LLB (Hons) Law (Criminology)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time

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We have nearly 50 years of experience educating lawyers. And it shows: We are the second highest ranked law degree in London for Overall Satisfaction of our students (National Student Survey 2020) and ranked 1st for Graduate Prospects, Research Intensity, and Overall Score amongst London modern universities (Complete University Guide 2021). Our professional practice focused LLB Law course will give you a thorough grounding in the law across all the major disciplines and the opportunity to develop your career and professional skills at the same time.

As well as developing in-depth legal knowledge and academic skills, there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning and legal education for professional practice and the enhancement of professional career prospects. We offer opportunities for all undergraduate students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience, including in our Legal Advice Clinic, during our core Working in the Law Module. We also offer professional practice and skills options that allow students to develop their professional skills and specialist interests in selected practice areas including Advocacy, Civil Litigation and Human Rights.

The course is the first step on the journey to becoming a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive as well as being the foundation for a broad range of other professional careers. It is designed to give students a ‘Head Start’ on professional qualification, particularly for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination with its focus on professional procedure and skills as well as the academic study of Law. As part of our assessment strategy, we use professional examination-style multiple-choice questions, so our students have an opportunity to practise and prepare for them in advance. Students who pass Business Law, Company Law & Employment Law with grades of 50% or more are also eligible to become Graduate Members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a recognised legal qualification

Why Law (Criminology) at LSBU?

Ranked 1st for Graduate Prospects, Research Intensity, and Overall Score amongst London Modern Universities (Complete University Guide 2021)
Second highest-ranked law degree in London for the overall satisfaction of our students (National Student Survey 2020).
Outstanding facilities – we'll equip you with a tablet computer, complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000.
Work experience - you could volunteer at the County Court Help Desk, Southwark Council, with local Law firms, or be a Legal Adviser at LSBU's free Legal Advice Clinic. 
An energetic, award-winning Student Law Society that arranges talks, visits and competitions.
Expert academics – most of our lecturers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for Law.
Extra-curricular activities - Mooting, Street Law, Student Magazine – ‘Devil’s Advocate’.
Specifically designed assessment methods to give students a Head Start on their professional examinations, particularly the SQE.
Peer mentoring for year one students to help support them with the transition to higher education and integrating onto the course.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The LLB (Hons) Law covers the core legal topics with a selection of options covering specialist areas of law, procedure and professional skills.

All modules carry 20 CAT credit.

Year 1

Semester One

  • Legal Skills, Legal Study, Legal System
    An introduction to the English Legal System and the study of law, including a three week study skills Foundation at the start of the course (compulsory).
  • Contract Law
    Students study the core principles of law governing the making and enforcement of contracts (compulsory).
  • Deconstructing the Crime Problem
    Students are introduced to the basic anatomy of the crime problem and address specific questions concerning trends in different types of crime and social distribution of crime across society (compulsory).

Semester Two

  • Current Legal Issues
    Students explore current legal issues and take part in group work to present law reform proposals (compulsory).
  • Law of Torts
    Students study the core principles of law governing our responsibilities not to cause harm to one another (compulsory).
  • Understanding Crime: Criminological Theory
    Students explore the key underling theories that shape criminology and how society thinks about crime. (compulsory).

    Year 2

    Semester One

    • Public Law
      Students study the core principles of the Constitution and the regulation of central and local government and other public bodies (compulsory)  
    • Criminal Law
      Students study the core principles of the criminal law (compulsory)
    • Understanding Punishment: Penal Theory & Practice
      Students examine penal theory and practice in a theoretical, comparative and historical way, and engage critically with the theoretical justifications and policy proposals for punishment (compulsory)

    Semester Two

    • European Law 
      Students study the core principles of law governing the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights (compulsory)

    Options from:

    • ADR Theory & Practice
      Students study the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution (optional).
    • Gender, Justice & the Law
      Students study and apply critical theories and perspectives on justice and gender to key debates within the English legal system (optional).
    • Jurisprudence, Law & Politics
      Students study and apply legal theory to explore the relationship between law and politics (optional).
    • Medical Law & Ethics
      Students study and apply law and ethical theory to key Medical law topics such as abortion and euthanasia (optional).

