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LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

Course overview

Start date

September 2017

Subject area

Business and Law





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Course summary

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.

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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.

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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Entry requirements


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A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 26 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL Introduction to Law and Criminology short course 

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

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

The Legal System and Legal Methods (core)

Constitutional and Administrative Law (core)

Contract Law (core)

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)
Land Law (core)

Tort Law (core)

Human Rights (core)

Applied Criminology and Professional Practice (optional)

Theoretical Criminology (optional)

Crime Deviance and Social History (optional)
European Union Law (core)

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.

Course Specification

How you'll learn

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.

Your future career

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 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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