LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
Business and Law
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 one criminology module each year, with the rest of your course devoted to law. After graduating, you’ll be exempt from the academic stage of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister.
You’ll learn how 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 ten criminology modules in your second and third years to pursue areas that are of most interest to you.
You’ll be taught by leading academics. Professor Chandra Sriram founded and directed the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. She has researched and published widely in the areas of international law, international relations, human rights, rule of law, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace building, international criminal law and post-atrocity justice.
of research is internationally recognised
In the latest Research Excellence Framework, our law an criminology academics were rated highly, demonstrating the depth and breadth of expertise in the department.
A perfect combination
You can study two fascinating and highly compatible subjects while still achieving a qualifying law degree.
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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What you'll learn
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.
Following a first-year Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice module, you’ll then be able to choose what module to study in each of your second and third years for the criminology component.
Your choices include: Theoretical Criminology; Crime, Deviance and Social History; Race/Ethnicity, Crime and Justice; and Youth Crime and Sub-Culture.
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.
What you'll study and when
Constitutional and Administrative Law (core)
Contract Law (core)
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)
Tort Law (core)
Human Rights (core)
Applied Criminology and Professional Practice (optional)
Theoretical Criminology (optional)
Crime Deviance and Social History (optional)
Criminal Law (core)
Equity and Trusts (core)
Football Hooliganism (optional)
Global Illicit Drug Markets (optional)
Mentally Disordered Suspects Defendants and Offenders (optional)
Psychological Criminology (optional)
Race/Ethnicity Crime and Justice (optional)
Terrorism Studies (optional)
Youth Crime and Subculture (optional)
How you'll be assessed
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.
How you'll learn
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.
Your future career
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 executive work in a variety of sectors.
Some students go on to postgraduate study or enter other fields, such as teaching or journalism.
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