    Options from:

    • Comparative Law

    Students undertake a study visit to another country to study and compare UK Common Law with another major international legal system (optional)

    • Legal Advice Clinic

    Further opportunities for students to give supervised legal advice to local people in the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic (optional)

    • Professional Skills & Practice

    Students practise and develop key legal professional skills such as advocacy, interviewing and negotiation using exercises and simulations (optional)

    • Public Legal Education

    Students practise and develop teamwork and presentation skills through the design and delivery of a public legal education (Street Law) project in the local community (optional).

      Year 3

      Semester One

      • Land Law
        Students explore an extended case simulation to study the core principles of law relating to the ownership and sale of Land (compulsory).
      • Property, Equity and Trusts

      Students study the core principles Property Law, Equity and Trusts from a theoretical perspective (compulsory)

      • Gender, Crime and Justice

      Students explore the relationship between men, masculinity and crime; and the increasing visibility and political significance of women, femininity and crime within both criminology and the public arena (compulsory).

      Semester Two

      • Law with Criminology Project
        Students undertake an extended piece of independent writing and research on a topic of their choosing (compulsory).

      Options from:

      • Civil Litigation
        Students explore case simulations to study the rules of civil procedure and practice and develop advocacy and negotiation skills (optional).
      • European Borders & Security Law
        Students take part in an intensive programme of study with students from other European countries to study European borders and security law (optional).
      • European Human Rights Law
        Students study the European Convention of Human Rights and key cases of the European Court of Human Rights as preparation for an extended piece of independent writing and research (optional)
      • Immigration & Asylum Law
        Students study and evaluate immigration law and international refugee law in the context of Government policy and current events (optional).
      • International Protection of Human Rights
        Students study and evaluate to international human rights law and strategy in the context of real case studies (optional).
      • Law Admissibility of Evidence
        Students observe a real trial in a local court to study and evaluate the rules of admissibility of evidence (optional)
      • Family Law 2 Relationships
        Students study the core principles of the law relating to relationships while volunteering in the LSBU Family Law Hub (optional).


      Criminology Options (students take none or one)

      • Contemporary Criminology  
        Students examine, in depth, contemporary and specific areas of criminological debate and theory (optional)
      • Media, Crime & Culture
        Students explore the relationship between media, crime, culture and criminal justice (optional).


      The assessment strategy of the LLB programme requires that assessment should:

      • be based on criteria and practices known to students in advance,
      • be marked according to published standards and practices formulated to ensure fairness and consistency, test the outcomes of the course and each module at the appropriate level,
      • be sufficiently varied in the form to test all outcomes including both knowledge and skills,
      • be searching and rigorous in standard,
      • be robust in designing out plagiarism and personation,
      • contribute to the development of student learning during the course, including through test enhanced learning,
      • offer opportunities during the course to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and provide feedback,
      • comply with LSBU Regulations and the requirements of the Institute of Legal Executives.

      The programme includes a variety of assessment methods consistent with this strategy to foster learning development and assess programme outcomes.  The aim is to provide a balanced range of assessments focused on the outcomes appropriate to the module and level. In addition to written examinations (which may be unseen or seen, in whole or part) individual and group coursework and oral presentations, the programme will employ in-class and online formative assessments to encourage preparation and participation and to facilitate timely formative feedback.  As part of this strategy, multiple-choice question assessments will be used to assess subject knowledge and offer prompt feedback and guidance. Where appropriate SQE style MCQ will be used as part of our test enhanced learning and SQE ‘Head Start’ strategies.


      On successful completion of our courses you will be able to progress to qualify as a Barrister, a Chartered Legal Executive or a Solicitor. You will also be prepared for a wide range of professional careers in other sectors including Business, Central & Local Government, LawTech and Management.

      To become a Barrister you need to pass with 2(ii) Honours. You will then need to pass the Bar Professional Training Examination and obtain a Pupillage (work based learning).

      To be eligible to become a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives you need to take specified options on the course and pass them at a 2(ii) Honours standard – any two of the following modules/combination of modules:

      Civil Litigation

      Employment Law

      You can then go onto qualify as a Fellow of the Institute on the basis of three years qualifying work experience.

      To be a Solicitor you need to pass the degree. You will then need to pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination Parts 1 and 2 and to obtain two years of qualifying work experience.

      Employability Service

      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.

      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 is 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.

