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Law with Criminology is a popular combination for anyone who wants to focus on law and also gain valuable insights into the causes and consequences of crime.

You'll study two criminology modules each year, with the rest of your course devoted to law. As an LLB degree this course meets all of the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

You'll learn how the law is made and administered, and its relationship with the broader social, political and cultural context in which it operates. For the criminology part of the course, you'll receive a solid introduction to the subject, including an understanding of the criminal justice system, which includes the police, courts and prison systems.

While much of the law course is compulsory, you'll be able to choose from a range of options modules in your third year to pursue areas that are of most interest to you.

What makes this course different

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80% Overall satisfaction

In the latest NSS for 2018 our students rated the course with more than 80% overall, where the teaching has been rated with 86%.

Great career and employment prospects

87% High employability

More than 87% our Law with Criminology students were in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/2017). You can study two fascinating and highly compatible subjects while still achieving a qualifying law degree.

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Superb facilities

You’ll be joining a cosmopolitan community of more than 1,000 law students at our ultra-modern base in University Square, Stratford, where you’ll benefit from fantastic facilities, including a chamber for moots and mock trials

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Professional qualifications

All of our law courses are qualifying law degrees – and you can obtain an additional diploma from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals as an extra benefit of studying at UEL.


This course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the law and its place in the criminal justice system. In your first two years you'll build firm foundations by studying the fundamentals of the law, taking modules that include the Legal System and Legal Methods, and Constitutional and Administrative Law.

As you progress into your second and final years, you'll study aspects of civil and criminal law, along with modules in Human Rights and European Union Law.
As a student on a two-subject degree you take professional skills modules to prepare you for employability, from essential skills to leadership.  You also take core modules from criminology in contemporary issues and policing, followed by a choice of options in your final year.
You'll be encouraged to 'learn by doing' by taking the chance to gain work experience and take an active role in student clubs and societies.


  • Core Modules

    Legal Communications

    To provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to construct legal arguments. To allow you to develop legal analysis and techniques necessary for the successful study of law.


    Introduction to Digital Sociology

    This module introduces you to Digital Sociology by exploring what it means to be a sociologist in the rapidly developing technological world. It will also introduce you to digital social research methods, asking what issues there are for social researchers in a digital society; what new material is available to social researchers; how social scientists can harness the new tools available to them and how they can navigate through this space in a secure, mindful and ethical way? 


    Crime, Justice and Surveillance

    This module introduces you to crime and surveillance from sociological and criminological perspectives and offers you theoretical and practical skills and experiences that prepare you for your journey as a criminologist. It considers how surveillance overlaps with many fields, including crime detection and prevention and the management of dangerous spaces and people.  It also offers an introduction to Cybercrime and you will be  asked to produce a public information leaflet that outlines the dangers of the internet. It includes a field trip to see a court in action as part of the teaching for coursework two.


    Globalisation and Society

    This module introduces you to key issues and debates about globalisation and society.  Knowledge of the complexities of globalisation is introduced through [a] topical readings [b] a guided tour of Parliament [c] a visit to the British Museum that you will prepare for and reflect on, using the key concepts of political economy. As well as the two core visits, the topics are presented and examined through lectures, seminars, workshops and film.

  • Core Modules

    Developing Skills for Justice (MW)

    This module will examine the structural factors, including poverty, racism and discrimination, underpinning our understanding of crime and social justice.  You will examine our responses to stress and develop practical mindfulness skills to deal with that stress, fully cognisant of their systemic origins, in order to empower us to resist and confront those systemic factors.  You will have the opportunity to develop a proposal for a crime and justice project (e.g., a youth engagement project or a digital campaign to reduce hate crime or knife crime). Some of these projects will be implemented in groups at Level 5.


    English Legal System

    There are two main aims of this module: one is to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. The second is to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of your legal analysis skills and techniques.


    Legal Skills

    The main aims of this module are twofold: to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. Also, to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of legal analysis skills and techniques.


    Contract Law

    Contract Law governs the legal relationship between buyers and sellers of goods and services. You will acquire an understanding of the general principles of the substantive English law of contract through an appreciation of extensive case law and modern legislation. A practical approach is adopted throughout so you will develop the knowledge and skills required to advise a client in a typical contract dispute.


    Public Law

    You will examine the core constitutional arrangements in the United Kingdom. You will explore the principles of constitutionalism and the role of the law in the regulation of government through an investigation of the structures of Government, the rule of law, the impact of Europe, the role of judicial review and human rights. You will also consider the relationship between citizens and the State with particular attention to constitutional reform.


    Contemporary Issues in Criminology

    You will develop positive notions of mutual respect by fostering a safe learning environment where you are encouraged to share your views on key political and criminological issues. You will develop listening skills and experience the power of having your voice heard. The module will provide you with a stimulating introduction to a selection of the issues of current concerns within the fields of criminology and criminal justice studies. The module also intends to introduce you to more general issues pertaining to the position and relevance of criminology in the 21st Century.

  • Core Modules

    Essential Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 1)

    This module builds on Developing Skills for Justice at Level 4.  In this module we will focus more on group work essential for success in the workplace. We will develop teamwork skills, group facilitation and active listening skills. Students will use these skills in groups to develop a project related to crime and justice that some students proposed at Level 4 (e.g., a youth engagement project or a digital campaign to reduce hate crime or knife crime).


