LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

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Lancashire Law School’s LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology programme can provide you with the opportunity to obtain a qualifying law degree meaning you can progress on to become a solicitor or barrister, whilst also gaining an awareness of current issues in criminology. Studying these complementary subjects side by side will enrich your learning and knowledge in ways that support your progression into legal professions. 

The course covers all the law modules required for a qualifying law degree as well as considering both the nature of crime and criminality as well as society’s response to it. The academic study of the nature of crime and how it is managed goes hand in hand with the study of law, but can also support you if you wish to enter criminological careers such as the probation service or policing. 

On this programme you will learn about foundational law subjects that provide your degree with validations from respected external bodies, whilst also studying ground-breaking research topics such war crimes and gender in prisons from our leading academics. With our broad and insightful syllabus you will graduate with a practical grounding in how the law operates and how legal practices work. Successfully completing the course will ready you to proceed into the next stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor. 

Along with foundational compulsory modules you will also have the ability to choose from a broad range of fascinating option modules that align with your interests and professional aspirations meaning you can get the exact law degree you want. 

One of the greatest benefits of studying at Lancashire Law School is the suite of practical extra-curricular activities on offer to you. As a thriving legal hub there are many opportunities for you to gain practical legal experience whilst completing your degree. Our Pro Bono Clinic, Business Law Clinic, and Mediation Clinic provide you with the experience of volunteering and experiencing the practice of law first-hand with real cases. Oversight from our experienced staff can provide a hands-on education that will bolster your CV. National and international competitions give you the ability to compete, build your skills under mentorship from academics and raise your profile in specialist legal areas such as mooting, arbitration and negotiation.

Other opportunities such as career talks, a mentoring programme, employability masterclasses, the CJAM Law Pitch (careers fair), drop-in career clinic and legal conferences are all on offer to you as a member of the Lancashire Law School. These opportunities are here to give you the broadest and richest possible insight into the study and practice of law. Taking part in these activities means you will graduate not only with a qualifying law degree necessary to proceed on to become a solicitor or barrister, but also broad transferable skills and a strong CV – giving you a competitive edge in the graduate career marketplace. 

Employability runs at the heart of our degrees with employment support on offer to you from the first day of your degree to your last, and beyond once you enter the world of work. A skills spine runs through the entirety of your programme to ensure that you obtain key transferable and employability skills. You will also have a vibrant international flavour to lectures due to discussion from a variety of student personalities – fellow students in your classes may well have come from other countries to study our LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology programme. Seminar support and regular catch-ups with your dedicated personal tutor will ease you into university-level study – we will give you all the support you need to become a highly employable, knowledgeable legal professional.

Lancashire Law School has strong links with the legal profession and with a range of other professional employers and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges. This ensures that the skills that you develop are directly relevant to those required by employers. Preston is the second largest city in the UK for conducting trials, second only to London. Examples include the Cregan, Bulger, and Shipman trials. Our links with the courts can provide you access to visit and go behind the scenes to support your learning and graduate employment.  

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include lectures, workshops, moots, flipped classroom, discussion forums, field trips, solo and group debates, guest lectures, problem-based learning, case-study analysis, experiential learning, role plays, hypotheses, interactive technologies, research exercises, and structured work experience. You will have more structured class contact in year one of your law programme to support your transition to Higher Education. 

The study of complementary disciplines of law and criminology can give a deep and impactful awareness of the legal system. This programme is well suited if you wish to enter a legal role with a broad knowledge of how law is conducted and applied. Through our broad and insightful syllabus, enriching professional experience opportunities, and devoted employability support we are dedicated to providing you with a rich and strong law degree that readies you for a successful future career.  

Course Information:

This programme is available for study on a full-time or part-time basis at the UCLan Preston campus – home of Lancashire Law School.

Students study twelve modules split over the three years of the programme. In the first year a foundation of legal and criminological knowledge is established with the compulsory modules: Contract Law, Legal Method, Crime and Justice in Society, and Key Approaches in Criminology.

In the second year this foundation is built upon with the student choosing two or three law modules from a broad range on offer that include: Consumer and Commercial Law, Criminal Justice Practice and Procedure, Employment Law, EU Single Market Law, Family Law, Human Rights, International Criminal Law, Public International Law, Research Methods, Tort Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Elements of Criminal Law. One or two criminology modules are also chosen from the following list: Theory and Research Methods in Criminology, Understanding Policing and Society, Perspectives on Prison and Society and Youth Justice.  

Finally in the third year of programme students choose two, three or four law modules: Dispute Resolution, Company and Corporate Law, Dissertation, Equity and Trusts in Life and Death, Jurisprudence, Law for Entrepreneurs, Medicine and the Law, Policing, Private International Law, Sex and Violence, Transnational Commercial Law, Professionalism and Work Based Learning, and Elements of Land Law. One, two or no criminology modules are also chosen: Cybercrime; Crimes of the Powerful; Dissertation; Diversities, Discrimination and Justice in the UK; Gendered Violence, Crime and Justice; and Trafficking in Vulnerable Persons.  

For full details about our current fees please see our website

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE: with 106 - 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects.
IELTS: grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent

The course is validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that it is a qualifying law degree. Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

After successfully completing our combined LLB (Hons), you can go on to the next stage of legal training required to become a solicitor, such as our LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC), or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course). The programme is also an excellent starting point if you are thinking of a career with a specific criminological interest, such as the probation service, social work, youth and community work, the police, prison and immigration services.

Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts. Our graduates are attractive to a range of employers – solicitors, barristers, company legal advisers, football clubs, insurance companies, HR departments, teachers, criminal justice system, courts, probation service, police officers. Lancashire Law School graduates are much sought after in the workplace.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

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