      Working in the Law module

      Working in the Law is a compulsory module for second year LLB students. The module delivers sessions on graduate employability, writing applications for law work, developing Curriculum Vitae and making presentations. You'll actively use online materials developed by the University Careers Service to encourage you to think about your knowledge, skills and attributes when considering career options. Personality and psychometric tests are carried out for you to further reflect upon and provide an opportunity to develop further as part of the Personal Development Plan (PDP). The module goes further to introduce you to the contentious and non contentious areas of practice, providing an opportunity to appreciate application of the law in practice.

      We place a great emphasis on employability: you're supported in gaining work experience and additional evening sessions are organised for practitioners to deliver talks to you about life in practice. We regularly arrange Continuing Professional Development sessions, which are open to you to attend and network with practitioners.

      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.

      We employ an experiential learning strategy which means that much of our teaching is rooted in professional practice, using placements (including in our Legal Advice Clinic), simulations and professional skills exercises to engage and develop our students.

      As discussed under employability, on successful completion of our courses you will be able to progress to qualify as a Barrister, a Chartered Legal Executive or a Solicitor. The course provides a ‘Head Start’ for professional qualification by introducing students to legal procedure and professional skills and by using professional exam style multiple choice questions as part of the course assessment strategy.

      Many of our lecturers are professionally qualified and some combine legal practice with their teaching. We have very strong links with the local legal profession, particularly through the South London Law Society and the Southwark Legal Advice Network, and with our own graduates practicing across London. We appoint leading lawyers as Visiting Professors to support our teaching. These include the crime and human rights experts, Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, Joel Bennathan QC and Imran Khan QC.

      LSBU Legal Advice Clinic

      This free drop-in service is open to the public and staffed by our law students, supervised by practicing 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.

      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 resources and technology

      • We invest in resources and technology to support your learning journey.
      • After enrolment you will receive FREE: a tablet computer; access to the latest version of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams; Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment); over £6000 of Oxford University Press Law Trove Library of online law text books; and access to top quality practitioner databases (e.g. Westlaw  & Lexis) and numerous other resources.  We also nurture and develop your skills through our Law Division Skills and Support Site.

      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.


      Students are encouraged and supported to seek placements and volunteering opportunities, particularly in the Working in the Law and Legal Advice Clinic modules. We provide placements for a substantial number of students in the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic and arrange further placements through our links with the local legal community and courts. Most students obtain placements, but they cannot be guaranteed.

      Teaching and learning

      We employ an experiential learning strategy which means that much of our teaching is rooted in professional practice, using placements (including in our Legal Advice Clinic), simulations and professional skills exercises to engage and develop our students. Many of our lecturers are also practitioners. As well as studying the Law and how it is used in practice, students analyse and evaluate whether the law is fair and effective and apply theoretical perspectives to criticval questions of law reform.

      Core knowledge is imparted through large group lectures and explored in interactive workshops. Knowledge and understanding is developed and tested in interactive small group seminars. Smaller optional modules tend to use teaching time more flexibly to suit the subject.

      We provide extensive online learning resources to support students’ self-study time and every student is given a personal online law library (OUP Law Trove) and a tablet computer to access their e-learning resources flexibly.

      We use a broad range of assessment techniques, including examinations, multiple-choice tests, coursework, group work and oral presentations, to test the full range of knowledge and skills the course aims to teach and develop.

      Each student has a personal tutor who is available at regular times every week for informal consultation and meetings. In addition, personal tuition support for learning and careers is embedded in formal meetings in a core module every year - Legal Study, Legal System, Legal Skills (L4), Working in the Law (L5) and The Law Project (L6).


      Entry requirements

      • 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 at grade 4 or above including English and Maths, or equivalent (old style GCSEs  A-C)
      • 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.

      Applicants without these qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis if they have relevant legal work experience.

      Work experience in a Law firm prior to enrolment is not required in addition to the qualifications stated above. However, if any is secured, it will provide a good entry point and start the student’s self- development connected to Law.

      Advanced entry

      If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

      Course status

      • Accreditation and Course validation status

        This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

      How to apply

      International students

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

      Home/EU applicants

      Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
      5 years
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      Application code
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      3 years
      Start date
      Application code
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      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.


      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.

      Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

      Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

      International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

      See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

      Considering your application

      Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

      There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

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      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.

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      We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


      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 Enrolment pages.

      Fees and funding

      Students who take the Comparative Law and European Security & Borders Law options have the opportunity to attend short intensive international study visits. Students can also elect to study abroad for the second semester of their second year at international Law Schools linked with LSBU

      The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

      See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 226 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

      We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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