imprisonment
Victims of Crime
Crime, Culture and the City
International Human Rights and Criminal Law
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
You will be qualified 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.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.