    Introduction to Land Law

    This module is designed to introduce you to key principles in English land law. You will examine the legal relationship between individuals and land by looking at concepts of possession, ownership, enjoyment, use and control. You will have the opportunity to develop your analytical skills and the ability to think critically about problems related to land.


    Public Law II: Human Rights Proceedings

    This module aims to provide a substantial introduction to the concepts of human rights and equality and their relevance to domestic law. It will explore the theory of rights and an understanding of human rights following the incorporation of certain Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by the Human Rights Act 1998. You will undertake a detailed examination of the provisions of the 1998 Act and attendant case law of both the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights. 


    Tort Law

    This module aims to facilitate your acquisition of the common law principles and statutory provisions (as well as policy considerations) forming the Law of Tort. It also aims to develop your critical perspective on the areas of Tort Law forming the syllabus, together with your critical understanding of the role of policy in the Law of Tort.


    Equity and Trusts

    This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles and remedies of Equity and the law of trusts. It aims to consolidate skills of legal reasoning, in particular, to offer supervised practice in case analysis and problem solving. It encourages you to reflect upon the continued evolution of the law of Equity and trusts.


    Policing and Society: Critical Perspectives

    The module assists students to develop engagement with ideas beyond police investigation and operations by considering the wider social context of contemporary policing. Recent developments and current debates on police and policing are explored in relation to the demands created by modern diverse communities, seeking to help students develop independent thinking on the social consent given to the police role in dealing with crime as part of a criminal justice system.

  • Optional Modules

    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

  • Core Modules

    Leadership Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 2)

    This module provides you with the opportunity to build on Developing Skills for Justice and Essential Skills for Justice at Levels 4 and 5. You will develop core employability skills and acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative at interviews. You will develop and demonstrate skills in (i) the analysis of a problem (ii) planning and organising a task/project, including time management (iii) exercising judgement in the light of observed and published data (iv) compiling a report, (v) teamwork and collaboration and (vi) use of appropriate technologies.


    Criminal Law

    This module introduces you to the general principles of criminal law and the essential elements of criminal liability in England & Wales. You will learn how to work with criminal rules through the study of some key offence and defence definitions. You will also acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the criminal law and to evaluate its scope. You will be required to take criminal law as core at level 6 if you are taking a two subject law degree e.g. LLB Law with Criminology.


    European Union Law

    You will acquire an in-depth understanding of how European Union law has developed through the unique procedures of the key institutions and the role of the European Court of Justice. You will also explore the substantive law of the EU through an analysis of the free movement of goods.


Teaching methods vary throughout the course - and you'll find this variety to be stimulating and challenging. You'll learn by lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and individual supervision, supported by digital materials, notes and handbooks. For some of the law elements you'll have the chance to learn through moots and mock trials in our own chambers.

University is more demanding than school or college, so you'll need to be motivated to earn your degree by doing a lot of independent study outside of the formal teaching times.

Our lecturers have strong links with government, industry and the wider academic community, so you'll have lots of opportunities to learn outside of the lecture theatre and seminar room.

If you play an active role throughout the course, joining in with debates and attending guest talks, conferences and events, you'll enhance your learning and find that the more you put in, the more you get out.

You'll be encouraged to volunteer or do work experience to broaden your horizons and learn in ways that academic study alone can't give you. Many law students volunteer at our acclaimed community Legal Advice Centre, working alongside solicitors to give advice to local residents on real legal problems.


We'll assess you with a 50-50 mix of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, a reflective diary, oral presentations, practical exercises and answering hypothetical problem questions.

Assessment is designed to enable us to see how you manage in a variety of situations that reflect the real world of work rather than simply focusing on traditional unseen exams. Throughout the course you'll be given plenty of feedback to help you improve.


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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Anil Balan

As programme leader for LLB (Hons) Law, Anil is responsible for overseeing the academic quality and development of the LLB degree.

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Siraj Sait

Professor Siraj Sait is a professor and Director of Research at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law

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Elizabeth Stokes

Elizabeth Stokes is a senior lecturer in Law in the Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

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Catherine Hobby

Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in Law (Human Rights and Workplace Conflict) and co-director of the Mediation Hub at the University of East London.

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Dr Annalisa Meloni

Dr Annalisa Meloni is a senior lecturer in law at UEL with over 12 years of experience in research and teaching both within and outside academia.

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Dr Iwa Salami

Dr Iwa Salami is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Law at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

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Dr Aaron Winter

Dr Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

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Ian Joseph

Ian has over 25 years applied policy research experience comprising a mix of grounded practice-based teaching and policy-related scholarship.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

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By studying Law with Criminology, you'll gain skills and knowledge that are in high demand from employers in a variety of fields. 

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful careers as solicitors after completing their legal studies through the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and obtaining a training contract with a law firm.

Others become barristers, going on to take the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and then obtaining Pupillage in barristers' chambers. This can lead to a tenancy as a self-employed barrister, or you can practise as an employed barrister.

Some students use their legal knowledge and the other skills and qualities they develop at UEL to pursue other related careers. Communication skills, such as writing, speaking and presenting, and the ability to analyse and evaluate information are just the thing many employers are looking for.
Other career options include:

  • General management roles in the private or voluntary sectors, e.g. in finance, insurance, media or education
  • The criminal justice system, e.g. police, prison or probation officer
  • Public administration, e.g. in local government housing, planning or legal departments
  • Paralegal or legal executives work in a variety of sectors.
  • Some students go on to postgraduate study or enter other fields, such as teaching or journalism.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.