LLB Law and Criminology
- UCAS Code: ML26
- Duration: 3 years
- Typical UK entry requirements: AAA / AAB
- Interview required? No
- Qualifying Law degree? Yes
- Optional modules? Yes
LLB Law and Criminology
This joint honours degree incorporates modules from the School of Law and the Department of Criminology. Criminology examines the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and wider society, exploring the factors that underscore processes of law making, law breaking and law enforcement.
Topics that are typically explored in criminology include – what is the nature of criminal behaviour? Why do individuals commit crime? How and why do definitions of crime change over time and between societies? How should society deal with criminal activity? As such, Criminology can complement and contextualise your Law studies.
In your first year you will study the fundamentals of the legal system and criminology and develop your legal skills. In your second and final years, you will build upon your knowledge by studying a number of core modules, as well as pursuing your own interests from our range of optional modules.
Optional Criminology modules
- Advanced Policing
- Drugs, Crime and Society
- Youth Crime
- Working in Criminal Justice
- Crime and the Media
- Hate Crime
- Cultures of Crime
- Forensic Science
- Crime, Law and Justice
This list is provided as a guide to the type of modules available, and is dependent upon availability of staff in the Criminology department.
During your degree, you will develop:
- Knowledge and understanding of Law and Criminology
- An appreciation of the social and policy issues underlying the law
- Skills in legal and academic reasoning (including logical analysis and problem solving)
- Skills in legal and academic research
- Transferable skills, particularly in oral and written communication, independent learning and information handling
Teaching and Assessment
- Large group lectures
- Small tutorials (7–8 students)
- 11 hours of teaching time per week (approximately)
- 20 hours of self-study time (approximately)
- Assessment by essay and/or exam
As well as a career in law, specific career opportunities for those with this degree could include roles in social work, probation, youth and community justice, the police or prison services, criminal justice agencies or welfare rights. A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.
This programme is a qualifying law degree and so will prepare you for the next step towards becoming a legal professional. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales after graduation you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) along with a training contract as a trainee solicitor or pupillage as a trainee barrister. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Information for Canadian applicants.
The School of Law, together with the student Law Societies and the University's Career Development Service, provide comprehensive careers support to all students (whether they wish to pursue a traditional legal career or not) – helping with career choice, applications, interviews and providing information on employment and internship opportunities.