LLB (Hons) Law Law - Criminal Law Pathway

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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)
  • We are ranked 1st for Graduate Prospects, Research Intensity, and Overall Score amongst London modern universities (Complete University Guide 2021).

Our professional practice-focused LLB Business Law course will give you a thorough grounding in the law with a particular emphasis on Business Law, as well as the opportunity to develop your career and professional skills at the same time.

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The course is aimed at students who already know that they are likely to want to work in the business commercial sector of law and covers the key topics of Business Law, Company Law, Consumer Protection & the Law and Employment Law.

Your final year Project will also be on a business or commercial law topic of your choosing. You will be able to graduate with a clear and focused statement of your career intentions.

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 (see https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/study/study-at-lsbu/our-schools/law-and-social-sciences/subjects/law/legal-advice-clinic), during our core Working in the Law Module.

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 (see https://www.sra.org.uk/students/sqe/) 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 practice 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 (see https://www.cilex.org.uk/employers/cilex_membership_grades/graduate_membership).

The course is supported by extensive online learning resources and all students are given a tablet computer and a personal electronic law library (see -  https://www.oxfordlawtrove.com/page/About/about). The course offers opportunities to study abroad, including international field trips such as the Comparative Law option. We have very strong links with the local legal community, particularly the South London Law Society and the Southwark Legal Advice Network, and the course offers frequent opportunities to learn from legal practitioners, particularly our Visiting Fellow and Professors, Alumni and members of the local legal profession who contribute guest lectures and support our career development activities and events.


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.

Level 4: Semester One

  • Legal System, Legal Study, Legal Skills (Compulsory)
    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.
  • Contract Law (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles of law governing the making and enforcement of contracts
  • Public Law (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles of the Constitution and the regulation of central and local government and other public bodies

Level 4: Semester Two

  • Current Legal Issues (Compulsory)
    students explore current legal issues and take part in group work to present law reform proposals
  • Law of Torts (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles of law governing our responsibilities not to cause harm to one another
  • European Law (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles of law governing the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights

Level 5: Semester One

  • Working in the Law (Compulsory)
    students engage in reflection on their career goals and develop and practice legal professional and career skills. Students are encouraged and supported to undertake legal placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Criminal Law (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles of the criminal law
  • Property, Equity & Trusts (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles Property Law, Equity and Trusts from a theoretical perspective

Level 5: Semester Two

  • Law in Action (Compulsory)
    students work in groups on simulated legal cases including a claim for compensation for a road traffic accident
  • Regulatory Principles of Entertainment & Media Law (Compulsory)
    students study the core principles of entertainment and media law such as privacy and intellectual property
  • Students must do one module from either Option Pool A or Option Pool B

Option Pool A

  • ADR Theory & Practice (Optional)
    students study the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution
  • Gender, Justice & the Law (Optional)
    students study and apply critical theories and perspectives on justice and gender to key debates within the English legal system
  • Jurisprudence, Law & Politics (Optional)
    students study and apply legal theory to explore the relationship between law and politics
  • Medical Law & Ethics (Optional)
    students study and apply law and ethical theory to key Medical law topics such as abortion and euthanasia
  • Consumer Protection & the Law (Optional)
    students study the rights and protections governing consumer contracts
  • Sentencing, Crime and Punishment (Optional)
    Students study and critically appraise theories of sentencing and punishment and explore the sentencing framework of England and Wales

Option Pool B

  • Comparative Law (Optional)
    students compare UK Common Law with another major international legal systems
  • Legal Advice Clinic (Optional)
    opportunities for students to give supervised legal advice to local people in the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic
  • Professional Skills & Practice (Optional)
    students practice and develop key legal professional skills such as advocacy, interviewing and negotiation using exercises and simulations
  • Public Legal Education (Optional)
    students practice and develop teamwork and presentation skills through the design and delivery of a public legal education (Street Law) project in the local community

Level 6 Semester One

  • Land Law (Compulsory)
    students explore an extended case simulation to study the core principles of law relating to the ownership and sale of Land
  • Criminal Litigation (Compulsory)
    students practice and develop advocacy skills and study the core principles of criminal evidence, procedure and sentencing
  • Analysis of Evidence & Proof (Compulsory)
    students explore an extended case simulation to study the law of evidence and what is required to prove a case in court

Level 6 Semester Two

  • The Project (Compulsory)
    students undertake an extended piece of independent writing and research on a topic of their choosing
  • Law Admissibility of Evidence (Compulsory)
    students observe a real trial in a local court to study and evaluate the rules of admissibility of evidence

Students must do one module from Option Pool E

Option Pool E

  • Civil Litigation (Optional)
    students explore case simulations to study the rules of civil procedure and practice and develop advocacy and negotiation skills
  • Employment Law (Optional)
    students study key employment law legislation and case law and practice and develop their skills in giving legal advice
  • European Borders & Security Law (Optional)
    students take part in an intensive programme of study with students from other European countries to study European borders and security law
  • European Human Rights Law (Optional)
    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
  • Immigration & Asylum Law (Optional)
    students study and evaluate immigration law and international refugee law in the context of Government policy and current events
  • International Protection of Human Rights (Optional)
    students study and evaluate to international human rights law and strategy in the context of real case studies
  • Family Law 2 (Relationships) (Optional)
    students study the core principles of the law relating  to relationships while volunteering in the LSBU Family Law Hub


On successful completion of our course 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 and 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 Training Course and obtain a Pupillage (work based learning).

To become a Chartered Legal Executive you need to join the  Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and follow their route to qualification.

To become 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. 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.

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.

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.

We have strong links with the local legal profession, particularly through the South London Law Society and the Southwark Legal Advice Network, as well as with our own graduates practicing across London and beyond.

We appoint leading lawyers as Visiting Professors to support our teaching. These include the crime and human rights experts: Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC AND 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 and Employment Law.

London South Bank University's Student-run Legal Advice Clinic

County Court Helpdesk

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

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.

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 have 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


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 Family Law Hub 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. Some of our lecturers are also practitioners and are able to draw upon their professional experience when teaching.

As well as studying the Law and how it is used in practice, students analyse and evaluate whether the law is effective and fair. Students also apply critical and theoretical perspectives to questions of law reform.  Our academic team draw upon significant research experience.


Core knowledge is imparted through large group lectures.  Interactive workshops support knowledge acquisition and  skills for application.  This is developed and tested in interactive small group seminars.  Smaller optional modules tend to use teaching time more flexibly to suit the subject.

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 teaches and develops.


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.

Law Mentoring at LSBU

This programme gives mentors experience in supporting and guiding, whilst mentees benefit from their guidance.

Free resources and technology

We invest in resources and technology to support your learning journey.

We provide extensive online learning resources to support your self-study time and every student, after enrolment is given free:

  • A tablet computer;
  • Access to the latest version of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams;
  • Access Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment);
  • Over £6000 of Oxford University Press Law Trove Library of online law text books;
  • Access to top quality practitioner databases including Westlaw and Lexis
  • Numerous other resources

We also nurture and develop your skills through our Law Division Skills and Support Site.

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.

How to apply

International students

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

International students

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

Home/EU applicants



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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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Applicant events

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

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

Please note that although most optional modules run, we do not guarantee to run every optional module each year.  Not all option combinations are available due to timetabling restrictions.

Prepare to start

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

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.


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UK fee: £8780International fee: £15400
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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 226 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 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.


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

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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