Law with Criminology LLB, 3-4 years

Start date:

2021
2022

Course information

Typical offer AAB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code ML26

International fee £16,825

Institute code L34

Taught by Leicester Law School

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Law and criminology are inextricably linked. This degree gives you a solid grounding in law, as well as an understanding of criminology: the basis for criminalising behaviour, penal theory, the nature of crime, its causes, prevention, and management. This is a joint honours course in which more than half of your modules are in the foundation subjects of law, plus some law options, with criminology modules accounting for the remainder.

Course description

Course description

Applications for 2021 are now closed. You can apply for 2022 entry via UCAS now.

Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers in criminal justice, whether as a legal professional or public servant focused on criminal justice or supporting prosecution, defence, rehabilitation or law and penal reform. You’ll benefit from dual perspectives; working with experts in both legal and criminology disciplines.

You will develop skills in legal and academic reasoning and research, and an appreciation of social policy and the principles of justice, underlying the fundamental principles of law and the criminal justice system. You will study modules from both Leicester Law School and the School of Criminology wwhich examine the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and wider society in addition to the essential foundations required for an LLB degree. You will also explore the factors that underscore processes of law-making, law-breaking and law enforcement. Leicester is ranked #2 in the country for teaching criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021), and you'll benefit from our expertise at every step.

You can broaden your perspective with a year studying overseas, or make a difference by giving free legal advice to real clients through our Pro-Bono group. We will also encourage you to build practical skills through our award-winning extracurricular activities.

Law and Criminology are inseparable. Each discipline informs the other - changes in law inevitably lead to criminologists adapting their understanding, and vice versa. This course is ideal if you are interested in criminal law and want to broaden your knowledge to include what goes on outside the courtroom, in prison and working on offender behaviour.

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?

By combining the study of Law with Criminology you can complement and contextualise your Law studies for a broader and deeper understanding of your subject. Optional modules in law and criminology allow you to examine criminology issues in more detail, develop higher level legal skills or diversify to explore contrasting or complementary areas of law.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide additional information which we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

  • A-levels: AAB. General Studies accepted 
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB + EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: English language at Grade C/4 or above 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 33 points. Plus grade 4 in SL English if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D with a strong GCSE background 

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry is not permitted.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 including 6.0 in writing (or equivalent). If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

  • £16,825 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,206.25, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

If you are a resident of Canada or have Canadian nationality, you may be eligible for a scholarship.

If you are a resident of Malaysia or have Malaysian nationality, you may be eligible for a scholarship.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Whether you're looking for a career in law or are not yet sure where your degree will take you, our dedicated team of Careers Tutors are here to help. With a huge array opportunities to take part in, you'll discover the range of paths available and find the one that's right for you. Along, the way, you'll develop a portfolio of professional skills and also learn what employers are looking for in applications and job interviews. 

Some of the careers initiatives within the School include:

  • Pro bono projects: Our student-led Pro Bono Group offers hundreds of volunteer roles across an extensive range of projects. Advise real clients in our Legal Advice Clinic or at the courts in Leicester, managing your own case load. Help a local or global community or be part of something really different and carry out research to support vulnerable people on death row in the USA – we’re one of only two universities doing this. As the projects are student-managed and supported by professionals and experts, you could even be the next leader of a new project.
  • Legal competitions: The Leicester University Law Society organise mooting, debating, client interviewing, negotiation and mediation competitions for you to develop key transferable skills. For aspiring barristers, we have a brand-new dedicated moot court room and grand debating chamber, in which you can compete in national and international mooting competitions.
  • Guaranteed Entry Scheme for progression to the professional training courses for solicitors with the University of Law and a programme of support for the bar course interview from the University of Law and other leading providers of the bar course.
  • Networking events: With strong links to local, regional and national law firms, we'll help you to get your foot in the door. Make connections at our annual law fair which attracts over 40 top law firms (including magic circle firms) and through our meet-and-greet sessions with successful graduates.
  • Workshops: Applying for jobs is a skill in itself and we’ll help you to succeed with tailored workshops on CV-writing, applications, psychometric tests, interviews and assessment centre techniques.
  • Vacancy alerts and weekly newsletters to help you find vacation placements, work experience and a job after graduation.
  • Commercial awareness programme run by the Leicester University Law Society ensuring you know what employers and clients really need from you.
  • Practice-focused assessments: We’ll teach you how to draft a letter to a client in your first year – an essential skill for any solicitor. You can take this further in practice-based optional modules.

Our courses satisfy the entry requirements for the professional courses to prepare you to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales and permit exemptions from the legal executive qualification. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Leicester Law School LLB degrees are recognised by the Legal Practice Qualifications Board of Malaysia and are qualifying degrees for Canada.

