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LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

Overview

Partners in crime

If you’re interested in criminal justice policy, litigation and the place of crime in society - and you want to study at the No.1 university in London for student experience and teaching quality in Law (Sunday Times League Table 2017) - this is for you. LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology is a major/minor combination, weighted towards law, so you’ll train for a professional qualification in law with criminology as your minor  subject.

We’ll equip you with an iPad or tablet, complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000. You’ll also enjoy superb work experience opportunities. Volunteer at the Lambeth County Court Help Desk, with local law firms, or be a Legal Adviser at LSBU’s free drop-in Legal Advice Clinic.

We’re the only university in London to offer an alternative route into the law. Complete the necessary Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) modules on the LLB and you’ll be eligible to become a graduate member of the CILEx.

Why Law at LSBU?

Happy students: No.1 UK wide for Satisfied overall with the course in Law (Guardian League Table, 2018) with an energetic Student Law Society that arranges talks, visits and competitions.
No. 1 amongst London competitors for learning resources in Law (National Student Survey 2018).
Expert academics – our teachers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for law.
Outstanding facilities – we'll equip you with an iPad or tablet, complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000.
Work experience - you could volunteer at the Lambeth County Court Help Desk, with local law firms, or be a Legal Adviser at LSBU's free drop-in Legal Advice Clinic.
Alternative route – we’re the only university in London to offer qualification as a legal executive via the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) modules on the LLB. Complete the necessary options and you’ll be eligible to become a graduate member of the CILEx.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Year 1

  • Legal skills, legal study and legal system
    You'll be introduced to aspects of the English Legal System, and practical, transferable and legal skills and legal theory essential to effective engagement with their legal studies. You'll be introduced to the theories of what law is and what are its sources, the court system, EU and International law, and the personnel involved in the administration of the law.
    You'll encounter and develop a range of skills, including study skills, deriving law from primary sources and explaining, discussing and applying it, research, using secondary sources, problem solving, essay writing, communication and IT skills, numerical skills, and reflective learning. 
  • Introduction to contract and tort
    This module is designed as your introduction to the areas of Tort and Contract Law. You'll be introduced to the basic concepts of contractual and tortious liability. In terms of substantive coverage, Contract Law will focus on formation of contract and Tort will focus on Trespass to the Person and how this aims to ensure protection of liberty, autonomy and personal integrity. The module seeks to explore the workings of these areas of law with exploration of the underlying legal, social and economic policies. In addition this module is designed to reinforce the Legal Skills, Legal Study and Legal System module.
  • Deconstructing the crime problem
    What is crime? How and to what extent is the crime problem dispersed throughout contemporary society? What do we know about current levels of crime in the UK and how do these compare historically? These are some of the key questions addressed in this module which aims to introduce students to the basic anatomy of the crime problem. In addition to addressing specific questions concerning trends in different types of crime and social distribution of crime across society, its main aim is to encourage students to think about these issues in terms of broader social trends and relations.
  • Contract law
    This module is designed to build on the Introduction to Tort and Contract Module and introduces you to the basic concepts of contractual liability arising in the context of contract content, vitiating factors and discharge of a contract. You'll explore the workings of these areas of contract by considering the underlying legal, social and economic policies. In addition this module is also designed to reinforce the Legal Skills, Legal Study and Legal System module..
  • Law of torts
    This module builds on the Introduction to Tort and Contract Module and introduces you to the basic concepts of tortious liability in the context of negligence and torts derived from negligence. The module seeks to explore the workings of these areas of torts with exploration of the underlying legal, social and economic policies. In addition this module is also designed to reinforce the Legal Skills, Legal Study and Legal System module..
  • Understanding Crime: Criminology theory in context
    In this module students will learn about the key underlying theories that shape criminology and how society thinks about crime.  We will examine the conceptual and practical differences between these schools and show how their differences have resulted in very different definitions of crime, types of research and governmental policy. We will also see how these different theories have shaped the criminal justice system of different societies. We will do all this within the broad historical context of the development of criminology.

Year 2

  • Foundations of public law
    You'll study the fundamental laws, practices and principles of Public law which define and influence the relationship between the individual and the state as characterised by various governmental institutions in the UK. Detailed consideration is given to the fundamental mechanisms by which human rights are protected and government is subject to legal and political accountability. Various skills are developed including those of analysis, critical evaluation and problem solving.
  • Criminal law 1
    You'll be introduced to the basic principles of criminal liability, and will explore statutory and common law sources on which the law is based. The module is assessed by a part seen examination paper (100% - 2 hour examination + 15 minutes reading time - 50% for unseen questions and 50% for a seen question which will be made available to students a week prior to the examination).
  • Youth, crime and delinquency  
    This module provides an overview of the development of youth crime as a specific area of criminological inquiry and a distinct jurisdiction within the criminal justice system. The Module considers the development of ‘delinquency’ as a specific field of intervention and investigation. It gives particular attention to the evolution of youth justice policies and examines current literature in relation to the strengths and limitations of the contemporary youth justice system.
  • Public and EU law
    The purpose of this module is to develop further students’ understandings of the nature of constitutional arrangements in the UK with a focus on sovereignty especially in relation to membership of the EU. The aims of this course are as follows: To provide students with a good grounding in the institutions of governments in the UK and the underlying principles upon which they are based; To provide students with a grounding in the institutions and principles of governance in the EU; To link the above mentioned through an exploration of the dilemmas of sovereignty and the continuing need for the supremacy of governmental institutions drawing upon selected historical, social and constitutional developments to highlight such issues.
  • Property, equity and trusts 1
    This module introduces you property law (including Land law) and Equity and Trusts.  You'll study some basic property law topics, focusing upon the creation, transfer and management of property interests.  Key legal, transferable and practical skills are developed.   At the same time, the module explores the economic and social basis of property law in business and the family, and the reasons for and policies behind the law.  Assessment is by means of a part seen examination.  The module also gives preparation for the further study of Property Equity and Trusts 2 and Land Law. 
  • Penal theory, policy and practice
    This module examines penal theory and practice in a theoretical, comparative and historical way, and engages critically with the theoretical justifications and policy proposals for punishment. The module presents the juridical perspectives and rationales of punishment, historical and sociological explanations of punishment. The course also reflects on the race, class and gender bias in the penal system and critically discusses the concept of ‘crisis’ of the penal system as well as the issue of the privatisation of punishment.

Year 3

  • EU rights
    Law of the European Union reflects the importance of EU law in the English Legal system. It is important to the management of the UK economy and relevant to the financial practitioners in the City. Business leader's decisions are influenced by EU competition law. It is important to migrants and practitioners of immigration law, to consumers and trading standards officials, to all employees through employment law and to all of us in relation to the environment.
    The module is assessed by an unseen examination paper (100% - 2 hours plus 15 mins reading time).
  • Property, equity and trusts 2
    You'll build on the Property Equity and Trusts 1 module, in particular its introduction to Equity and Trusts, to fulfil the study of these topics required by the legal professional bodies as a foundation subject of a qualifying law degree.  You'll examine the trust and equity in action by considering the powers and duties of trustees, and the control exercised by the courts over them at the behest of beneficiaries (or in the case of charity trustees, the Attorney-General and the Charity Commissioners).  Special attention is given to the role of trustees in the management of charities and co-owned land among numerous other examples of the role played by trustees in business life, such as in pension funds, investments, and as personal representatives. The module is assessed by a part seen end of term examination paper (100% -  2 hour examination + 15 minutes reading time).
  • Gender, crime and justice
    The relationship between men, masculinity and crime; and women, femininity and crime has assumed increasing visibility and political significance within both criminology and the public arena. An understanding of both masculinities and femininities is central to this module. Drawing on feminist perspectives in criminological theory as well as more mainstream theoretical accounts, this module evaluates the evidence, which indicates that patterns of offending, victimisation and the workings of the main criminal justice agencies are gendered. The module also transgresses traditional debates in this area by considering a human rights perspective for the study of gender and crime.
  • Criminal law 2 and the law of criminal evidence
    In this module you'll build upon the basic principles of criminal liability studied in Criminal Law 1 and examine how the rules of Evidence apply while considering some more complex areas of the Criminal law. The module is assessed by a trial Observation (50% - 2,500 words maximum) for Criminal Evidence, and, an unseen examination paper (50%  - 1 hour + 15 minutes reading time) for Criminal Law 2.
  • Land law
    Land law is a study of relationships. You'll study the relationship between the land and the rights which can exist in or over it, the relationship between the various persons who own an estate or interest over the land or want to defeat the competing interests in or over the land. You'll look at the rights and duties of each party to that relationship, how these relationships co-exit and what happens when the relationships come into conflict. Land Law governs the relative priorities enjoyed by two or more interests concerning the same piece of land. Land Law creates clear rules and formalities as to how the owner of an interest in land can acquire, transfer or extinguish that interest in land. You'll study the interests over land which Land Law is prepared to recognise and how these interests must be protected to ensure enforceability against third parties. The module is assessed by a part seen end of term examination paper (100% -  2 hour examination + 15 minutes reading time).
  • Law combined project
    You'll be given an opportunity to carry out extended, independent, research in an area of your choice relating to substantive English law. Normally, you'll not be allowed to choose a topic that has been taught in detail on the degree. There are three pieces of assessed work, which count towards the final project mark. A project supervisor is allocated to you once you've selected a project area.