For more information about professional qualification, consult:

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Law degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Magistrates Court Service
  • Unlocked (Prison Service)
  • NACRO (offenders)
  • DLA Piper
  • Freeths LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Home Office
  • Shakespeare Martineau LLP
  • Rolls-Royce 

After graduating from Leicester Law School, Michael went on to work at Slaughter & May, a member of the prestigious Magic Circle of law firms.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will study the fundamentals of the legal system and criminology and consider the relationship between the two.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You will continue your legal education by studying the three major areas of Criminal Law, European Law and the Law of Tort.

You will build upon your first year of criminology by studying the practical matters of punishment and rehabilitation.

Core modules

Option modules

  • Either EU Law (double module)
  • or EU Law (single module) and one of the Criminology option modules listed below

Criminology option modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Optional year abroad

Optional year abroad

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Study Abroad Unit.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The Leicester Law School has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Australia

Other countries

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final year

Final year

During your final year you will have the opportunity to explore the areas of law and criminology that most fascinate you. The three core modules will ensure that you cover the essential topics, but you will be able to choose the remaining modules according to your interests. The option modules reflect our academics' areas of expertise and are all designed to bridge the space between the two disciplines.

Core modules

Option modules

If you took the double EU Law module in Year 2

  • No law modules and 4 Criminology modules
  • 1 module from Law list A and 2 Criminology modules
  • 1 from Law list B and 3 Criminology modules
  • 2 from Law list B and 2 Criminology modules

If you took the single EU Law module in Year 2

  • 1 module from Law list A and 2 Criminology modules
  • 1 from Law list B and 3 Criminology modules
  • 2 from Law list B and 2 Criminology modules

Law option modules list A (double modules)

Law option modules list B (single modules)

Criminology option modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Law at Leicester

Always accessible and willing to help, Lucie’s tutors were a valuable part of her degree.

Job prospects are excellent: 95% of our law students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Gain practical skills through our Pro Bono Society, which offers hundreds of volunteer roles across an extensive range of projects. Working alongside legal professionals, you can advise real clients and support the local community. The projects support local and global communities, including investigations of miscarriage of justice in the UK and for prisoners on death row in the USA. The society was awarded Best Volunteering Project of the year by the students union in 2020.

You won't just be sitting in lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Our brand new Crime Scene Room, Police Interview Room and Court Room bring a practical aspect to the course.

The Scarman Series of criminology lectures is a chance to hear from major names in law, policing and politics. Previous speakers have included Keir Starmer, Shami Chakrabarti and David Lammy.

Teaching and learning

Law

Teaching is delivered in two main styles: lectures and small group tutorials. With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours each week.

Lectures provide you with the framework for each subject, whereas your tutorials are an opportunity for you to engage with the subjects in more depth. Tutorials test your understanding by planning how to advice a client or critically discussing pre-set problems amongst a group of students led by a member of academic staff. In a small group of around only eight to twelve students, you can really have your opinion heard and ask questions to make sure you've fully understood the topic. Through this personalised experience, you'll receive more individual support with your learning, as well as learn how to confidently articulate your arguments. Some optional modules include seminar-style teaching with larger groups of around 15 students, particularly where group work helps replicate the experience of working in teams.

We use web-based and electronic course materials to supplement traditional teaching methods and support student learning. There is easy access to computers in the David Wilson Library next to the Law School and quiet study space in the historic Harry Peach Law Library. You will be able to access information about your courses and tutorials electronically.

Assessment methods include assessed essays/coursework, exams and multiple choice question papers. Professional legal writing - for example, writing a letter of advice or opinion addressed to a client or a briefing for a supervising solicitor or pupil-master - is also built into our curriculum. You will start developing these practical skills from your very first year with us.

Criminology

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supported by materials available on our virtual learning environment. During lectures, you will learn the foundational knowledge of each subject area before attending a seminar where you can explore the subject in more depth through discussion of key ideas with other students.

By accessing the virtual learning environment, you will learn interactively and at your own pace through podcasts, webinars, online discussion forums and audio/visual learning aids. We believe that by giving you the opportunity to be taught by us in a variety of ways, your learning experience and engagement with the subject will be enhanced.

You will be taught by an award-winning teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of workshops under the supervision of the module leader. Our team of staff are on-hand to help you with any problems you might have, whether it be through a meeting with your personal tutor about a personal matter, or a drop in session with a member of teaching staff about an academic concern.

We believe in the importance of developing transferable skills while you study with us and our assessment methods are designed to reflect this. You will be assessed mainly through exams, essays, reports and presentations, but you will also have the opportunity to engage in creative forms of assessment such as factsheets, blogs and briefing papers.

Independent learning

Outside of your teaching, you continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, preparing for tutorials, working on individual and group assignments, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Leicester Law School is made up of a vibrant international community of academics, many with leading reputations in their field. We have expertise in a broad range of areas across the legal spectrum, which offers you access to a wide variety of optional modules. We strongly believe in research-led teaching, which allows our modules to draw on the latest thinking and cutting-edge developments. You can learn more about our supportive community of experts and professionals by visiting our staff profiles.

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