Employability

With a qualifying law degree, you can go on to apply to the Legal Practice course or Bar Professional Training course, in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. You could also apply your degree to other careers that value analytical and persuasive skills.

A law degree offers a variety of career choice in one of the most well-paid and socially important sectors. The type of career on offer can depend on the kind of law firm you want to work for, and possibly the area of law you specialise in. And options are not confined to the legal services sector either, due to the range of transferable skills gained from the course.

DAC employability partnership

DAC Beachcroft partnered with LSBU to create an employability programme which aims to help increase diversity within the firm. This project came about due to Nick Young's (regional partner at DAC Beachcroft) strong affiliation to LSBU as an alumnus of the university.

Nick Young is an alumnus here at LSBU, and created this employability programme to help increase diversity within his firm, DAC Beachcroft, where he's a regional partner.

DAC Beachcroft are supporting the development of law students at LSBU with employability skills through training and preparation for a training contract, and the steps involved before securing a contract.

Law student editorial magazine

In addition to these programmes, students will have the opportunity to be contributors and editors in the annual law students magazine, The Devil's Advocate.

Please click and zoom to read the articles in full detail.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

Placements and volunteering are at the heart of our approach. As well as adding value to your CV by giving you the practical skills employers are looking for, they make you a better student.

In your time with us you can enjoy opportunities at:

LSBU Legal Advice Clinic

This free drop-in service is open to the public and staffed by our law students, supervised by practising solicitors. Students receive specialist training, supervised sessions in undertaking research and give legal advice on live issues such as Social Welfare Law as well as Employment Law.

Future lawyers project

Our Future Lawyers Project with the South London Law Society provides students with placements in local law firms in order to complete the Working in the Law module. You'll have the opportunity to shadow solicitors and where appropriate carry out tasks in placements with South London firms such as: Powell & Co, Anthony Gold Solicitors, Hanne & Co, Fisher Meredith and Deighton Pierce Glynn.

Lambeth County Court Helpdesk

This free drop-in service is open to the public and staffed by our law students, supervised by practising solicitors. Students receive specialist training, supervised sessions in undertaking research and give legal advice on live issues such as Social Welfare Law as well as Employment Law.

London Law Careers Fair

We are part of the London Law Careers Fair, giving our students priority booking for the annual national law fair held at the Law Society. It is an opportunity to meet future employers and ask about training and employment opportunities. This is an important initiative in which students hear from top practitioners, including Judges, solicitors, barristers and legal executives in break-out sessions designed to address topics of current interest.

The London Borough of Southwark

We’ve set up a placement programme in conjunction with Southwark Council. Complete a placement during the academic year and enter a competition at the end of the year for a full two week placement during the summer holidays.

South London Law Centres

Southwark Law Centre, Blackfriars, Cambridge House and the Afro Asian Advisory Service provide work placements so you can gain an insight into the workings of a law centre and the public advice sector in areas such as Employment Law, Housing Law and Immigration law.

Taught by qualified lawyers

Visiting Professors and Fellows are leading lawyers who support us by teaching on our courses and giving lectures to students and local practitioners. Examples include Imran Khan, QC, Joel Bennathan QC and Sir Geoffrey Bindman.

Teaching and learning

No.1 UK wide for Satisfied overall with the course in Law

Guardian League Table, 2018

Law Mentoring at LSBU

Law students are invited to take part in a Law mentoring scheme as both a mentor or mentee. This programme gives mentors experience in supporting and leading, whilst mentees benefit from their guidance.

Free tablet and core e-books

We provide you with a free iPad or tablet including core e-books plus you'll also receive some hard copies of books. You'll also gain access to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) to benefit from weekly online teaching support. This includes quizzes with instant feedback and audio presentations which summarise the lectures. This is in addition to face-to-face teaching at lectures and seminars.

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person during office hours.

Staff

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level ABB or:
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or:
  • Access to HE Diploma with 33D 3M 9P or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Work experience in a Law firm prior to enrolment is not required. However if you can secure any, it will provide a good entry point and start your self-development connected to Law.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
M1M9
Application method

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Preparatory Reading List

Law

We would not want students to buy course texts until they have seen tutors and been advised. Instead they could usefully read an introduction to studying law, e.g. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams, Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas McBride or Studying Law by Askey and McLeod.

Criminology

  • M. Maguire, R. Morgan and R. Reiner (2012) (5th edn) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • S. Walklate (2003) (2nd edn) Understanding Criminology: Current theoretical debates. Buckingham: Open University Press.
  • R. Lippens (2009) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Criminology. London: Sage
  • J. Muncie and E. McLaughin (2001) The Problem of Crime. Sage/Open University: London.

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Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time

Year1FTSouthwarkSEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 3522Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £41340

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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